Audio Review: Survivors – Crusade

Review by Ian McArdell


‘Crusade’ is the latest Big Finish audiobook set in the world of Terry Nation’s Survivors – a
1970s post-pandemic tale of those who lived after a virus dubbed “the Death” wiped out
much of the world’s population. Slotting into the latter part of the show’s first series, the
story is coloured by events from one of its most traumatic episodes.

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Audio Review: Survivors – New Dawn 2

Review by Ian McArdell


Survivors: New Dawn sees three further adventures for Abby Grant and Jenny Richards. Some twenty years on from the initial outbreak of ‘The Death’, this sequel series has caught us up with the two remaining central characters from the show.978-1-83868-771-7

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Audio Review: Survivors – Ghosts and Demons

Review by Ian McArdell


Ghosts and Demons is the latest story from the world of Terry Nation’s Survivors. While the audio dramas have pushed the timeframe on to the late 1990s with New Dawn, this story is firmly lodged within Series 1 of the television show (set around the time of the episode Something of Value). Indeed, the challenges our heroes face during the story are rooted in the events of that episode. As with some of the best of the full-cast range, Ghosts and Demons offers us multiple ways into the story by following the experiences of the characters through the early stages of “the death”. In most cases, it’s tragedy; for others, it’s freeing.

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Audio Review: Survivors – New Dawn 1

Review by Ian McArdell


New Dawn 1 is the first of two 3-story boxsets which picks up the tale some fifteen years after we last heard from Terry Nation’s Survivors.
Although it eschews a move into double figures, making a fresh start with the subtitle New Dawn, this is effectively the tenth audio series. With six new episodes adding to the thirty-six already released, there’s now more Survivors on audio than were made for television in the mid-1970s, which is a remarkable achievement. However, it’s not the Seventies that we are concerned with here; though it’s not specified, by my reckoning the events of New Dawn occur somewhere in the mid-to-late 1990s.
Abby Grant returns: Fifteen years after she went into hiding, having prized her conflicted teenage son Peter from the clutches of the quasi-military operation he’d become a part of, and despite his crimes, the pair fled.

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Audio Review: Carolyn Seymour in Conversation

Review by Ian McArdell


Carolyn Seymour in Conversation is the latest in an occasional range of in-depth interviews with Big Finish’s biggest stars. Perhaps best known in cult television circles for her starring role in the first series of Terry Nation’s Survivors, Carolyn Seymour has worked extensively on both sides of the Atlantic, on both stage and screen. In 2014 she reprised her role as Abby Grant in the audio continuation of Survivors, and has since appeared across a number of their ranges, most notably the Doctor Who spin-off Counter-Measures, where she plays the returning villainess, Lady Suzanne Clare.


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Audio Review: Survivors (Series 9)

Review by Ian McArdell


In the five years since its audio resurrection, Survivors, based on Terry Nation’s 1970s BBC television show, has provided some of the most shocking and traumatic hours of audio drama I have ever heard. Set in the aftermath of a devastating contagion, the show follows those who survived in their attempts to forge a new life, to re-learn the basics and work together in order to stay alive. Continue reading

Audio Review: Survivors Series 8

Review by Ian McArdell


It has been a long thirteen months since the last audio box set of Terry Nation’s Survivors, Big Finish’s continuation of the classic 1970s television drama. With the world’s population ravaged by a deadly pandemic, the series charts the lives of those who are attempting to rebuild against all the odds.

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Audio Review: Survivors Series 7

Review by Ian McArdell


Terry Nation’s Survivors, which ran for three series in the mid-1970s, told the story of the population ravaged by a deadly virus and how the few who survived it struggled to keep going in a familiar, yet utterly changed world.

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Audio Review: Blake’s 7 – Crossfire Part 1

Review by Ian McArdell


After their successful return in box set format last July, for The Spoils of War, this latest release for the Blake’s 7 – The Classic Audio Adventures range initiates a fresh run of twelve stories under the umbrella title of Crossfire which is proposed as a new sub-season of stories, set within Series C. Continue reading

Audio Review: Survivors Series 6

Review by Ian McArdell


Returning for a sixth box set, the audio continuation of Terry Nation’s post-apocalyptic drama continues to chronicle humanity’s struggle to survive in the wake of a deadly plague. Continue reading