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Survivors: episode guide

Series One

1.1 | The Fourth Horseman
Writer: Terry Nation
Director: Pennant Roberts
First broadcast: 16 April 1975
As a deadly viral pandemic races around the planet, isolated British survivors (including suburban housewife Abby Grant and London secretary Jenny Richards) find themselves the inheritors of an all-but-empty world. With her husband dead, Abby abandons her comfortable commuter belt home and sets off to searches for her son Peter (away at boarding school as the virus swept the country), while Jenny flees into the country in the hope of finding others.

1.2 | Genesis
Writer: Terry Nation
Director: Gerald Blake
First broadcast: 23 April 1975
Returning home from continental Europe by helicopter, structural engineer Greg Preston discovers that Britain too has succumbed to The Death. He encounters Anne Tranter, whose partner Vic Thatcher has been badly injured in a tractor accident. When Greg returns with medical supplies, Anne (deciding that Vic is a lost cause) lies to Greg that Vic is dead. Abby encounters ex-union official Arthur Wormley, who wants to establish a brutal feudal dictatorship that can return order to the country. As they roam the terrain of the newly medieval UK, Greg, Jenny and Abby finally meet up.

1.3 | Gone Away
Writer: Terry Nation
Director: Terence Williams
First broadcast: 30 April 1975
Itinerant Tom Price is scouring the countryside for supplies, and stumbles across the first settlement that Abby, Jenny and a reluctant Greg have set up. Armed militia men from Wormley's base attempt to arrest the settlers for 'looting', but Greg intercedes and disarms the gang. After Abby and the others escape, she is forced to realise that others are looking to her for inspiration and leadership. After the militia men find and vandalise their settlement, Abby acknowledges that she will be unable to focus on building a new community until she learns the true fate of her son.

1.4 | Corn Dolly
Writer: Jack Ronder
Director: Pennant Roberts
First broadcast: 07 May 1975
Architect Charles Vaughan is confronting the challenges of the post-Death world with zeal and an acute sense of urgency, putting his impressive skill-set to use in setting up a viable new settlement. Returning to Maredell after meeting up with Abby, Jenny and Greg he discovers that his new community has been decimated by fatal food poisoning. Charles remains unbowed, and determined that all surviving women become pregnant to ensure the survival of the human race. Although impressed by his resourcefulness, Abby, Jenny and Greg find his dogmatism repellant, and, after helping to construct a funeral pyre for the community's dead, they leave Maredell behind.

Scenes from series one of Survivors

1.5 | Gone to the Angels
Writer: Jack Ronder
Director: Gerald Blake
First broadcast: 14 May 1975
The trio encounter surviving schoolchildren John and Lizzie, who (desparate for new surrogate parents) join their travelling group. With all leads to finding her son ending in disappointment, an increasingly desperate Abby seeks solace in the company of a group of religious hermits in the hills - 'angels' who went into isolation in the Derbyshire peaks before the onset of the pandemic. Abby questions how her hosts can retain their Christian faith in the face of the devastation and cruelty of The Death; but they remain pious and absolute in the faith. When the three 'angels' falls ill with the deadly virus, she learns a horrific truth: that the survivors of the plague remain carriers of the virus.

1.6 | Garland's War
Writer: Terry Nation
Director: Terence Williams
First broadcast: 21 May 1975
Abby learns that a group of young boys are living in a community a nearby stately home named Waterhouse. She soon find herself embroiled in a guerilla war between the ousted lord of the manor, Jimmy Garland, and the group that has taken over his home, led by the determined and wily Knox. Garland wants to re-establish his estate with himself as a benign lord of the manor; Knox is determined to run the the community without Garland's interference. Abby at first attempts to mediate, but when Knox's duplicity is revealed, she rejoins Jenny and Greg in a bid to save the otherwise doomed Garland. Released from captivity, Garland insists on continuing his war.

