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Survivors: The Complete Series 2 [DVD]

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  • Actors: Lucy Fleming, Ian McCulloch, Denis Lill, Stephen Dudley, Eileen Helsby
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Mar. 2004
  • Run Time: 676 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002WYS8G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,237 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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The complete second series of Terry Nation's acclaimed BBC science fiction drama in which 95% of the population have been wiped out by a freak plague, leaving the remaining survivors to rebuild civilisation. The episodes featured are: 'Birth of Hope', 'Greater Love', 'Lights of London (Parts 1 and 2)', 'The Face of the Tiger', 'The Witch', 'A Friend in Need', 'By Bread Alone', 'The Chosen', 'Parasites', 'New Arrivals', 'Over the Hills' and 'New World'.

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A change of pace , exploring the art of survival after modern conveniences are exhausted . Some of the characters introduced , are not up to the first series . It is inevitable these limited modern individuals cannot possibly survive , so facing up to the inevitable is the only development .
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In the first Survivors series, the starkness of life post-plague is portrayed with the immediate realities of surviving, finding food and shelter, avoiding violence and taking stock the key themes. Series two settles down to explore more long-term issues, building relationships and communities, replacing the convenience of 'modern' living with hard graft and manual labour. Initially, I felt that a couple of more fanciful episodes seemed quirkily to deal with side issues such as witchcraft and religion and I began to think 'serious' plots had run dry. However, these served as a reminder that in the circumstances the survivors find themselves, there would be plenty of scope for radicalism, extremism and greater reliance on higher powers than evident in pre-plague times. Hence, 'The Chosen', a creepy and disturbing version of a controlled society was perhaps more possible than one would like to believe.
I first watched Survivors in the 1970s as a young man in my twenties and found it riveting. I have never forgotten being absolutely enthralled by the concepts it portrayed. Almost thirty years later, I was delighted to find it available on DVD. I am still fascinated and watched the whole 12 episodes of series two almost back-to-back (ditto series one). Great drama, arguably with slightly wooden production compared with modern television drama (but great acting). Ground-breaking in it's day and highly recommended. If you saw the film "28 Days Later", the initial theme is similar but Survivors makes much more credible viewing despite the lack of hi-tech effects. Buy it or rent it, you'll love it.
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Following on from the excellent first series, series two continues the story of the Survivors.
The "Death" has claimed over 99.9% of the population and those that are left must now struggle and fight to continue, gone are the mass producing factories, gone is the centralising Governments. Now just a collection of small communes to re learn all that the past generations have forgotten about living of the land, life with out dentists, hospitals and state run schools.
The Second Series survives major culls, both of characters and locations , but excellent scripts, excellent Direction and outstanding acting carry on where they left off. These programmes were made in the days when the BBC made the best quality television in the world, their drama really was second to none.
This is further highlighted by each individual episode, which cover such topics as rising fascist states, a person's willingness to risk their life for their friends. Changing values (the way a society so ravaged may have to move on from traditional views of love, marriage and the family home and just produce children - the next generation) and ultimately the need for co-operation and cohesion in order to rebuild a brave new world.
If you enjoyed the first series then this is an absolute must, roll on series three.
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Oct. 2013
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Here in one box set, spread across four discs, are all thirteen episodes of the second season of the BBC show Survivors. This being the original 1970's version, about people struggling to get by after disease kills off most of the world and civilisation collapses.

This may work as a jumping on point if you haven't seen season one, but the main characters are already quite established by now, and there's only occasional exposition as to what has gone before, so you are better off starting with that.

All episodes run for fifty minutes. There is direct scene access on each episode.

But the dvd's have no subtitles at all. And the only language option is English.

The season starts with a bit of a shake up. Abby Grant, main character of season one, is no longer around. Off on a quest to find her son. Which she was out to do for most of season one. This absence came about due to the actress and the producer not always seeing eye to eye.

Also gone is show creator Terry Nation, also due to creative differences.

Not only that, the first episode quickly winnows down the regular cast via a fire. Recasts one. And sees the surviving survivors move to the Whitecross community. Which was encountered in a season one episode. It's leader Charles Vaughan [Denis Lill] becomes a regular character.

As this season proceeds, the characters have a settled location in which to call home. But many trials and tribulations await as they try and get by.

This is tv of a different age. Some is done on film but most is done with what were, for the time, rather new fangled video cameras. There's no incidental music. Some modern slang is used in an older context.
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I came to this second series with some foreboding that it might not live up to the first. Having watched it, my conclusion is that it doesn't - quite - but comes closer than I feared it might.

First off, it does a wonderful job of highlighting all the problems and pitfalls of farming in the post-disaster world - especially when those having to do it are mostly totally ignorant of the subject. As widely noted, this series is in many ways derivative from George R Stewart's "Earth Abides", and highlights vividly (one of the few points where it improves on the book) just why Ish's Tribe finish up as hunters rather than as farmers. Between their lack of expertise, the vagaries of weather etc, and the danger from marauders of one sort or another, a farming community post-plague would have a very precarious existence.

It also touches more directly than the novel on the question of whether all the survivors (and particularly the women) would be eager to start repopulating the world. Childbirth has suddenly become an order of magnitude more hazardous than before, and many women, especially the middle-class ones who play leading roles in "Survivors", were always accustomed to having "lives of their own", and may not be eager to just settle down to being wives and mothers, especially in a world without labour-saving devices. And given how shocked and depressed many of them will be, there are likely to be major misgivings about the rightness of bringing children into the kind of world they now have. I also found the reluctance of Melanie and others to accept that civilisation was really gone, and their insistence that "There must be something somewhere" entirely credible. Hope springs eternal.
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