Reviews of new Survivors audios now available

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REVIEWS OF THE new Big Finish Survivors audios New Dawn 1 and Ghosts and Demons have now been published on the Survivors: A World Away site.

Individual reviews of each of the three episodes in the first boxset of New Dawn 1, starring Carolyn Seymour, Lucy Fleming and Louise Jameson, are available: Tethered, My Generation and Behind You.

The first series of New Dawn retains the core sense of jeopardy that made the original post-Death context of Survivors so compelling. Yet it does in a way that is original and genuinely exhilarating. Imagining how the country might have moved on more than two decades after the pandemic provides Survivors with a new ‘what if’ premise that crackles with potential

Also published is a review of the new audiobook Ghosts and Demons, written by Ethan Milsea and narrated by Carolyn Seymour.

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Ghosts and Demons is a fantastic addition to the audio literature of Survivors. Author Ethan Milsea uses the cautionary tale of the predatory Tommy as a means to explore the different fears and nightmares that haunt those who have experienced the trauma of The Death and survived. This story, which locks itself in to the first TV series’ timeline, delivers admirably on what can often be an elusive ambition: to be both in-keeping with the existing dramatic terrain and to break open new and fertile ground.

Survivors: New Dawn 1 is available to buy, in both CD and digital download formats, from the Big Finish site.

Survivors: Ghosts & Demons is now available to purchase as a digital download .

Survivors: New Dawn 2 will be released in February 2022 and is also available for pre-order. Both releases can be purchased, in both formats, as part of a Big Finish bundle.

Big Finish release details of Survivors: New Dawn 2

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BIG FINISH HAVE today (29 December 2021) released more details of the three stories that will make up the second-half of the Survivors: New Dawn audio series.

Due for release in February 2022, Survivors: New Dawn 2 will again feature Carolyn Seymour (Abby Grant) and Lucy Fleming (Jenny Richards) in three episodes set two decades on from the events of the series nine Survivors audio boxset.

This concluding New Dawn boxset will begin with Lizbeth Myles ‘Bad Blood’. This will be followed by Andrew Smith’s ‘When First We Practise to Deceive’ before the story completes with Roland Moore’s ‘Last Stand’.

Big Finish’s press release is reproduced below:

The Survivors are in a race against the clock

Survivors: New Dawn continues some 20 years after the previous Big Finish series ended, with original TV series regulars Carolyn Seymour (as Abby Grant) and Lucy Fleming (as Jenny Richards) in a renewed fight for survival.

Based on Terry Nation’s BBC TV series which ran from 1975–77, Survivors is a post-apocalyptic drama concerning the plight of a group of people who have survived a worldwide plague. Since 2014, this audio continuation has been one of Big Finish’s most critically-acclaimed works, having been short-listed in nominations for both the 2015 and 2016 BBC Audio Drama Awards. 

Survivors: New Dawn 2 is now available to pre-order as a collector’s edition CD box set at £19.99 or £16.99 as a download exclusively here.   

The world as we know it has ended. The Death 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.

It’s been twenty years since the Death. Britain has a fledgling government based in Cambridge, and some transport and communications infrastructure has been re-established. International links are being forged, and people are looking to the future with hope. Unfortunately, the worst of human nature has survived along with the best.

Survivors: New Dawn 1 was released in November 2021, with this second set picking up from those events, as Abby and Jenny ride north to confront Governor Dominic Crayle with evidence of his crimes. 

The three exciting new episodes are: 

Bad Blood by Lizbeth Myles

Abby and Jenny are heading north when they’re thrown into the middle of a conflict between two rival factions. Learning someone has tried to assassinate the local Governor, is there anything they can do to prevent further violence and bloodshed?

When First We Practise to Deceive by Andrew Smith

Abby and Jenny reach the Zone controlled by Governor Dominic Crayle. He has serious questions to answer, but Crayle will go to any lengths to protect his secrets.

Last Stand by Roland Moore

In the overgrown remains of an abandoned city, a new friend helps Abby and Jenny make a last stand against a determined enemy.