1.7 | Starvation
Writer: Jack Ronder
Director: Pennant Roberts
First broadcast: 04 June 1975
Isolated survivors are becoming increasingly desperate and hungry: both for food and for companionship and community. Grandmother Emma Cohen and the young Wendy are surviving on next to no food; while Tom Price continues to scavenge alone. While Abby saves Emma from an attack by wild dogs, Greg, Jenny and the children discover an empty manor house with large rambling grounds which could serve as the base for a new settlement. Joined by the mentally-impaired resident of the manor, Barney, the disparate group agree to work together to establish a new farming commune: a daunting proposition, but more preferable than the alternatives.

1.8 | Spoil of War
Writer: M. K. Jeeves (Clive Exton)
Director: Gerald Blake
First broadcast: 11 June 1975
The putative settlement swells as other travellers arrive - young hippie Paul, financier Arthur Russell and his secretary Charmain. As the pressure for resources grows acute, a party is despatched to collect a cache of goods held in an apparently empty quarry Greg and Jenny visited several months earlier, and which have lain abandoned since the death of Vic Thatcher. When the community's van is attacked by gunfire, Greg realises that these precious supplies have not been abandoned after all, and that Anne Tranter lied about Vic's fate. When Greg finally disarms the armed hermit, Vic agrees to join the settlers - in the hope that he will be able to track down the woman who abandoned him.

1.9 | Law and Order
Writer: M. K. Jeeves (Clive Exton)
Director: Pennant Roberts
First broadcast: 18 June 1975
After a May Day party to boost flagging spirits, young settler Wendy is killed in a frenzied attack. Suspicion settles on the mentally-impaired Barney, and an impromptu trial attempts to find the truth. Unknown to anyone except the perpetrator, Tom Price is the murderer. With Barney's apparent guilt established, the settlers must choose between the banishment or death of the prisoner. An agonised community agree on the death penalty, but once the sentence has been carried out, Price confesses to Abby and Greg. Against Abby's wishes, Greg insists that the truth about the murder be kept from the community - convinced that the settlement will collapse if everyone learns of their complicity in the tragedy.

1.10 | The Future Hour
Writer: Terry Nation
Director: Terence Williams
First broadcast: 25 June 1975
Roving trader Huxley is touring the countryside with a convoy of goods-laden pantechnicons, bartering supplies for gold. When his 'wife' (pregnant by an earlier partner) runs away, with the support of the young Norman, she finds sanctuary at the Grange settlement. With Huxley determined to have her back, and Laura determined not rejoin him (or surrender her child), the stage is set for a confrontation which threatens the future of the community. As Huxley's ultimatum runs out, Laura leaves the settlement to return to the trader's side, but she goes into labour. Brought back to the settlement to give birth, Greg leads a party to disarm Huxley's gang. In the shoot-out that follows, both Huxley and Tom Price are killed.

1.11 | Revenge
Writer: Jack Ronder
Director: Gerald Blake
First broadcast: 02 July 1975
Having been rescued from the quarry where his partner Anne Tranter abandoned him for dead, the crippled Vic Thatcher is increasingly depressed by his marginalisation from life in the community. At the worst possible time, Anne and her new partner Donny arrive at the settlement, and Anne is horrified to learn of Vic's survival. Learning of her presence, Vic is determined to exact revenge for Anne's callous betrayal. But when the opportunity arises, Vic learns that other values (not least the importance of life itself) must take precedence. Relenting, he forgoes his revenge and allows Anne to live. The following morning, Anne leaves the settlement, alone.

1.12 | Something of Value
Writer: Terry Nation
Director: Terence Williams
First broadcast: 09 July 1975
After a flash flood ruins the community's store of precious supplies, the plight of the settlement becomes acute. Deciding to trade some of their valuable fuel stores for seeds and foodstuffs, Greg and Jenny set off with the petrol tanker and head for a neighbouring settlement. When the brakes of the tanker fail and Greg is forced to pull the vehicle off the road. Taking Jenny hostage, the raiding party that has been searching for them lays siege to their barn. Eventually the raiders overpower Greg, just after Jenny escapes to raise the alarm, but their victory comes at the highest possible price, when two are killed as the tanker crashes, and Greg shoots the third to prevent further loss of the precious fuel.

