‘Survivors’: Series 1 episode guide

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Starring Julie Graham, Max Beesley, Paterson Joseph and Freema Agyeman, the six-part series is a re-imagining of the classic Seventies BBC drama series, based on the novel by Terry Nation.

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Episode 1
Sunday 23rd November 2008

Imagine being the only survivor of a disease that kills every member of your family, that kills lovers, strangers and friends – in fact, nearly everyone you’ve ever met. You are among the lonely few to live and now you must start over in a strange new world where everything that was once safe and familiar is now strange and dangerous.

What would we do? How would any of us cope in a brave, new world where all traditional 21st-century comforts – electricity, clean running water, advanced technology – have disappeared?

These are the questions faced by the bewildered but resilient group of survivors at the centre of the drama. It is an opportunity for new beginnings, but with no society, no police and no law and order. They now face terrible dangers – not just the daily struggle for food and water but also the deadly threat from other survivors.


Episode 2
Tuesday 25th November 2008

Abby and her new friends find a house to shelter in and set about gathering the essential supplies they need to stay alive. When they visit a local supermarket they are confronted by Dexter, the leader of an armed gang which has laid claim to the contents of the store. Abby is shocked by how quickly people have resorted to selfishness and violence. As Dexter’s gang leaves, Abby sees a face she thinks she recognises, a teacher who took her son to hospital before the worst of the virus hit. The gang is gone before she can speak to him.

Abby can’t forget about the teacher. She takes Tom with her and goes back to the supermarket in the hope that Dexter’s gang will return. Dexter soon arrives but he has no interest in helping Abby. Instead, he gives them a chilling final warning to stay away.

Greg, meanwhile, goes in search of the main supermarket warehouse. When he gets there, he finds Bob Murphy and Sarah Boyer, who had planned to use the contents of the warehouse to start a trading business. Their plans are halted, however, when Bob is severely injured in an accident.

Greg is able to stabilise Bob’s condition and agrees to stay the night to keep an eye on him. Once Sarah is alone with Greg she tries to seduce him. She needs a man who can protect her and do the heavy work. Greg can see that Sarah wants to use him, but he still finds it hard to resist a beautiful young girl throwing herself at him…


Episode 3
Tuesday 2nd December 2008

Abby stumbles across a community that could hold the key to everyone’s future. The group is led by Samantha Willis – the last surviving member of the Government. She has set up a community that still boasts light, hot water, food and power, all drawn from sustainable sources.

Abby and Samantha hit it off immediately and Abby is full of hope that Samantha might lead the remaining population to build a new and better society. Samantha sees that Abby could become a trusted ally, but Abby’s illusions are shattered when she sees the lengths Samantha will go to in order to maintain control of her fledgling community.

Meanwhile, Greg and Tom are out searching for supplies when they encounter a family stranded on an isolated farm. The father has successfully sheltered his children from the virus by keeping them imprisoned in their own home. When the daughter of the family reaches out to Tom and Greg to set her free, they are faced with a terrible dilemma – any contact with them could kill the family.


Episode 4
Tuesday 9th December 2008

Abby learns of a group of young boys living at a nearby mansion called Waterhouse. She is determined to see if Peter is there, and leaves her new friends in order to find her son. When she arrives at Waterhouse, she walks into the middle of a land dispute between Jimmy Garland, an ex-Army officer who has an ancestral claim to the mansion, and an aggressive group of teenage boys who have taken up residence there.

When Jimmy is injured in a skirmish, Abby nurses him and the two quickly become close. Despite her growing loyalty to Jimmy, Abby must find out if Peter is at the house. She must earn the boys’ trust and convince them that a truce with Jimmy would be beneficial for both sides.

In Abby’s absence, her surrogate family is in danger of falling apart. Tom, Sarah, Al and Najid are drawn to the comfort and security that Samantha’s community provides. Tom settles into his new surroundings quickly and starts to see himself in a position of power in the new society that Samantha hopes to build. Things quickly go wrong for Al, however, as he is ejected from the community when Samantha decides he will not fit in. Tom sees the chance to prove himself to Samantha, but will his criminal past catch up with him?

Greg and Anya, meanwhile, are left to protect the survivors’ house alone, and an encounter with some unwelcome visitors provides a vivid reminder of how vulnerable they are without the group.


Episode 5
Tuesday 16th December 2008

When a so-called spiritual leader called John turns up at the survivors’ home with his group of followers, some in the house are suspicious of his motives. Charming and eloquent, John is a preacher with a unique perspective on the new world, but the family’s opinion of him is split. Some find comfort in his message, while others are deeply distrusting of his motives.

Linda, a woman in John’s group, is pregnant, and Abby allows her to stay until the baby is born. Anya fears that she will be forced to reveal the fact that she is a doctor if there are any problems with the birth. Worse than that, she picks up on some unusual remarks made by John, which make her concerned for the group’s safety. Al is much more positive about John’s group. He spots a pretty woman called Louise and uses his charm to seduce her. He is feeling much more like his old self – until he realises that Louise isn’t as innocent as she seems.

Meanwhile, Anya’s fears are realised when Linda experiences complications and John’s serene façade starts to crumble. As the situation reaches crisis point, Anya is forced to confront some harrowing truths about her own past, putting her relationship with Tom on a new footing. Abby and the others also realise that, through a misguided act of kindness, they have put themselves in terrible jeopardy.


Episode 6
Tuesday 23rd December 2008

Abby and her friends find themselves on the run from Samantha and Dexter, who’ve formed a dangerous alliance that threatens everyone’s freedom, in the final episode of Adrian Hodges’s post-apocalyptic drama series. Meanwhile, Sarah is confronted by a face from the past which leads her to betray her new friends.

When Naj goes missing, the family is forced to face the dangers of the city in order to find him. Their food and water supplies have been stolen from their car by desperate urban survivors, so they know they may not be able to survive long enough to find Naj. The family is nearly torn apart when Greg and Abby find themselves on opposite sides of an argument.

Meanwhile, Naj is befriended by a feral boy named Darren. Darren lives with the sinister Craig and June, who look after a group of children who forage amidst the ruins of the city, in return for shelter and protection. Naj soon sees that Craig is ruthlessly exploiting Darren and the others but, without Abby, he faces a struggle to save himself. With his adopted family searching for him in the deserted city, time is rapidly running out and Dexter is only a step behind them all…