Story synopses for Survivors: New Dawn 3 confirmed

BIG FINISH HAVE published (31 December 2022) brief synopses for the three stories in the Survivors: New Dawn 3 audio boxset.

Carolyn Seymour (Abby Grant) and Lucy Fleming (Jenny Richards) star in this latest full-cast Survivors audio drama. The New Dawn series is set more than 15 years on from The Death, in a country in which government, society and industry is slowly re-emerging. But the post-Death UK remains a place where political power and the control of resources remain are still contested, and where democracy’s roots remain shallow. For the survivors who’ve come this far, so much remains to be settled and the risks they face remain acute.

The implication of the story synopses below, is that opening story The Turning Part 1 will focus on challenges facing Jenny, that The Turning Part 2 will switch attention to the dilemmas confronting Abby, and that the closing story Samaritans will see the two friends reunited and in peril together once more.

The world has ended. The pandemic crossed continents, sparing only a fraction of the global population. The survivors are now trying to pick up the pieces and rebuild society to create a new future. But with only a handful of towns and cities starting to rise from the ashes, and governance and law-making in a fragile, fledgling state, everyone must start over. And the worst of human nature has survived along with the best.

Food shortages threaten the stability of the New Federal Government. Prime Minister Celia Tate clings to power and Robin Page – once a thorn in her side and now a minister – becomes involved in an uprising to depose her.

Once again, the world is changing and the best Abby and Jenny can hope for is to survive.

3.1 The Turning Part 1
Caught between an increasingly authoritarian Prime Minister and activists determined to bring down the New Federal Government, Jenny struggles to prevent the collapse of everything they’ve worked so hard to build.

3.2 The Turning Part 2
Answering her friend’s desperate call for help, Abby returns to find Cambridge in chaos, and Jenny is surrounded by danger and betrayal as a new regime desperately try to restore order.

3.3 Samaritans
Escaping Cambridge, Abby and Jenny save the life of an elderly man they find living alone in the woods and gratefully accept his offer of warmth and shelter. But as the cold and dark close in it’s not only the animals that come out at night…

Big Finish, 31 December 2022

The release dates for New Dawn 3 and New Dawn 4 have also been revised.

New Dawn 3 is now scheduled for release in April 2023 (this had previously been listed for February 2023) and New Dawn 4 for September 2023 (this had previously been confirmed for June 2023).

Survivors: New Dawn 3 is available to pre-order, as both a collector’s edition three-disc CD and digital download combo or as a digital download only, from the Big Finish site.

Survivors: New Dawn 4 is also available for pre-order as a collector’s edition three-disc CD and digital download combo or as a digital download only.

The best value for those able to pre-order comes from purchasing a bundle of both New Dawn 3 and New Dawn 4.

Big Finish announce release of ‘New Dawn 3’ Survivors audio boxset

Big Finish - Survivors - 2023

BIG FINISH HAVE today (9 December) announced that a new full-cast Survivors audio boxset – the third in the ‘New Dawn’ series – will be released in February 2023.

Survivors: New Dawn 3 will again star Carolyn Seymour (Abby Grant) and Lucy Fleming (Jenny Richards). All three episodes in the new boxset have been written by acclaimed Big Finish director Ken Bentley – who has directed all of Big Finish’s Survivors releases and who previously wrote the audio series two episode Dark Rain.

Survivors: New Dawn 3 is available to pre-order, as both a collector’s edition three-disc CD and digital download combo or as a digital download only, from the Big Finish site.

Although the news was somewhat hidden within the lengthy Big Finish press release, it was also revealed that a fourth boxset in the New Dawn series has been commissioned.

Survivors: New Dawn 4 is scheduled for release in June 2023. Carolyn Seymour and Lucy Fleming are confirmed as cast members, and Ken Bentley is credited as the director, but there is as yet no information on writers or episode titles.

