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Survivors remake series one finale was broadcast ten years ago this week

Posted by Rich Cross on December 24, 2018

Survivors - series one - episode six - 2008 - Abby's group

THE SIXTH AND final episode of the first series of the BBC’s remake of Survivors was screened for this first time ten years ago, premiering on BBC One at 21:00 on December 23 2008.

The episode begins with the unwelcome arrival of Samantha Willis and her enforcers (including the repugnant Dexter) at Abby’s settlement. When Anya’s hidden medical skills are revealed by Sarah, Anya is seized by Willis’ men: a decision which leads to a mission to release her and the to Tom killing Willis’ henchman Gavin. As the group flee Willis’ wrath, a disgruntled Najid runs off to Manchester. As Abby and her compatriots follow, they discover that Gavin has tracked them and is out for bloody revenge, and that a snatch squad for the sequestered scientists is closing in on Abby. As the story ends, Abby is taken prisoner, Greg is shot and badly injured, with all the plans of the now separated and divided group in chaos.

It was a dramatic cliffhanger and a powerful sign-off, providing a powerful springboard for a second series. One day before its transmission the BBC confirmed that Survivors had been renewed for a second series.


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Survivors remake episode five series one was broadcast ten years ago

Posted by Rich Cross on December 24, 2018

Survivors - BBC - 2008 - series one - episode five

THE FIFTH EPISODE of the first series of the BBC’s remake of Survivors premiered on BBC One ten years ago, on 16 December 2018.

The central storyline explored how Abby’s nascent community reacted to the arrival of a nomadic group of survivors, led by the charismatic and self-proclaimed spiritual visionary John. Through a series of encounters, the travellers upset Al’s sense of himself as a romantic “player”, and compel Anya to reveal the full extent of her medical expertise (talents she has deliberately hidden until now). John’s fragile mental state is brought into sharp relief during a manic episode in which he becomes an immediate threat to members of Abby’s group. The episode ends with the scientists in the hidden bunker discovering the identity of someone who might be their most valuable test subject yet: Abby Grant. It’s a revelation that will set in motion the explosive and bloody events of the series one finale.

Writing back in 2008, this site observed many parallels between the plot motifs of this story and those of the original 1970s’ show:

The return of Adrian Hodges to scriptwriting duties signals another incredibly strong character piece, replete with any number of reference points from the original series. In just fifty minutes, Hodges serves up: a religious zealot who claims to have access to the word of god (akin to the isolated disciples of Gone to the Angels); a group of survivors with a strong repopulationalist drive (see Corn Dolly); a pregnant woman who needs the help of Abby’s community to safely deliver her baby (see The Future Hour); a new mother who falls ills immediately after delivery, who is saved by expert medical intervention from Abby’s group (see Greater Love); a doctor who is abducted soon after her skills are made known (Lights of London); travellers who seek shelter in a church (Gone Away); a former mental patient who is forced to face up to an unmedicated life in the post-plague world (Face of the Tiger) and more besides…

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Survivors remake episode two series one was broadcast ten years ago today

Posted by Rich Cross on November 25, 2018

Survivors - series one - episode two - Sarah (Robyn Addison) and Greg (Paterson Joseph)

THE SECOND EPISODE of the first series of the 2008 remake of Terry Nation’s Survivors premiered on BBC One ten years ago this evening – just two days after the opening episode was screened.

Moving on from the apocalyptic catastrophe depicted in the first episode, this second instalment shows how Abby and her band of fellow survivors set up their first community; reveals the threat posed by the villianous Dexter (Anthony Flanagan), (who will come to play a decisive role in the series finale); introduces the character of the self-serving Sarah Bowyer (played by Robyn Addison); shows Al the appalling costs that can come for being a subtitute parent in this terrifying new world; and confirms Abby’s determination to risk everything (including the lives of others) in the search for her missing son Peter.

