Survivors was one of the finest speculative dramas ever produced by the BBC.
Between 1975 and 1977, primetime television audiences were drawn to a series shaped from a ‘what-if’ premise both horrifying and all-too plausible: what would happen if a global catastrophe all but destroyed the human race, laying waste the pillars of modern civilisation, and condemning the few survivors to life in a country plunged back into the dark ages?
This unofficial work is the first commercially published book to scrutinise Survivors in depth and in its entirety. The End of the World? offers a guide to the production of each of Survivors’ three series, and the characters who populate its storylines.
Published 19 January 2006
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Andy Priestner served as the consultant on the DVD releases of the first two series of Survivors in 2003 and 2004, writing the accompanying Viewing Notes and packaging, co-ordinating the studio days, conducting the interviews and moderating the Series One episode commentaries.
In addition, he has maintained the extensive survivorstvseries.com website since 2001. He has also conducted interviews and written behind-the-scenes booklets for DD Home Entertainment’s DVD releases of All Gas and Gaiters, Fall of Eagles, Kessler, Oh Brother!, Secret Army andWar and Peace.
A chartered librarian, he is employed as a Senior Information Officer at Oxford University’s Said Business School, where he specialises in electronic information resources.
Rich Cross has, since 1995, written numerous Survivors articles, news stories and episode reviews for the fan press, including Over the Hills, Whitecross Calling, Survivors: The Newsletter and Action TV.
In 2004, he moderated the commentary for ‘Lights of London Part 2’ on the series two DVD release. He maintains the Survivors: Mad Dog and Survivors: A World Away websites.
He is also a regular contributor to the leading British Planet of the Apes fanzine Simian Scrolls. In his role as a political historian, he has also written for Socialist History,Contemporary Politics and the US academic journal Science and Society.
He was awarded his doctorate from the University of Manchester in April 2003, and currently works as an academic librarian.