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Roger Lloyd-Pack dies (15 January 2014)

Posted by Rich Cross on January 18, 2014

Roger Lloyd-Pack (the only actor to appear in both the original Survivors [1975-1977] and the Survivors remake [2008-2010]) has died. The well-respected character and comedy actor passed away from pancreatic cancer on 15 January 2014, at the age of 69.

In the original series, Lloyd-Pack appeared in a memorable guest-starring role in the two-part story Lights of London (series two, 1976), taking on the part of the young rebel Wally, who is exiled from the 500-strong London community for voicing discontent with the authoritarian rule of dictator Manny. He rescues Greg and Charles when they are attacked by rats on arriving in London to search for the abducted Ruth. Wally travels (off-screen) to the Whitecross community to take news of the whereabouts of Greg, Charles and Ruth. When he returns and joins in a recce mission to search for petrol supplies, he is shot by the ruthless Manny and left for dead in wasteland near the Thames. At the end of the story, a wounded Wally returns to rescue Ruth, Charles and Greg, who are trapped in the underground tunnels by gunfire from a murderous Manny when attempting to flee. After he shoots Manny dead, Wally agrees to rejoin the London community in the hope of encouraging the London survivors to adopt a more equitable, tolerant and democratic form of organisation. He also commits himself to finding a volunteer doctor to take the place of abductee Ruth – who is now free to return to Whitecross with Charles and Greg.

Some thirty-four years later, in the second series of the remake of Survivors, Lloyd-Pack took on the far less heroic role of truck driver and trader Billy Stringer; who appears in episodes three and four. Initially appearing to be a benign figure, Stringer rescues Greg and the family from a Land Rover breakdown by providing them with a replacement fan belt. But Stringer later reveals to settlement leader Samantha Willis that he know knows the whereabouts of Tom Price (the man at the top of her most-wanted list) and sets in motion the events which culminate in Price’s detention, trial and conviction for murder. Stringer is revealed to be a slave trader, abducting survivors from around the country as forced labour for the brutal coal mining operation being run on Smithson’s estate: a fate which soon befalls Greg and Tom. Later, after Stringer’s truck is stolen by an escaped Tom, he is left tied to a tree in the woods. It is there that he realises that the young captive who helps to free him from his binds is Abby’s missing son Peter. Unseen off-screen, Stringer later hands Peter over to the Whitaker’s group of research scientists; setting the scene for the final showdown of the second series. Stringer’s own fate remains unknown.

Lloyd-Pack was born in 1944 in Islington, London, the son of Hammer horror actor Charles Lloyd-Pack. Early in his acting career her appeared in such shows as The Avengers, Jason King, Crown Court and Softly Softly: Taskforce, whilst enjoying a varied career in the theatre. Lloyd-Pack later found considerable fame and popular acclaim through his recurring roles in sit-coms Only Fools and Horses (as Trigger) and The Vicar of Dibley (as Owen Newitt) – roles so prominent they sometimes overshadowed his other work. More recently he appeared in Doctor Who (in 2006), The Old Guys (2009-10) and Inspector George Gently (2012) and on the big-screen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Made in Dagenham (2010) and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011).

News of Roger Lloyd-Pack’s passing was widely reported, including on the BBC News site (which also published an obituary and a photo gallery of his on-screen career). Obituaries appeared in The Independent, The Telegraph, The Guardian and in many other places.

Roger Lloyd-Pack, Lights of London II, 1976

Roger Lloyd-Pack, Lights of London II, 1976

Roger Lloyd-Pack, Wally, Lights of London

Roger Lloyd-Pack, Wally, Lights of London

Roger Lloyd-Pack, Survivors (2010), Billy Stringer

Roger Lloyd-Pack, Survivors (2010), Billy Stringer

Roger Lloyd-Pack, Survivors (2010), Billy Stringer

Roger Lloyd-Pack, Survivors (2010), Billy Stringer

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Survivors being shown on the streaming Hulu service

Posted by Rich Cross on October 13, 2013

Series one and two of Survivors are now available for streaming download on the Hulu service (only currently available in the US). Hulu is an alternative and competitor to the Netflix service (which also offers Survivors for online streaming).

Until 17 October 2013, all six episodes of series one are available free (to US residents registering to use the service).

Hulu - Survivors series one and two

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Post-apocalyptic US drama ‘Revolution’ renewed for second season

Posted by Rich Cross on May 13, 2013

American network NBC has renewed post-apocalyptic drama Revolution for a second season.

