Survivors: Complete Original Series
DVD | Box Set
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Survivors:Complete Original Series (1975-1977)
The original 1970’s drama based on the thrilling novel by Terry Nation is now on DVD! Survivors takes place in the aftermath of a devastating virus. When an enigmatic unnamed scientist accidentally infects himself with a lethal engineered virus he unwittingly spreads it worldwide via air travel. Focusing on London, England we see the effects of the virus as millions succumb and civilization collapses accordingly. The story hones in on a handful of emotionally scarred survivors who come together and attempt the difficult and painful reconstruction of a new society no longer able to depend on supplied science and technology.]]>
"Everything's all gone to pot," a character says at the beginning of this gripping 1975 BBC series. It's a characteristically understated British way of saying, "It's the end of the world as we know it." Created by Terry Nation, already installed in the cult sci-fi pantheon as the creator of Dr. Who's Daleks, Survivors plops viewers down in a postapocalyptic nightmare already in progress. We hear reports of evacuations, massive power outages, and frighteningly large body counts. A globally spread virus has taken its devastating toll, leaving survivors to carry on in this primitive new world. Series 1's key players are Abby (Carolyn Seymour), a widowed middle class housewife determine to find her son, a missing student; Greg (Ian McCulloch), a resourceful engineer; and the compassionate Jenny (Lucy Fleming). The first--and best--13 episodes chart how these three come together and the tentative first steps in beginning civilization anew. A series benchmark is the episode "Law and Order," in which their fledgling settlement debates the fate of one of their number who has been found guilty of murder. As the saga unfolds, we meet some who would like to exploit the situation to exert their own "central control." We meet another, Anne (Myra Frances), a "rich brat" determined "to make sure I get my full share of everything that's going." But Survivors, bleak as its scenario is, is not without an abiding faith in human nature. Nation left the production before series 2, as did Seymour, who reveals in a candid series retrospective included as a bonus feature that her grappling with substance abuse led to her departure. In the second and third series, Greg, Jenny, and company further learn to adapt "to this ghastly way of life." A gallery of disparate and desperate characters put the tenets of the settlement to the test, while our heroes venture out into what's left of the world, most memorably in the second series' two-parter "Lights of London." Survivors enjoys a sizable cult following. While not as popularly known in the United States as The Prisoner (which, like Survivors, has been given the remake treatment), it should survive and thrive on DVD. --Donald Liebenson
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
It's fairly realistic in its depiction of a S.H.T.F. scenario, although it is a little weird that supplies are so hard to come by when nearly everyone in the country is dead. They're scrambling for scraps already when the apocalyptic event only recently happened... but, I guess it wouldn't be as dramatic or suspenseful if they were flush with food and ammo, so, that's easy to overlook for the sake of the story. Overall, very good series, and I'm hoping the episodes I haven't watched yet will hold up.
A world wide, super-flu that kills 98% of the world's population. Who's left? What skills do you have?
How will you survive?
Terry Nation gave us Dr. Who Daleks and Blake 7. Wrote the novel "Survivors" and wrote/directed many of the seasons first
The series are gripping. Showing different types of societies that can come about . It was quite interesting
to hear the behind the scenes stories. The characters were real, not fancy.
A previous release by another company , has actor&directors being interviewed. There's also a "Cult of Survivors" tv show on BBC.
Problem with this release, double sided dvds. Must be handled with extreme care.
I have always enjoyed end of the world movies - so when I saw this series thought I would pick it up. To tell you the truth - at this point I have only watched the first episode. It held my interest throughout. Unlike many end of the world movies - there are no zombies and no terror in the streets. People are dying due to some unknown disease. No cure. No panic. Just people dying. Of course some survive and that is what the story is about. How do they survive?
Early on one character explains that society will have to be totally rebuilt. Of course there are all kinds of resources that are left - but what happens when those resources are gone. Who will learn to weave cloth? Who will learn to make candles? Where will those skills come from?
In programs like this character development will be critical. We have to care about the people and how they will respond to the challenges ahead. After viewing the first episode I am interested in what will happen next. Will the mother find her son? Is he still alive? We the survivors form groups of communities? Will social order be maintained? How will they cope being placed in a world that is not their "norm"? One question that the show has not even addressed is: "What about all the bodies?" How will they be disposed of?
A couple things about the DVD: Folks remember this is a 1970s TV show. (You can tell it.) Also I was disappointed that the disks are two sided - but then it would have been 11 disks instead of 6.