Script editor Andrew Smith said: “This series pays off everything we set up in the first one. For Abby, there’s an element of revenge and she’s seeking justice, and Jenny, the Law Minister is there to see she gets it, but they are up against people trying to hide their wrongdoings. I couldn’t have asked for a better finale to Survivors.”

Writer Roland Moore added: “I figured that even though Survivors exists on the back of a deadly outbreak, listeners don’t really want to dwell on viruses at the moment. So the stories view the Death as a historic event – something that has resulted in loss and bereavement, but which is hopefully in the past.”

And writer Lizbeth Myles said: “It was awesome to write for a series I’d loved for so many years. Honestly, I tried very hard not to think about the current pandemic while writing. Like everyone else, I’ve found it enormously stressful and the current world circumstances made it rather more difficult work than usual.”

Survivors: New Dawn 2 is due for release in February 2022 and is now available to pre-order at £19.99 as a collector’s edition CD box set or £16.99 as a download from the Big Finish website.

Big Finish listeners can save more by ordering both Survivors: New Dawn box sets together as a bundle on CD at £38 and on digital download at £33.

All the above prices include the special pre-order discount and are subject to change after general release. 

Please note that Survivors contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners. 

Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mail-out of collector’s edition CDs may be delayed due to factors beyond our control, 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. 

Released today: Survivors – New Dawn 1 audio boxset

BIG FINISH HAVE today (25 November 2021) release the new original Survivors audio boxset New Dawn 1 and new audiobook Ghosts and Demons.

Survivors: New Dawn 1 is available to buy, in both CD and digital download formats, from the Big Finish site.

New audiobook Survivors: Ghosts & Demons, narrated by Carolyn Seymour, is now available to purchase as a digital download .

Survivors: New Dawn 2 will be released in February 2022 and is also available for pre-order. Both releases can be purchased, in both formats, as part of a Big Finish bundle.

A New Dawn Rises for Survivors

Based on Terry Nation’s BBC TV series which ran from 1975-77, Survivors is a post-apocalyptic drama concerning the plight of a group of people who have survived a worldwide plague.

Survivors: New Dawn 1 picks up a couple of decades after the previous Big Finish series with original TV series regulars Carolyn Seymour (as Abby Grant) and Lucy Fleming (as Jenny Richards) in a renewed fight for survival. This new box sets also features Louise Jameson (as Jackie Burchall), Belinda Lang (as Celia Tate) and Clive Hayward (as John Bedwell).  

Survivors: New Dawn 1 is now available to own as a collector’s edition CD box set at £19.99 or £16.99 as a download exclusively from this website (Big Finish).

The world has ended. The Death 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. 

It’s been twenty years since the Death and fifteen years since Abby Grant and Jenny Richards went their separate ways. Britain has a fledgling government based in Cambridge, and some transport and communications infrastructure has been re-established. International links are being forged, and people are looking to the future with hope. But this new order is more fragile than it appears. The worst of human nature has survived along with the best. 

Tethered by Andrew Smith 

Abby Grant is heading home on a tragic mission when she meets an apparent Good Samaritan, who may be nothing of the sort. And in Cambridge, the seat of the New Federal Government, the Prime Minister tasks Law Minister Jenny Richards with a secret assignment. Both women soon find themselves in deadly peril. 

My Generation by Katharine Armitage 

Abby is on the run, and Jenny risks her future to protect her. An old friend, Jackie Burchall, is also eager to help. But when Abby falls in with an activist group called The Veil, it jeopardises everyone. 

Behind You by Roland Moore 

Abby remembers Leonard Cross as the awful children’s entertainer who came to one of her son’s birthday parties before the Death. She doesn’t expect to find herself relying on him as she recovers from injury and tragedy. And he may be even more awful than she knows… 


Carolyn Seymour said: “The challenges facing the survivors in the original TV series were almost insuperable but somehow, every time, there was a little glimmer of hope that came through that good will out and bad will be defeated.  

