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  • When an enigmatic unnamed scientist accidentally infects himself with a lethal engineered virus he unwittingly spreads it world wide via air travel. Focusing on London, England we see the effects of the virus as millions succumb and civilization collapses accordingly. The story hones in on a handful of emotionally scarred survivors who come together and attempt the difficult and painful reconstruction of a new society no longer able to depend on supplied science and technology. In one episode entitled "Law and order" the survivor's group are faced with a rape and murder of one of their number following a raucous celebration. An intellectually disabled member is falsely accused and sentenced to death with the killer himself voting for the man's execution. After one of the group leaders carries out the killing, he learns the identity of the real killer and is forced to allow him to stay in the group and withhold the information as the news of the tragic error would permanently splinter and destroy what they fought, against enormous odds, to create. Survivors is gripping stuff; well acted, cleverly written and creatively directed - if you like character driven Sci - Fi drama then this is for you.
  • pjuk-110 March 2015
    The iconic opening sequence of this wonderful show was something I have never forgotten and, unlike many other series from this period, I actually have the three season box set on DVD and have watched it recently and - barring a few obvious age related issues - can confirm it is as good as it initially seemed back in 1975.

    The post-apocalyptic mood is brilliantly captured and although the plot and stories do dip after Terry Nation gave up full control of the project, the sense of loss and foreboding is superbly carried forward.

    The absence of one of Series 1 leading characters in series 2 and 3 is managed to reasonable effect although it is obvious the writers would have preferred to have carried on from where Season 1 left off. The attempts to shoehorn the missing person's back into the show from time to time is an obvious issue. Also, there are some plot lines that don't entirely work but 'Survivors' is really about characterisation and how you relate to these people in this world. Barely an episode goes by when the viewer doesn't wonder what they would do if it were them in the situation and this adds to the feeling of belonging and care for the survivors - it also adds to the sense of fear and desperation for the viewer.

    As you'd expect, the age of the show does leave some reservations and some of the stories would never make the cut now - undoubtedly it is dated, of course - but it also has to be said that the slow pace and different requirements of mid-70's TV actually enhance some aspects with regard to tension and plot building. When they tried to recreate and update the show later, the increased pace and need to make sure something was happening all the time detracted from the atmosphere and understanding of the characters. In the original, you care about the people and what happens to them. There is never any point you don't believe in this post-apocalyptic world and this is the show's strength.

    Some detractors have mentioned specific story lines where people don't behave as we'd expect them to do with second decade 21st Century glasses on. This is difficult to argue but, like listening to an old record from the same time, it is a pointless exercise to bemoan the different production values or to miss a modern trope. This is of its time, of course, but it shouldn't detract from the project. Don't forget, when they tried to remake it and modernise it, it was truly awful.

    For anyone with an appreciation of classic TV and good story-telling this is highly recommended.
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    With cinemas of the early to mid 70's being full of films predicting grim futures for Mankind - such as 'Zardoz' and 'Soylent Green' - it was predictable that television would get in on the act eventually. Terry Nation's 'Survivors' begins with one of the most memorably scary title sequences ever filmed; to the accompaniment of Anthony Issac's powerful theme, a Chinese scientist accidentally smashes a flask. Some time later, he collapses at an airport and dies. Within hours, the terrible plague he has inadvertently unleashed spreads across the world. Millions perish. Only a handful survive - and they band together in an attempt to rebuild civilisation...

    At the time of its original screening, I remember thinking: "What if this came true? Could I live in a world without electricity and all the other comforts we take for granted?". The main characters were 'Abby Grant' ( Carolyn Seymour ), a strong-willed middle-class housewife, 'Jenny Richards' ( Lucy Fleming ), secretary, and Greg Preston ( Ian McCulloch ), engineer. All were excellent. Other memorable characters to cross their paths included 'Tom Price' ( Talfryn Thomas ), a work-shy tramp, 'Ruth' ( Celia Gregory ), and 'Jimmy Garland' ( Richard Heffer ). Initially, the story lines combined action and adventure with thought-provoking drama. In the best episode of the series, 'Law & Order', a retarded man is put on trial for the murder of a young woman. His fate is to put to the vote. He is found guilty, and executed. Then its discovered that he was innocent. It remains the finest indictment of capital punishment I have come across. Another good episode was 'Something Of Value' in which a petrol tanker becomes the centre of an ownership dispute.