1.13 | A Beginning
Writer: Terry Nation
Director: Pennant Roberts
First broadcast: 16 July 1975
The relentless pressures of leadership are taking their toll on an increasingly withdrawn Abby. She takes some time out, seeking solace in the company of Jimmy Garland. At the settlement, a travelling group leave a sick girl, who the community are forced to take in and nurse back to health. The patient is revealed to be a medical student named Ruth. The settlers call a conference and invite nearby settlements to agree plans for a mutual defensive alliance. The future looks brighter, as the first delegates arrive to discuss the plan. Ruth meanwhile reveals that Peter Grant is alive and well - news that Greg and Jenny cannot wait to share with the returning Abby.

Series Two

2.1 | Birth of a Hope
Writer: Jack Ronder
Director: Eric Hills
First broadcast: 31 March 1976
Shortly after Greg visits Charles Vaughan's new settlement, the Grange is consumed in a fire which takes the lives of many of the community's members. With Jenny heavily pregnant, Greg leads the depleted survivors of the blaze to Whitecross, where Charles and partner Pet welcome them. To Charles' delight, a reluctant Greg agrees to settle at Whitecross. With Abby gone in pursuit of her son Peter, Greg and Jenny (and their new baby) must start over in the quest to build themselves a future.

2.2 | Greater Love
Writer: Don Shaw
Director: Pennant Roberts
First broadcast: 07 April 1976
When new mother Jenny falls seriously ill, Paul volunteers to make the dangerous trip into Birmingham to retrieve supplies from a city hospital. After he returns, bringing Ruth the vital medical supplies she needs to carry out an urgent operation, he falls seriously ill and is quarantined. As Jenny recovers, Paul takes a turn for the worse. Despite Ruth's best efforts to treat him, Paul dies. Realising how vulnerable they all remain, the community soon has to confront the full ramifications of Paul's act of sacrifice.

2.3 | Lights of London Part I
Writer: Jack Ronder
Director: Terence Williams
First broadcast: 14 April 1976
Visitors arrive at Whitecross on a horse-cart, requesting that Ruth join them at their nearby farm where Abby and others are ill. Once Ruth leaves with them, she learns that she has been deceived, and that her true destination is an ailing London community 500-strong. An over-worked doctor battling the 'London sickness' has reached breaking point, and Ruth has been identified as his conscripted junior. Charles and Greg decide to follow Ruth, and arriving in London, they quickly learn how dangerous a place the streets of the capital have become - as a pack of rats attack them...

Scenes from series two of Survivors

2.4 | Lights of London Part II
Writer: Jack Ronder
Director: Pennant Roberts
First broadcast: 21 April 1976
Charles and Greg are rescued from a rat attack by the dissident loner Wally, who takes them to the London community's headquarters and introduces them to its megalomaniac leader Manny. They learn of an audacious plan to relocate the settlers in the Isle of Wight, but quickly come to doubt the credibility of Manny's scheme, which seems designed only to keep him in power. When all three of the Whitecross travellers decide to return home, Manny reveals his true colours: he is willing to kill them rather than see them escape. The trio only escape when Wally intervenes to shoots him dead. Wally announces his intention to reform the London community

2.5 | Face of the Tiger
Writer: Don Shaw
Director: Terence Williams
First broadcast: 28 April 1976
Alistair McFadden, an educated and cerebral visitor to Whitecross, joins the settlement at at time when friction and tensions are on the rise. Hubert learns of the shocking history of the thoughtful and reflective visitor, he is a convicted child-killer who was incarcerated in an instituion at the time of The Death. McFadden is able to convince a meeting of the community that the isolation which followed the plague had a cathartic effect upon him. Doubt about the extent of McFadden's rehabilitation are raised when young John disappears, but when he is found safe, Alistair still opts to leave, prefering an independent solitary lifestyle.

2.6 | The Witch
Writer: Jack Ronder
Director: Terence Williams
First broadcast: 05 May 1976
The sometimes-eccentric Mina lives on the edge of the Whitecross community, and is often considered something of an odd character. When several misfortunes affect the settlement, long-dormant superstitions revive and Mina find herself accused as a 'witch', and the apparent cause of the community's new ills. Events escalate as a jilted Hubert makes further accusations. Matters reach a fever pitch, and Mina is confronted by hysterical accusers, before common sense and rationality are finally restored at Whitecross.

