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The End of the World?
The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Survivors

by Rich Cross & Andy Priestner

      If anybody asked me to name the top ten seminal series of my childhood, Survivors would be right up there with the likes of Dr Who and Star Trek. Back in 1975-1977 when this gem was showing, we Brits still made SF series, and this was one of the best. Here is another one of those delightful Telos "Unofficial and Unauthorised" guides to a classic series, and one that's all the more deserving for being relatively unsung.

As you can now expect from Telos, this guide is exhaustively well researched and oddly compelling, with each episode from all three seasons thoughtfully described in some detail. There are viewing figures, character portraits (visual and written), shots of locations, information about the filming and the thought that went into its conception. There are also copious pages about what influenced the show and what was later influenced by it; think of recent series like Jeremiah or The Last Train. For me, the overall most impressive thing about the book is its dedication to detail and its quest to understand why this series still resonates with people today. Like Cathy Come Home, and a few other classics, these series are not wearied by age, but grow evermore topical. If you want a glossy coffee table book this is not it I'm afraid, but then Survivors wasn't a glossy coffee table sort of series, so the sober black and white volume is far more dignified. Invite somebody for coffee who would appreciate it!

You can order this book from Telos Publishing Ltd, 61 Elgar Avenue, Tolworth, Surrey KT5 9JP England. Visit the website for more details.

The Book

Telos Publishing Ltd
January 2006
Non-Fiction/TV History
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The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2006
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