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by M.I.K.

Typical, isn’t it? You wait years for an apocalyptic British drama serial and then loads turn up…

The following comes from the official website

Imagine being the only survivor of a disease that kills every member of your family, that kills lovers, strangers, friends, nearly everyone you’ve ever met.

You are among the lonely few to live and now you must start over in a strange new world where everything that was once safe and familiar is now strange and dangerous.

Set in the present day, Survivors focuses on the world in the aftermath of a devastating virus which wipes out most of the world’s population. What would we do? How would any of us cope in a brave new world where all traditional 21st Century comforts – electricity, clean running water, advanced technology – have disappeared?

These are the questions faced by the bewildered but resilient group of survivors at the centre of the drama. It is an opportunity for new beginnings, but with no society, no police and no law and order, they now face terrible dangers – not just the daily struggle for food and water but also the deadly threat from other survivors.

“Survivors is about what it means to be human,” explains writer and executive producer Adrian Hodges. “It asks questions about our nature and confronts us with our deepest fears. When everything else is stripped away, would we band together and find the best in ourselves, or would we fall apart and retreat into barbarism and savagery? Survivors is about adventure, fear, love, loyalty and friendship. But above all, it’s about new hope.”

Survivors, by Adrian Hodges is a re-imagining of the classic 1970s BBC drama series which was based on the novel by Terry Nation. It launched in April 1975 and ran for 38 episodes over three series.

I obviously don’t know if it’ll be any good or not, but if you’re interested, it starts this Sunday, November 23rd at 9pm.

The original series from 1975, was in all likelihood one of the main inspirations for the story Survival which appeared in the Eagle comic in the 1980s.

by M.I.K.

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  • Ghastly McNasty, November 22, 2008:

    Yes, i will be watching this. Mostly because 9 times out of 10 i’m doing nothing on a Sunday at nine o’clock. But also i love anything apocalytic, i’m not miserable honest, just love this sort of stuff.

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  • Ghastly McNasty, November 24, 2008:

    Ok, watched it and enjoyed it. Got the potential to be a really great series.

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  • DonkeySpank, November 28, 2008:

    Watched ep1 and enjoyed it – could go either way though – hope they develop the story in a clever way and keep some of that uneasy feeling and eerie emptiness.

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  • M.I.K., November 28, 2008:

    The emptiness is a bit too empty if you ask me. In reality there would be far more dead bodies lying around. The dead folk that you do see every now and then are far too healthy looking too. These are people who’ve died of a horrible, icky virus and then just lay there for a few days, but they just look a bit pale.

    It’s certainly not terrible though. Watchable enough so far, but I’ve got a feeling I might lose interest before the end.

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  • DonkeySpank, December 12, 2008:

    Well I’m 3 (or is it 4?) episodes in now and it’s already started to lose it’s lustre. There’s simply nothing of interest going on – they form a group, they live together for a bit, they split, they’re threatened so they re-group – that’s pretty much the entire plot over 4 hours worth of TV.

    There’s still the “secret experiment” plot strand to tidy up which could be extrememly lame or could equally give the whole tired storyline a good twist at the end. If I was a betting kinda guy I know what option I’d put my money on…

    In summary – and so far – this gets 3 stars out of 5 – a good attempt but falls well short of greatness.

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  • DonkeySpank, December 17, 2008:

    Okay ep5 was pretty good – nice story arc with the preacher/schizophrenic. Looks like next week we see the return of the shotgun guy too. So far this has not been an excellent series by any stretch, but it’s very watchable.

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  • DonkeySpank, January 13, 2009:

    Well series 1 has ended and I have to say I quite enjoyed it. Looking forward to series 2 now, there seems to be a lot of scope for storylines with this setup, I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of the characters meet grisly ends and are replaced by “new acquisitions”…

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