2.7 | A Friend in Need
Writer: Ian McCulloch
Director: Eric Hills
First broadcast: 12 May 1976
A serial sniper is targetting communities under the line of a former Roman road, and Whitecross is now in the killer's sights. The settlement attempt to ensnare the sniper, first by using Jenny as bait and then by sweeping the woods in a co-ordinated hunt. A stakeout finally corners the killer, and both Charles and Greg must risk all to protect Whitecross. In the desperate shoot-out which follows, Greg wrestles with the killer who is shot with his own gun. With the killer dead, the community is stunned to discover that the murderer is female.

2.8 | By Bread Alone
Writer: Martin Worth
Director: Pennant Roberts
First broadcast: 19 May 1976
Whitecross is thrown into unintended turmoil when resident Lewis rediscovers his religious faith and reintroduces the idea of organised religion to the community. The repercussions are far more significant than Lewis intended, and he struggles to reassert control and prevent the community from neglecting its labours in favour of a (sometimes spurious) new concern with religion. In an attempt to calm matters Lewis arranges to hold a Christian service, but not all of the community opt to attend, and not all who do take events all that seriously.

2.9 | The Chosen
Writer: Roger Parkes
Director: Eric Hills
First broadcast: 26 May 1976
Returning home from a trip to retrieve salt, Pet and Charles encounter two young and vulnerable travellers. When both fall seriously ill, the pair call at a local settlement for assistance, but encounter a reluctant reception. Eventually given hospitality in return for badly-needed salt, Charles and Pet learn discover that this is a deeply ideological community run according to strict social and political codes. When Charles tries to win over the community, a long-planned putsch is put into effect, and the ruling Kershaw is deposed by his deputy. A chastened Charles and Pet head back to Whitecross.

2.10 | Parasites
Writer: Roger Marshall
Director: Terence Williams
First broadcast: 02 June 1976
Mina encounters the personable bargee John Millen, and an immediate mutual attraction is evident. But when the barge arrives at Whitecross, is it being piloted by a gruff pair of young men, Grice and Kane (a prisoner and a goal warder) who adopt an increasingly threatening manner. As suspicions grow, Mina discovers the murdered corpse of Millen and confronts the pair with the truth. Grice and Kane take John and Lizzie hostage and flee in the barge, but they fall victim to wood-alcohol poisoning and, shortly after the children escape, the barge explodes.

2.11 | New Arrivals
Writer: Roger Parkes
Director: Pennant Roberts
First broadcast: 09 June 1976
Ruth returns from a home visit with a group of young survivors who have left their now defunct community. They are led by the abrupt and arrogant, if highly talented, agronomist Mark Carter, who undertakes a ruthless audit of Whitecross's efforts at farming. As his compatriots settle in an the old millhouse, Carter produces a devastating critique of the failings of Whitecross. The one development Carter is impressed by is Greg's new methane generator, and he devises a prospective five-year-plan for the the community centred on methane production and mechanisation. At a meeting of the Whitecross residents, Greg compels Carter to concede that his old settlement fell apart because his leadership style was so abrasive and underming of the self-worth of others. The new plan is approved but Carter's dismissive, undermining manner is rejected. His ethos rejected, Carter leaves - alone.

2.12 | Over the Hills
Writer: Martin Worth
Director: Eric Hills
First broadcast: 16 June 1976
When Sally falls pregnant, Charles is delighted at the news and determined to convince her that she is a role model for the other young women of Whitecross. Sally longs for a settled domestic partnership with the father, but both he and her compatriots try to dissuade such thinking as outmoded and out of place. As Charles plans a midsummer party to celebrate the impending birth, Sally begins to doubt the wisdom of being a young mother in the post-Death world. Charles is appalled to learn that Ruth has been working on new methods of contraception, and that Melanie has been encouraging the other young women to rely on the rhythm method to avoid pregrancy. For Charles, these women have a duty to the human race to give birth. After the party, Sally forces herself to miscarry and loses the baby. A despondent Charles is forced to acknowledge that the issues of who controls a woman's fertility and her reproductive rights have not simply been set aside by the need to re-populate the world anew.

