The Basics

A brief history of Survivors fan publications

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Fanzines and other publications

Front cover of issue two of Survivors fanzine Whitecross CallingOver the Hills was the first Survivors fanzine to be produced in the show's history. Between 1994 and 1998 (following the revival of interest in the show after first transmissions of the programme on UK Gold and the release of the series one BBC VHS tapes) fourteen issues of the A4 format fanzine, edited by Carole Stevens were published.

In February 1997, Mark Wheatley (who had briefly shared editorial responsibilities on Over the Hills) published the first issue of the A5 format Whitecross Calling. A total of six issues of Whitecross Calling were published that year, with the final issue being mailed to subscribers in December 1997.

In early 1998, the first issue of the Bridgehead newsletter was published. Put together by Lynne Sweetman (who had been involved with both Over the Hills and Whitecross Calling) who was subsequently joined in her efforts by Steve Brailsford, Bridgehead began life as a double-sided A4 sheet, intended to provide fans with regular news updates, supplementing the more in-depth coverage that longer-format fanzines could provide.

Soon re-titled Survivors: Bridgehead, a total of fourteen issues were produced before the publication now regularly comprising 8-12 pages was again renamed in 1999; this time to become Survivors: The Newsletter. The Newsletter appeared four times yearly (settling into Spring, Autumn, Summer and Winter editions) with reasonable reliability over the following decade, with varying pagecounts. However, only three issues of the Newsletter were produced in 2009 and 2010, all with fewer pages than previously, and in Issue 68 (Winter 2010), the editors reported their intention to produce only two editions in 2011. In the event, a further four issues were published over the next two-and-a-half years, before the Newsletter ceased publication in April 2013 with issue 72.

As well as several works of self-published 'fan fiction', a further notable one-off publication was the A5 pamphlet How Did Jasper Get to Whitecross?, produced by Derek Robinson in 1995. This provided a comprehensive and exhaustive guide to all of the characters to appear in one of more episode of the series, documenting the events and adventures in which each is involved.

Survivors: The Basics

An introduction to Survivors
Episode guide
Themes and plot 'arcs'
Survivors: main characters
Survivors on satellite & cable TV
The BBC Worldwide video release
The Sovereign Video re-release
The DD Video re-release
Survivors series one on DVD

Survivors series two on DVD
Survivors series three on DVD
Survivors three series DVD box-set
Survivors Italian DVD releases
Survivors Region 1 DVD box-set
Survivors novelisations
'Making of' and Survivors Guide Books
Fanzines and other publications
Reviving and remaking Survivors


Front cover of The End of the World?: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Survivors

Cover price: £ 12.99.

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The End of the World?

An authoritative and comprehensive guide to all aspects of Survivors is provided in The End of the World?: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Survivors, co-authored by Rich Cross and Andy Priestner. Richly illustrated with behind-the-scenes photos, the book includes: Guides to the production of each of the three series of the show; reviews and analysis of all 38 episodes; assessments of the core themes of each series; character and location guides... and much more besides.

Published by Telos Publishing in December 2005, the title is currently out of print. Plans to publish an updated edition of the book are currently on hold.


Home | Survivors: The Basics

Basics: Introduction | Episode guide | Characters | Themes | Videos | DVDs | Novels | 'Making of...' books
Behind-the-scenes:Unseen series one location shots
Books: Survivors book: The End of the World? | Survivors book: Worlds Apart
Terry Nation study - Bignell and O'Day | Terry Nation study - Turner | Hitch-Hiker's Guide to Survivors
Cast and crew: Memorabilia 2011 | Pennant Roberts: 1940-2010
DVDs: Series 1 DVD | Series 2 DVD | Series 3 DVD | DVD news
DVD studio day photo galleries: Series 1 | Series 2 | Series 3
Interviews: Jonathan Bignell | Peter Duncan | Don Shaw | Roger Monk | Alwyn W Turner | Pete Wallbank
Locations: Genesis: 2005 location finds | Genesis: 2013 location finds | Genesis: Greg Preston's home
Gone Away: 2013 location finds | Hampton Court interiors | The Last Laugh locations
TV: 'The Cult of...' Survivors | Survivors Australian trailer | See The Enemy in 'TV Heaven'
Writing: Writings on Survivors | SciFi Now: Survivors | Action TV: Survivors
More: 'Goofs and Gaffes' | Survivors at the BFI | Survivors in SFX 'best ever' poll
Survivors on Mastermind | How to annoy a Survivors fan

Survivors book: The End of the World?

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