The drama, which “centers on a family trying to reunite amidst a worldwide power failure”, secured a twenty-episode first season and has now been recommissioned for a twenty-two episode season two.

Production on the second season, which begins in June, will relocate from Wilmington, N.C. to Austin, Texas. In the US, season two of Revolution will move to a new timeslot, and be shown on Wednesday evenings. In the UK, season one of Revolution is being screened on Fridays at 21:00 on Sky1 and Sky1 HD.

REVOLUTION -- Season:1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Billy Burke as Miles,  Elizabeth Mitchell as Rachel, Giancarlo Esposito as Lt. Neville, Tracy Spiridakos as Charlie

REVOLUTION — Season:1 — Pictured: (l-r) Billy Burke as Miles, Elizabeth Mitchell as Rachel, Giancarlo Esposito as Lt. Neville, Tracy Spiridakos as Charlie

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Who would you say is responsible for the cancellation of Survivors?

Posted by Rich Cross on December 31, 2012

To mark the arrival of 2013, a quick (unscientific) poll on the the question of responsibility for the cancellation of Survivors. Please vote by making a single choice; and add whichever additional thoughts you have in the Comments section (Note: to prevent spam and abuse, comments are moderated before publication).

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Survivors series one and two available on BT Vision

Posted by Rich Cross on December 31, 2012

Both series of Survivors are now available for viewing (in the UK) on the BT Vision service, as part of one of the service’s TV Packs or through a pay-per-view option (but are only available to BT Vision customers). All twelve episode were initially offered until today (31 December 2012), but their availability has now been extended to 27 February 2013 (and may be extended further).

Brief text-only listings for all episodes are provided, from episode one, series one to episode six, series two.

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Post-apocalyptic TV drama – new series and recommissions

Posted by Rich Cross on September 16, 2012

In the UK, Survivors may have been cancelled after two series, and Outcasts after just one, but in the US post-apocalyptic TV drama is continuing to enjoy an unexpected (and diverse) renaissance.

New dystopian, post-apocalyptic TV drama Revolution premieres in on NBC (in the US) on 17 September 2012. Created by Eric Kripke, and produced by Kripke, J. J. Abrams and Bryan Burk, Revolution is set in a near-future America, 15 years after a blackout (the cause of which is unknown) cut off all electric power, and brought modern civilisation to an end. The series focuses on the travails of the Matheson family, in a fractured, lawless and dangerous America now thrown back into a pre-industrial era.

Revolution - NBC drama - premieres September 2012

Revolution – NBC drama – premieres September 2012


What would you do without it all? In this epic adventure from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and Supernatural‘s Eric Kripke, a family struggles to reunite in an American landscape where every single piece of technology – computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights – has mysteriously blacked out forever. A drama with sweeping scope and intimate focus, Revolution is also about family – both the family you’re born into and the family you choose. This is a swashbuckling journey of hope and rebirth seen through the eyes of one strong-willed young woman, Charlie Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos, Being Human), and her brother Danny (Graham Rogers, Memphis Beat). When Danny is kidnapped by militia leaders for a darker purpose, Charlie must reconnect with her estranged uncle Miles (Billy Burke, The Twilight Saga), a former U.S. Marine living a reclusive life. Together, with a rogue band of survivors, they set out to rescue Danny, overthrow the militia and ultimately re-establish the United States of America. All the while, they explore the enduring mystery of why the power failed, and if – or how – it will ever return.

‘About Revolution’. 16 September 2012.

A 4min 21s preview (containing lots of ***spoilers***) for Revolution is available to watch (in the UK, as well as US) – and has already secured close on 9m views on YouTube.


Meanwhile, the third (sixteen episode) series of critically-acclaimed zombie drama The Walking Dead premieres in the USA on October 14 2012, and will be broadcast in the UK on the FX channel (transmission dates still to be confirmed).

In addition, broadcast of series two of alien-invasion drama Falling Skies concluded on the FX channel in August 2012. As previously announced, a third series of Falling Skies has been commissioned, and production is now well underway, with broadcast in the US and UK assured.

Earlier in the year, the Digital Spy site reported that streaming film and TV rental specialists NetFlix were in discussion to revive cancelled US post-apocalyptic drama Jericho, following a strong rental showing for the CBS drama.