2.13 | New World
Writer: Martin Worth
Director: Terence Williams
First broadcast: 23 June 1976
The sight of a hot-air balloon causes great excitement at Whitecross. When the downed craft and its dead pilot are discovered, Charles and Greg discover a set of artefacts which suggest that this mysterious traveller has greater knowledge about the state of civilisation in Britain, and access to higher levels of technology than Whitecross's own new world pioneers. When the pilot's daughter Agnes reaches Whitecross on foot, they learn that these travellers have come to Britain from Norway, where dormant industrial plants are crying out to be restarted. If skilled technicians in the UK can help restart the factories of Bergen, then the Norwegians will be able to trade technology and industry for desperately needed food and other supplies - to the mutual benefit of all. Enthused by the idea, Charles and Greg plan a major upheaval of life at Whitecross, relocating its residents to places where their skills will be of the greatest use in putting the Norwegian plan into action. Overcoming Jenny's reluctance, Greg agrees to accompany Agnes and Jack on the journey back to Norway in an effort to kick-start the revival of European industry and trade. They depart in the hot-air balloon on their journey northwards.

Series Three

3.1 | Manhunt
Writer: Terence Dudley
Director: Peter Jefferies
First broadcast: 16 March 1977
A feverish Jack is discovered by blacksmith Seth, having returned home from Norway. He is carrying letters from Greg, but in his delirium he warns darkly about the threats that Greg faces at Wellingham. In the hope of reuniting with him, Jenny and Charles set-off for this settlement, which they discover to be run along the lines of a miltary camp, with army officer Clifford in charge. Their hosts are suspiciously secretive, and report that Greg has departed the camp some time ago. Charles and Jenny meet chemist Miedel who is working hard to manufacture desperately needed medicines, though Charles remains concerned about how this technology is being monopolised and traded. When Jenny joins forces with the newly-arrived Hubert and returns to the camp to compel Clifford to reveal the truth, it becomes clear that the only deceptions being practiced at Wellingham are the ones necessary to protect this vital pharmaceutical plant from external threats. A conciliatory Charles leaves Wellingham in the company of Jenny and Hubert in the hope of catching up with Greg elsewhere on their travels.

3.2 | A Little Learning
Writer: Ian McCulloch
Director: George Spenton Foster
First broadcast: 23 April 1977
Greg and Agnes meet the redoubtable figure of Mrs Butterworth, who tells them of a nearby raiding party of Red Indians. When Greg investigates he discovers that the raiders are a community of children, who live completely independent of adults. Initially held captive, Greg is later released by the community's young leader Eagle, who reveals that the community is suffering from a devastating illness. Jenny meanwhile has fallen into company with traders Millar and Mackintosh, who it transpires have inadvertently sold the children infected rye. When Greg pieces together the cause of the children's illness, he compels Millar and Mackintosh to make amends to the settlement and to continue to respect its independence. The penitent traders agree, but they continue to withhold information from Jenny about Greg's whereabouts in the hope that she might agree to stay with them. Jenny and Greg narrowly miss meeting up for a second time.

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3.3 | Law of the Jungle
Writer: Martin Worth
Director: Peter Jefferies
First broadcast: 30 March 1977
Charles and his wandering troupe arrive at the Walter's farm to find that it has been abandoned and its members coerced into joining a community of hunters led by the explosive-tempered Brod. Brod is convinced that humanity's only future is in recognising that the world is now a lawless jungle. The only life worth living, therefore, is that of the ruthless hunter, not that of the docile farmer. The travellers soon learn that Brod sees them as either prey, playthings or recruits of his creed. It is only when Hubert decides that Brod himself must be treated as a wild animal and cut down with a crossbow bolt that Charles and his group find an escape route. With Brod felled, his hunting settlement unravels and its members return to their homes.