Reviewing the episode at the time, this site observed:

The second episode may… begin with a striking image of (a now almost unpopulated) Earth as seen from space; but the point-of-view quickly shifts to a small corner of the UK where the first efforts of Abby and her group to find a new life for themselves is thrown into sharp relief… Like Nation before him, Hodges makes clear that his Survivors is above all a character drama not a downsized, low-budget disaster mini-series. And there’s loads to enjoy in episode two – and not just in terms of individual character development; but also in exploring the emergence of simmering tensions within Abby’s putative community.

After the broadcast of this second episode, the series settled into a regular weekly broadcast slot at 21:00 on Sunday evenings for the remaining four episodes.

Survivors - series one - episode two - Dexter (Anthony Flanagan)

The episode preview, published by the BBC ahead of transmission, is still available online.

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Ten years since the first episode of the Survivors remake premiered on BBC One

Posted by Rich Cross on November 23, 2018

Survivors series one promo

ON 23 NOVEMBER 2008, the BBC broadcast the first episode of Adrian Hodges’ remake of Survivors, the first instalment of the six-part series one.

Starring Julie Graham (as Abby Grant), Paterson Joseph (as Greg Preston), Zoë Tapper (as Dr Anya Raczynski), Max Beesley (as Tom Price), Phillip Rhys (as Al Sadiq), Nikki Amuka-Bird (as Samantha Willis) and Chahak Patel (as Najid Hanif), the series was adapted from original series creator Terry Nation 1976 novel Survivors although it was reset in the then-present day.

Reviewing the opening episode at the time, this blog reported:

The opening episode of Adrian Hodges’ reworking of Survivors is a startlingly good piece of work. Surprisingly, unexpectedly good – even… [O]verall this is a hugely impressive debut which successfully navigates the remake minefield to produce a drama that is both acutely contemporary and true to the spirit and ethos of Terry Nation’s original vision.

The opening episode was watched by 6.5m viewers in its 21:00 slot on BBC One, and was widely reviewed in the British press. The evening of transmission, this site enjoyed more than 10,000 hits.

Ahead of the transmission of the opening episode, the BBC backed an extensive publicity and promotion campaign. As we mark the tenth anniversary of the transmission of the first series, we’ll be republishing some of the promotional and press materials from the time over the next days and weeks.

Below are images from one of the BBC’s TV teaser advertising campaigns (shown at a time when the series’ logo include a human figure, before this design decision was reversed ahead of the series’ full launch).

Survivors 2008 - promo - what if there was no-one...

Survivors 2008 - promo - what if tonight....

Survivors 2008 - promo - One Virus

BBC One - station ident - Survivors - series one - episode one
A BBC One station ident featuring a still from episode one of series one of Survivors.

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Julie Graham (Abby Grant) returns to world of Survivors – in original series audio

Posted by Rich Cross on January 17, 2017

Julie Graham (Abby Grant, 2008-2010) will return to the world of Survivors later this year when she guest-stars in series six of new Survivors audio adventures (set in the time and place of the original 1970s’ BBC TV series) being released by Big Finish.

Graham features in the sixth series episode “Revenge of Heaven”, one of four standalone stories within the timeline of the third original BBC TV series, playing the character of Katherine Tanner. Graham’s episode focuses on the trip undertaken by Greg Preston (played by Ian McCulloch) to Norway in the hope of bringing hydroelectric power stations back on line and encouraging a new era of trade and federation between the two countries. Series six will be released in June 2017, and is available for pre-order (in both CD and download formats) on the Big Finish site.

Julie Graham is the second cast member from the 2008-2010 remake of Survivors to appear in the Big Finish Survivors audio stories. Zoë Tapper (Anya Raczynski) appeared in series four and series five of the Survivors audio adventures playing the role of former junior civil servant Evelyn Piper.

Five series of Survivors audio adventures have already been released by Big Finish (all of which are available to buy on the Big Finish site), along with a complete audio-book version of the 1976 Survivors novel (which provided the inspiration for the BBC’s 2008-2010 remake of the series). The company has committed to releasing (at least) nine series of original Survivors audios.