    After an excellent first series, the show went slightly downhill in the second, as Carolyn Seymour was fired by the producer. Terence Dudley was notorious for rubbing people up the wrong way - Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis took their names off his previous B.B.C. sci-fi series 'Doomwatch'. Her departure was a huge blow for the show. Denis Lill's 'Charles Vaughan' was brought in as a regular. Then Ian McCulloch left in the third, and when power was restored in the very last episode, the series ended on an upbeat note. U.K. Gold repeated it in the '90's, and in 2003, D.D. Video put it out on D.V.D. In 2008, the B.B.C. attempted a remake with Julie Graham as 'Abby' and Paterson Joseph as 'Greg', but it was an unmitigated disaster, and was dropped after only two seasons. The producers failed to grasp that 'Survivors' was about people having to get by without technology, and had characters accessing the Internet. Furthermore, the women often looked as if they had stepped straight from 'Sex & The City'. Terry Nation would have hated it.
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    What an incredible impact this series had on me as a nine year old in 1975. To me it was absolutely terrifying the way it depicted the total collapse of civilisation. The airliners taking off from Heathrow during the credits really illustrated perfectly how a killer virus would be spread right round the planet. The Oriental scientist at the start carried the plague overseas - was this a deliberate ploy by his government because they knew their own country was doomed? Or was the plague slow acting at the start and he didn't know he was infected? Jenny's doctor friend said that the disease was a mutant virus. That suggests to me it changed very quickly and started killing much quicker as it spread worldwide. You seen people dead behind the wheel of their vehicles meaning it killed very quickly at times. I would expect the towns and cities to look just like early morning - cars lined neatly outsides houses and in driveways and shops and factories locked up, because people would simply be dead in their homes. Wouldn't cities be gloomy and terrifying without street lighting and illumination from homes and shops? Obviously the rats and other vermin would be widespread. Pets would become feral again no doubt. Do you think towns and cities would ever be accessible again? How long would it take for nature to reclaim the built up areas? Just think, all round the world would be virtually silent with vast cities with only a handful of stunned, terrified people in them.

    Another thing, in Survivors you seen Greg, Abby and Jenny using petrol pumps to fill up cars they acquired. Think about it, nowadays that would be impossible because you need to get activation from an attendant's computerised screen/till and obviously the power would be gone. How could you get fuel? Computers and advancing technology if anything has made us MORE vulnerable. If society collapsed we'd be completely at a loss in many ways, much more so than when Survivors was on.

    With all the corpses lying dead, wouldn't other diseases be on the rise? That would be disastrous for new born babies because they wouldn't be innoculated in a post plague world.

    So, so many questions. Survivors is probably the best post plague apocalyptic series I've ever seen.
  • This speculative drama starts each episode with one of the greatest title sequence ever devised for television : A Chinese scientist accidentally drops a glass tube . Cut to the scientist collapse at an airport where planes are arriving then taking off again then the camera focuses on passports of Moscow , Madrid , Madrid , Paris and London being stamped as the picture dissolves . It doesn`t sound very exciting and it`s probably not but it is very very effective because it`s so simple . The whole premise of the series and its consequences of a lab borne virus escaping and being carried around the world sums up what has happened to humanity - the survivors - in the opening credits . Not a lot of programmes do that . And credit too for Anthony Isaacs title music which is understated , bleak and haunting

    Written by Terry Nation the first couple of episodes introduce us to the main characters of Abby Grant , Jenny Richards and Greg Preston , three people who have survived a superflu like virus that has wiped out 99 % of the world`s population . The trio meet more characters on their travels , not all of them good . One thing season one was good at was showing us that a worldwide calamity will not bring out the best in people and in some episodes like " Garland`s war " and " Something of value " that people may have to turn to violence if they want to survive at all . One outstanding episode " Law and order " centres around the premise of how will people deal with someone within in the group who harms another person in the sanctum