Survivors: New Dawn 4 is also available for pre-order as a collector’s edition three-disc CD and digital download combo or as a digital download only.

The best value for those able to pre-order comes from purchasing a bundle of both New Dawn 3 and New Dawn 4.


A New Age Has Dawned for the Survivors!

The Survivors: New Dawn saga continues with a brand-new box set of atmospheric full-cast audio dramas based on the Terry Nation BBC TV series, due for release in February 2023.

Survivors originally aired from 1975-77, following a community of survivors in the aftermath of a world-wide plague known as the Death. Since 2014, Big Finish has continued the post-apocalyptic tale on audio starring the original series actors Carolyn Seymour (as Abby Grant) and Lucy Fleming (as Jenny Richards).

In three dystopian adventures, set two decades after the original outbreak, conflict between the survivors intensifies as power struggles, political tension, and a generational clash threatens the society they’ve worked so hard to rebuild.

Survivors: New Dawn 3 is now available to pre-order as a collector’s edition 3-disc CD box set (+ download for just £19.99) or as a digital download only (for just £16.99), exclusively here.

The three stories, all written by Ken Bentley, are as follows:

  • The Turning Part One
  • The Turning Part Two
  • Samaritans

NOTE: Survivors contains adult material and is not suitable for younger listeners.

Producer Emma Haigh said: “I’m so pleased we can learn more about Abby and Jenny again and the continuing lives of the survivors. This series is a fascinating exploration of what can happen when society is seriously challenged by a warming environment and dwindling natural resources. But also shows the true kindness of human beings to one another.”

Director Ken Bentley added: “Some of the first writing I did for Big Finish was on Survivors and it was a privilege to help establish the style and voice of the series, including an episode that was shortlisted for the BBC Audio Drama Awards in 2016.

“Eight or nine years ago when David Richardson, Matt Fitton, and I first started work on the series we knew we wanted to be true to Terry Nation’s original vision for Survivors. We also had a clear idea of where we wanted the story to go, we just never knew when we might get there.

“I’m really grateful to Emma for giving Matt and me the opportunity to team up once again as we begin Abby and Jenny’s final journey. It won’t be entirely easy listening, but then Survivors never has been.”

Praise for Survivors: New Dawn 2:

New Dawn 2 is another definite hit. The tension builds relentlessly, leading to a nail-biting conclusion. The stories are well-written, the supporting cast strong and the sound design and music impeccable.”

We Made This Network

Carolyn Seymour and Lucy Fleming sparkle in their roles as these formidable survivors… an incredibly rewarding listen and perhaps one of the best things Big Finish has created.”

Indie Mac User

“… it will leave you nodding your head in approval.”

Warped Factor

Survivors: New Dawn 3 is now available to pre-order for just £19.99 (collector’s edition 3-disc CD box set + download) £16.99 (download only).

Big Finish listeners can save money by pre-ordering Survivors: New Dawn 3 and 4 together in a bundle for just £38 (collector’s edition CD box set + download) £33 (download only).

All the above prices include the special pre-order discount and are subject to change after general release. From November 2022, new prices will apply.

Please note that Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mailout of collector’s edition CDs will be delayed, but all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy that can be immediately downloaded or played on the Big Finish app from the release date.

https://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/a-new-age-has-dawned-for-the-survivors

Big Finish offer time-limited discount on New Dawn audios

Survivors: New Dawn 2

BIG FINISH HAVE announced a time-limited discount on the CD and digital download versions of both of the Survivors: New Dawn audio boxsets.

Survivors: New Dawn 1 and Survivors: New Dawn 2 are available for £19.99 (CD + download) or £16.99 (download only).

The two-part series, which stars Carolyn Seymour (Abby Grant) and Lucy Fleming (Jenny Richards) is set many years on from the events of ninth audio series, and explores developments in post-Death England as the return of civilisation gathers pace – events that give rise to new challenges which could threaten the survival of this tentative new world.