“Trying to wrench myself back into that part of my life was tough. I’m much less hot-headed than I was in those days. It was hard getting back there but these scripts have been very sensitively written. It’s been a great time.” 

Lucy Fleming added: “I think Abby and Jenny are quite different characters. Abby is quite driven but Jenny has a softer side. But they’ve evolved and come together more. They’ve been getting their heads down and working hard and getting these communities together.  

 “Maybe when we were younger, when we were doing the television series, we were not so sensitive as we are now. Also, the world has changed.” 

Survivors: New Dawn 1 is now available to own as a collector’s edition CD box set at £19.99 or £16.99 as a download here

Accompanying the box set is a brand new audiobook, Survivors: Ghosts and Demons, written by Ethan Milsea and read by Carolyn Seymour, which is available as a download only at £9.99. 

Big Finish Survivors audio sale – this week only

Big Finish - Survivors audios - sale runs from 22 November to 28 November 2021

AHEAD OF THE release of the new Survivors audiobook and audio drama boxset later this month, Big Finish are offering large discounts on all previous releases in the company’s Survivors audio range.

Discounts are available on all nine series of full-cast Survivors audios and the audiobook version of Terry Nation’s 1976 Survivors novel, narrated by Carolyn Seymour.

All releases are available in both CD and digital download formats (with the exception of series one, first released back in 2014 and now out-of-print on CD).

Best value of all comes with the range of bundles that are available. As CDs are the mostly heavily discounted items, it’s possible to acquire all nine series and the audiobook on CD for less than £100.

These Survivors offers are available exclusively from the Big Finish site until 23:59, UK time, on 28 November 2021.

Forthcoming releases

New audiobook Survivors: Ghosts & Demons will be released as a digital download, and is available to pre-order now.

New full-cast boxset Survivors: New Dawn 1 is also available for pre-order, in both CD and digital download formats.

Survivors: New Dawn 2 will be released in February 2022 and is also available for pre-order. Both releases can also be pre-ordered, in both formats, as part of a Big Finish bundle.

BIG FINISH PODCAST (2021-11-21 NINTH SURVIVORS)

In the latest Big Finish podcast, hosts Nick Briggs and Benji Clifford preview the release later this week of Survivors: New Dawn 1. The pair discuss their enthusiasm for working on the series; the significance of the time-shift that New Dawn is premised on; consider the approach to music and sound design on the release; and share their evident pleasure at the return to the Survivors fray of Lucy Fleming (Jenny Richards) and Carolyn Seymour (Abby Grant).

Survivors: New Dawn, ghosts and demons beckon

BIG FINISH HAVE released new information about the two new Survivors audios scheduled for release next month: the full-cast audio series Survivors: New Dawn 1 and the narrated audiobook Survivors: Ghosts and Demons.

The new issue of Big Finish’s free magazine Vortex (No 152, October 2021) includes a three page preview of Survivors: New Dawn 1, which combines interviews with writers Andrew Smith, Katharine Armitage and Roland Moore. All three interviewees reflect on the opportunities and challenges of imagining how the country depicted in the 1970s’ TV series might have evolved in a parallel post-Death 1990s.

Released today (18 October) is the first trailer for the new audiobook Ghosts and Demons, written by Ethan Milsea and voiced by Carolyn Seymour. This snippet from the book – set at the time of the original TV series – hints at intriguing parallels between the the storyline of Ghosts and Demons and the plot of the second TV series episode A Friend in Need, written by Survivors cast member Ian McCulloch (Greg Preston).

Survivors: Ghosts & Demons will be released as a digital download, and is available to pre-order now.

Survivors: New Dawn 1 is also available for pre-order, in both CD and digital download formats, from the Big Finish site.

Survivors: New Dawn 2 will be released in February 2022 and is also available for pre-order. Both releases can also be pre-ordered, in both formats, as part of a Big Finish bundle.