    Unfortunately as soon as Nation left to create BLAKES 7 at the end of the first season he took many of his Wyndham / Christopher inspired ideas with him . Seasons two and three are far less interesting than the first . Charles Vaughn who wouldn`t be out of place on a hippy or Greenpeace commune becomes the central character and SURVIVORS becomes a sort of BBC post apocalypse rival of EMMERDALE FARM with the only episodes worth watching being " Lights of London " , " Mad dog " and the absolutely outstanding " Last laugh "

    All in all a fairly good mature intelligent drama series but it should have been an unforgettable masterpiece from the golden age of British television. And if only Terry Nation had been given more control I`m certain it would have been . So if you`re going to watch SURVIVORS make sure you watch the whole of the first season and the episodes I mentioned above . Ignore the rest
  • Survivors is the first post doomsday drama on British television, echoing the pessimistic world view of 70s science fiction feature films such as The Andromeda Strain, The Omega Man or Planet of the Apes. Of course Survivors obviously also owes a lot to the grandmaster of British Science Fiction, John Wyndham with some dialogues almost verbatim taken from the day of the Triffids. But that does not have an impact on the quality of the programme. Like in Romero's Crazies the bureaucracy just fails terribly and the world becomes overrun by a deadly virus. Helpless attempts at stopping it are made but it all ends with a whimper. So a group of survivors from all different walks of life meet and group together. The disaster brings out the best and the worst in people: the hamprered housewife turns into a leader, the leader into a fascist and a rich woman into the bitch from hell. So a lot of the drama comes from the dynamics between the people and all the dilemmas you face in this situation. For viewers of todaya it takes a while getting used to the much slower pace of narration of the 70s. Long scenes, no hand camera and sparingly used music. That makes it look dated but once you accept it, it really makes very good viewing because the pace matches the helplesness of the people. Theonly drawback for me is that as with a lot of 70s and especially 80s British TV the outdoor scenes and the studio scenes were shot on different material so that as a viewer you experience really harsh differences in term of the picture.
  • Survivors is a show about the aftermath of a deadly plague. The title of the show indicates the plague originated in a lab in the Far East, and was accidentally released after a beaker was dropped. Air travel helped the flu-like disease spread around the world quickly and wipe out most of the population.

    In England scattered survivors of every age, race and creed band together in small communities, learning to become self sufficient. The survivors often discuss the future, struggling to preserve a sense of normality and trying to plan ahead for building a new world.

    This series was created by Terry Nation, better known as the creator of Doctor Who's most deadly enemies the Daleks. I suspect Terry Nation got a lot of his inspiration from such books as Earth Abides and The Day of the Triffids. Particularly the parts about new societies. I've only seen the first series of this show. It was made the year before I was born. Apparently after the first series it started to go downhill, as writers were running out of ideas. Terry Nation was unhappy with the path the show was taking and disowned the later episodes. I think he wanted an ending more like Earth Abides, where post-plague society slips into primitive illiteracy.

    Survivors is popular enough to have its own website, created by fans of the show. It has some interesting discussions and speculation about what it would be like to live in the post-apocalypse world, and recommends books with the same theme.
  • This series was first shown on peak-time on Sundays on B.B.C. 1 (the prime channel) and regularly attracted audiences in millions including a precocious ten year old (me!) and his siblings. The reason was simple: it was the best adult oriented S.F. drama series the B.B.C. had ever made. They have never made anything better since. And it was very powerful, very realistic, completely believable, terrifyingly accurate and very scary on a psychological "what if?" level. Characters behaved in the way that people behave in real crises (such as civil wars) when the veneer of civilisation falls away: some try to grab power, some become natural leaders, some want to be led, others give up in despair and kill themselves. The series didn't flinch from showing all that or sugar coat the pill - and was much the better for it. The B.B.C. had the pick of the best T.V. and stage character actors around to cast it, plots never plumbed the depths of cliche, stories and themes were rarely if ever neatly resolved. It made a huge impact on the British national consciousness: episodes were being talked about in offices, factories and school playgrounds for days afterwards. If you consider that it was broadcast before anyone had ever heard of A.I.D.S., H.I.V., B.S.E., C.J.D. or G.M.O.s then I think it fair to say it was way ahead of it's time. And, sadly, like a lot of the finest T.V. produce of the B.B.C. and independent T.V. in Britain of the 1970s and 1980s - nowhere is it available on video.
  • Ultimately I do recommend it, but it is often terribly frustrating. The most serious problem is that supposedly intelligent characters are constantly doing very stupid things at the convenience of the plot and it's very heavy handed. It shoots itself in foot too often.

