Survivors – BBC TV

The BBC's revival of the classic 1970s post-apocalyptic drama by Terry Nation

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

Containment

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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The Walking Dead – season six – returns in UK on 15 February 2016

Posted by Rich Cross on February 14, 2016

The second part of season six of zombie post-apocalyptic series The Walking Dead returns to UK TV screens on the Fox channel at 21:00 on Monday 15 February 2016 (one day after its premiere in the US).

AMC have released a teaser video of the first four minutes of new episode “No Way Out”, which has been picked up on a number of YouTube channels, including Entertainment TV-ONE [since withdrawn], and reported in UK newspaper The Independent.

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The 100 – series three – starts on E4 on 17 February 2016

Posted by Rich Cross on February 14, 2016

Series three of high-concept US post-apocalyptic drama The 100 premieres in the UK on the E4 Channel at 21:00 on Wednesday 17 February 2016.

The series follows the exploits of one hundred juvenile prisoners who are exiled from a failing space station (‘the Ark’) and returned to the abandoned planet earth to see if it might be habitable once again.

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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.

Z-Nation

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.

Renewed

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.

Completed

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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You, Me and the Apocalypse – Sky 1

Posted by Rich Cross on August 25, 2015

You, Me and the Apocalypse

‘Edge of the apocalypse’ comedy drama You, Me and the Apocalypse will premiere on Sky 1 later in 2015. The US-British co-production, starring Rob Lowe and Jenna Fischer, will air on the NBC network in the United States.

The story follows an eclectic group of seemingly unconnected characters around the world as their lives start to intersect in the most unexpected ways. All triggered by the news that a comet is on an unavoidable collision course towards earth.

You, Me and the Apocalypse will see Paterson Joseph (Greg Preston, Survivors 2008-2010) return to the realm of end-of-the-world TV. Joseph takes the role of General Gaines: “who has rapidly risen through the ranks of the army, becoming a 5 Star General with responsibility for briefing the President of the United States on high-level military matters.”

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Post-apocalyptic comedy ‘The Last Man on Earth’ to air on Dave

Posted by Rich Cross on July 28, 2015

The first series of award-nominated US post-apocalyptic comedy The Last Man on Earth airs in the UK on Dave in August. Creators the Fox network renewed the show for a second series in April before transmission of the first had completed.

In the UK, The Last Man on Earth will premiere on Dave with a double-episode beginning at 21:00 on Monday 10 August 2015.

Set in 2020, The Last Man on Earth follows the story of former bank employee Phil Miller, played by Will Forte (Saturday Night Live), who finds himself all alone following a viral pandemic. Travelling through every state in the US in the hope of finding other alive, Miller finally concludes that he must indeed be the last man left alive on the planet. However, just when all hope seems lost (and Miller’s sanity is in doubt), he discovers that he is not alone after all…

 

Will Forte - The Last Man on Earth
Will Forte – The Last Man on Earth

Kristen Schaal - The Last Man on Earth
Kristen Schaal – The Last Man on Earth

The cast of The Last Man on Earth
The cast of The Last Man on Earth

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Post-apocalyptic TV round-up: July 2015

Posted by Rich Cross on July 7, 2015

The Last Ship

Following on from the cliff-hanger finale to the closing episode of series one, the ten-part series two of the viral-pandemic post-apocalyptic serial The Last Ship premiered in the UK on Sky 1 at 20:00 on 5 July.

As Captain Tom Chandler (Eric Dane, Grey’s Anatomy), Dr Rachel Scott (Rhona Mitra, Strike Back) and the crew of the US Navy Destroyer, Nathan James, attempt to distribute the cure to the virus that wiped out 80% of the world’s population, they face a new enemy in a group of naturally immune megalomaniacs who take umbrage with a cure that could dent their plans for world domination. Setting out to destroy the Nathan James and everyone onboard, Chandler, XO Mike Slattery (Adam Baldwin) and the team find themselves fighting for their lives, and the last fragile hope for humanity, when the bad guys fire a torpedo at them.

Z Nation

The SyFy network‘s new zombie post-apocalypse horror-thriller Z Nation will premier in the UK on the Pick channel at 22:00 on 21 July 2015. Although some critics have been harsh in their appraisal of the series, it has proved sufficiently popular to be renewed for a second 13-episode series, which will air in the US later in 2015.

Z Nation follows a group of citizens who are tasked with the critically important jog ob transporting the only known human to have been bitten and not succumb to a zombie plague across the United States in hope of finding a cure. The 13-episode, one-hour series stars Harold Perrineau (Lost, Oz) as Lieutenant Mark Hammond, a veteran Special Ops operative who, when the zombie apocalypse struck, was contemplating retirement; Tom Everett Scott (Southland, Beauty the Beast) as Sergeant Charles (Charlie) Garnett, a retired National Guard and high school history teacher; and DJ Qualls (Road Trip, Supernatural) as ‘Citizen Z’, a computer gamer and hacker whose online activities drew the attention of the National Security Agency.

The Strain

The second series of the vampire-virus edge-of-the-apocalypse drama The Strain, created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, premieres on the FX channel in the US on 12 July 2015. No UK transmission date has yet been confirmed.

