8 items from 2010
BBC Proms 2010: Sibelius's Second Symphony
David Robertson, the BBC Symphony Orchestra's principal guest conductor, returns to conduct the second of his two proms. On the bill is Sibelius's popular Second Symphony, first performed in 1902: it's all frozen Finnish landscapes, struggle and tragedy, but ultimately optimistic. Israeli-American virtuoso Gil Shaham tunes up for Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto, while 50-year-old composer Mark-Anthony Turnage has promised his new commission, Hammered Out, won't be "an old man's piece" – Beethoven and James Brown are two of his influences.
E Numbers: An Edible Adventure
In which presenter and food writer Stefan Gates swallows as many Es as possible – all at the licence payer's expense. Lest Paul Dacre starts frothing like a rabid wolf, we should »
I left my cell phone at home the other day by accident. It took only twenty minutes before I started to panic and feel completely disconnected from the world around me. We, as a society, have become entirely dependent on technology to help us continue to survive. We have forgotten the basics that got us to where we are now.
Survivors, a remake of the popular 70s post-apocalyptic British television series, shows us what might happen if we were forced back to square one: A world without electricity, food production, or water. As the title suggests, the show follows a group of people who have managed to survive a worldwide influenza pandemic that has wiped out most of humanity. My review of the first two seasons (and, due to its recent cancellation, the entire series) of BBC’s Survivors on DVD after the jump:
While watching Survivors, I’ve come »
- Max Steven Miller
This version of Survivors is set in the present day and focuses on a group of people who have survived viral pandemic known as the Eurpoean Flu. With the rest of the world's population dead, these individuals must learn to survive and work together without the structure and security of an organized society and law and order.
The last episode of Survivors aired in February and it was subsequently announced that the series was cancelled, leaving the TV show with a cliffhanger »
Hold your tongues if you live in the UK and have already seen this season, but the Us is just now getting the second season of the drama, “Survivors”. This show follows survivors of a deadly flu-like plague as they try to establish a society. The premiere of season two begins tonight on BBC America.
The first season of the show was about gathering the survivors together and exploring what’s left of their world. This season opens with the survivors in conflict with remains of the old government and those trying to establish a new regime.
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Set in the present day, Survivors focuses on the world in the aftermath of a virulent disease that scoured the planet, wiping out 99% of the human race. Only a lonely few are left to start over in a devastated world where everything that was once safe »
- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer
What if the end of the world came and you survived it? The new BBC America series Survivors explores just that idea. While it’s being presented as pure sci-fi, near future drama, the elements of horror are inescapable. The series is well acted by players who are relative unknowns outside of the UK (see full series one cast list below). A nod must be given to those who have deftly casted the core group which seems to have just the right amount of tense expectancy about the world as it now is.
The first four hours of the series have only begun to explore the range of emotions any survivor would experience. Imagine the slow realization of the growing deaths around you. In this instance, a rouge virus whose mortality rate is something close to 99% has come for humanity. At least it wasn’t a terror attack or asteroid from space. »
Chicago – Who knew the end of the world would be so dull? BBC America makes a rare misstep this weekend with the debut of “Survivors,” an ensemble show with a strong cast and timely concept but self-serious writing that rarely clicks into anything entertaining in its premiere. With cliched dialogue and awkward pacing, “Survivors” improves drasticallly in future episodes but never lives up to its potential.
TV Rating: 2.5/5.0
Updating the ’70s BBC mini-series “Survivors” for a generation terrified of Sars and swine flu was actually a brilliant idea. The very structure of the concept should work with both the excellent caliber of science fiction often available on BBC America in programs like “Torchwood,” “Doctor Who,” and “Primeval” and should deliver for fans of ensemble mysteries like “Lost”. Perhaps that’s why “Survivors” feels so generic.
Photo credit: BBC
The show definitely improves on this weekend’s dull opener (almost »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
BBC One's Survivors made a decent return last night, early viewing figures show. Series two of the post-apocalyptic drama, which stars Julie Graham, Zoe Tapper and Paterson Joseph, pulled in 4.45m (17.5%) at 9pm, coming first during the hour. The ratings for the show's second series opener were down on the performance of series one, which logged 5.33m (22.2%) for its premiere on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 and averaged 4.75m (19.7%) across its six-week run. Elsewhere at 9pm, Piers Morgan On Marbella took 4.08m (16.1%) for ITV1, 2.83m (11.1%) watched the season ten premiere of CSI on Five, and Channel 4's Celebrity Big Brother put in 2.8m (11.1%). BBC Two was last for the hour with Simon Schama On Obama's America, (more) »
- By Dan French
Chicago – If you’re not watching BBC America, you’re not watching some of the best television available to you. A noticeable pattern in much of the network’s programming has been a number of series that reimagine or reboot classic character or series types like “Robin Hood,” “Primeval,” “Being Human,” and “Doctor Who”. The latest attempt to inject new life into something familiar is the entertaining winter diversion, “Demons”.
TV Rating: 3.0/5.0
Starring the great Philip Glenister (“Life on Mars,” “Ashes to Ashes”), “Demons” is a modern take on the legend of “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” but also clearly inspired by more contemporary demon hunters of recent television. From the writers of “Hex” and “Merlin,” “Demons” is not quite as perfect as some recent BBC America offerings, coming off a bit too predictable and sometimes off in its juggling of tones, but it is a perfectly suitable slice of entertainment »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
8 items from 2010
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