Read reviews of every episode released so far across all five series and check out interviews with cast and crew members.

Julie Graham joins the cast of series six of Survivors audios

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Post-apocalyptic TV round-up – July 2016

Posted by Rich Cross on July 13, 2016

Containment - promo


The first of episode of new virus-outbreak drama Containment has its UK premiere on E4 tonight (13 July 2016) at 21:00 (and thereafter on all4 catch-up services).

Described as a “tense US drama exploring what happens when a mysterious and deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, Georgia, and a quarantine covering a vast urban area is quickly enforced”, Containment is an American TV remake of the Belgium television mini-series Cordon (which was shown on BBC Four in 2015).

The twelve-episode series is in mid-season in the US, but makers the CW network confirmed in May 2016 that it would not be renewing the show for a second series. It has not yet been confirmed if the current (and now only) run concludes with an unresolved cliff-hanger, or whether the show provides a degree of resolution in its final episode

The Last Ship

Season three of post-apocalyptic US Navy drama The Last Ship begins screening in the UK on Sky One on 17 July 2016 at 20:00. The series continues to following the efforts of the captain and crew of the USS Nathan James to restore civilisation and discover a vaccine that can protect the remaining survivors of a pandemic. Transmission of the opening episode of the third series in the US was scheduled for 12 June, but was delayed for a week, due to the inclusion of a shooting scene in a nightclub (the Orlando nightclub shooting outrage occurred earlier the same day).

The Last Ship - season three

The Last Man on Earth

Acerbic post-apocalyptic comedy The Last Man on Earth was renewed for a third season in March 2016. Transmission of series three begins in the US on 25 September 2016. No UK transmission date has yet been announced; but series one and two were shown on cable channel Dave.

The Walking Dead

Season seven of the the hugely successful zombie post-apocalyptic serial The Walking Dead will broadcast in the UK in the autumn of 2016 (taking its now traditional mid-season break part way through the run, and returning in the spring of 2017). The show is continuing to expand its reach into new areas of the entertainment industry, and may be the first post-apocalyptic TV show ever to secure its own theme-park ‘ride’. ‘The Walking Dead Attraction‘ is now open at the Universal Studios Hollywood site, and is a ‘walk-through experience’ (visitors travel on-foot through an extensive ‘set’, encountering zombies and other threats as they progress). A brief video promo gives a hint of what’s in store for visitors.

Fear the Walking Dead

In the UK, series two of spin-off show Fear the Walking Dead is broadcast on the AMC channel, only available to BT TV customers; but is also available on paid-for streaming video services. After a mid-season break, the remaining episodes of series two begin transmission on AMC (in the UK) on 22 August 2016. In April 2016, AMC confirmed that it had commissioned a third series of Fear the Walking Dead.

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Zoë Tapper to return to the world of Survivors – in 1970s-set audios

Posted by Rich Cross on December 2, 2015

Ian McCulloch, Zoe Tapper. Lucy Fleming - Survivors - Big Finish - Series 4
Ian McCulloch and Lucy Fleming (Greg Preston and Jenny Richards, original series) with Zoë Tapper

Zoë Tapper, who played the role of doctor Anya Raczynski in both series of the BBC’s TV remake of Survivors in 2008-2010 will be joining the cast of series four of Big Finish’s new Survivors audio adventures, set in the time and place of the original 1975 TV series.

Like the remake of Survivors in which Tapper co-starred, Big Finish’s Survivors audios are inspired by the work of dramatist and author Terry Nation. But Big Finish’s Survivors adventures return to the 1970s timeline of the original BBC series.

Audio drama producers Big Finish today (2 December 2015) revealed that Tapper would be appearing in the fourth series of Survivors audio adventures, in the role of government official Evelyn Piper “who listeners will first encounter in a flashback to the beginnings of the plague that decimated the globe”.

Recording on series four of Big Finish’s Survivors audio adventures will take place early in 2016, with the fourth series scheduled for release in June 2016 (with series five following in November 2016).

