Apocalypse Now (and the first part’s free)

You can tell when I’m busy – the blog gets neglected! And it has certainly been a busy few months, the fruits of which will be revealed in due course…

The main purpose of this update then, is to coincide with the release of Big Finish audio drama – Survivors Series 2.

Survivors 2

Terry Nation’s original 1970s TV series told of a global flu pandemic – the Death – which wiped out 95% of the world population, and followed the trials and tribulations of those who survived. (Find out more at this excellent ‘Survivors: A World Away’ blog). With our first audio series at Big Finish, we went back to the start to retell the story of the outbreak – in the mid-1970s period setting – and introduced some of our own characters into this world, while weaving in some of the original TV series folk, so our stories ran in parallel with those seen on TV.

Big Finish Survivors Series 2 continues in this vein. We join Abby Grant (Carolyn Seymour), Greg Preston (Ian McCulloch) and Jenny Richards (Lucy Fleming) right after the end of the first TV series, as Abby receives news of her missing son. She was never seen again on television, but here on audio, her search begins. At the same time we catch up with Daniel Connor (John Banks) and Jackie Burchell (Louise Jameson) from our first audio series as they are about to encounter a tricky situation of their own…

We were all very proud when the first episode of Series 1 – Revelation – was nominated for a BBC Audio Drama Award earlier this year. And now to celebrate the release of Series 2, it is available for free here at Big Finish. It’s not for children, and the series continues in a dark and unsettling vein – so if you are in the mood for some adult, challenging drama, this is a good place to start. Our aim is to remain true to Terry Nation’s original vision – the post-apocalyptic world is a bleak and difficult one, that will bring out the very best and worst in humanity.

Already, the feedback on Series 2 has been fantastic, and I am delighted to find there’s a real audience for this kind of drama. For me, it’s the chance to work with a brilliant team of friends and colleagues, and the Survivors world is one we love exploring; with Series 3, 4 and 5 all in the pipeline, there are many more stories to tell.

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