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Survivors - Series 1-3 Box Set [DVD] [1975]

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  • Actors: Denis Lill, Lucy Fleming, Ian McCulloch, Carolyn Seymour, Talfryn Thomas
  • Directors: Pennant Roberts, Terence Williams, Gerald Blake
  • Producers: Terence Dudley
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 11
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Nov. 2008
  • Run Time: 1915 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EVP838
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,270 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Terry Nation’s drama series Survivors, broadcast by the BBC between 1975 to 1977, was one of the most popular series of the decade. Set in a post-apocalyptic, present day world ravaged by a devastating plague, Survivors explored how humanity would cope in a world stripped of modern technology and comforts.

The disease struck quickly and with devastating effect – a global plague that, in Britain, spares just a few thousand people. This is the chilling story of some of those who survive — Jenny, Greg, Abby and others — determined to construct a new community from the surrounding wasteland where the technology and skills of the old life have become obsolete.

Featuring all three series of the classic drama, this collection tells the full Survivors story, from the outbreak of the pandemic to foundation of the settlements to the rebirth of society.

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I like the whole apocolyptic scenario as a basis for films, so this one appealed to me. It follows a group of people who are immune to a killer virus that has decimated the population, and their attempts to re-start civilisation on a small scale with a self-sufficient commune.
watching the first episode, you feel as if you have missed something, as the story starts after the virus has already started to wipe out the population and civilisation is already starting to crumble with the non-running trains, but for all that the opening titles explain things well enough.
You get the impression that by the end of the series the writers were getting short of ideas for a storyline as the pace gets a little slow, also I was expecting more of a plot development around the "new British government" group.
As a child of the 70's, I did enjoy seeing all the old cars used though...Jensen interceptor, various commer vans, Bedford TK truck..
It's good viewing, similar scenario to Steven King's "the stand" but without so much of the hocus-pocus good and evil stuff.
apologies for my writing style, but I am a Truck driver not somebody pretending to be a professional film critic as some of these reviewers seem to be.
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"Survivors" isn't perfect by any means; the first series takes a few episodes to get into its stride, and the third is often dull and somehow unengaging, probably because things have got a bit easier for the characters. There are irritating ambiguities, with the fates of certain characters unclear (did I miss the bit where Ben the dog got rabies?). However, I'd certainly recommend it. Its main strength is that you like the regulars (even Tom Price) and want to see what happens to them in circumstances which are arduous and fraught with danger. The personality clash between Charles and Greg, one being perhaps too nice, though brave, and the other too hard at times, is interesting. This has a downside, because plenty of likeable characters die in ways that seem totally unfair; "Survivors" can be harrowing viewing. You have been warned! But some of the episodes are simply brilliant, and in particular "Law And Order" which has to be one of the best pieces of televised drama ever; the performances of Carolyn Seymour and Talfryn Thomas in particular are breathtaking. It's debatable whether or not "Survivors" should be categorised as science fiction or a political thriller; certainly the lack of bug-eyed monsters made it easier for the cast to believe in the series and so give creditable performances. It's also a fairly useful exploration of some of the issues which would arise in a situation where industrial society had collapsed and most of the population been wiped out.Read more ›
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At it's best, Survivors 1975 - 77 is the most realistic series the BBC has ever made - dumping the incidental music & replacing it with the natural sounds of birdsong etc was probably an economy measure - but it was a very good move.
At it's worst, probably "The Witch" & "The Peacemaker" episodes are still more entertaining & thought provoking than most modern TV.
The acting is natural & far from perfect, but even more realistic because of it - the diction is very good. Special mentions go to Lucy Fleming, Carolyn Seymour, Denis Lil & Ian McCulloch, also the late Celia Gregory.
Please buy & enjoy, then use what influence you can muster - to persuade modern Broadcasters to produce material of this quality.
The only thing lacking in Survivors is the technical 16/9 clarity that a modern production can bring.
Bob
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One of the finest serials produced by the BBC, this is an epic examination, spread over three series of consistent quality and engagement, of mankind's ability - or lack thereof - to cope with the sudden loss of modern civilisation. Born out of a concern at our increasing dependence upon technology at the expense of the ability to fend for ourselves, "Survivors" is a post-apocalypse drama that covers its' subject with a breadth and scope almost unrivalled within that crowded genre, as mankind is nearly swept clean by a catastrophic pandemic - "the Death" - and those (very few) that are spared are forced to contemplate the real struggle that lies ahead: the struggle to survive, when "the generation that landed a man on the Moon", stripped of its' comforts and technologies, is in fact less practical than its' forebears of the Stone Age. The premise is laid out in the peerless opening episode "The Fourth Horseman", a benchmark in how to introduce a series, so effective is it that some have commented it could stand on its' own as a one-off teleplay. The first series focuses on the chaos in the immediate aftermath of the plague, and the establishment of the first communities, and is uniformly regarded as the strongest of the three; Series Two changed tack and turned its' attention more to the day-to-day tribulations of holding together a post-plague settlement, whereas Series Three concludes a lengthy story arc involving series regulars Greg Preston (Ian McCulloch) and Jenny Richards (Lucy Fleming) and also concerns itself with the efforts to rebuild a national infrastructure - including the restoration of electrical power.Read more ›
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