The Best Episodes of Survivors

When a genetically engineered virus kills ninety-five percent of the world's population, the survivors must rebuild humanity in the face of overwhelming odds. "Survivors" is a study of man vs. nature and man vs. man in an attempt to reclaim an unrelenting world. The opening episodes were first broadcast on BBC1 in April 1975 and immediately grabbed the attention and interest of the viewing public. In essence, the series concerns the aftermath of a plague which had wiped out over 99% of the world's population and the experiences of a group of individuals in England as they grappled with the post-plague world and the trials of day-to-day survival. Since its original broadcast the series has gained a cult following, cemented by DVD releases.


#1 - Power

Season 3 - Episode 12

Charles, Jenny, Hubert and Alec finally arrive in Scotland and make for a hydro-electric power station to switch on the power. However they do not count on the intervention of a nationalistic Scotsman who sees their efforts as stealing Scottish electricity for England. Nor do they realise how far Sam will go to prevent the return of power to the nation...

star 10.00
2 votes
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#2 - Bridgehead

Season 3 - Episode 5

Charles returns to the Walter's farm where he is reunited with a relieved Jenny and Agnes. Hubert discovers that the cows have brucellosis and tends to them whilst Jenny and Charles head up river to locate a vet called Bill Sheridan. They meet Bill and his partner Alice and the following day Charles and Bill head back to the farm. Before they return to Jenny and Alice they see a car travelling along a road. Charles jumps to the conclusion that Greg could have been the driver. Jenny is excited when she hears the news and sets off with Bill to locate him. Before they leave they all agree to rendezvous at Highley train station for what Charles hopes will be market day...

star 8.75
4 votes
The Last Laugh

#3 - The Last Laugh

Season 3 - Episode 10

Greg is looking for a Dr.Adams who he thinks is being held captive. He is attacked by four men who steal all his notes on the settlements he has visited. He survives the encounter but runs into further danger when he finds Dr.Adams, who has contracted smallpox. Greg must now wait until the incubation period is over to see if he has contracted the disease...

star 8.60
5 votes
Lights Of London (1)

#4 - Lights Of London (1)

Season 2 - Episode 3

A couple called Penny and Amul arrive at Whitecross claiming to have news of Abby. Ruth goes with them thinking her medical skills are needed at the place where Abby is staying. She soon learns that she is being taken to London instead to help nurse the sick there and that Abby has already moved on. The large settlement in London is run by a man called Manny who does not want Ruth to leave. When Greg and Charles fear for Ruth's safety they journey to London to rescue her...

star 8.33
6 votes
Mad Dog

#5 - Mad Dog

Season 3 - Episode 4

Charles searches alone for Tom Walter and has a dangerous encounter with a dog pack. He is rescued by a man called Fenton, who Charles then travels with back to his halfway house. The next morning Charles discovers that Fenton has contracted rabies. Securing Fenton he goes to a nearby village for help. Charles returns with two men, Sanders and Jim. They are attacked by Fenton and Charles is forced to kill him. However, the men believe that Charles may have the infection too so try to execute him. Charles flees into the countryside and a hunt begins...

star 8.25
4 votes

#6 - Reunion

Season 3 - Episode 6

Jenny, Charles and Hubert meet vet Janet Millon when a shepherd friend of Hubert is injured. Whilst enjoying her hospitality they discover to their amazement that she is the mother of their John, who is back at Challoner with Pet and Jack. Jenny has grown tired of her search for Greg and elects to return with Janet, as she wants to see her son too. When Pet tells John the news his reaction is puzzling...

star 8.20
5 votes
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Long Live The King

#7 - Long Live The King

Season 3 - Episode 11

Charles, Jenny and their ever growing party are heading North to Scotland, when they receive a message to meet Greg at a place called Felbridge. Jenny thinks it will be another wild goose chase. They later discover that Agnes has devised their reunion and that she plans to set up a new government for the nation at Felbridge under Greg's name. However, Greg is curiously absent from the proceedings...

star 8.17
6 votes
Greater Love

#8 - Greater Love

Season 2 - Episode 2

When there are complications after the birth of Jenny's baby, Ruth knows that the only course of action is to locate some medicine to treate her. Paul, who is now in love with Ruth, elects to go on the dangerous journey into Birmingham to find what Ruth needs. Eventually Paul returns, but he reveals that he doesn't fell too well. Ruth isolates Paul in a barn to prevent the possible spread of infection and begins to treat Jenny whose condition has worsened...