The price reductions are available from the Big Finish site, when the discount code (provided on the Big Finish web page) is entered.

These box sets are now available to purchase at discounted prices until 23:59 (UK time) on 30 November 2022.

You can read reviews of the three episodes of New Dawn 1 and New Dawn 2 elsewhere on the Survivors: A World Away site.

Survivors: New Dawn 1 - cover

Big Finish podcast confirms again that more Survivors audios are planned

THE LATEST BIG Finish podcast includes further confirmation that the company is planning new Survivors audio dramas – following on from the release of nine full-cast boxsets, three audiobooks and the six story New Dawn series.

In the ‘Listeners Emails’ section of the 13 November 2022 Big Finish podcast, co-hosts Nick Briggs and Benji Clifford discuss the past and future of the company’s Survivors audios, revisiting in particular the New Dawn collections.

“I could wax lyrical about why I love Survivors all day long,” says sound designer Benji Clifford. “But if you like something that’s a little bit different to normal Big Finish offerings, go check it out.”

Asked if more Survivors audios will be commissioned, Big Finish executive producer Nicholas Briggs replies: “Yes, there will be more Survivors.”

News that more Survivors audios would be produced was first confirmed in a ‘Survivors Special‘ edition of the Big Finish podcast, back in May – but, as plans in all creative industries can change over time, it’s encouraging to have this commitment reconfirmed.

Big Finish Podcast. 2022. ‘2022-11-13 UNIT Cops’, 13 November, https://www.bigfinish.com/podcasts/v/2022-11-13-unit-cops.

Big discounts on Big Finish Survivors audio dramas – until 20 November

Survivors - Big Finish audios - November 2022 CD sale

BIG FINISH HAVE announced a seven-day sale on the six most recent Survivors audio drama boxsets – offering reduced prices on series four to series nine, available in CD and digital download formats.

There are also discounts on each of the nine individual Survivors boxsets, and the audiobook of Terry Nation’s 1976 Survivors novel, narrated by Carolyn Seymour.

Survivors series four to series seven are available as a four-pack combo for £42.75 (reduced from £90.00), and at significantly reduced prices as individual boxsets.

Survivors series eight and nine are available as a two-pack combo for £22.50 (reduced from £50.00), and also at majorly reduced prices as individual boxsets.

Postage is free for the combo CD sets, all of which unlock access to the digital download versions.

Access the deals on the Big Finish site while the offer lasts.

The Survivors Big Finish sale ends 23:59 (UK time) on 20 November 2022.

Still not tempted? Check out the detailed reviews of series four, five, six, seven, eight and nine of these Survivors audio dramas elsewhere on the Survivors: A World Away site to find out more.

Save up to 80% on selected Survivors releases on collectors’ edition CD and download while stocks last.

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Survivors audios in end-of-July Big Finish warehouse sale

Big Finish - warehouse sale - July 2022

SIX SURVIVORS AUDIO boxsets and one Survivors audiobook are all available to buy at significantly discounted prices in Big Finish’s latest temporary warehouse sale.

Price reductions have been applied to the series two and series four through eight full-cast Survivors audio boxsets and the audiobook version of Terry Nation’s 1976 Survivors novel.

The discounts are available through the Big Finish web site until 23:59 (UK time) on 28 July 2022. (Just keep scrolling down the page until the Survivors content loads.)

Read reviews of all of these releases elsewhere on the Survivors: A World Away site.

Survivors audios - Big Finish - warehouse sale - July 2022

Review of audiobook Survivors: Crusade published

Survivors: Crusade audiobool cover

A REVIEW OF the new original Survivors audiobook Crusade has been published today on the Survivors: A World Away site.

Written by Doris V Sutherland and narrated by Carolyn Seymour (Abby Grant) Crusade is set at The Grange settlement during the timeline of the first TV series shortly after the tragedies of the episode Law and Order. Big Finish summarise the story as follows:

The Grange residents are grief-stricken after an out-of-control party lead to a wrongful execution. When strangers turn up to cause chaos, the community is tested to its limit.