    Yet it is also thought provoking and consistently entertaining. Watch one episode and you want to see the next one.

    For the many people who saw this when they were young it's easy to understand why it had such an impact on them. It's an excellent show for something from 1975, but not quite as magnificent as some memories paint it. It would certainly interest anyone who has read Stephen Kings "The Stand", though it doesn't contain the supernatural element his novel does.

    All of that aside it is worth checking out and truly is superior to most other TV shows.

    ps- Why do so many British shows look so drained of color? Star Trek had its share of flaws but it was always bright and interesting to look at.
  • Having just viewed all three series for the first time, I'm surprised that every reviewer seems to love Season 1 and hates Seasons 2 and 3. To be honest, I can't see much of a shift in quality between the three. I would probably agree that the first series is the best - but only just. I think that Season 3 is almost as good. Season 2 - apart from the excellent "Light of London" is largely a disaster, settling into an almost comfortable 'everyday' life-style which just feels too safe. Season 3 pulls the rug out from all that by being continuously threatening with the heroes moving from place to place with no sense of any roots. A third season with them happily working the land would have just sent the show down the tubes. Much of the second half of Season 1 also suffers from this "happy" community syndrome as well (excepting the harrowing "Law and Order" episode). Season 3 has some duff episodes as well, but then all 3 seasons do, but a number of very hard-hitting ones such as "Mad Dog" and the haunting "Last Laugh" - as adult as the series ever got. Yes, Jenny has become very annoying and shockingly willing to leave her son behind, while the character of Ruth (one of the best) is written out without explanation. Overall - good and entertaining to watch (perhaps just once though) - but patchy throughout.
  • The Survivors portrayed a vision of a post apocalyptic society coming to terms with itself. A virus had wiped out the vast majority of the earth population and those who were left had to come to terms with their predicament and "survive".

    There were three distinct series, the first centred around three characters, Greg, Jenny and Abby, and their struggle to come to terms with their situation. The second saw Abbey leave and a community set up with Charles Vaughn and a group of others, which ultimately failed and the third saw the survivors branch out to try to unite everyone who had survived as some sort of federal government.

    The first series was excellent the final series was weak, the whole concept got lost halfway through to be honest as writers other than Terry Nation got involved.

    Although good this was by no means a classic overall, even though the first series was.

    IF Survivors is your cup of tea then I would recommend The Last Train which was pretty good.

    Survivors was always rumoured to be coming back for a fourth series set on a boat between Scotland and Norway but nothing materialised.

    It is probably just as well.
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    An amazing, sprawling epic, touching on some of the most powerful issues that mankind can ever face ... or ... lots of people standing around talking about crop rotation.

    Survivors is the most variable TV show I have ever seen. It is either gripping, or tiresome. Its three seasons seem to have little in common with each other, and the series gradually runs out of steam (ironic, as it ends with the re-invention of the steam engine!).

    The first series is the best. Beginning with the shock of The Death, and society falling apart, it moves on to deal with scavenging, trading, disease, and how to cope without electricity or medicine. Some brilliant images of deserted streets. Memorable characters, such as Emma Cohen and Tom Price, will not be bettered as the series moves on. Some stand-out episodes, including the capital punishment story everyone always remembers, make up for some of the more ordinary tales which seem to involve two groups of people waving guns at each other for 45 minutes.

    With series two, Abby Grant has moved on, and nearly all the likable characters are killed off in a fire. Now in a new, less tight-knit community, the stories are more varied in quality and some quite unsympathetic.

    Mina is very likable, but is thought to be a witch. It's this kind of story that reminds us how easy it is to become primitive all over again. The community gains a doctor, and the London-based two parter breaks the series' mould effectively.

    It all falls apart at the end of series two when leader Greg heads off to Norway in a hot air balloon. This is the first nail in the coffin of the series.