Series three of the Big Finish Survivors audios was released earlier this month, and was greeted with an immediately positive critical reception, and is available to buy in both CD and digital download formats. Series one and series two, and an unabridged audiobook of Terry Nation’s 1976 Survivors novel, are all available for purchase from Big Finish. The award-nominated first series opening episode Revelation is available as a free download from the Big Finish site.

Zoe Tapper - Survivors - 2008

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Post-apocalyptic TV round-up – November 2015

Posted by Rich Cross on November 5, 2015

The Walking Dead - series six

Now showing

The Walking Dead

Series six of zombie-apocalypse series The Walking Dead began transmission on the Fox channel in the UK in October (the day after its US transmission). With this latest series, Fox has opted to extend the broadcast of the follow-on chat-and-guests show The Talking Dead to the UK. Previously this tie-in show was only shown in the US. As the show continues to triumph in the ratings, it came as no surprise that AMC has renewed The Walking Dead for a seventh season.


The Last Man on Earth

Series two of the award-winning post-apocalyptic comedy The Last Man on Earth is currently screening on Dave, with the second series premiering in the UK immediate following the transmission of series one.

You, Me and the Apocalypse

Sky’s edge-of-the-apocalypse comedy series You, Me and the Apocalypse is currently showing on Sky One, following: “what happens when an eclectic group of individuals are forced to survive together as a comet heads towards Earth.”

The Strain

The second series of edge-of-apocalyptic-infection fantasy and horror series The Strain is currently being shown on Watch in the UK.


The SyFy channel own end-of-the-world zombie series Z-Nation is currently being shown on Pick, with series two episodes following on immediately after the cliff-hanger conclusion of series one.


Fear the Walking Dead

With a second series already commissioned, broadcast of series one of The Walking Dead spin-off series Fear the Walking Dead concluded on the AMC channel (in the UK) in early October. The AMC channel is only accessible to customers of the BT TV service, but it is planned that the series will be made available through Amazon Prime video in 2016. The first series will be released on DVD in the UK in early December 2015.

The Last Ship

All-at-sea post-apocalyptic drama The Last Ship has been renewed for a third series. Transmission of series two concluded on Sky One earlier in the autumn.

The 100

Alien-planet based post-apocalytpic teen-drama The 100 has been renewed for a third series, slated to broadcast in 2016. In the UK, The 100 is shown on the More 4 channel.


Falling Skies

The fifth and final series of post-apocalyptic alien-invasion serial Falling Skies has completed its run on Fox. The producers and writers were able to deliver a definitive resolution of the show’s story arc in series five, as it had been agreed in advance with the network that this would be the concluding series.

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Channel 5: End of the World weekend

Posted by Rich Cross on September 17, 2015

In the UK, Channel 5 is promoting its ‘End of the World weekend’ (19-20 September) – which features a range of edge-of-the-apocalypse and post-apocalyptic movies, namely:

  • Asteroid: Final Impact (2015) – Saturday 19 September, 3.15pm
  • Left Behind (2014) – Saturday 19 September, 6.55pm
  • Independence Daysaster (2013) – Sunday 20 September, 2.40pm
  • The Time Machine (2002) – Sunday 20 September, 4.20pm
  • 2012 (2009) – Sunday 20 September, 6.15pm
  • Planet of the Apes (2001) – Sunday 20 September, 11pm

The themed schedule also includes the countdown-and-clips documentary 30 Greatest Disaster Movies – Sunday 20 September, 10:00pm.

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Fear The Walking Dead – premieres in the UK this evening

Posted by Rich Cross on August 31, 2015

The opening ninety-minute episode of zombie apocalyptic drama Fear The Walking Dead (a spin-off from AMC’s critically acclaimed The Walking Dead) premieres in the UK at 21:00 today (31 August 2015).

The full series will only be available to subscribers to BT television services (though Fear The Walking Dead will also be available on Amazon Instant Video in 2016). Series one of Fear The Walking Dead will be six episodes in length; the already-commissioned series two will comprise 13 episodes.

