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Survivors 

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A community of survivors struggle to stay alive in the wake of a global pandemic known as the Death that wiped out 99.98% of humanity.

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Terry Nation
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Series cast summary:
Lucy Fleming ...  Jenny Richards 32 episodes, 1975-1977
Ian McCulloch ...  Greg Preston 26 episodes, 1975-1977
Denis Lill Denis Lill ...  Charles Vaughan 24 episodes, 1975-1977
Stephen Dudley Stephen Dudley ...  John Millon 22 episodes, 1975-1977
Tanya Ronder Tanya Ronder ...  Lizzie Willoughby 19 episodes, 1975-1976
John Abineri ...  Hubert Goss 17 episodes, 1976-1977
Lorna Lewis Lorna Lewis ...  Pet Simpson 15 episodes, 1976-1977
Carolyn Seymour ...  Abby Grant 13 episodes, 1975
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When a genetically engineered virus kills 99.99% of the world's population, the survivors must rebuild humanity in the face of overwhelming odds. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Country:

UK

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English

Release Date:

16 April 1975 (UK) See more »

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De overlevende See more »

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(38 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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4:3
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Ian McCulloch was cast as Peter West in Zombie (1979) on the strength of his performance in Survivors (1975 - 1977) which was a huge hit in Italy where it was known as I Sopravisutti. See more »

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Remade as Survivors (2008) See more »

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Great classic post doomsday drama
23 March 2010 | by Thorsten-KringsSee all my reviews

Survivors is the first post doomsday drama on British television, echoing the pessimistic world view of 70s science fiction feature films such as The Andromeda Strain, The Omega Man or Planet of the Apes. Of course Survivors obviously also owes a lot to the grandmaster of British Science Fiction, John Wyndham with some dialogues almost verbatim taken from the day of the Triffids. But that does not have an impact on the quality of the programme. Like in Romero's Crazies the bureaucracy just fails terribly and the world becomes overrun by a deadly virus. Helpless attempts at stopping it are made but it all ends with a whimper. So a group of survivors from all different walks of life meet and group together. The disaster brings out the best and the worst in people: the hamprered housewife turns into a leader, the leader into a fascist and a rich woman into the bitch from hell. So a lot of the drama comes from the dynamics between the people and all the dilemmas you face in this situation. For viewers of todaya it takes a while getting used to the much slower pace of narration of the 70s. Long scenes, no hand camera and sparingly used music. That makes it look dated but once you accept it, it really makes very good viewing because the pace matches the helplesness of the people. Theonly drawback for me is that as with a lot of 70s and especially 80s British TV the outdoor scenes and the studio scenes were shot on different material so that as a viewer you experience really harsh differences in term of the picture.


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