Picking up where the terrific first series left off, the BBC’s new take on Survivors
continues to hark back to Terry Nation’s original novel, yet nonetheless weaves in contemporary themes. It gets down to business fairly quickly too, dealing with the thread left over from the first series’ cliffhanger, before pressing ahead with the thrust of the show’s new run.
And Survivors’ second series makes some interesting choices. It’s more interested this time in dealing with the ramifications of the virus that devastated the planet in the first place, and it’s happy to up the action ante, too. But it’s the life that the survivors face that now is taking centre stage, as well as digging into the story behind the aforementioned virus itself. As such, we get to see the worst and best of human nature reflected in the collection of characters here, and they get to be put in tenser situations as a result.
It’s an intelligent expansion of the original concept that we find in Survivors series 2, and an enriching of the drama as a result. It still has its problems, with not all characters convincing for instance, but this is still another fine science fiction show from the BBC, and one whose promise continues into its second run. --Jon Foster
All six episodes from the second series of the BBC science fiction drama based on the novel by Terry Nation. The sole survivors of a virus that has swept across the world, a lonely few must now adjust to a world in which everything that was once familiar is now strange and dangerous. Among those struggling for survival are Abby (Julie Graham), desperate mother of a missing son, loner Greg (Paterson Joseph), medic Anya (Zoe Tapper) - and Tom Price (Max Beesley): handsome, dangerous and a maximum security prisoner before the virus hit. To stay alive this unlikely group must band together, utilise their talents and learn new skills. But how far can they trust each other?