Cast and story details confirmed for Survivors: New Dawn 1 audio

BIG FINISH HAVE confirmed full cast details for the forthcoming new Survivors audio boxset Survivors: New Dawn 1. More details about the plot of each of the three stories in the set have also been released.

A new press release from the company confirms that the New Dawn series sees Abby Grant and Jenny Richards “reuniting fifteen years after they parted ways, as they face a renewed fight for survival against foes old and new.”

“The brief was to set our stories several years after the end of the last audio series, some twenty years after the Death first devastated the world,” explains scriptwriter and series script editor Andrew Smith. “It’s been so interesting to add this extra development to the series, and to place our characters in settings where society is beginning to knit together again, with a few of the trappings of everyday life restored. We’ve imagined how Britain –and to some extent the rest of the world – would look after all that time.”

“The New Dawn of the series title signifies that this is a time of hope for our characters and for the wider population, particularly with the imminent prospect of democratic elections in Britain. But that future is more uncertain, and society is less orderly, than many believe. There’s still lawlessness and corruption, and people being terrible in true Survivors fashion – and we’ve stuck Abby Grant and Jenny Richards right in the thick of it.”

Smith – is an experienced writer for Survivors on audio, who most recently scripted Conflict, the closing episode of series nine of the original Big Finish audio run – is delighted at the series’ return.

“It’s been a treat to return to the world of Survivors, which has always been one of my favourite Big Finish writing gigs,” he says.

The newly released New Dawn 1 plot summaries introduce the stories of Tethered, My Generation and Behind You.

Survivors: New Dawn 1

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.

Abby Grant and Jenny Richards return to an England devastated by disease, and face a renewed fight for survival…

1.1 Tethered

Abby Grant is heading home on a tragic mission when she meets an apparent Good Samaritan, who may be nothing of the sort. And in Cambridge, the seat of the New Federal Government, the Prime Minister tasks Law Minister Jenny Richards with a secret assignment. Both women soon find themselves in deadly peril.

— Written by Andrew Smith

1.2 My Generation

Abby is on the run, and Jenny risks her future to protect her. An old friend, Jackie Burchall, is also eager to help. But when Abby falls in with an activist group called The Veil, it jeopardises everyone.

— Written by Katharine Armitage

1.3 Behind You

Abby remembers Leonard Cross as the awful children’s entertainer who came to one of her son’s birthday parties before the Death. She doesn’t expect to find herself relying on him as she recovers from injury and tragedy. And he may be even more awful than she knows…


— Written by Roland Moore


Big Finish have also confirmed the full cast details for the series, which are as follows:

Survivors: New Dawn 1 will be released in November 2021 and is currently available for pre-order, in both CD and digital download formats, from the Big Finish site.

Survivors: New Dawn 2 will be released in February 2022 and is also available for pre-order. Both releases can also be pre-ordered, in both formats, as part of a Big Finish bundle.

Big Finish release first trailer for new Survivors audio New Dawn 1

BIG FINISH HAVE today (17 August 2021) released the first trailer for the new audio boxset Survivors: New Dawn 1.

The trailer features the original series characters Abby Grant (Carolyn Seymour) and Jenny Richards (Lucy Fleming) encountering new survivors in a Britain beginning to reshape itself several years on from The Death. It’s a country in which government, civil society and industry is returning, but which is clearly stressed by tensions and conflicts of all kinds.

Survivors: New Dawn 1 is available for pre-order, in both CD and digital download formats, from the Big Finish site.

Survivors: New Dawn 2 will be released in February 2022 and is also available for pre-order. Both releases can also be pre-ordered, in both formats, as part of a Big Finish bundle.

Big Finish offer Survivors audio bundle deal

BIG FINISH ARE offering a bundle of all nine series of Survivors audio boxsets – in either digital download and CD formats – at up to a 50% discount, until 23:59 (UK time) on 12 August 2021.

Those who have yet to explore the Big Finish Survivors audio universe now have the (time-limited opportunity) to do just that at a bargain price.