Falling Skies

After premiering in the US on 28 June 2015, the fifth and final ten-episode series of alien-invasion post-apocalyptic drama Falling Skies began on the Fox channel in the UK two days later, and continues weekly at 21:00 on Tuesdays.

As the season opens, all breed of beast and mutant are running rampant on earth.

The Espheni’s power core has been destroyed, and humans are now ready to fight on their terms, even if it means resorting to hand-to-hand combat against the enemy.

After four years of being tortured, imprisoned and mutated and having their loved ones stolen from them, Tom and the 2nd Mass are filled with rage, ready to destroy the enemy in an all-out battle to determine the fate of Earth.

The Walking Dead

Filming on series six of the acclaimed zombie apocalypse serial The Walking Dead got underway last month, and studio AMC have released the first SPOILER-FREE behind-the-scenes promotional video from the set. Series six of The Walking Dead will be broadcast in the UK in the autumn of 2015 (shortly after the US premiere).

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Belgian TV drama Cordon on BBC Four

Posted by Rich Cross on June 27, 2015

The first two episodes of a new ten-part Belgian ‘viral thriller’ air on BBC Four this evening (27 June 2015, 21:00-22:40). Cordon follows the plight of a group of Antwerp residents who find themselves sealed off as authorities attempt to contain the spread of a killer virus.

Cordon is a new series from Belgium. Everyday life in the centre of Antwerp comes to a sudden standstill when the area is hermetically sealed off from the outside world. The cause is a contagious and deadly virus which spreads like wildfire.

The people trapped inside the cordon are suddenly left to their own devices. It brings out the very best in them, but also the worst… Cordon will be broadcast on BBC Four from Saturday 27th June.

BBC Four will air the remaining eight episodes on Saturday evenings (from 4 July). On 2 February 2015, the American The CW channel announced that it had commissioned the pilot for an American remake of Cordon renamed as Containment, set in the US city of Atlanta. A full series was given the go ahead on 7 May 2015.

Cordon - BBC Four - June 2015

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The expanding world of The Walking Dead

Posted by Rich Cross on June 24, 2015

Fear the Walking Dead

The first six-episode series of Fear The Walking Dead, the Los Angeles based spin-off from the celebrated zombie-apocalypse drama The Walking Dead, will premiere in the US in August 2015 (first on the AMC network, and later through the streaming Hulu service). In the UK, the series will debut in September 2015 on the AMC network made available to BT customers through the YouView platform. A second series of Fear The Walking Dead has already been commissioned for 2016.
 

 

Telltale games – The Walking Dead – Michonne

Telltale Games is expanding its The Walking Dead range with a new title focusing on the extremely popular character of Michonne. The Walking Dead: Michonne – A Telltale Games Mini-Series will be made available for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PC, and mobile devices; but players must own at a minimum the first episode of The Walking Dead: Season Two to be allowed to download the game.

The Walking Dead game -  Michone -  Telltale Games

Jay Bonansinga – The Walking Dead novels

The Walking Dead: Invasion – the latest installment in Jay Bonansinga‘s continuing series of The Walking Dead novels is released in hardback in October 2015.

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (6 Oct. 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250058503
ISBN-13: 978-1250058508
Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 23.5 cm

The Walking Dead - Invasion

The Walking Dead

Season six of The Walking Dead TV series will premiere in the UK and the US in October 2015.

The Walking Dead - season six - teaser poster

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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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New reality TV show – I Survived A Zombie Apocalypse – BBC Three

Posted by Rich Cross on February 11, 2015

The proliferation of different types of post-apocalyptic TV show continues – this time into the realm of ‘reality TV’. Taking inspiration from the phenomenon of city-centre ‘zombie tag’ games (such as 2.8 Hours Later) and Charlie Brooker’s ‘zombie and reality TV satire’ Dead Set, BBC Three launches new reality elimination show I Survived A Zombie Apocalypse. The eight-part series begins on BBC Three at 22:00 on Sunday 15 February 2015.

A reality game show set six months in to a zombie outbreak where a group of survivors have to take refuge in an abandoned shopping centre. Survivors just need to avoid the zombies, but the slightest touch will result in death. Anyone still alive in seven days will be rescued by an army helicopter.


 

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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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New British post-apocalyptic TV comedy: Cockroaches, ITV2

Posted by Rich Cross on January 6, 2015

ITV2 launch a new “post-apocalyptic romantic-comedy” this month, set in England nine years after a nuclear war has decimated the planet. The commission of Cockroaches is further evidence of the growth of the sub-genre of ‘humorous’ end-of-the-world TV and film dramas.

Cockroaches - ITV2 - 2015

Cockroaches (ITV2)

Cockroaches, a 6×30 post-apocalyptic romantic-comedy written and created by Freddy Syborn (Bad Education) and from multi-award winning producers Big Talk Productions (Rev, Him & Her) arrives on ITV2 in the New Year.