One exception to the current trend of successful post-apocalyptic commissioning is abortive end-of-the-world Day One, first announced back in the 2009-10 season. Day One was to offer drama set:

in the aftermath of a global event that devastates the world’s infrastructures, [following] a small band of survivors striving to rebuild society and unravel the mysteries of why the event took place and what the future has in store. Told from the point of view of an eclectic group of neighbors in a Van Nuys, California apartment building, this journey of survival will show us that hope is found in the smallest of victories and heroes are born every day. From executive producer/writer Jesse Alexander (Heroes, Lost, Alias) and director Alex Graves (Fringe) comes this epic adventure that starts on Day One.

A pilot episode of a proposed 13-episode series was filmed, but the NBC network then opted to truncate the drama (first to a mini-series and then a standalone TV movie). It now appears that the ‘pilot’ of Day One will never be transmitted.

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Post-apocalyptic drama Falling Skies returns on FX in July

Posted by Rich Cross on May 22, 2012

Season two of post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama Falling Skies premieres in the UK on the FX channel this July – precise transmission dates are still to be confirmed.

Ahead of the second season premiere, FX is repeating season one of Falling Skies on weekdays at 01:00am from 29 May 2012.

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BBC HD Survivors repeat – series two

Posted by Rich Cross on February 27, 2012

A repeat of series two of Survivors begins on the BBC HD channel at 22:00 on 28 February, following the conclusion of the series one repeat. This will be the first repeat of series two on the BBC HD channel since January 2010.

Survivors series two - BBC HD - February 2012

Survivors series two - BBC HD - February 2012

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Survivors theme composer – streaming extracts online

Posted by Rich Cross on June 23, 2011

Samples of award-winning TV composer Edmund Butt’s music for Survivors are available for streaming on the Cool Music web site.

Amongst an online collection of samples of Butt’s work are two extracts from his Survivors score – Survivors – Sacrifice (2m, 46s) and Survivors – Anarchy (1m, 35s), in streaming MP3 format.

There is no sign at present of the theme and collection of incidental music from Survivors being prepared for commercial release.

Thanks to Adrian H for alerting the blog to this

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BBC takes different view of end of series cliffhangers – says SFX

Posted by Rich Cross on January 14, 2011

In a feature on forthcoming BBC scifi drama Outcasts in SFX No 205 (March 2011) Tim OgleThorpe suggests that the BBC drama department is no longer keen to for series’ finales to end on unresolved cliffhangers. Says Oglethorpe:

Interestingly, [show creator] Ben Richards says that the first series [of Outcasts] will end “on a series of cliffhangers affecting some of the key characters”, something that should – in theory – guarantee a second series.

Why? Because earlier this year Ben Stephenson, controller of BBC Drama, announced that he had had enough of series that didn’t wrap things up to the satisfaction of the viewer.

Survivors, another futuristic BBC show, is a classic case. When series two ended earlier this year – followed promptly by news that it wouldn’t be returning – Max Beesley’s character Tom Price was left high and dry in an aircraft hold, his fate unclear.

Stephenson doesn’t want any more of that cliffhanging, which surely gives Outcasts a better than average chance of returning for series two in 2012 with all those cliffhangers in the final episodes of series one.

Oglethorpe’s logic seems faulty – rather than feeling compelled to renew Outcasts simply because series one of the show ends with (now ‘unwanted’) cliffhangers, BBC Drama could just as easily be irritated by the fact that the producers of Outcasts are continuing to use cliffhangers as renewal leverage. More significantly, it’s also not clear that Oglethorpe has read Stephenson’s comments accurately. In a speech to the BBC Drama Autumn/Winter 2010/11 launch, for example, Stephenson celebrates one-off, short-run and single author drama – but offers no criticism of the ‘hook’ of series’ finale cliffhangers.

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‘Continue Survivors’ campaign web site launched

Posted by Rich Cross on December 18, 2010

A new web site promoting the campaign to Continue Survivors has just been launched [].

With a design based on the ‘Hope Never Dies’ postcard featured in the series two story arc, the site promotes the Survivors series three online petition; the Survivors Series 3 please BBC Facebook group; as well as this blog.

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Netflix leads to surge of interest in Survivors in USA

Posted by Rich Cross on December 18, 2010

The launch of series one and series two of Survivors on the Netflix on-demand streaming video service has led to a surge of interest in the series in the USA. Only available within the US, Netflix (USA) also offers a postal DVD rental service alongside its online video library.

Both series one and series two of Survivors are also available through the Canadian Netflix service.