However, the first episode will be freely available to all UK TV viewers with access to FreeView Channels (including those for whom free-to-view channels are included in their satellite or cable TV package) on the BT Showcase channel.

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New Survivors audio adventures based on the original 1970s series

Posted by Rich Cross on June 2, 2015

Today (2 June 2015) genre audiobook producers Big Finish release the second series of audio adventures set in the time and place of Terry Nation’s original 1970s Survivors TV series: containing four new episodes, available on CD and as a digital download.

Please note: these adventures are NOT set in the world of the 2008-2010 remake of Survivors, but in the world of the original 1975 series; featuring original TV series actors Carolyn Seymour, Lucy Fleming, Ian McCulloch and Richard Heffer and a range of new characters.

The first series of award-nominated Survivors audio adventures was released – to a great critical reception – in June 2014; and as Big Finish release the second installment, they have already committed to releasing a total of five series by the end of 2016: meaning that, at a minimum, twenty new original Survivors stories will be produced in audio format. In addition, in December 2014, Big Finish released an unabridged audiobook version of Terry Nation’s 1976 Survivors novel, voiced by Carolyn Seymour (who played the original Abby Grant).

There’s an excellent opportunity to ‘test out’ these new audio adventures completely free: by downloading the first episode of series one Revelation; which Big Finish are now making available at no cost.

“It begins with just a few people falling ill. Another flu virus that spreads around the globe. And then the reports begin that people are dying… When most of the world’s population is wiped out, a handful of survivors are left to pick up the pieces. Cities become graveyards. Technology becomes largely obsolete. Mankind must start again…”

Big Finish - Survivors - series two

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Post-apocalyptic TV round-up – February 2015

Posted by Rich Cross on February 3, 2015

The renaissance of post-apocalyptic TV dramas (in the US at least) shows little signs of abating. A quick round-up of the state of play within the canon of end-of-the-world TV series confirms the following:

The Walking Dead

The second-half of season five of The Walking Dead returns to the FX channel in the UK at 21:00 on Monday 9 February 2015 (the day after its transmission in the US). The Walking Dead took its now-traditional Xmas and New Year mid-season break, and returns next week with the remaining eight episodes. The show has already been renewed for a sixth season.

Filming on a Los Angeles-based spin-off Walking Dead TV series began in January 2015, although no transmission date (or title) has yet been confirmed. Executive producer Robert Kirkman explained to Entertainment Weekly in January: “We want it to be a new show that can stand on its own. You could watch The Walking Dead spinoff if you’ve never watched an episode of The Walking Dead and get a really great, rich, fulfilling experience out of it. It has to be a show that can stand on its own. I think that’s what we’ve accomplished, and we start filming in a couple of days. I’m really excited.”


The Last Ship

The Last ShipPost-apocalyptic US Navy dram The Last Ship has been renewed for a second season by the TNT network.

The Last Ship follows the adventures of the fictional USS Nathan James (DDG-151), in the aftermath of a global pandemic which has destroyed civilisation across the planet. Equipped with a specialist scientific laboratory, its captain and crew must travel the oceans of the world trying to find the means the devise a vaccine, and begin the process of reclaiming the land masses of the earth.

The first season was ten episodes long; season two will comprise thirteen episodes. No UK transmission date has yet been confirmed.

The Strain

The StrainEdge-of-the-apocalypse vampire horror The Strain has been renewed for a second season by FX Productions.

Created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, the series has been adapted for the small-screen from their novel trilogy of the same name. (Athough the future of the world is in peril from the vampire contagion, The Strain is not really a post-apocalyptic drama)

Production on the second season got underway in November 2014, and transmission of this next batch of thirteen episodes is expected to begin this summer.

In the UK, a repeat run of the first season of The Strain begins on Watch on 8 March 2015.

The 100

Series two of high-concept, post-apocalyptic space-opera The 100 premiered in the UK on E4 in January 2015. The show has already been commissioned for a third season.

