IN CONVERSATION WITH Starburst magazine, to promote her extremely well-received new Netflix series The One, Zoë Tapper (Anya Raczynski, Survivors) reveals how keen she and her fellow cast members would have been to make another series of the post-apocalyptic drama.
In an interview posted on the Starburst YouTube channel on 24 March 2021, Tapper also reveals that Survivors cast members remain in regular contact, discusses how much she enjoyed working on the series, and considers how prescient the 2008-2010 series of Survivors was about the disruptive potential of an out-of-control global virus .
Tapper confirms that the abrupt cancellation of Survivors back in 2010 was “incredibly frustrating.” Cast and crew “were all set up… at the end of series two to do another series,” she explains. “It was left on a huge cliffhanger. And then, for whatever reason it was, and I don’t think I ever really knew, it just wasn’t recommissioned.”
Reflecting that the series’ storylines were “incredibly hard-hitting”, she acknowledges that Survivors “was a brave show, and I think it was fascinating.” Making Survivors was also a pivotal experience for the cast. “I’m still incredibly close to all of the actors who were on that show,” Tapper says. “There was something about it that we all really responded [to].”
She acknowledges too it was understandable that fans of the original Survivors might have had reservations about any remake. When a ‘reimagining’ of a cherished show is announced, “it’s always a bit worrying, isn’t it?” she admits. “Because you don’t want it to tarnish memories of the first one.”
But even though the show was cancelled more than ten years ago, fans continue to contact Tapper. “To this day, I still get people writing to me saying ‘We love Survivors’ and ‘do you think it might come back even after all this time?'”
Reflecting on Survivors in 2021 is something that’s inevitably influenced by the real-world experience of the Covid pandemic. “In a weird way, of course… it was strangely prescient,” she says, “when you think about the world we’re existing in now.”
“When we were filming… there was the Swine Flu outbreak. And I remember that being quite eerie at the time… and… it feeling scary,” Tapper recalls. “But, goodness me, yes, looking back now, and with what we’ve all just been through, it [Survivors] really was quite [a] terrifying [idea].”
As to the idea of bringing Survivors back, Tapper wonders if, in a Covid-embattled world, “it’s perhaps a bit too close to the bone?”
But she does not discount the idea of returning to Survivors entirely, especially given the show’s resilient reputation more than a decade on from its original transmission. Survivors profile has been enhanced over the years not by repeats on the BBC but by the show’s distribution on other platforms.
“I knew it was popular on Netflix,” she agrees – a streaming platform that played a key role in the series finding a new international audience many years on from its cancellation.
She’d be particularly intrigued by the idea of returning to the storyline of Survivors many years on to find out “what the characters are up to now, and how the world has moved on from where we left it.” That would be “quite an interesting thing to explore,” she suggests. “But who knows? Someone might make it.”
Tapper’s closing thought on the potential of a third series of Survivors? “Let’s put that out to the universe!” she beams. “Let’s hope someone jumps on that. That would be great.”