The Survivors: A World Away review concludes as follows:

Seymour’s narration is, as everyone familiar with her work on audio would expect, exemplary – as perceptive and mellifluous as ever. Seymour is well known for her meticulous preparation ahead of studio sessions which, together with her evident talent and her love for the spoken word form, produce another stand-out performance.

Crusade succeeds as a very different Survivors’ audiobook experience to Nation’s rethought novelisation from 1976 and to 2021’s Ghosts and Demons. This astute, cautionary tale of the threat that distorted religious certainty can pose to the survivors of The Death is the kind of grown-up and probing storytelling for which the series’ setting is so conducive.

Survivors: Crusade is now available to own as a digital download for just £9.99, exclusively from the Big Finish website.

Out now – Survivors Crusade audiobook

BIG FINISH HAVE today (30 May 2022) released the new Survivors audiobook Crusade, available for purchase as a digital download from the Big Finish site.

Written by Doris V Sutherland and narrated by Carolyn Seymour (Abby Grant) Crusade is set at The Grange settlement during the timeline of the first TV series shortly after the tragedies of the episode Law and Order.

Big Finish press release contains the full story behind this new Survivors audio adventure.


Survivors – Crusade is out now!

The Grange residents are grief-stricken after an out-of-control party lead to a wrongful execution. When strangers turn up to cause chaos, the community is tested to its limit.  

Survivors originally aired between 1975 and 1977 — following a community of survivors in the midst of a global pandemic known as the Death. Now, in a five-hour tale, the grim aftermath of the TV episode, Law and Order, is explored.

Having played the legendary role of Abby Grant on TV and audio since 1975, Carolyn Seymour returns to read this epic audiobook.

Survivors: Crusade, written by Doris V Sutherland, is now available to own as a digital download for just £9.99, exclusively here

The survivors are usually prepared to welcome strangers into their community. But when members of a dangerous sect turn up in a double-decker bus on a crusade, a tense power struggle with a cunning new opponent result in murder and betrayal.

Will Abby be forced to leave her friends and everything they have built in their community? Or can the residents of the Grange discover the importance of their own faith in each other?

NOTE: Survivors contains adult material and is not suitable for younger listeners.

Carolyn Seymour, who’s narrating Survivors: Crusade said: “This script is very different. It brings up some interesting questions for everyone to think about around vital things such as mortality, faith, and what’s right and wrong.

“This required a lot of prep time which was great fun to do – I’ve loved it and have worked really hard on this. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

“This is a lovely follow-on from the audiobooks we’ve already done [in the Big Finish Survivors range] – we’ve done quite a few and they’re all interesting and fabulous. I hope you re-listen to them all and spend hours delving and submerging yourselves into the world of Survivors.”

Survivors: Crusade is now available to own as a digital download for just £9.99, exclusively from the Big Finish website.

Carolyn Seymour narrates the new Survivors audiobook Crusade, released in May 2022

Big Finish podcast confirms more Survivors audios planned

IN TODAY’S ‘SURVIVORS Special’ Big Finish podcast (29 May 2022), executive producer Nicholas Briggs confirms that Survivors will be “carrying on” on audio. “There will be another series”, he says. “We had a gap for a while, and we brought it back with New Dawn, two boxsets of that.”

No further details of the forthcoming Survivors audios were revealed, but this news is confirmation that Big Finish’s Survivors audio range will be continuing, and in full-cast series format.

Together with co-presenter Benji Clifford (who provided music and sound design for several Survivors audio boxsets) Nick Briggs discusses the enduring appeal of Survivors, pays tribute to creator Terry Nation, and reflects on Survivors‘ journey on audio to date.

“Honestly, it’s one of my favourite things that we have done at Big Finish,” says Clifford. “It’s such a unique property.”

