Survivors – BBC TV

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

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 four series one was broadcast ten years ago today

Posted by Rich Cross on December 9, 2018

The characters of Jimmy Garland and Abby Grant in the fourth episode of the first series of the remake of Survivors

THE FOURTH EPISODE of the first series of the BBC’s 2008 remake of Terry Nation’s Survivors was broadcast ten years ago today, on 9 December 2008.

The plot of episode four pivoted on a storyline lifted directly from the pages of Terry Nation’s 1976 novelisation, which the show’s creator himself adapted and reworked from his own script for the sixth episode of the original TV series Garland’s War. This meant that Simon Tyrell’s script for the 2008 remake was the third retelling of the story of Jimmy Garland’s efforts to win back control of his home.

While Abby’s determination to continue the search for her son leads her to an unplanned entanglement with Garland, her settlement begins to unravel in her absence. Many of her compatriots decamp to Samantha Willis’ settlement; where they soon find their sense of mutual loyalty coming apart; while, back at their own base of operations Anya and Greg find themselves under attack by marauders. By the end of the episode, Abby’s community learns the importance of genuine, unselfish collective commitment – and its fragility in this new world.

Abby also endures new disappointment in the search for her son; but finds some temporary solace in the moments of intimacy she enjoys with Garland.

The group of youngsters threatening Jimmy Garland in the fourth episode of the first series of the remake of Survivors

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

Posted by Rich Cross on December 2, 2018

NIKKI AMUKA-BIRD as Samantha Willis in the third episode of series one of Survivors, 2008

THE FIRST SERIES of the BBC’s 2008 remake of Terry Nation’s Survivors reached its half-way point ten years ago today, as the third of six episodes premiered on BBC One.

The third episode reintroduced the character of junior government minister Samantha Willis (played by Nikki Amuka-Bird), who is revealed to have set up a community, with a level of organisation and purpose which initially inspires Abby Grant. The brutal realities of Willis’ regime are quickly revealed, and Abby is repulsed by the settlement’s cruelty and heartlessness. The character of Willis and her ambitions will play a decisive role in many of the series’ storylines. Abby’s decision to record a video message at Willis’ suggestion, alerting other survivors to her hunt for her son Peter – and revealing in the process that Abby recovered from the Death virus (rather than being unaffected by it) – will have major pay-offs in the series one finale, and set in train events that shape the storyline of series two.

The episode also features a standalone story, involving a farmer and his family who have isolated themselves from the plague, lit up by a superb performance by Sasha Parkinson as the precocious daughter Kate. It also leads to what will prove to be a temporary improvement of relations between Greg Preston and Tom Price (a hopeful development which will also be ripped apart in the series one finale).

SACHA PARKINSON as Kate in episode three of series one of Survivors - 2008

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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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New Scandinavian post-apocalyptic series The Rain comes to Netflix

Posted by Rich Cross on May 13, 2018

The Rain - poster two - Netflix 2018

NEW SCANDINAVIAN POST-APOCALYPTIC drama The Rain has just launched on the subscription-based Netflix platform.

The Rain is set six years after a brutal virus wipes out most of Scandinavia’s population, and follows two siblings who emerge from their bunker sanctuary to join a band of young survivors seeking safety and answers in a ruined and almost empty world.

This Netflix original YA (young adult) drama is filmed in its native Danish language, and made available with subtitles – including English language subtitles. The eight episode first season was filmed at locations in Denmark and Sweden, with production commencing in June 2017.

Early episodes of the show have been reviewed in The Guardian, on the Digital Spy site, on the Vulture site, by The Express newspaper, on the IndieWire site, and by many others.

Set free from their collective past and societal rules the group has the freedom to be who they want to be. In their struggle for survival, they discover that even in a post-apocalyptic world there’s still love, jealousy, coming of age, and many of the problems they thought they’d left behind with the disappearance of the world they once knew.

Who will you be when the rain comes?

The Rain is the first Danish original series for Netflix and launches in Spring 2018.

The Rain is created by Jannik Tai Mosholt (Borgen, Rita, Follow the Money), Esben Toft Jacobsen (The Great Bear, Beyond Beyond) and Christian Potalivo (Dicte, The New Tenants, Long Story Short) and stars Alba August (Reliance, Jordskott and Unga Astrid), Mikkel Boe Følsgaard (A Royal Affair, The Legacy), Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen (Tidsrejen, Department Q: The Keeper of Lost Causes), Lars Simonsen (The Bridge, Brotherhood), Iben Hjejle (Dicte, High Fidelity), Angela Bundalovic (Dark Horse, Blood Sisters), Sonny Lindberg (The Legacy, Anti), Jessica Dinnage (The Guilty, The Man), Lukas Løkken (One-Two-Three Now!) and Johannes Kuhnke (Force Majeure).

The Rain, series one. Netflix 2018. Rated 15.

The Rain - poster one - Netflix 2018

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Post-apocalyptic TV round-up – January 2018

Posted by Rich Cross on January 6, 2018

Hard Sun - BBC One - January 2018

AS 2018 DAWNS, marking ten years since the first series of Adrian Hodges’ reimagining of Terry Nation’s Survivors premiered on BBC One, here’s a quick catch-up on the current state of play with a host of different readings of the post-apocalyptic idea on the small screen.

Hard Sun

The BBC’s new ‘pre-apocalyptic’ series Hard Sun premieres on BBC One today (6 January). This new six-part drama, created by Neil Cross, blends elements of the police drama, science fiction and thriller formats. Charlie Hicks and Elaine Renko are detectives who, while investigating a murder in the inner city, stumble upon proof that the world faces certain destruction – in five years. The series follows their attempts to uncover the truth and evade the efforts of the state’s security forces to silence them. Made by Euston films, the series is produced by Hugh Warren and executive produced by Kate Harwood (both of whom played similar roles on the 2008-2010 version of Survivors). The cast also includes Nikki Amuka-Bird (who played the character of Samantha Willis in Survivors) as security services’ agent Grace Morrigan.

The Walking Dead

Zombie post-apocalytic serial The Walking Dead is currently on its usual seasonal hiatus. The second half of series eight of the show will begin broadcasting in the UK on the Fox network on 26 February 2018, following closely behind its transmission on the AMC network in the US.

Fear the Walking Dead

Spin-off series Fear the Walking Dead has now been renewed for a fourth series, with the broadcast of the third series completing in October 2017. In the UK, Fear the Walking Dead is available on the AMC cable channel and for purchase through the Amazon Prime service.

The Last Ship

The fourth series of of The Last Ship, which follows the adventures of the US Navy vessel Nathan James and its crew who seek a cure that might save the remnants of humanity of the impact of a deadly pandemic, finished transmission in October 2017. A fifth series had already been given the green light, and will reach TV screens in the UK and US some time in 2018.

Z-Nation

The “action/horror/comedy-drama/post-apocalyptic drama” Z-Nation which aims to “put the fun back into zombies” was renewed for a fifth season which will broadcast on the SyFy channel in the UK later this year.

The Last Man on Earth

Post-apocalyptic adult comedy The Last Man on Earth was renewed for a fourth series in May 2017, which began transmission in October 2017. The remaining episodes of the fourth season will continue to screen in the US this month. In the UK, the most recent series to transmit – season three – was shown on the Dave channel in 2017. No decision on the renewal or cancellation of the show has yet been made public.

Containment

The US remake of the Belgium television mini-series Cordon, which explores the authorities’ attempts to contain a deadly plague inside a quarantine zone and the struggles of those trapped inside its limits, was not renewed at the end of the first season, leaving the drama with a series of unresolved cliffhangers and the cordon still in place.

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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

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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