Download Survivors Series 01 (Audio Download): Matt Fitton, Andrew Smith, John Dorney, Jonathan Morris, Lucy Fleming, Ian McCulloch, Louise Jameson, Terry Molloy, John Banks, Carolyn Seymour, Big Finish Productions: Audible AudiobooksAuthor Matt Fitton –

I was a bit wary of this release from Big Finish, given the way the quality of their scripts have generally failed to keep up with the increase in quality of their acting and production values Additionally, their adaptations of classic shows have been a mixed bag Tomorrow People and Omega Factor were excellent Blake s seven patchy but generally fun and Sapphire and Steel dire beyong imagining I was very happy to hear that my worries were completely misfounded and the 4 plays were a very worthy successor and, in many places, far darker than the original.Very highly recommended unless you re particularly squeamish. an exerllent story that keeps hooked from start to finish This exceeded my expectations brilliantly conveying the awesomeness of Terry Nations original vision for the series The scripts are excellent the performances superb, I admit some of the sound mix for one character might be a bit of a struggle in a noisy car but that doesn t detract from the fantastic story arc You can get it direct from bigfinish and get free audio downloads too. Bought as a gift for a friend. It begins with just a few people falling ill Another flu virus that spreads around the globe And then the reports begin that people are dying When most of the world s population is wiped out, a handful of survivors are left to pick up the pieces Cities become graveyards Technology becomes largely obsolete Mankind must start againRevelation by Matt Fitton When people begin to die of a new strain of a flu virus, newspaper journalists Helen Wiseman and Daniel Connor investigate They uncover a terrifying story but will anyone ever get to read itExodus by Jonathan Morris Billions of people have died across the globe Cities are rife with secondary diseases, and the survivors attempt to make their way out of LondonJudges by Andrew Smith After a storm wipes out much of their community s supplies, Greg and Jenny go in search of new provisions much to Abby s disapprovalEsther by John Dorney Greg, Jenny and their new friends are trapped Will they ever make it out alive Note Survivors contains adult material and is not suitable for younger listeners A really excellent product that brilliantly dove tails with the original TV series If you order direct with Big Finish their delivery is second to none.This follows the exploits of new characters surviving the death and then interlinking them in with Jenny, Greg and Abi seamlessly The world in which they survive in is also far hostile and bleak than the original TV series 40 years later and on audio, the writers can take the characters to Heathrow Airport and central London, for example, in a way in which they were less able to do in the pre CGI age They are also able to make the stories tougher and realistic than perhaps what they were able to accomplish with a family audience in the 1970s.The acting is also compelling Both the originals and the new actors and actresses excel themselves I listen to the episodes on I POD after the family have gone to bed It adds to the atmosphere and you feel pulled into the world that now exists Not just the opening series but all 4 series so far are brilliant.I do hope this is successful enough for someone to consider doing a follow up TV show.Survivors 1 Big Finish Survivors Running for three series on BBC1 in the mid 1970 s, Survivors is a television drama that has lived long in the memories of both viewers and cast members Big Finish s Series One boxset manages to perfectly capture the tone of the original series and is one of the best things they ve done for some time.The boxset contains four stories Revelation, Exodus, Judges and Esther The first two stories run parallel with the events seen in the first television episode, The Fourth Horseman and the final two stories are set after the twelfth television episode, Something of Value.Revelation and Exodus spend most of their time introducing us to the new characters created by Big Finish And it s obviously not unintentional that each CD doesn t have a cast list instead there s only a single cast list for all four stories As with the television series, there s no way to predict which characters will live and which will die even after the virus has done its work the survivors find that the danger is far from over, and the greatest danger comes from each other.There are plenty of fine performances, particularly Terry Molloy as John Redgrave, Chase Masterson as Maddie Price and Louise Jameson as Jackie Burchall Jameson is heart breaking in Exodus, an incredibly powerful performance.Whilst the series could have continued with all new characters, it s something of a coup that they were able to entice three key members of the television cast Ian McCulloch as Greg Preston, Lucy Fleming as Jenny Richards and Carolyn Seymour as Abby Grant to reprise their roles Due to difficulties in locating Seymour, Abby only appears at the start of the third story and the conclusion of the fourth but Greg and Jenny are central to the final two stories in the set, Judges and Esther.These two episodes find Greg and Jenny encountering some of the survivors from Revelation and Exodus as they become unwilling guests in the community founded by James Gillison another stand out performance, this one from Adrian Lukis The concept of a closed community headed by a controlling elite is something the television series covered particularly in the second series episode The Chosen, but it also works well here and as events spiral out of control there s a feeling of dread that terrible things are about to happen.With strong scripts, the return of the television regulars and fine performances from some Big Finish stalwarts, Survivors Series One is an impressive listen As the back of the packaging states though, it isn t for children as the concepts and themes are, at times, dark and disturbing particularly in the first two stories.The series has already been well received and good sales have enabled the production of further stories to be stepped up There are two series due to be released next year series 2 in July 2015 and series 3 in November 2015 Although series 2 is a long way away at the moment, it will be a definite pre order as there s plenty stories to be told.Warmly recommended.