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This review is from: Survivors - Series 1-3 Box Set [DVD]  (DVD)
Made in what was possibly the Golden age of British television drama, 'Survivors' survives as great drama- I've only watched 4 episodes of this boxset, and I'm as capitvated as I was as a child- and I realise just how influential the series was on my worldview. For a series made in the seventies, the plot, pace and dialogue seem incredibly modern and the acting is generally superb- with fine performances from a host of terrific british character actors.
Naturally, the subject matter is very grim, very gritty, not like the saccharin, polished, safe pap you get today (and yes, that includes the re-make!)- in a decade of grim television (World at War, Bouquet of Barbed Wire, Colditz, Gangsters) 'Survivors' stood out as it addressed the very real fears of an impending war of annihilation between the West and the Soviet Union, whether nuclear, biological or chemical, the insecurity caused by the oil crisis and the resurgence of class warfare across Europe, all of which was somewhat apochalyptic to say the least, especially when power cuts, riots, bombings and strikes were a regular occurrence in the UK...
Despite the fact that the surviving characters were largely middle-class professional types,(reflecting the BBCs demographic?) the series is consistantly based on actual, practical, reality and what is striking is that the main protagonist is a woman- pretty radical, even for the Beeb in 1975! Then there is the ever-threatening 'British Government' various self-appointed gangs of thugs trying to impose their 'authority' on everyone else, despite the fact that civilisation has gone down the plughole- variously lead by tin-pot fascists, warlords and power-hungry trade union leaders (!) The choice of social system ultimately comes down to either feudal dictatorship or agrarian libertarian communism...
The outstanding feature of the whole series is the way social, economoic, ethical and philosophical issues are raised within each plotline- God forbid that anything like it would be made today, I mean, TV that actually makes you THINK!? Complaints would be made!
Get this series, enjoy the drama, enjoy having your mind stimulated, imagine a world without all of this techno-junk, and get ready for the soon to be imminent eschaton!