12/11/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin
More news to make Uncle Geoff happy. The BBC has acquired the rights from the Terry Nation estate to develop the post-plague series Survivors which ran in the 1970s. With bird-flu, blue tongue, and the like doing the rounds, perhaps most of humanity dying isn't science fiction anymore?
Set in the present day, the new series will be written by Adrian Hodges (Ruby In The Smoke, Shadow In The North, Charles II and Primeval) for transmission on BBC One.
Launched in April 1975 on BBC One, Survivors ran for 38 episodes over three series. The cult series focussed on a post-apocalyptic world, in the aftermath of a devastating plague which wipes out over 99% of the world's population, and how a group of individuals grappled with the trials of day-to-day survival.
Kate Harwood, Head of Series and Serials, BBC Drama Production, told SFcrowsnest.com, "The opportunity to remake Survivors for a modern generation proved irresistible. After months of negotiations, I am delighted that one of British television's great cult series will return with original stories packed with adventure and spirit set against the backdrop of our own recognisable world."
Rumours have it that global warming will feature in the new series along with out-of-control genetic enginnering being cause of the plague.
Adrian Hodges added, "Survivors was one of the bravest and most exciting programmes of its time and I'm thrilled to be involved with re-imagining it for a new audience. I remember its original impact vividly and I hope we can make a similar impression with the new version. Its themes remain as relevant as ever and while we will be staying faithful to many aspects of the original, we will also be bringing the story into the 21st Century and make it accessible to contemporary audiences."
BBC Drama Productions is currently running their Cranford series on the beeb starring Dame Judi Dench and Jane Eyre.
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