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Survivors:Complete Original Series (1975-1977)
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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.]]>
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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.
Survivors is a thought-provoking and involving series that explores the aftermath of a man-made biological catastrophe that's even more plausible these days than it was back in the Seventies. Sound and broadcast quality of all the episodes is good and the accompanying booklet is especially informative and well-produced, with very useful background information and essays.
The first series mostly centres around three main characters. Abby Grant, a very middle class mother, who is played - with a cut glass accent which can take some getting used to - by Carolyn Seymour. Ian McCulloch plays Greg Preston, a Civil Engineer and someone who seems to find some sense of purpose in an otherwise unfulfilled life after the coming of the "death". Lucy Fleming's Jenny Richards is written very variably from occasionally being utterly wet to eventually becoming something of an action heroine towards the end of the show. Denis Lill as Charles Vaughn guest stars in a first series episode and goes on to steal the whole show in the last two series. Two rather annoying adopted children are also thrown into the mix for most of the run, and the main purpose of them seems to be to get everyone else into a great deal of unnecessary peril.
This is TV at it best,a not to be missed DVD.
In its defense, the show never loses its smarts, but most of the excitement drains out of it. If you like post-apocalyptic scenarios, it's worth a watch at least through the first season. It is far superior to the recent remake, but it's not all that it's cracked up to be.
The plot line is simple a plague, called simply the Death, has killed off 4,999 people in every 5,000 The population of Great Britain has fallen from 60 million to 10,000. We learn later in the series that the population of Cairo is only 12. The first series follows two women (Jennie and Abbie) and one man (Gregg) who seek to start a new life and struggle for the basics of life, food, shelter and clothing. They cannot get these things from cities as they have become no go areas infested with rats, dogs and piles of dead bodies.
The first series' most distressing episode is however not about the struggle to find food and shelter, but how do you administer justice in a world without law. A group of survivors try a simple minded man for murder. If he is guilty what do they do with him? There are no prisons; they cannot exile him from the group as he cannot survive without them. Is their only choice to kill him? even in countries with the death penalty he would have not been executed because of his mental state. If they decide to kill him who will do it?
In the second series Abbie goes off in search of her son and Jennie and Gregg merge their settlement with another community led by Charles who becomes the shows main figure by series three.
The show does have a number of faults, everyone is a bit to clean and we are told early in the series that modern man has fewer skills than stone age man. Yet a lot of the survivors appear to have useful skills, Gregg is an engineer, Charles is an architect and other people who turn up are bee keepers, herbalists or have other skills.Read more ›
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It was good to see the complete series as I left England before the final series was aired.Published 17 months ago by Mrs. Marianne F.H. Carver
Great Terry Nation series. If you like rooting for the underdog, then this is your series.Published 21 months ago by P. Susan
When I first saw this tv program, I was amazed. It was on in NYC one time in the 1990's and left quite an impression. Read morePublished on June 25, 2014 by L. Treadwell
The "post apocalypse" theme is an old staple of sf, and has been attempted every so often on tv. This series marks its coming of age. Read morePublished on May 15, 2014 by M. W. Stone
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