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DISCUSS THE SURVIVORS DVD
1st November 2004
If you want to connect up with other Survivors fans
or just want to put forward your opinions on the new DVD, individual
episodes, characters or the series in general, there are now two specific
forums available for this purpose...
Bob's Survivors forum
This has been running for some time now and is
accessible from Bob's site (see links page) or from the link on my
Home Page. Click
here to go
directly to Bob's Survivors Forum.
NEW! - TV Gold
As of today there is also a new forum in operation
maintained by Chris Herbert called TV Gold. After registering you can chat
here about Survivors as well as other classic TV series such as Secret
Army, Blake's 7 and Upstairs Downstairs. Once again you can access
this forum via the link on my Home Page.
Click here to go to TV Gold.
SERIES 2 DVD - OUT NOW
1st November 2004
The second series of Survivors is now available to
buy at most large high street stores
and from online retailers.
SERIES 2 DVD - OUT TODAY!
4th October 2004
The long wait is finally over. The second
series of Survivors is now available! The cheapest place to buy the set
online may or may not be Bensons World (bizarrely you can access two
entries for the release on their pages - one which states
£34.95 and another on a newer version of their site which states
, which is more expensive than Amazon at £37.49). High Street-wise
HMV and Virgin should both once again take the title, but distribution
issues may mean as before that the set reaches some branches before
SERIES 2 DVD MENU and EPISODE SCREENSHOTS
24th August 2004
Reproduced below are a sample of screenshots
from DD Video's forthcoming DVD release of the second series. As far as I
can tell the digitally remastering process has once again really
transformed the look of the episodes.
One of the episode menus, which this time around is accompanied by the
Survivors theme music and a montage of scenes in the background; a
screenshot of Pet from the episode Parasites.
Screenshots of Lizzie and Charles
Screenshots of Greg and the chapter points for the
first two episodes.
SERIES 2 - AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER
20th August 2004
The long wait is finally over! The second
series of Survivors is now available for pre-order on Amazon.co.uk at the
discounted price of £37.99 - follow this
link. The provisional cover (which
includes some info. that has since changed) is reproduced for the very
first time below.
Special features include: interviews with Denis Lill
(Charles), Lorna Lewis (Pet), Heather Wright (Melanie) and director
Pennant Roberts; an audio commentary on Lights of London Part 2 with Denis
Lill, Pennant Roberts and Rich Cross (moderator); a photo gallery
comprising BBC stills and photos provided by Lucy Fleming; and a 44-page
full-colour behind-the-scenes booklet (which is pictorially stunning -
designers Shoot That Tiger! having once again done a fantastic
As before the release will be available in major high street stores (HMV,
Virgin), by mail order from DD Video and just about everywhere online.
Don't panic if the release is delayed slightly - there is always a good
reason for this sort of thing.
If you live outside Europe, you will need to purchase a multi-region
player to play this region 2 release. Your local electrical retailer
should be able to help.
Check back here soon for screenshots from the
digitally remastered episodes and the navigation menus...
HEATHER SURVIVES AGAIN!
4th August 2004
For the past six weeks Heather Wright who
played Melanie in the second series of Survivors - who recently recorded
an interview for the forthcoming DVD release - has been toughing it out in
the BBC's Pushed to the Limit: Britiain's Toughest Family. The series
concludes tonight at 7pm on BBC 1. For more details on the programme see
the BBC site listing
FALL OF EAGLES
28th July 2004
The classic historical BBC drama series
Fall of Eagles, made in 1974, will also be released by DD Video this
Autumn on DVD and Video. This news may be of interest to Survivors
fans as the series features a prominent performance from Denis Lill as
Fritz (Emperor Friedrich Wilhelm). I thoroughly recommend this series (and
not just because I've worked on this release). The incredible cast also
includes Gayle Hunnicutt, Charles Kay, Patrick Stewart, Barry Foster and
Gemma Jones. For more information follow this
DD Video have decided that due to poor sales
of the videos of Series 1, their Series 2 release will only be available
on DVD (and yes I know Series 2 videos would have sold more copies than
the many-times-released Series 1).
26th June 2004
All the Series 2 episodes have now been digitally remastered for the
Series 2 DVD release.
I can confirm that scenes cut from the UK Gold transmissions of the
episodes have also
been reinstated. The most significant cut was undoubtedly Lewis's
confrontation with Kane
towards the end of the episode Parasites.
If you do have UK Gold recordings of these episodes you may notice on the
new DVD many more 'surprise scenes' which were edited from certain
transmissions for scheduling reasons.
My work on the accompanying booklet proceeds apace and at this stage it
looks likely to run to 44 pages in total.
More news as and when...
PHOTOS FROM THE 2ND DVD STUDIO DAY
11th June 2004
A selection of photos from the recent Survivors series 2 studio day.
on the images to view larger versions.