3.4 | Mad Dog
Writer: Don Shaw
Director: Tristan de Vere Cole
First broadcast: 06 April 1977
Searching for the missing farmer Tom Walter, Charles is rescued from a dog pack attack by the world-weary and pessimistic Dr Richard Fenton. After Fenton has revealed that he has met with Greg, and has being keeping an impromptu census of travellers passing through the Peak District, Charles is anxious to visit his home and retrieve his notes. Staying overnight at his half-way house, Fenton falls ill with a fever. To his horror, Charles discovers that the infection is rabies. When Charles summons help from neighbours Sanders and Jim, they opt to shoot Fenton dead to prevent a rabies outbreak. Attention then turns to Charles, and - under sentence of death - he flees. After a relentless and exhausting chase, a collapsed Charles is rescued by the kindly farm owner Ellen and her mentally-impaired charge Ron. When a visiting Sanders unsettles Ron, he betrays Charles' whereabouts. Charles escapes again, and finds an unexpected escape route in the carriage of a steam train. At the station, Charles is nursed back to health, and again learns that he is following in the footsteps of recent visitor Greg Preston.

3.5 | Bridgehead
Writer: Martin Worth
Director: George Spenton Foster
First broadcast: 13 April 1977
Charles returns to the Walter's farm alone, and with no news of Tom. Working with the cow herd, Hubert discovers that the animals may be suffering from brucellosis. Charles and Jenny agree to try to locate local vet Bill Sheridan at his home along the river in the hope a cure. The Walter's boys Owen and Steve head off on a trip to retrieve the farm's bull, now running wild. At the Sheridan's, Bill agrees to accompany Charles on a trip to the Walter's farm; while Jenny stays behind to keep his partner Alice company. Charles concocts a plan to force the local community to come together at the local railway station to begin to trade and work together. He convinces Bill to pretend that he plans to leave the area, and will be at the station to share his expertise with his neighbours before departing. At the station, Charles reveals the reason for the deception, and facing the ire of the gun-toting Elphick who is suspicious that Charles may be the rabies fugitive Sanders warned him about. Suddenly the mood is changed by the arrival of Jenny and Bill in a methane-powered car, which Owen and Steve had helped the drivers' to fix once they had discovered it broken down. Moments later, a steam train pulls into the station, carrying Owen, Steve and the missing Tom Walter. Jenny reveals, sadly, that Greg (who had been working on both the car and rail network) has moved on northwards. Charles is pleased that his efforts at establishing a new 'bridgehead' appear, initially at least, to have proved successful.

3.6 | Reunion
Writer: Don Shaw
Director: Terence Dudley
First broadcast: 20 April 1977
Charles, Jenny at Hubert arrive at a settlement called Sloton Spencer in search of medical care for an injured shepherd. They discover that vet Janet, and her partner Philip, run an impressively well stocked surgery. Unknown to Charles and his group, Greg had visited the community a few days earlier, hoping to win converts to his revival efforts. Looking through Janet photo albums, Jenny spots a photo of the vet's son. To their mutual amazement they realise that boy in the photo is Whitecross' own John Millon. At the same time, Charles learns from Philip of Greg's recent visit. Charles insists that they set off in pursuit of Greg; Jenny is adamant that they must return to Challoner to reunite Janet with John. The travellers agree to separate, but later meet up again en route to a rendezvous with Jack, Pet and the children. When mother and son finally meet, Janet is elated but John is quiet and withdrawn. Back at Sloton Spencer, the adults eventually discover that John has been harbouring feelings of resentment and abandonment, misunderstanding his mother's motives in trying to keep him safe at the time of The Death. While Jenny tries to come to terms with her own painful feelings about Greg's continued absence, John and his relieved mother are reconciled.

3.7 | The Peacemaker
Writer: Roger Parkes
Director: George Spenton Foster
First broadcast: 27 April 1977
Charles, Jenny and Hubert become the guests of a settlement of millers, whose community is based upon Hindu principles. Charles soon becomes frustrated by what he sees as the fatalistic and passive philosophy of the community, though he is impressed by the skills of former head-hunter Frank Garner. A series of incidents prevent the travellers from leaving, and as they learn more about how the settlement is run they experience first-hand the community's commitment to peaceful methods of conflict resolution: even under threat from armed traders. Frank, who feels that the time has come to move on, agrees to join Charles' troupe, leaving the community in the hands of its spiritual guide Rutna. Unknown to the community he is leaving behind, the batteries in Frank's pacemaker are begin to run-down and his prognosis looks increasingly grim.

