The remix of Terry Nation‘s classic 1970s post-apocalyptic series, Survivors aired last night on BBC1. The first episode was a fairly impressive feature-length update of the original storyline: a virus destroys 95% of humanity within about a week, and a disparate bunch have to work together to survive.
Here’s the trailer:
Of course, as a BBC production there were bound to be some cheesy moments and I spotted at least one continuity error at about 50 minutes in – another car flashes past the camera in what was supposed to be an abandoned housing estate.
Nevertheless as a die-hard fan of post-apocalyptic fiction, I can’t help but be impressed by the scope of the programme. The resurgent eco-friendly 70s commune themes are also strangely pleasing, if a little naive, such as the outdoor retreat leader who chastises Western society for becoming disconnected from the land and complains because the central character, Abby Grant, can’t milk a cow or kill a pig or something equally “practical”.
Next episode is tomorrow night. If you missed it, you can catch up on BBC’s iPlayer. To whet your appetite, here’s a documentary from BBC Four on the appeal of the original 70s show: