A special mention for the extras - two episodes (The Fourth Horseman, Law and Order) have excellent commentaries and the interviews with various stars of the show are also very good. There's also a useful photo gallery.
Highly recommended. Roll on Series 2!
99% of the world's population is wiped out by a virus. The survivors find they can't enter the large towns due to the sheer volume of the dead and decaying and are forced to scavange and go "back to basics" in order to keep on living.
This program addresses many practical issues survivors of such a disaster would encounter just living from day to day - in a world newly dangerous. This would have to be the most realistic series to approach these issues I have seen. Even after 30 years much of what it has to show its viewers still holds a deep relevance.
Certinally worth watching and much better than the movie "28 days" I think if you like disaster flicks.
Nowadays, it seems all the dramas on TV are either concerned with the police, hospitals or other public sector workers like the army or fire brigade. Survivors cuts through all this and simply deals with human nature and its many faults and shortcomings.
There are 13 episodes in the 1st series. The 1st episode "The Fourth Horseman" depicts the spread of the virus and is fantastic in its pace and scope. The other episodes are all gripping, but special mention must go to the 9th episode "Law and Order", which made me feel physically sick at the end. This was not because of any violence but due to the concealment of a miscarriage of justice that shook you to the core.
I also have to mention that it makes a refreshing change to watch drama that does without overbearing incidental music. There is no background music whatsoever in Survivors and it adds to its "naturalness", if that is the correct adjective.
Overall, Survivors is great, thought-provoking television. Just be aware that some of the thoughts provoked can be quite depressing and rob you of a good night's sleep.