3.8 | Sparks
Writer: Roger Parkes
Director: Tristan de Vere Cole
First broadcast: 04 May 1977
Charles, Jenny and Hubert arrive at an isolated community, living in an abandoned church, in search of a reputed electrical engineer. Charles is disappointed to discover that power station worker Alec Campbell is so sourly dismissive of their plans. If they are to win Alec to their cause they must force him to undertake some dangerous shock therapy, compelling him to confront his guilt and grief about the loss of his wife and the fact that she died without him at her side. However, re-opening long suppressed feelings can lead to unexpected consequences; and the travellers discover that they have unwittingly pushed Alec to the edge. Alec ultimately finds the experience catharic, and agrees to join Charles' group in the efforts.

3.9 | The Enemy
Writer: Roger Parkes
Director: Peter Jefferies
First broadcast: 11 May 1977
With Alec joining the troupe, the travellers arrive at a former mining settlement, where the distractions of beer and bar room games have seen the pit slide again into disuse. The group sign-up another recruit in the shape of recovering drug addict Sam Meade. Unbeknownst to them all, Sam agrees to accompany them on their trip to Scotland, not to help them reconnect the power supplies but to sabotage their efforts. As the mine is restarted and the miners return to the coalface, Sam is more convinced than ever that the revival of power will lead to new age of industrial tyranny and oppression. As they head off towards Scotland, the travellers are now accompanied by an undercover enemy within...

3.10 | The Last Laugh
Writer: Ian McCulloch
Director: Peter Jefferies
First broadcast: 18 May 1977
Greg is attacked and left for dead by a gang of wandering raiders. Before they attack him, they learn of Greg's reconstruction efforts and of Carlson's notebooks which document the assets and inventories of settlements across Britain. Seizing the notebooks from Greg's saddlebags, the raiders set off to track down Agnes at Sloton Spencer who they will force to translate Carlson's notes from Norwegian. The badly-wounded Greg overpowers one of the gang, and escapes on horseback. Falling unconscious, he wakes to find himself as both a patient and a prisoner at the settlement of Dr Adams, once a thriving community but now strangely empty. When Greg learns the horrific truth about the cause of the Adams' settlement's demise, he devises a plan to enact deadly revenge on his assailants and protect the Sloton community in the process. It is not a plan from which Greg can possibly hope to emerge alive...

3.11 | Long Live the King
Writer: Martin Worth
Director: Tristan de Vere Cole
First broadcast: 01 June 1977
When he receives a message apparently sent by Greg, Charles leaves his group to continue their journey northward and returns to Felbridge Camp to rendezvous with him. Arriving at the army camp, he discovers that Agnes has been busy putting together the infrastructure of a new nation (including a rudimentary monetary system, based on petrol vouchers). Meanwhile, the rapacious Captain, who escaped from Greg's deadly trap, is headed for the store of wealth he discovers is housed at Felbridge. Agnes offers different explanations for Greg's absence, but as other visitors arrive at Felbridge she reveals to Charles that Greg is dead. When the Captain and his henchman arrive at the camp and take hostages, Agnes' plans are put in jeopardy. Eventually, the Captain plans are thwarted, and - with Greg as its symbolic figurehead - a new governing council is formed.

3.12 | Power
Writer: Martin Worth
Director: George Spenton Foster
First broadcast: 08 June 1977
Sam and Alec arrive at the first hydroelectric plant in Scotland, while Charles and Jenny encounter the local laird. The laird reveals that the Scottish Highlands and islands suffered the least from the Death, and that more than 150,000 survivors are alive and well in Scotland. As Alec works to bring the plant back on line, Sam reveals his true intent. When he fails to convince Alec to stop, he knocks him unconscious. Charles and the laird are alerted to Sam's plans to wreck the facility, and plans are set in motion to stop the saboteur. When Sam is eventually thwarted, there is a chance that the UK might soon see the birth of a new age of industry and power.

 
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