The 100 - season two

The After

The After, a post-apocalyptic drama created by Chris Carter for the Amazon studio, has been cancelled. The drama was to focus on the travails of “eight strangers forced to survive in a violent world that defies explanation”. After a pilot episode was released online in February 2014, Amazon initially ordered an eight-episode first season. However, the order was cancelled by Amazon on 5 January 2015.

A spokesman for Amazon told Variety: “We have decided to not move forward with The After. We would like to thank Chris Carter, the phenomenal cast, crew and producers for all their efforts.”

Previously announced…


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Cast and crew Tweet about the idea of a third series of the Survivors TV remake

Posted by Rich Cross on July 20, 2014

In response to a YouTube video Tweet from fan Steve Smallwood [ ], Survivors (2008-2010) cast members Phillip Rhys (Al Sadiq), Julie Graham (Abby Grant), Robyn Addison (Sarah Bowyer), Max Beesley (Tom Price), Zoe Tapper (Anya Raczynski) and locations manager Andy Morgan briefly discussed the enticing possibility (however remote, at present) of a return for the show for a third series.

Thanks to Adrian H for alerting the blog to this Twitter exchange

Updated 22 July 2014:

Updated 27 July 2014

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Big Finish release new audio dramas based on original (1975-1977) Survivors

Posted by Rich Cross on June 5, 2014

Audio drama specialists Big Finish have today (5 June 2014) released series one of their new Survivors audio adventures set in the time of place of Terry Nation’s original TV drama (1975-1977). Big Finish say:

WE ARE IMMENSELY proud to announce the release of Terry Nation’s Survivors – Series 1.

The original TV series ran from 1975 to 1977, and portrayed the outbreak of a plague that wipes out most of the world’s population, and told the story of the few people who survived…

Our original audio series begins again with the plague outbreak, introducing new characters before running parallel with that TV show, as Lucy Fleming (Jenny) and Ian McCulloch (Greg) reprise their roles. Carolyn Seymour (Abby Grant) also has a cameo role, and will appear in a larger capacity in Series 2.

It begins with just a few people falling ill. Another flu virus that spreads around the globe. And then the reports begin that people are dying…

When most of the world’s population is wiped out, a handful of survivors are left to pick up the pieces.

Cities become graveyards. Technology becomes largely obsolete. Mankind must start again…

Series one of the new Survivors audio adventures is available to buy (in CD format or by digital download) from the Big Finish web site. Series two will be released in June 2015.

Find out more about the Big Finish audio dramas from the Survivors: A World Away blog.

Please note: These audio dramas are set in the time and place of the original Survivors (1975-1977) and NOT in the world of the Survivors remake (2008-2010).

Big Finish - Survivors - Series One - CD cover

Big Finish – Survivors – Series One – CD cover

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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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Original Survivors (1975-1977) – Big Finish to produce new audio dramas

Posted by Rich Cross on July 9, 2013

Audio-drama genre publishers Big Finish have reached agreement with the estate of creator Terry Nation to produce a new series of audio dramas based on the original Survivors (1975-1977). The first set of four dramas will be released (on CD and through download) in 2014, with a second series following in 2015.

For more details, see the full story on the Survivors: A World Away blog (which focuses on the original series, rather than the 2008-2010 remake).

Survivors (1975-1977) - Big Finish audio

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Dangerous Visions: dystopian documentaries and dramas on BBC Radio 4

Posted by Rich Cross on June 17, 2013

A series of documentaries and dramas focused on the theme of ‘dystopia’ feature in the Dangerous Visions season on BBC Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra (15-23 June). Post-apocalyptic settings occur throughout this exploration of the wider dystopian genre. All of the programmes in the series will be available (to UK listeners) through the BBC iPlayer service (for a limited period).

Dangerous Visions is a season of dramas that explore contemporary takes on future dystopias.

Radio 4’s Dangerous Visions is a season of dramas that explore contemporary takes on future dystopias. Dramatisations of Ballard’s seminal works, Drowned World and Concrete Island, straddle the season, and we have asked five leading radio writers – Nick Perry, Ed Harris, Michael Symmonds Roberts, Michael Butt and Philip Palmer – to imagine what life might be like in the near future if everything goes wrong.

