Episode reviews – episode four (series two)
Episode four – BBC One – 21:00-22:00 – 09 February 2010
With Greg and Tom held as slave labour in Smithson’s coalmine, Abby and the rest of the ‘family’ are desperately searching for them. They catch-up with Billy Stringer and his partner Sally, unaware of their part in the slave trade. Greg convinces Smithson that he has geological expertise and his taken to his country headquarters, where he is spotted by Al and Najid. Convincing Sally to trust them, the family discover the truth and plan a rescue raid to free Greg and Tom. Anya and Abby arrive at Smithson’s house posing as traders, but their subterfuge eventually collapses and all of the group are hauled away to the mine. Tom, meanwhile, has escaped, but Al and Najid have been captured helping him. Tom prepares a trap and seizes Stringer’s truck, releasing a group of children held captive in the lorry container. He arrives at the coalmine just in time to save Greg from execution, and the pair free all the slaves. Saving Sally from the retribution handed out by the liberated slaves, the family escapes to the countryside. Anya cannot save the critically-injured miner Kevin, and Tom carries out a mercy killing to put him out of his misery. The children that Tom freed find Stringer tied up in the woods, and an older boy in the group frees him, revealing that his name is Peter Grant. Stringer says that he knows people who would be very pleased to meet him…
For a thoroughly detailed review and commentary on this and all other episodes in both series, see: Rich Cross. 2010. World’s Apart: the unofficial and unauthorised guide to the BBC’s remake of Survivors. Cambridge: Classic TV Press. [ available to order direct from the publisher ]
An engrossing and tension-wracked episode that delivers the goods on so many different fronts, and offers some fascinating moral conundrums alongside the action and dramatic shocks.
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