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Phillip Rhys interview added to Digital Spy

Posted by Rich Cross on January 19, 2010

An interview with actor Phillip Rhys (Al) has been added (in three sections) to the Digital Spy website’s Survivors content.

The interviews with Rhys contain major plot ***SPOILERS***.

Access the links to the Phillip Rhys interviews>>>

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Digital Spy posts video interview with Nicholas Gleaves

Posted by Rich Cross on January 8, 2010

The Digital Spy site has posted a video interview with Nicholas Gleaves (Whitaker), in which the actor talks about the role that the scientists’ storyline plays in Survivors‘ second series.

Text highlights from the interview are also available on the site.

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Survivors’ creator Hodges’ cancelled Primeval show resurrected

Posted by Rich Cross on September 29, 2009

The BBC News site reports that Survivors‘ creator Adrian Hodges ITV dino-drama Primeval has been resurrected by ITV three months after being unexpectedly cancelled.

Primeval has been recommissioned for a total of 13 new episodes which will be “split over the two series, with series four going out in early 2011”, as part of a complex co-production deal (involving ITV, UKTV, Watch, BBC Worldwide and German station Pro7).

Digital Spy adds that: “ITV1 will premiere series four in early 2011, while Watch will have the first run of series five later that year. ITV1 will then broadcast series five.”

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Survivors episode five and six reviews round-up

Posted by Rich Cross on December 29, 2008

Reviews of the final two episodes of Survivors‘ first series have been posted on the Digital Spy site (episode five and episode six); the Total SciFi site (episode five and episode six); and the Quiet Earth site (episode five and episode six).

Digital Spy has also published its verdict on Survivors series one.

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Survivors episode three and four reviews round-up

Posted by Rich Cross on December 11, 2008

Reviews of recent episodes of Survivors have been posted on the Digital Spy site (episode three and episode four); the Total SciFi site (episode three and episode four); and the Quiet Earth site (episode three and episode four).

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Viewing figures down for Survivors second episode – but still solid

Posted by Rich Cross on November 29, 2008

Viewing figures for the second episode of Survivors are reported to have been around 5.3 million (a 22% audience share) – down on the 6.5 million audience (a 26% share) for the pilot episode according to “unofficial, overnight” figures. The strong showing for the opening episode was recognised as an “excellent performance” by viewing figures service Attentional; and such a fall-off in numbers (although not welcome) is far from atypical for drama series of all kinds.

This dip still left Survivors as the most popular programme for the 21:00 slot; and saw the show hold its own against significant competition from live football on ITV.

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More reviews of Survivors episodes one and two

Posted by Rich Cross on November 29, 2008

More reviews of (one or both of) the first two episodes of Survivors have been published: Den of Geek – episode one and two site; Quiet Earth – episode one; Quiet Earth – episode two; Digital Spy – episode two; Dreamwatch – Total SciFi – episode one; Dreamwatch – Total SciFi – episode two.

Comment on episode two was also published in Guardian (25 November); and Guardian (28 November).

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Adrian Hodges describes the demise of Jenny in episode one

Posted by Rich Cross on November 24, 2008

On the Digital Spy web site, show creator Adrian Hodges today explains his decision to ‘kill off’ the character of Jenny (played by Freema Ageyman) in the first episode.

“There’s nothing wrong with the character,” he says, “and there’s certainly nothing wrong with the actress who played her, but I didn’t think she had a dynamic in the group that was particularly interesting. I felt we could give fans of the original a surprise by killing off a major character from the original that they expected to go on in the series, and at the same time create a new character in Anya (Zoe Tapper) that seemed a bit more lively and connected.”

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Episode one: 6.5m tune in to Survivors

Posted by Rich Cross on November 24, 2008

Broadcast magazine reports that 6.5m viewers tuned in to the first episode of Survivors on BBC One on Sunday 23 November – a good showing, but one that – predictably – could not hold its own against ITV’s I’m a Celebrity.

BBC1’s new apocalyptic drama Survivors got off to a fine start last night at 9pm with a strong 6.5m viewers (25.4%) but the show was no match for ITV1’s I’m a Celebrity. The opening 90-minute episode began with 7.1m (26.5%) but saw its audience steadily decline to 6.3m (27.5%) in the final quarter of an hour.

The drama, featuring Julie Graham and Max Beesley, was up by 35.4% on the channel’s slot average for the year so far of 4.8m (20.5%).

Despite the strong showing for the terrestrial channel it was still below its commercial rival ITV1 at the time by 1.1m.

The latest goings on in the Australian jungle appealed to a sizeable 7.6m (29.7%). The 90-minute edition of reality series I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! was up by 40.7% on the channel’s slot average of 5.4m (22.9%).

Broadcast, 24 November 2008

Early viewing figures are also reported on the Digital Spy web site and Media Guardian.

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Survivors – press round up…

Posted by Rich Cross on November 23, 2008

Recent press coverage includes the following: Digital Spy – Who’s who in Survivors; Wales on Sunday – BBC revisits 70s classic Survivors (17 November 2008); South Wales Echo – Will 1970s hit survive the Dr Who treatment? (17 November 2008); Manchester Evening News – A grim new era for city (19 November 2008); Northern Echo – We will survive (20 November 2008); Daily Mail – Can Seventies sci-fi classic Survivors do a Doctor Who? (21 November 2008); Manchester Evening News – Life back to normal for real-life ‘survivors’ (21 November 2008); This is Derbyshire – Modern twist for cult show (22 November 2008); Wales on Sunday – Julie’s a survivor (23 November 2008);

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Digital Spy: five more cast interviews from the BBC Features day

Posted by Rich Cross on November 21, 2008

The Digital Spy website has added five more video-interviews with Survivors cast members recorded at the BBC Features press day in London in September.

Featured in the interviews are: Paterson Joseph (Greg Preston); Shaun Dingwall (David Grant); Zoe Tapper (Anya); Nikki Amuka-Bird ; and Phillips Rhys (Al) & Chahak Patel (Najid).

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Digital Spy – mini interview with Julie Graham

Posted by Rich Cross on August 17, 2008

The Digital Spy web site has published a mini-interview with Julie Graham, who plays the role of Abby Grant in the new series of Survivors.

In this mini Q&A, published on 1 August, Graham reports that filming on the new series is around half-completed, and that the production is facing up to the challenge of find quiet, unpopulated places in which to film in and around Manchester. Graham also stresses that scriptwriter Hodges has concentrated on identifying the “hope and the humanity” in the programme’s otherwise bleak, post-apocalyptic setting.

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