Survivors - Series 2 details
|Starring:||Celia Gregory, Denis Lill, Lorna Lewis, Lucy Fleming, Ian McCulloch|
|Directors:||Pen, Pennant Roberts, Eric Hills|
Survivors - Series 2 - Disc One
|TBC Disc 1|
Survivors - Series 2 - Disc Two
|TBC Disc 2|
Survivors - Series 2 - Disc Three
|TBC Disc 3|
Survivors - Series 2 - Disc Four
|TBC Disc 4|
|Run time:||10 hours 45 minutes|
|Rental release:||26 Mar 2007|
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Flawed ClassicBy robertconnor (177 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 04 Jan 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Survivors Series Two suffers from three problems - the producers' decision not to renew Carolyn Seymour's contract, the resultant gender politics (woman's place is in the kitchen), and some of the worst tv acting I've ever seen from the various 'guest artists'.
Seymour's departure from the show is well documented, but her absence leaves a gaping hole in the character structure, and Series Two suffers hugely from this. Whilst the regular male characters get to 'lead' the community, the women all seem to become increasingly 'Stepford-like'.
Some of the 'guest-star' acting is gob-smackingly bad - witness Coral Atkins as Penny in The Lights of London (was there a shortage of decent tv actors in Britain in the 70's?). The frequent examples of clunky and third-rate acting often destroy any tension or complexity of plot, especially when the principals - Gregory, Lill or McCulloch - are so good.
Yet Survivors still impresses, with fascinating ideas, and is still as good as I remember from watching it as a kid.
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Middle Class FarmBy Survivor2564 (5 reviews) , 17 Aug 2012A great start to the second series with a trip to rat-infested London. If they gave oscars to animal actors some of the rats would get my nomination. After this though things become a tad staid and the series settles down into a sort of self-sufficiency soap down on the farm. This is all very agreeable as fortunately most of the actors are middle-class. Those that aren't (especially if they have a regional accent) are cast as bumpkins or villains, the latter being dispatched in various gruesome ways with enjoyable regularity.
Looking forward to Series Three.
Barely survivingBy Barbellion (7 reviews) from North Yorkshire , 12 Nov 2010I loved the first series of Survivors, but this is a shocking waste of time. The writing and acting is generally sub-par, and at times the direction is abysmal in the extreme. None of the tension or politics that made the first series so gripping is there, and in its place is a banal sense of melodrama that is poorly handled.
Perhaps worth seeing the 'London' episode for the comical rat attack, more worthy of Naked Gun than Survivors.
Survivors - series 2By Whitesails (2 reviews) from Romsey , 01 Jan 2010The Survivors was inspiring when first released and is still inspiring a second time round. The drama is great, and it poses real questions about how society is organised.
Still impresses...By widjit (2 reviews) from Cardiff , 29 Aug 2009I saw the series when it was first shown in the 70s, and from what I remembered the first series was pretty good viewing, (and certainly better then the recent remake) even though the character of Price does present a rather negative image of Welsh people - which is strange, as Terry Nation and Pennant Roberts are both Welsh. However, this is somewhat redeemed by the character played by Denis Lill, who though he has a very convincing Welsh accent actually hails from New Zealand. Sadly, the second series is a bit of a disappointment, and though I seem to remember watching it in my youth, it isn't as memorable as the first. My recollections of the third series are patchy, and I'm pretty sure that I gave up watching, as the story lines became increasingly unbelievable and weak.
However, the series still has a lot of appeal, and I shall complete my viewing of the DVD collection.
Still gripingBy a customer from Blackpool , 17 Nov 2008This is the second series of survivors still griping but not as good as series one.