The podcast includes a short preview of Survivors: Crusade, the new Survivors audiobook written by Doris V Sutherland and voiced by Carolyn Seymour (Abby Grant), due for release this week.

The episode also revisits ‘Revelation‘, the first ever Big Finish Survivors story, written by Matt Fitton, and released as part of the first box set back in 2014.

The podcast closes with a fifteen minute drama tease of ‘Cabin Fever‘, the opening episode of Survivors third series on video – and Clifford’s personal favourite.

Big Finish Podcast. 2022. ‘2022-05-29 Dalek Survivors’, 29 May, https://www.bigfinish.com/podcasts/v/2022-05-29-dalek-survivors.

New Survivors: Crusade audiobook to be narrated by Carolyn Seymour

Survivors: Crusade - Big Finish audiobook

BIG FINISH HAVE confirmed the release of a new and original Survivors audiobook set in the timeline of the first TV series. Scheduled for release in May 2022, Survivors: Crusade will be narrated by Carolyn Seymour (Abby Grant).

Written by Big Finish regular Doris V Sutherland, and produced by Peter Anghelides, Survivors: Crusade is set in and around The Grange community, shortly after the tragedies of the episode Law and Order, and will explore how the characters of Greg Preston, Jenny Richards, Abby Grant and the others respond to the arrival of a group of “religious fanatics” who are determined to distinguish “perceived sinners” from “would-be saints”.  

The Big Finish press release (19 April) provides more details of what will be the third Survivors audiobook to be voiced by Seymour – following Survivors and Survivors: Ghosts and Demons.

Survivors: Crusade will be released as a digital download, and is available to pre-order from the Big Finish site.


Carolyn Seymour - pictured in the studio recording Survivors audio material for Big Finish

The Survivors Are On a Crusade

Carolyn Seymour, famed for playing Survivors heroine Abby Grant on TV and audio since 1975, narrates this eerie post-apocalyptic tale following a community of survivors of a global plague.

This five-hour epic picks up after the intense TV episode, Law and Order, in which a wrongful execution transpired. The survivors are still reeling when a group of religious fanatics arrive, triggering a clash between perceived sinners and would-be saints.  

Survivors: Crusade, written by Doris V Sutherland, is now available to pre-order as a digital download for just £9.99, exclusively here.

The survivors are usually prepared to welcome strangers into their community. But when members of a dangerous sect turn up in a double-decker bus on a crusade, a tense power struggle with a cunning new opponent result in murder and betrayal.

Will Abby be forced to leave her friends and everything they have built in their community? Or can the residents of the Grange discover the importance of their own faith in each other?

NOTE: Survivors contains adult material and is not suitable for younger listeners. 

Producer Peter Anghelides said: “Writer Doris V Sutherland is no stranger to Big Finish, and regular listeners will know her work from our Doctor Who, Bernice Summerfield, and Omega Factor ranges. So, I am delighted that she has written for Survivors, with this audiobook script that brings new danger right into the heart of the Grange.” 

Doris V Sutherland added: “It was a true pleasure to write a new story for Abby, Greg, Jenny and the other characters from Survivors, and I’m particularly honoured to have Carolyn Seymour — Abby herself — reading Crusade. The fact that I was given the opportunity at all shows that Terry Nation‘s series still holds appeal for viewers (and listeners) nearly 45 years since it ended. My main hope is that I was able to recapture the feel of Survivors and stay true to the characters, while also telling a new story with a new set of challenges for this post-apocalyptic world.”

Praise for Survivors: Ghosts and Demons:

“Ghosts and Demons is an excellent Survivors story, full-bloodied and not for the faint of heart.” Indie Mac User

“Another strong entry in one of Big Finish’s strongest lines.” SciFi Bulletin

“Future Survivors audiobooks of this calibre would be eagerly anticipated.”
Survivors Mad Dog

Survivors: Crusade is now available to pre-order as a digital download for just £9.99, exclusively from the Big Finish website.