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Survivors ‘bloopers’ on BBC One’s Outtake TV

Posted by Rich Cross on September 5, 2010

Four brief ‘bloopers’ from episodes of series two of Survivors feature in the 4 September 2010 edition of BBC One’s Outtake TV. The outakes are:

* Julie Graham finding that her anguished facial expression is completely obscured by her hair, after she flinches from assaulting Whitaker
* Max Beesley dropping the bottle of water he’s supposed to be drinking from (whilst wearing prison handcuffs, it should be said)
* Julie Graham finding herself unable to stifle a sneeze during a vital exchange with Paterson Joseph
* Max Beesley mistiming a catch, and being hit square in the face with a set of keys

The short Survivors sequence occurs around 23 minutes into the show. The episode can be viewed on the BBC iPlayer service (within the UK) until 6:19pm Saturday 11 September 2010.

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Max Beesley blasts ‘dreadful’ Survivors’ cancellation decision

Posted by Rich Cross on September 5, 2010

Actor Max Beesley has denounced the BBC’s cancellation decision as ‘dreadful’, during an interview with Digital Spy. He told interviewer Paul Millar:

“It’s a very difficult thing, this thing that’s happening now in the business, that is showbiz. It seems to be about ratings, and sustaining a market.

“Certainly Survivors, when we put that series out, the second series dipped below 5 million for one of the episodes – all of a sudden, there’s no recommission, and I think that’s dreadful.”

“I think that if you’ve got 5 million people that enjoy drama and invest in characters, you must take the time to not worry about your job and getting sacked and just go for it and hit it again.

“But it just goes to show how much of a business it’s becoming now, so consequently what happens is there are easy targets for reality shows.”

Max Beesley, quoted in: Paul Millar. 2010. ‘Max Beesley slams Survivors‘ axe’. Digital Spy. 3 August. Accessed 5 September 2010.

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Survivors – Region 1 – DVD reviews

Posted by Rich Cross on May 17, 2010

The Region 1 (US and Canada) Survivors series one and two box set is reviewed on and on the Are You Screening? blog.

Posted in DVD, DVD - new series, Reviews, Series one, Series two, Survivors | 3 Comments »

BBC FAQs updated to indicate Survivors’ cancellation

Posted by Rich Cross on May 9, 2010

The BBC FAQ which previously indicated that ‘no decision’ had been taken on the future of Survivors has now been updated to reflect the confirmed cancellation of the series.

The revised FAQ answer to the question Will there be a third series of Survivors? now reads:

The BBC is committed to making a broad range of varied and ambitious drama, but in order to achieve this we do have to move on from some pieces in order to allow new work to come through.

After two series, Survivors will not be returning.

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BBC America Shop – Survivors reviews summary

Posted by Rich Cross on May 9, 2010

The BBC America shop has included a lengthy set of reviews quotes to support its promotional of the Region One Survivors DVD set. Unsurprisingly, given the critical battering that the show endured in some quarters of the media, this is a selective set of positive assessments of the show (and includes some judicious extracts from less than glowing reviews), but it remains a striking set of comments nonetheless:

Series one

“… terrifying but utterly compelling … nothing could equal the drama of not knowing who’d survive to the end credits. … Who’d have thought the end of the world could be so much fun? But it’s an increasingly dark and violent tale.”
Ben Felsenburg, London Lite

“…storytelling cues have clearly been taken from recent American successes … This is slick, modern, sophisticated drama – homegrown produce to be proud of … Leading the cast with a sturdy, gutsy performance is Julie Graham as Abby Grant … there is an unexpected twist in the final moments that
will leave you eager for more. A welcome shot in the arm for the British fantasy renaissance.”
Richard Unwin, Observer

“…it was so gripping I had to stay up past my bedtime. Now part two is on Tuesday, when I’m busy, which means watching it on iPlayer in the freezing, uncomfortable office area, which is the same trick they played with Little Dorrit. But again I am prepared to suffer to see it through.”
Michele Hanson, Guardian

“…what a great show, eh? I really love this sort of stuff.”
Mike Ward, Daily Star

“…a strong cast led by Julie Graham and Paterson Joseph head this gripping reworking of Terry Nation’s popular Seventies drama … Don’t miss.”
Gerard O’Donovan, Sunday Telegraph

“A strong small-screen cast … The writer Adrian Hodges, of Primeval fame, works some nice Spooksstyle tricks by killing off big names just when you least expect it. He then sets everyone else at each other’s throats, adds in a subplot about the cause of the disease and then cranks up the tensions in the ensemble.”
Stephen Armstrong, Sunday Times

