The End of the World?: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to "Survivors" Paperback – 15 Dec 2005
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The book is organised on a series-by-series basis; each series boasts an in-depth discussion of its production, a brief resume of each episode along with some insightful analysis, and a concluding review of each series. Finally, there are a number of concluding sections, including: the series post-transmission; comparison with other similar series; and a fascinating location guide. It's written in a semi-academic style that is easily digestible (unlike the fiendishly difficult "Doctor Who: The Unfolding Text" by Tulloch and Alvarado, which attempts a similar tack but which quickly ends up being completely impenetrable to the average reader.) One point of note is that the analysis of the episodes has been identifiably divided between the two authors - a nice touch, as there are sometimes quite different views on display regarding certain aspects of the series that are quite thought-provoking.
I enjoyed this book very much - and as a long-time Survivors fan with fairly entrenched opinions on the series, I found much here that was new, surprising, and which offered new viewpoints on a fascinating series.Read more ›
Don't make the mistake of thinking this a hagiography though; Cross and Priestner are deeply critical of what they perceive to be the show's shortcomings, particularly in the hugely disappointing third season. On completing the book, I not only read it again but rewatched the series.
Two minor niggles; firstly, the font used is very small which makes the book a little heavy-going if, like me, you suffer from weak eyesight. Secondly, as another reviewer has pointed out, there's no mention of what happened to the cast and crew since. Bearing in mind that Terry Nation, Terence Dudley, Michael Gover, Talfryn Thomas and John Abineri are no longer with us I thought this a little surprising. Still, if no-one ever produces another book on 'Survivors' it won't matter because this one is so good.
I admit I largely skipped the episode synopsis (which I tend to do with any such guides) to get to what I consider the meaty part - the episode analysis/critique. The reviews offer much to enjoy and frequently raise insightful observations that I had not thought immediately apparent - but make perfect sense. A great deal of background information is also provided on the genesis and ongoing production of the series and this is both skillfully written and consistently engrossing.
Coming to Survivors only with the recent DVD releases I found this book expands upon the excellent boxset booklets and I can't imagine any buyer being disappointed.
I would have perhaps liked to have chapter on what the principal players and behind the scenes people did after Survivors (for example writer Jack Ronder played an important role and I gather he must have died young but no details are given) but this is a minor quibble only.
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I found this book after much time I wanted to have it. It's not a common book and it's out of printing today. very nice and a must to havePublished 24 months ago by ROBERTA GRANDI