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Reviving and remaking Survivors

Having relocated to the USA, in the early 1990s Survivors creator Terry Nation considered devising a new American version of the show which would retell the story of The Death and its aftermath on the other side of the Atlantic. His idea never came close to fruition. A revival of the show, which was to have been penned and produced by Survivors star and script-writer Ian McCulloch for BBC Scotland, would have been the catalyst for a huge resurgence of interest in the programme, but despite two approaches to the BBC in the mid-1990s the project stalled, and plans for a new series, rejoining the story some twenty years on, were cancelled.

In August 2006, the Media Guardian web site reported that the BBC was in negotiation with the estate of Terry Nation to produce a new series of Survivors, with the intention of creating a new series of six one hour episodes. On 22 November 2007, the BBC confirmed that Survivors would be returning to BBC One screens late in 2008 or early in 2009.

The first 90-minute episode of the new version of Survivors was transmitted on BBC One at 21:00 on Sunday 23 November 2008; with the second 60-minute episode shown at 21:00 on Tuesday 25 November. The remaining four episodes of the first series were then shown on Tuesday evenings at 21:00 up to and including 23 December 2008.

Prior to the showing of the sixth and final episode of the new Survivors, it was confirmed that a second series had been commissioned and that the programme would return to BBC One screens in 2009.

A second series of Survivors was shown on BBC One and BBC HD in January and February 2010.

On Monday 3 April 2010, the BBC confirmed that the corporation had declined to commission a third series of the new Survivors, bringing the revival of the show to an end after twelve episodes.

Find out more on the unofficial new series blog.

Related pages on this site: More on the 2008-2010 remake of Survivors.

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.


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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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