Daniel Lawrence Taylor (Uncle, Hunderby) and Esther Smith (Cuckoo 2, Skins) play Tom and Suze, two nineteen-year-olds both dreaming of the future. When nuclear war strikes, they do the thing we’d all do if we knew we were about to die. They have sex. Unfortunately, they then survive. Awkward.

Nine years later, they’re wandering the wasteland where England used to be. They’re joined by Laura (Jessica Emily Rose), the child they conceived on the night of the nuclear war. They end up at a camp of survivors, where it turns out that a lack of food and water is merely the start of their problems.

Cockroaches is a post-apocalyptic comedy about one family trying to survive in a wasteland of cannibals, perverts and one insufferable ex. Our heroes struggle with boredom, fear and the ethics of cooking with their own body fluids.

The series features a first class ensemble of iconic and next generation comedy actors including appearances from Nigel Planer (The Young Ones), Jaime Winstone (Made in Dagenham), Caroline Quentin (Men Behaving Badly, Jonathan Creek), Robert Bathurst (Downton Abbey), Dan Renton-Skinner (House Of Fools), Sarah Daykin (Chickens), fast rising stand-up Tom Davis (Plebs), Robert Bathurst (Cold Feet) and guest starring Jack Whitehall (Bad Education, Fresh Meat) as Oscar, the unhinged and insufferable ex-boyfriend of Suze.

The first episode premieres on ITV2 on 13 January 2015 at 22:00, but all six episodes of series one can be previewed in full (in the UK) on the ITV Player service.

Episode 1: A post-apocalyptic comedy about one family trying to survive after a nuclear fallout joining a camp of fellow survivors and oddballs including the odd cannibal. In the first programme, Tom, Suze and Laura stumble across the camp while wandering around the wasteland that was once England. Unfortunately, the place is run by Oscar, Suze’s insufferable ex. They soon discover lack of food and water are the least of their problems.With Daniel Lawrence Taylor, Esther Smith, Jessica Emily Rose, and Jack Whitehall.

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Original Survivors novelisation – review of the audio-book

Posted by Rich Cross on December 23, 2014

Over on the original Survivors (1975-1977) series blog, I’ve just posted a review of the new audio-book version of the 1976 Survivors novel written by the show’s creator Terry Nation. This is the novel that provided the inspiration for the BBC’s remake of Survivors in 2008-2010, and acted as the sourcebook for showrunner Adrian Hodges as he set about crafting his updated vision of a twenty-first century post-apocalyptic Britain.

Voiced by Carolyn Seymour (who played Abby Grant in the 1975 series of Survivors), Big Finish’s new audio-book is a triumph:

As a single-voice, unabridged audio-book, delivered with panache, commitment and believability by one of the original series’ best remembered cast, Big Finish’s latest Survivors offering simply could not be bettered.

The audio-drama company Big Finish released the first series of new adventures (based in the time and place of the original Survivors series) in June 2014, and two further series of new and original audios are scheduled for 2015.

erry Nation - Survivors - Big Finish audio-book

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The Walking Dead – Season five – begins 13 October 2014

Posted by Rich Cross on October 6, 2014

AMC have released new trailers to promote season five of zombie post-apocalyptic serial The Walking Dead which begins on 13 October at 22:00 on the FOX channel in the UK (the day after it screens in the US).

The Walking Dead: Hunt

The Walking Dead: You Are Not Safe

Season four of The Walking Dead ended with Rick and the group outgunned, outnumbered, and trapped in a train car awaiting a grim fate.

Season five picks up shortly thereafter. What follows is a story that weaves the true motives of the people of Terminus with the hopeful prospect of a cure in Washington, D.C., the fate of the group’s lost comrades, as well as new locales, new conflicts, and new obstacles in keeping the group together and staying alive.

Stories will break apart and intersect. The characters will find love and hate. Peace and conflict. Contentment and terror. And, in the quest to find a permanent, safe place to call home, one question will haunt them:

After all they’ve seen, all they’ve done, all they’ve sacrificed, lost, and held on to no matter what the cost…

Who do they become?

Also available on YouTube are 13 original ‘webisodes’ set in the universe of The Walking Dead TV series.

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Falling Skies renewed for fifth and final season

Posted by Rich Cross on September 21, 2014

Alien invasion post-apocalyptic drama Falling Skies has been renewed for a fifth and final series.

Noah Wyle, who’s played the lead role of resistance fighter Tom Mason since the first episode, commented:

We’re still here, and we’ll be back for a fifth and final season, So rarely in television do you get to choose your own ending. […] You get to give the fans a sense of completion to the narrative that you’ve played out. Getting to wrap up these storylines and have these characters reach their natural conclusions… I think it’ll be satisfying for everybody.

Fans of the 2008-2010 series of Survivors can only reflect once again that that series was not afforded a similar opportunity.

In the UK, the current run of series four of Falling Skies concludes on the Fox channel with a double episode on 24 September starting at 22:00.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2758862/Production-sci-fi-series-Falling-Skies-halted-crew-member-killed-freak-accident-set.html

Production on series five was halted for several days on 15 September when a security guard was killed after being struck by a vehicle on set in the suburb of Burnaby in Vancouver, Canada.

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