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A fitting conclusion to a great drama series,
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This review is from: Survivors: The Complete Series 3 [DVD] (DVD)Like Series Two, this season is of an uneven quality, but as a whole it deserves five stars. In less talented hands,'Survivors' could have ended up as a serious version of 'The Good Life', with Greg, Jenny, Charles and the kids getting to grips with animal husbandry and spinning wool. Instead we are given of vision of post-Death Britain that is much less cosy, but far more convincing.
It is three years on from the plague that killed all but around 50,000 people. Packs of wild dogs roam the countryside and there are new diseases to contend with. Shot mainly in winter, Britain seems a grim and desolate place, but the outlook isn't entirely pessimistic. Some successful communities have been formed and have learned to become virtually self-sufficient. Also, some older technologies like wind and steam power have been revived. It is clear that a lot of thought went into what direction this series would take. The cast were, quite rightly, made to look more ragged and emaciated and the the complaint by some that only middle-class people survived has clearly been addressed.
In today's political climate, with global warming, terrorism, bird flu and the end of oil threatening our expectations of continued progress, this superb drama series seems more poignant than ever.
The DVD is very well produced, with an informative booklet about the background the the series. I strongly recommend this to anyone who likes thoughtful, well-written drama.