    Series three is very hard going. Having spent so long building up the new community in series two, this is barely seen and all but forgotten. The doctor is never even mentioned again. Jenny moans a lot about missing either (a) home, (b) kids, or (c) Greg. In some scenes, she moans about all three, becoming an unlikeable whining machine. Charlie rants on about forming communities and rebuilding society to anyone who will listen, almost prompting me to reach for the mute button. Hubert gets drunk and falls over (he occasionally proves himself useful by shooting people).

    Charlie, Jenny and Hubert trot from one place to the next, avoiding wild dogs, trying to find Greg. It all seems a bit aimless. There's a brilliant and terrifying episode about rabies, but the third series is mostly very yawn-making. Greg seems to be setting up some kind of military rule towards the end of the series, though Heaven only knows how Norweigian Anna is involved.

    The final episodes, aiming to switch on hydro-electric power-stations, makes interesting viewing, if only because they're talking about valves instead of crops, for a change. Moving from one location to the next, occasionally picking up and dropping off new faces, gives the third series far less emotional involvement than that in earlier episodes. It's a real effort to sit through some of it.

    At its worst, Survivors bored me and frustrated me as characters behaved illogically and provoked arguments for no reason. At its best, it's shocking, thought-provoking and terrifying. In the first two years, the best far outweighs the worst. Towards the end, I was losing patience and sympathy. Worth a watch for the scale of its ideas if nothing else.
  • rikko_7115 May 2003
    Great Pilot, great movie. It was late '70 or first '80 when Rai (italian broadcast company) played this show.

    I was mesmerized by this product and I still remember characters as Abby or Greg.

    The story of a virus killing 90% of earth population compelling the survivors to start a new civilization again was thrilling expecially in the computer decade.

    I miss it.
  • A plague wipes out 99-point-something percent of the human race and the survivors have to start again from scratch. The quality of the episodes varies but for me it was never less than good and I'd really put the best ones up there with 'I, Claudius' and the original 'Upstairs Downstairs' at the very peak of classic British TV drama - most notably an episode from the first series revolving around capital punishment and one from the third that's like a cross between a western, a horror movie and a Breughel winterscape, with philosophical interludes.

    It does have flaws. Some interesting characters are written out too soon, and series stars left without their characters being written out, leading to that unsatisfactory situation I remember from other 70s shows where there are rumours of sightings of them and hints that they may return eventually.

    Personally I liked that there was a mix of different types of stories, from adventure to character clash to ideas-based to ones based around technical ingenuity and the resolution of simple problems of coping without infrastructure, even that in the second series there were episodes or portions thereof that were almost idyllic where the major conflict was competing visions of the future. Most of the core characters were middle-class, old-school British, optimists, can-do types, planners, builders, and their belief that they could pull things together again, determination to make the best of things, even excitement at the chance for a fresh start helped make things bearable. But there's plenty of tension, menace, challenge, it's downright harrowing at times, and the deprivations the survivors undergo are a salutary lesson in not taking for granted all the things you tend to. I remember the relish with which I ate an egg after watching an episode where they're an incredible luxury.

    If you like (surely the wrong word) John Wyndham's apocalypses or are fascinated by Robinson Crusoe daydreams of 'What would I do if...?' this is especially for you. Avoid the remake like the plague.
  • mhorg201820 June 2018
    While apocalyptic tv shows like The Walking Dead and Z Nation are the vogue today, this show (remade in the 2000's) is absolutely terrifying because this could really happen. When a virus is accidentally released, it spreads world wide quickly and 90 percent of humanity is killed off. The survivors take one a few different ideas; banding together and attempting to recreate a civilization, becoming raiders on others, or simply dying off. A really brilliant and terrifying show.
  • The saddest part of this "business" is that Carolyn Seymour got fired after season one because she was accused of being an alcoholic by the ass-hole producer/boss. She was the star! The writing was great but degraded over time and do not watch the final season as they let it all go to hell (I know as I own the DVDs and having watched it as a teen in the 1970s when it meant something to me). And it still does.

    The story is that a disease has killed most of us. Season one is as about as good as it gets for anyone interested in what happens when most of us die and we must now try to survive when the food and the gas gets low. It is science fiction but I think the acting/characters are great and how they relate and strangely it has its moments. Classic post-apolcoliptic fiction but told with wonderful humanity at times.

