The BEST Episodes of Survivors

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 16, 2020

Network: BBC One

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. 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.


#1 - Power

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 8, 1977

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 9.87
31 votes
Writers: Martin Worth
Long Live The King

#2 - Long Live The King

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 1, 1977

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 8.82
34 votes
Writers: Martin Worth
The Last Laugh

#3 - The Last Laugh

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired May 18, 1977

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 8.09
34 votes
Directors: Peter Jefferies
Writers: Ian McCulloch

#4 - Genesis

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 23, 1975

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 7.97
72 votes
Directors: Gerald Blake
Writers: Terry Nation
Face Of The Tiger

#5 - Face Of The Tiger

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 28, 1976

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 7.97
61 votes
The Witch

#6 - The Witch

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired May 5, 1976

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 7.97
61 votes
Writers: Jack Ronder
The Enemy

#7 - The Enemy

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired May 11, 1977

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 7.94
34 votes
Directors: Peter Jeffries
Writers: Roger Parkes

#8 - Starvation

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jun 4, 1975

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 7.94
33 votes
A Beginning

#9 - A Beginning

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jul 16, 1975

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 7.92
36 votes
Directors: Pennant Roberts
Writers: Terry Nation
Law And Order

#10 - Law And Order

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 18, 1975

Petty arguments are dividing the ever growing community at the grange. Abby decides on a party on May Day as a remedy. The pary goes well and spirits are raised. However, the next morning they awake to discover that one of their number has been brutally murdered. The community meet to decide how to deal with the person they believe to be the murderer...

star 7.91
34 votes
Gone Away

#11 - Gone Away

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 30, 1975

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 7.91
66 votes
Writers: Terry Nation
The Future Hour

#12 - The Future Hour

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 25, 1975

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 7.89
35 votes
Writers: Terry Nation

#13 - Revenge

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jul 2, 1975

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 7.89
35 votes
Writers: Jack Ronder
Something Of Value

#14 - Something Of Value

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jul 9, 1975

When a flood destroys both their crops and stores, the survivors decide to trade the petrol in the tanker driven there by Donnie and Anne, as its the only thing of value they have left. Greg and Jenny set off in the tanker to trade with a nearby settlement. However they are followed by a man called Lawson and his two cronies, who want the petrol for themselves at any cost...

star 7.88
34 votes
Writers: Terry Nation

#15 - Bridgehead

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 13, 1977

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 7.88
34 votes
Writers: Martin Worth
Spoil Of War

#16 - Spoil Of War

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 11, 1975

When agricultural expert Paul Pitman (Christopher Tranchell) arrives at the grange, Greg feels threatened but the others welcome his expertise. When Greg remembers the supplies in the quarry (Genesis), Tom and Barney are sent to fetch them. Two more survivors arrive, former company director Arthur Russell (Michael Gover) and his secretary Charmian Wentworth (Eileen Helsby) who has stuck with him since 'the death'. Arthur's attitude infuriates Abby. When Tom and Barney fail to return, Greg and Paul set off after them in Arthur's landrover...

star 7.83
36 votes
Garland's War

#17 - Garland's War

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired May 21, 1975

Abby becomes separated from Jenny and Greg and rescues a man called Jimmy Garland (Richard Heffer) who is waging his own personal war against a man called Knox (Peter Jeffrey). Garland is heir to the Waterhouse estate that Knox has taken over and he wants it back so he can lead the community that has started there. Abby is captured by Knox and he tries to convince her that Garland has aggravated the situation and that he is willing to co-operate...

star 7.75
36 votes
Writers: Terry Nation
Corn Dolly

#18 - Corn Dolly

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired May 7, 1975

Abby, Greg and Jenny are still searching for Peter. Greg and Jenny are becoming closer. They meet a man called Charles Vaughan (Denis Lill), a self-sufficiency expert, who has sobering theories about the number of survivors of 'the death' and their prospects for the future. He invites them to join his community, but it soon becomes clear that he has a hidden agenda which could involve Abby...

star 7.70
37 votes
Directors: Pennant Roberts
Writers: Jack Ronder
Lights Of London (1)

#19 - Lights Of London (1)

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 14, 1976

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 7.57
61 votes
Writers: Jack Ronder
Greater Love

#20 - Greater Love

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 7, 1976

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 7.55
62 votes
Birth Of A Hope

#21 - Birth Of A Hope

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 31, 1976

Greg travels to a community at Whitecross to trade with its leader Charles Vaughan (Denis Lill) who he last met at Mardell. Jenny is now pregnant so Greg also seeks news of Ruth's whereabouts, as she promised to return to help with the birth. Whilst Greg is away, a fire destroys the grange. The survivors of the blaze are soon reunited with Greg, who leads the way back to Whitecross where they hope to stay, at least until Jenny has had her baby...

star 7.55
65 votes
Lights Of London (2)

#22 - Lights Of London (2)

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 21, 1976

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 7.49
59 votes
Directors: Pennant Roberts
Writers: Jack Ronder
Mad Dog

#23 - Mad Dog

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 6, 1977

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 7.12
34 votes
Writers: Don Shaw

#24 - Reunion

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 20, 1977

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 7.12
34 votes
Writers: Don Shaw
Over The Hills

#25 - Over The Hills

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 16, 1976

When Sally becomes pregnant by Alan, Charles is overjoyed, thinking this will encourage a baby boom at Whitecross. Sally wants to live with Alan as his wife but he has other ideas. As the situation becomes more tense, Charles crosses swords with Melanie, Ruth and even Pet...

star 7.10
31 votes
Directors: Eric Hills
Writers: Martin Worth