star 8.00
7 votes
The Enemy

#9 - The Enemy

Season 3 - Episode 9

Charles, Jenny, Hubert, Frank and Alec arrive at a settlement based at an old coal mine. The settlement's leader, Leonard Woollen, is anxious to get the mining equipment working again and enlists Alec and Charles's help. Another man, Sam Mead (Robert Gillespie) is opposed to the idea fearing a return to the age before 'the death'. Jenny is becoming increasingly emotional about the absent Greg. Charles pushes her too far in relation to Alec...

star 8.00
5 votes
Directors: Peter Jeffries
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#10 - Genesis

Season 1 - Episode 2

Abby meets Arthur Wormley who has some strong ideas about how the survivors of 'the death' should organise themselves. Meanwhile Greg Preston (Ian McCulloch) meets a strong willed woman called Anne (Myra Frances) who needs his help to rescue a man who is trapped under a tractor in a nearby quarry. Elsewhere Jenny is still wandering the countryside alone...

star 7.93
15 votes
Directors: Gerald Blake
Face Of The Tiger

#11 - Face Of The Tiger

Season 2 - Episode 5

A man called Alistair arrives at Whitecross and considers the possibility of staying there permanently. He hides the fact that he is a convicted child killer because he feels that he is a different person now and has paid the price for his crime. Unfortunately Hubert finds a newspaper clipping belonging to Alistair which details his past. He passes the information on to others. When John goes missing, Alistair is immediately suspected...

star 7.83
6 votes
The Witch

#12 - The Witch

Season 2 - Episode 6

When Mina (Delia Paton), an eccentric member of the community at Whitecross, spurns Hubert's unwelcome attentions, he begins to spread vicious rumours that she is a witch. When John and Lizzie see Mina bake a clay figure representing Hubert and Pet and Peggy add up other recent events, they begin to believe that Hubert may be right......

star 7.83
6 votes
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#13 - Sparks

Season 3 - Episode 8

Charles, Frank, Jenny and Hubert are now searching for former electrical engineer Alec Campbell (William Dysart) with a view to using his skills to restore electrical power to the nation. However, they discover Alec to be withdrawn and unco-operative and still mourning his long dead wife. When he continues to refuse to help, Frank resolves to take stronger measures which involve some pethadine and Jenny...

star 7.80
5 votes
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The Peacemaker

#14 - The Peacemaker

Season 3 - Episode 7

Charles, Jenny and Hubert arrive at a settlement based around a working mill. The community there has been influenced and led by former personnel headhunter Frank Garner (Edward Underdown) and Rutna, a young Indian woman. Their guiding principle is the belief that man died (during 'the death') and now needs to be re-born to a new way of life. Frank makes several failed attempts to speak to Charles alone and is clearly uneasy about something. When Charles, Jenny and Hubert's horses are poisoned with yew branches they have no choice but to stay another day...

star 7.75
4 votes
Gone Away

#15 - Gone Away

Season 1 - Episode 3

Abby, Jenny and Greg have made an abandoned church their base. Abby hopes to find her son Peter. They make a trip to a nearby supermarket to gather some food supplies and encounter some of Wormley's men who insist they leave their loot. Jenny and Greg overpower them and they escape. The men are intent on revenge and begin to search the countryside for the trio...

star 7.70
10 votes
The Fourth Horseman

#16 - The Fourth Horseman

Season 1 - Episode 1

A virulent flu bug is spreading through the country like wildfire. Abby Grant (Carolyn Seymour) and her husband David (Peter Bowles) are aware that the flu has reportedly claimed millions of people's lives in China, but they don't think that could happen in England. Abby becomes ill and takes to her bed. Meanwhile Jenny Richards (Lucy Fleming) learns from a doctor that this is no flu bug and that hundreds are now dying. Acting on his advice she flees London for the countryside. Abby wakes days later and fears that she may be the only one left alive...

star 7.69
19 votes

#17 - Manhunt

Season 3 - Episode 1

It is six months since Greg, Agnes and Jack left Whitecross. Seth finds Jack wandering in a fever in some woods and takes him back to his home to look after him. There finds that Jack has letters for Charles and Jenny which are from Greg. Charles, Pet, Jenny, Hubert and the children have moved from Whitecross to Challoner. When they learn the news about the letters, Jenny and Charles go to Seth's home. Jack is delirious and says some unintelligible things about a place called Wellingham, where he and Greg had been. A distraught Jenny is desperate to see Greg again, so she and Charles head off to Wellingham. Pet also sends Hubert on after them. After rescuing a man staked out in the woods and meeting the authoritarian Clifford and the sinister Miedel, Jenny and Charles become worried about the situation in which they have become embroiled...

star 7.67
3 votes
Directors: Peter Jeffries

#18 - Starvation

Season 1 - Episode 7

A young woman called Wendy (Julie Neubert) and an old woman called Emma (Hana Maria Pravda) have foraged since 'the death' but are now going hungry. Wendy meets Tom Price (Talfryn Thomas) and steals his food. Abby meanwhile rescues Emma from a pack of wild dogs, whilst Greg, Jenny and the children draw them off in their minibus. Tom wants his revenge on Wendy but doesn't reckon on Abby's presence. Meanwhile Greg and the others arrive at a deserted country grange, which may be just the place they need...

star 7.67
6 votes
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New Arrivals

#19 - New Arrivals

Season 2 - Episode 11

Ruth invites members of a failed community to join the Whitecross settlement, despite the fact that they have been exposed to a disease. When Arthur and Jack contract the illness she fears she may have made an error in judgement. Meanwhile, the self appointed leader of the young new arrivals, Mark Carter (Ian Hastings), advises Charles on where he is going wrong agriculturally and draws up a new plan for him to examine...

star 7.67
6 votes
A Beginning

#20 - A Beginning

Season 1 - Episode 13

Abby is tiring of life at the grange and her thoughts turn to resuming her search for her son. After a row with Greg over the taking in of a sick girl, Ruth. Abby sets off for Waterhouse to find Jimmy Garland. Meanwhile Greg and Arthur make their first attempts towards federating the communities that have sprung up since 'the death'. When Ruth recovers, Greg and Jenny discover she is a former medical student and that she has some startling news for them...

star 7.63
8 votes
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A Little Learning

#21 - A Little Learning

Season 3 - Episode 2

Jenny is searching for Greg alone. Not far away Greg is travelling with Agnes when they come across an old woman in distress. She introduces herself as Mrs Butterworth and explains that she is being plagued by what she terms 'red indians'. Greg investigates and discovers a community of children are behind the raids on her house. They are led by a tough boy called Eagle who does not want Greg to interfere, despite the fact that many of their number are dying of a mysterious illness...

star 7.60
5 votes
A Friend In Need

#22 - A Friend In Need

Season 2 - Episode 7

Charles and Greg hold a meeting at Whitecross with leaders of nearby settlements to try to come to some co-operative agreements. The event is interrupted by the news that the wife of one of the leaders has been killed by a sniper. It is soon learned that the sniper targets young women and seems to be travelling towards Whitecross. Jenny, bravely volunteers to act as bait to bring the sniper out into the open...

star 7.60
5 votes
Directors: Eric Hills
The Future Hour

#23 - The Future Hour

Season 1 - Episode 10

A pregnant young woman called Laura arrives at the grange, seeking shelter from her partner, a man called Huxley, who wants her back but doesn't want her unborn child. Abby and Greg argue as to whether she should be allowed to stay. When John and Lizzie unknowingly give away the fact that Laura is staying at the grange, Huxley embarks on a series of reprisals until the community agrees to give up Laura to him....

star 7.57
7 votes
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#24 - Revenge

Season 1 - Episode 11

Crippled Vic attempts to commit suicide because he is feeling increasingly useless. Greg tries to convince him that his teaching of the children is an important job. When Anne Tranter arrives at the grange she is shocked to discover that Vic is alive and that Greg therefore knows of her heartless actions when they first met (in Genesis). When Vic learns that Anne is actually staying at the grange he becomes intent on ultimate revenge...

star 7.57
7 votes
Lights Of London (2)

#25 - Lights Of London (2)

Season 2 - Episode 4

Greg and Charles arrive at the London settlement and are reunited with Ruth. She tells them she can't leave the sick there and come back to Whitecross, especially as her assistance will be needed if the community is to be re-located to the Isle of Wight as planned. When Ruth learns from Nessie that Manny has no intention of taking the community out of London, she agrees to an escape attempt with Greg and Charles...

star 7.50
4 votes