    I feel it after many watchings still.

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  • I was fortunate enough to get to watch this when it was first run and I was stationed in England while in the U.S. Air Force. While I missed the first season, I was there in time for seasons two and three and loved them.

    Like the person who complained five or six years ago that it wasn't available on video, I too would like to complain... it's now on Video in the UK and Germany, but not here in the U.S.A. :-( If it ever does come out on DVD here in the States, you can be sure I'll be buying the set.

    As for the person wondering why the British TV shows have washed out color, my guess is that perhaps it has something to do with the conversion process from the PAL format to the NTSC format. As I remember watching shows on my PAL format TV over there, the colors were much richer than we had here in the States. It might be that the conversion was done from a film print rather than video tape as well. Old film prints tend to be more washed out.

    It might also have to do with the fact that the British (at least when I lived there) didn't go for the garish colors in their clothing that we Americans did. After living in England several years, I'd almost be blinded by the clothes that some of the newly arrived airmen wore. LOL

    His comparison to the color in Star Trek is probably unfair though. Star Trek was done at a time when color TVs were still relatively new and they went out of their way to use very bright colors on the sets and costumes, much the way they did the first color movies.

    The conversion process must have certainly gotten though as the shows I watch on BBC America are very rich.
  • Probably one of the best "end of the world as we know it" series. It is sad that it took as long as it did for Survivors to come to DVD in the US. They obviously didn't have a large budget but they really didn't need it.

    One of the things that stands out and actually makes it even better is they did not use any music to set the mood/tone of the show. The actors had to carry each episode along with the script. All too often music is used for dramatic effect and if it was removed, the scene would fail. Not with this series. There is a theme at the start and it comes back in at the end. So no incidental music is used and it actually makes this even better. In fact, I wish this would happen more often.

    As with any series, some episodes are not as good as others. The plot sometimes jumps around but for the most part the series holds up on its own and leaves you wanting to know what will happen next. The remake of the show in 2008 does not come close to this original.

    I highly recommend it!!!
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    I am someone who enjoys a series with a well-knit, well-defined, varied cast of characters and, at the end of its first series in 1975 and after some comings, goings and tragic deaths, 'Survivors' had fulfilled this (for me) requirement. A group of eleven had established themselves at what I believe was a derelict castle and had acquired a tankerful of petrol - the chief currency of their shattered world. The females were in the majority with Abby, Jenny, Ruth, Emma, Charmian and Lizzie, a child. The males comprised Greg, Paul, Arthur, Vic and John, the male counterpart to Lizzie. I looked forward to the second series beginning in the spring of the following year but...the first revelation was that Abby had long since disappeared in search of her son and then... FIRE! Three others of the above (thankfully neither of the children) were wiped off the cast list virtually off screen! Cue diminishing interest on my part through the second series and an almost total non-viewing of the third...Each to his own...
  • This series is both brilliant and terrible.It is brilliant in its first run, this is in no small part to the writing of terry nation, by the second series terry nation has departed and the quality suffers accordingly, being somewhat patchy in script and story, also the loss of one of the strongest characters from the first series does not help at all, the third series sees another main character greg, absent until the last two episodes, this awful third series is filled for the most part with gregs common law wife(for want of a better description)whining over greg and scouring the countryside in search of him, as a whole i have to give the series 6 out of ten, but the first series is a good nine.
  • screenman30 July 2008
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    I'm afraid I'm out of step with popular opinion on this one.

    My recollections of the series are largely critical. It featured a capable rather than first-rate cast, who were condemned to struggle with those banes of British television: an inadequate budget and a melodramatic script. Both of which are far more debilitating than any virus.

    The melodrama is there simply to make up for the shortcomings in the finance department. So, we are treated to needlessly verbose confrontations, and hysterical shouting-matches.

    Given its budgetary constraints; there was about enough mileage in the idea to run for a 6-part serial. After that it might have perished with honours. Unfortunately, it was allowed to outlast its value and quickly descended into a soap opera. Perhaps I should say soap-less opera, considering how scruffy and squalid everyone and every thing seemed to be. There were tiresome digressions with people going away on obscure adventures, whilst lovelorn individuals would eventually go off in pursuit of them. These crusades and searches became the mainstays of the series in its later incarnations. Even its creator, Terry Nation, walked quietly away from its death-bed before the plug was finally pulled.

    Nope; I have no fond memories of this turkey. But anybody with a penchant for disease-induced end-of-civilisation-as-we-know-it-situations that bore your socks off, could do no better than to get their hands on 'Virus - The Director's Cut'. That's actually made in Japan, and comes with a standard Nipponese 3-year warranty to 'do your 'ead in', as the Cockneys say. Sometimes it's marketed under the more apt title of 'Fukkatsu No Hi'. I couldn't have put it better myself.
  • In the 70s anything on TV labelled as Sci-Fi meant either wobbly cardboard sets (Dr Who) or simplistic formulas and silly costumes (StarTrek). Survivors was only called Sci-Fi because it was set 'slightly in the future', and, I suppose, because everyone in the world dying doesn't fit neatly into any other category. Three decades after last seeing an episode, two moments still stand out for me as examples of superb television.

    Although it was set mostly in the Worcestershire countryside, one scene set in Birmingham near where I lived featured a suburban road made over with several years' worth of moss, overgrown gardens, sagging gutters. The impressive attention to detail meant you could totally believe the world would look like this.

    After weeks of getting used to a world with no people, no electricity, no services of any kind, one episode started with a dramatic bang - the screen filled with the sudden noisy arrival of a police Range Rover. I really did jump out of my seat, and as I remember, it was indeed a dramatic and violent episode.

    Nothing quite like it has ever been made. OK, Last Train tried, but a gas that can freeze a trainload of people for years? Everyone knows that cryogenics is a sick joke.
  • I am a huge fan of this show. I first saw it on PBS about 10 years ago and I have been looking to purchase it ever since. To be honest the obsession has almost driven me mad.

    It was an awesome Sci-Fi show that I recommend to any fans of post-pandemic movies/series. The "Survivors" go through different trials as they attempt to remain civil and alive. The series does not start by just dropping you off, it shows you the virus and the people before everyone dies, which gives the show a stable base. I never saw the end of the series.

    And if you all could spread the word that we would like a USA Zone 1 version that would be great! Thank you!
  • Warning: Spoilers
    I'd seen the re-make recently and enjoyed it, but was frustrated by the abrupt ending midway through season 2. I figured, I know the original is going to be a cheesy 70's production, but I like the basic storyline and I'll at least get 3 full seasons out of it. What a mistake. Aside from the horrid filming (unavoidable for 70's era TV) the acting is atrocious. And both of these pale in comparison to the worst writing I think I've ever seen. I don't just mean the script but the entire storyline. The characters make mistakes no sensible person in that situation would make and never learn from them. Nevertheless, I was determined to stick with it until episode 9, "Law & Order", which is inexplicably the favorite of other reviewers I've seen. First, the idea that any group of people would allow an obvious degenerate like Tom Price to join them after he's held 2 of the women hostage at gunpoint and tried to force them to trade sex for food is laughable. They know he's a drunk and a lecher, yet he's welcomed into their society without as much as a discussion. Then, after he's raped and killed one of their members, no one even thinks to mention his name as a suspect, even though he'd been visibly drunk, obnoxious and bothering one of the other women at the "party" the night of the murder. No, instead they "convict" a mildly retarded and good-hearted man, then decide execution is the only way to settle the issue. When the tragic error is discovered (too late), the idiot leader who railroaded the whole scenario along decides they can't tell the truth about the matter or they'll undo all the "good" they've accomplished so far. Got news for you, Greg, if you've just wrongly executed an innocent retarded man based on nothing but your flimsy, meandering logic, while the real and obvious killer is sitting right there, you haven't "built" anything worthwhile and you shouldn't be in charge of anything other than tinkering with fuel pumps and such. And then, they allow the murderer to stay with the group! No worries about the children now, no talk of banishment, why? Because they need him to help them farm! This is absurd on so many levels, my head hurts. Needless to say, out came the disc, and into the mail with it before any more damage could be done. I don't usually take the time to shred bad movies, but in this case I've made an exception to, hopefully, save other viewers of the new series the pain of what I just went through with the original.