Their Dangerous Visions form the bedrock of the series: clever, imaginative and disturbing takes on just what might happen.

What happens if sleep is outlawed? If cloning becomes a matter of course, and your loved ones are capable of being cloned? If North London declares UDI on South London, which has become a wasteland? If human sacrifice becomes a part of society?

We are also running a 5 part dramatisation of Jane Roger’s award winning terrifying novel The Testament of Jessie Lamb, dramatised by the author.

Dangerous Visions – you will be disturbed as you see the present reflected in the glass of an uneasy future.

‘About Dangerous Visions’, BBC Radio 4,

Dangerous Visions - BBC Radio 4 - June 2013

Dangerous Visions – BBC Radio 4 – June 2013

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Survivors ‘Earth-from-space’ footage – sourced from BBC documentary series Planet Earth?

Posted by Rich Cross on May 13, 2013

The research efforts of Survivors‘ enthusiast Adrian H have uncovered good evidence that the Earth-from-space sequences used in the opening and closing sequences of each episode of Survivors were drawn from existing HD (High-Definition) footage created two years earlier for the 2006 BBC documentary series Planet Earth. This footage was itself an integral part of the earliest BBC experiments in High Definition broadcasting.

A montage of footage from Planet Earth showcases (in its opening moments) strikingly similar images to those featured in all twelve episodes of Survivors.

Recycling and re-using – without question, central tenets of post-apocalyptic survival strategy!



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Survivors shown on Portuguese pay-TV station Black AXN

Posted by Rich Cross on February 18, 2013

The number of countries in which Survivors has now been shown continues to grow with the show’s broadcast on Portuguese pay-TV station Black AXN

Series one of Survivors was shown in December 2012, with series two premiering this month (February 2013) on Saturday evenings.

Survivors - ANX Portugal - 2012-13

Survivors – ANX Portugal – 2012-13

The AXN trailer (with Porteguese subtitles) for series one is available on YouTube.

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SuperTechBlog claims ‘exclusive’: Netflix said to be in talks to bring Survivors back

Posted by Rich Cross on February 5, 2013

Writing on the SuperTechBlog site (18 January 2013), Colton Kaiser claims an ‘exclusive’, reporting that the streaming online film and TV company Netflix is in active talks with the BBC about commissioning a new, third series of Survivors.

Kaiser provides no evidence for the claim other than that an “inside source familiar with the matter” has revealed to the site that the BBC and NetFlix have “initiated talks to bring back British post-apocalyptic TV series Survivors.”

He goes on to suggest that, having optioned the rights to stream the first two series of the show, Netflix noticed “a ‘surprising number of views’ in the first few months of being available.”

Kaiser does conclude: “Of course, there’s no guarantee that these talks will result in a revival of the show.”

In recent months, Netflix has begun to commission both new and returning episodic dramas, which will by-pass international TV networks entirely and be made exclusively available throughthe web-based Netflix service. The first original drama series to be commissioned by the company was House of Cards, a dark political drama produced by David Fincher. Netflix has since announced a slate of new commissions, including a new series of the previously-cancelled comedy Arrested Development. Some reports suggests that Netflix has already commissioned its first British drama, but confirmed details are scarce.

Although the speculation is intriguing, What the report on SuperTechBlog omits entirely is that the BBC are not the only party with which Netflix would need to agree terms. As lead scriptwriter, producer and Survivors showrunner Adrian Hodges would hold rights in a number of the characters, characterisations and storylines any new series would need to pick up. More fundamentally, any new commission by a third party would require a fresh negotiation with the estate of Terry Nation to licence the right to use the original characters and premise.

However, the speculation is itself interesting – and this blog will continue to follow the story closely as either it evolves, peters out or is proven to be completely mistaken.

In the meantime, if you come across any confirmation or refutation of any part of the story, please get in touch via the Contact form or leave a Comment on this post.

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