BBC Drop The Axe On Survivors

April 13, 2010 by  
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Post-Apocolyptic thriller Survivors is no more, according to reports in Totalscifionline.

While we can’t say that we were actually watching the show, we’re sure some fans are devestated at the news that it won’t return for a third season.

Following a band of, you guessed it, survivors, lead by Julie Graham, the programme dealt with the aftermath of a global outbreak of influenza.

A source close to the production spilled the beans, saying that, “Sadly the BBC aren’t going to do any more Survivors. They expressed genuine affection for the show and a real desire to go again but felt that with the ratings having slipped a little since the first series they couldn’t take the risk.”

So that’s another decent show that won’t be given a chance after its second season then.

“The sad truth is that we’re somewhat the victims of having gone out on the main channel – in some ways the exposure is wonderful but in other ways it’s a mixed blessing.”

Phorenon says:

I can’t believe the BBC has done this. I’ve been watching this show on BBC America (I live in California). Over here they started broadcasting the show a few months ago and they started with the 1st series and have shown one episode each week nonstop all the way through including the 2nd series. I just finished watching the penultimate episode of the 2nd series. When I found out last week that the show had been canceled I was more than a little disappointed. F…

john says:

i was hoping that they would continue with a 3rd series so bad… huge upset

Martin says:

I agree that the cliffhanger ending, with Tom having smuggled himself onto the plane, was a great touch. But the series did feel a little like it was treading water. I’m not sure how many more of those isolated small communities – conveniently just a few minutes drive from each other – we could go through. Science fiction only works if the imagined world is credible and consistent, something which began to unravel here.

Touching as it did on fears about bird flu, the first series almost echoed Battlestar’s knack for reflecting real life back at us from a fantastic setting. If only the second series had tried to do more of the same, rather than re-treading character issues which had already been explored. You just can’t cover up an absence of new ideas or having nothing new to say.

Despite all that, I regret the axe falling. At it’s best, Survivors was miles better (if more expensive) than Bonekickers or Paradox, of which I’m sure we can expect more. Survivors had a great central concept, as you can see from The Road, I am Legend, Book Of Eli and other Hollywood post-apocalyptic stories. If it had maintained and pushed further it’s ambitions, it could have been a landmark series.

Twelfty says:

Nooooooooooooo !!!

I loved that series as much as the original in the seventies.

Bad move Beeb.

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Farscapecottage says:

This is a shame. Admittedly the two series have been pedestrian. However, the final moments in the last series with ‘Tom’ smuggled on the plane, I could not wait for the 3rd series to see what happens on the other side.

They should leave these 70s Sci Fi classics alone. Any chance Dr Who will be axed – it is dire so far.