(All photos ©
GOING BACK TO WHITECROSS
7th June 2004
Last Thursday saw the recording of the special features for DD Video's DVD
boxset release of the second series of Survivors. I'm very pleased to
reveal that at the last minute Denis Lill (Charles Vaughan) was confirmed as the final
attendee at the event. Fingers (and a fair few other limbs) had been well
and truly crossed that the day wouldn't clash with his new recording
schedule for the next series of The Royal which has begun filming in
Lorna Lewis and Denis Lill
BBC - Publicity photo for Birth of a Hope)
When you come to watch the new camera interviews you
may think I've been practising a huskier delivery than last time around,
in fact my voice was on the way out altogether. This posed problems for
the planned audio commentary. In the end Rich Cross - who was once again
photographing events - gallantly stepped into the breach and acted as
moderator on the selected episode: Lights of London Part 2, alongside
Denis and episode director Pennant Roberts. This is the only episode from
series 2 which will feature a commentary track and was selected in line
with the poll on this very website. Thank you to all who voted.
Denis Lill and Celia Gregory
BBC - Publicity photo for Lights of London Part 2)
All four Survivors colleagues clearly enjoyed the
day and shared their memories freely and with great enthusiasm. A gallery
of photos will appear here later this week.
The provisional release date is still Monday 4th
ALL THIS AND PET TOO!
19th May 2004
More good news on the Survivors Series 2 DVD release. Lorna Lewis who
played Pet Simpson for a total of fourteen episodes has now confirmed her
involvement in the forthcoming DD Video studio interviews.
BBC - Publicity photo for Birth of a Hope)
Lorna who is now a Church
of England curate has fond memories of the series and is looking forward
to being reunited with her Survivors colleagues...
More news as and when...
SERIES TWO SPECIAL FEATURES SHAPE UP!
14th May 2004
As if it isn't enough that by October we'll soon be watching pristine
digitally re- mastered series two episodes, DD Video have once again
decided to produce some specially recorded features...
The full details of who and what is involved are not yet available,
but I can now confirm the exciting news of the provisional involvement of
two Survivors luminaries...
Heather Wright (Photo
© Charlie Walker)
© Rich Cross)
Heather Wright who played Melanie (in the episodes New Arrivals, Over
the Hills and New World) will be interviewed about her time on
the series. As will director Pennant Roberts (responsible for the series
two episodes: Greater Love, The Lights of London Part 2, By Bread Alone
and New Arrivals), who will undoubtedly provide more fascinating
insights into the production of the show.
As always more news will be posted here as and when it becomes
OCTOBER RELEASE DATE
5th May 2004
A quick update to provide a provisional release date for the second
series of Survivors on DVD and Video: 4th October 2004.
There is no news yet on special features but I hope to provide some
concrete information soon.
WHAT NEWS WOULD YOU LIKE TO HEAR MOST?
29th March 2004
I can now exclusively confirm that the second series of Survivors will
DEFINITELY be released by DD Video on DVD and Video later this
year. Contrary to news on various web forums, this deal has only just been
Given the debacle surrounding the previously
proposed releases of series two by Sovereign in the mid 90s, I wanted to
make sure that the deal was absolutely concrete before I posted any update
here. This will be the first time series two has been released in
any format. If you've never seen the second series before - you're in for
a real treat! If you have, soon you'll be able to throw away your
grainy UK Gold edited recordings in favour of the pristine re-mastered
More news about the release will be posted
here as and when it becomes available. Once again I will be involved in
pulling together the special features for the release, but I am hoping to
duck out of appearing on-screen this time around (it wasn't my
choice to appear on screen on the first season DVD - believe me!). What
form these will take is still very much undecided.
Time to break out the honeycake and the home-made
TELEVISION THAT TOLD THE FUTURE
04 March 2004
There's a full page article on Survivors Series 1 in the Review section of
the Independent today entitled ' Television That Told the Future' written
by Johann Hari.
The article was accompanied by a picture of
Abby and Greg. A pdf of the article is available
here (you will need Acrobat Reader to
That's all for now.
NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS?
26 February 2004
Apologies to those of you who have been checking in for updates since
Christmas. I was holding off in the hope that I'd hear that there was a
green light from DD Video on Survivors Series 2 but at the moment there is
still no firm news. I will post here as soon as I do receive news either
way so please don't email me to ask separately.
There is now an intelligent and highly readable review of the Survivors
Series 1 DVD release on the DVD Times website. It was written by Graham
Nelson who also reviewed Secret Army Series 1 for that site. Click
to read it.
LAST UPDATE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
15 December 2003
Yet more rumours abound since my last update. Last week a visitor to the
Mausoleum Club forum announced that DD Video were definitely releasing
Survivors Series 2 in April 2004 and Series 3 in October 2004. I'm afraid
this person got their wires crossed (or the person who told him has) as
there is no 'go ahead' as yet. The decision is likely to be made in
January and is still very much dependent on sales - so if you are still umming
and ahhing - then now is the time to put your indecision aside.
Similarly if you are particularly rich then now is the time to buy a
back-up copy of the Series 1 set for 'best' or display purposes!
If the man from DD - "he say yes" - then it
is likely that series 2 will see release in Autumn 2004 not Spring or
Summer. I have been promised an exclusive by DD if it is a green light so
this is the place to come to hear the news first. Fingers and all other
limbs crossed please.
Paul Mount (one of the contributors to Kevin Marshall's book) has written
a review of
the boxset on SciFind.co.uk which can be viewed
A quick plug for
(as I know many of you are fans of that series too): DD Video have now
confirmed release of both series 2 and 3 of this excellent show. The
provisional release date for Series 2 is April 2004.
Happy Christmas Everyone!
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