Two options are available. There’s the Survivors Series 01-9 + Audiobook (CD & Download) at £95.00; and there’s the Survivors Series 01-9 + Audiobook (Download) – £152.00.

The first option includes series one as a download, because the CD pressing of that release is now out of print.

Both bundles include the audiobook version of Terry Nation’s Survivors novel, narrated by Carolyn Seymour.

Big Finish reveal cover for Survivors: New Dawn 1 audio

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BIG FINISH HAVE revealed the cover image for new Survivors audio New Dawn 1, starring Lucy Fleming and Carolyn Seymour, due for release in November 2021.

The cover features images of Abby Grant, Jenny Richards, Jackie Burchall and two as-yet-unnamed other characters.

The character of Jackie Burchall (played by Louise Jameson) was first introduced in Exodus, the second episode of the first series of Big Finish’s Survivors audio released back in June 2015.

Survivors: New Dawn 1 is available for pre-order, in both CD and digital download formats, from the Big Finish site.

Survivors: New Dawn 2 will be released in February 2022 and is also available for pre-order. Both releases can also be pre-ordered, in both formats, as part of a Big Finish bundle.

As part of a ‘Terry Nation Celebration’ (August 8 2021 would have been Nation’s 91st birthday), Big Finish are offering significant discounts on previously released instalments in their Survivors audio range. These deals expire at 23:59 (UK time) on 12 August 2021.

UPDATE: Cover artist Tom Newsom has shared a version of the artwork without the Big Finish text elements:

Tom Newsom's artwork for the Big Finish - Survivors - New Dawn 1 cover

New Survivors audiobook – voiced by Carolyn Seymour

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A NEW AND original Survivors audiobook, voiced by Carolyn Seymour (Abby Grant), will be released by Big Finish in November 2021.

Written by Ethan Milsea, Survivors: Ghosts & Demons will be released as a digital download, and is available to pre-order now. The new audiobook will be set during the first TV series, close to events of twelfth episode Something of Value.

The release of new audiobook Survivors: Ghosts & Demons is in addition to the new full-cast Survivors audio series New Dawn announced by Big Finish on 13 July 2021.

A press release issued on 23 July 2021 provides more details about this new release.

Carolyn Seymour is a survivor once more, as she reads the latest Survivors audiobook from Big Finish Productions.

“A national emergency has been declared by Westminster as panic violently grabs hold of the population. Hospitals are being overrun and there are numerous incidents of mobs charging the entrances, fighting staff and each other. Some have died in the crush…”

Based on Terry Nation’s original BBC TV series, Survivors is a post-apocalyptic drama concerning the plight of a group of people who have survived a worldwide plague. As they fight against the odds – and each other – to survive, you’re never quite sure who’s going to make it from one story to the next…

Due for release in November 2021, Ghosts & Demons is read by Carolyn Seymour – who has played the series’ courageous heroine, Abby Grant, on television and audio since the 1970s. This audiobook focuses on the community of survivors banding together at their adopted home, the Grange, where there’s danger in the air…

Survivors: Ghosts & Demons is now available to pre-order as a digital download for just £9.99, exclusively HERE.

In order to survive, you don’t just need food. You need hope… And the survivors at the Grange are at breaking point. Food is running short and tensions are high as Abby and Greg try to find ways to keep their new community alive.

But, community isn’t the only way of survival in this new world.  

There’s the vicious gang, who take pleasure in destruction and violence…

The Lord and Lady, who are still waited on by the butler in their country manor…

The loner who finds that the biggest battles he faces are with his own mind…

And when these groups collide, the outcome is bloody, and devastating. 

Producer Xanna Eve Chown said: “Ghosts and Demons is set during the first series of the TV show, at about the time of the episode Something of Value, where tensions are running high at the Grange. We also get to meet some new characters from various walks of life and see how they are settling into the new post-plague world. Hint: Some are doing better than others…”

Survivors: Ghosts & Demons is now available to pre-order as a digital download for just £9.99, exclusively here.

Please note that Survivors: Ghosts & Demons contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners.