The Basics

A brief history of the second re-release of Survivors series one on VHS

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Front and back covers of all three volumes of DDHE's video release of Survivors series one
The DD Video re-release

In parallel with the release of Survivors series one on DVD in 2003, DD Video issued the first series on PAL VHS - the third time in ten years that series one had been made available on sell-through video.

The videos were issued as three VHS double-packs, with each cassette containing two episodes (and the sixth and final tape offering the concluding three episodes of the series).

The double-packs were made available individually, and also as a box-set of six cassettes (in a plain-black cardboard container).

By 2003, interest in the sell-through video format was already fast waning, and this third VHS release for Survivors first series was inevitably overshadowed by the parallel DVD release (which was accompanied by a full-colour booklet and a range of special features; neither of which the video release offered).

By the following year, when series two of Survivors was released on DVD, there was no parallel VHS release - confirmation of how modest the previous year's VHS sales had been. DD Video's re-release of the first series on VHS brought to an the decade-long life of Survivors on retail video.

Like the original series one VHS release (by BBC Worldwide) and the first series one re-release (by Sovereign Video), copies of the series one DD Video release regularly appear on online auction sites - although the DD Video release is the rarest of the three.

Survivors: The Basics

An introduction to Survivors
Episode guide
Themes and plot 'arcs'
Survivors: main characters
Survivors on satellite & cable TV
The BBC Worldwide video release
The Sovereign Video re-release
The DD Video re-release
Survivors series one on DVD

Survivors series two on DVD
Survivors series three on DVD
Survivors three series DVD box-set
Survivors Italian DVD releases
Survivors Region 1 DVD box-set
Survivors novelisations
'Making of' and Survivors Guide Books
Fanzines and other publications
Reviving and remaking Survivors


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The End of the World?

An authoritative and comprehensive guide to all aspects of Survivors is provided in The End of the World?: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Survivors, co-authored by Rich Cross and Andy Priestner. Richly illustrated with behind-the-scenes photos, the book includes: Guides to the production of each of the three series of the show; reviews and analysis of all 38 episodes; assessments of the core themes of each series; character and location guides... and much more besides.

Published by Telos Publishing in December 2005, the title is currently out of print. Plans to publish an updated edition of the book are currently on hold.


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Basics: Introduction | Episode guide | Characters | Themes | Videos | DVDs | Novels | 'Making of...' books
Behind-the-scenes:Unseen series one location shots
Books: Survivors book: The End of the World? | Survivors book: Worlds Apart
Terry Nation study - Bignell and O'Day | Terry Nation study - Turner | Hitch-Hiker's Guide to Survivors
Cast and crew: Memorabilia 2011 | Pennant Roberts: 1940-2010
DVDs: Series 1 DVD | Series 2 DVD | Series 3 DVD | DVD news
DVD studio day photo galleries: Series 1 | Series 2 | Series 3
Interviews: Jonathan Bignell | Peter Duncan | Don Shaw | Roger Monk | Alwyn W Turner | Pete Wallbank
Locations: Genesis: 2005 location finds | Genesis: 2013 location finds | Genesis: Greg Preston's home
Gone Away: 2013 location finds | Hampton Court interiors | The Last Laugh locations
TV: 'The Cult of...' Survivors | Survivors Australian trailer | See The Enemy in 'TV Heaven'
Writing: Writings on Survivors | SciFi Now: Survivors | Action TV: Survivors
More: 'Goofs and Gaffes' | Survivors at the BFI | Survivors in SFX 'best ever' poll
Survivors on Mastermind | How to annoy a Survivors fan

Survivors book: The End of the World?

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