“Far more realistically imagined than the horror film 28 Days Later … TV does science-fiction justice with the perfect balance between the most extreme of ideas and credible execution. Make a date with the apocalypse.”
Mail on Sunday

“What keeps you watching, though, is the largely well-drawn cast of characters who make it through, led by Julie Graham’s admirably determined Abby.”
Jonathan Wright, Guardian

“In a funny way this show is a bit like The Apprentice, because it makes us wonder how we’d cope ourselves with the cards they’ve been dealt (and can sit at home smugly thinking how we’d make a much better job of it).”
Jane Simon, Daily Mirror

“…some genuinely chilling scenes…”
Jill Foster, Daily Mail

“Neatly timed for the return of the flu season, BBC1’s remake of the apocalyptic drama is nicely calculated to turn a minor twinge or an achy feeling into a harbinger of imminent doom and civilisational collapse. … A final coda, revealing white-coated scientists who appeared to know much more about the origins of the pestilence than was respectable, suggested that the real fun will start next week.”
Thomas Sutcliffe, Independent

“…spellbinding … a rattling good yarn … a pretty convincing remake, too, an unsettling, haunting drama with a strong cast, a powerful story and a premise that’s bleaker than a month of Mondays.”
Leicester Mercury

“… a powerful opening…”
Andrea Mullaney, Scotsman

“As the first episode unfolded, and the body count rose, I started feeling feverish, and my neck rather stiff, as a pounding headache took hold. And I began, discreetly, to probe for swollen glands. I suspect I wasn’t the only viewer so afflicted.”
Liz Hunt, Daily Telegraph

“…Survivors is marvellously silly and completely riveting…”
Kathryn Flett, Observer

“…may well be the most invigorating new drama of the year.”
Mik Duffy, Scotland on Sunday

“…Max Beesley … our favourite hunk…”
Daily Star

“… [Paterson] Joseph was the main reason I’ll be tuning in tomorrow night. That and the surprise ending – well, it surprised me.”
John Plunkett, Guardian

Series two

“Another high-octane helping of post-apocalyptic drama”
Mike Bradley, Observer

“Hugely entertaining”
Jonathan Wright, Guardian

“Full of betrayals and double-crosses”
Sophie Heath, Daily Mail

“Max’s chiselled torso is just one reason to watch the second series of this brilliant post-apocalyptic fantasy”
News of the World

“…it’s come over all Lost, with mysterious numbered postcards popping up all over the shop and hints the sinister scientists … may be some kind of dastardly aliens … And it seems that underneath Greg’s manly and heoic exterior there’s a psychotic bruiser just itching to get out. Which, along with its madcap conspiracy theories, should see Survivors surviving quite nicely.”
Keith Watson, Metro

“Must-See TV … a glossy young cast, some five-times-the-detail HD gore and the interactive whizzbang at…”
The Times

“…the action is piled on with a trowel, disaster looms at every turn and sinister, lab-coat-wearing baddies start emerging from the woodwork…”
Pete Naughton, Daily Telegraph


“[Sarah’s] latest actions are surprising and make you see her in a whole new light”
Lorraine Thurlow, Daily Mirror

Charlotte Civil, Daily Express

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Survivors – all six series two episode available on iTunes

Posted by Rich Cross on May 9, 2010

All six episodes of the second series of Survivors are now available for digital download from the iTunes shop.

For UK customers, individual episodes cost £1.89 to download, or £9.99 for all six – using a ‘Series Pass’. (To use the service, you will need to download the free iTunes client and register an iTunes account).

Survivors series two on iTunes

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Survivors – series one and two DVD set – Region one

Posted by Rich Cross on April 25, 2010

A five-disc series one and two Survivors DVD set viewable in the US (Region one) will be released on 27 April 2010 – the day that the final episode of series two is broadcast on BBC America. This edition is currently available for pre-order from the US site.

The Region one release features a different cover design to the Region two (UK and Europe) release:

Survivors S1 and S2 DVD - Region One

Survivors S1 and S2 DVD - Region One

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Survivors – Region one DVD – video promos

Posted by Rich Cross on April 25, 2010

The site is offering two brief promotional videos to support the release of the Survivors series one and two DVD set on April 27 2010. The videos are embedded below:

Survivors: An Inside Look

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Survivors – Behind-the-scenes clip

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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