Published on November 24th, 2008 | by Christian Cawley
Sunday evening saw the UK premier of the reimagining of the classic 1970s Terry Nation serial Survivors.
If you’re familiar with 28 Days Later, you’ll be familiar with the concept, and while there are no actual zombies, life is different enough once 95% of the population has been wiped out thanks to a particularly virulent (engineered?) airborne flu virus.
Among the cast of the first episode were Shaun Dingwall (Pete Tyler), Paterson Joseph (looking interesting) and Freema Agyeman.
Freema is of course currently starring in the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Little Dorrit, and looks set to make an impact in the forthcoming ITV remake of the US drama Law & Order (even if the show doesn’t). She’s also getting a lot of credit for Little Dorrit, were she plays attantion seeking Tattycoram:
“Tattycoram’s race wasn’t specified but in Victorian London if you weren’t upper class, you experienced prejudice, so race transposes beautifully,” she says. “Up until Doctor Who I was happy in my career but I was being cast as gangsters and suchlike, which was a frustration for me. Now I get parts that could have been cast to any colour. I am aware that I have this huge platform and I am proud to represent the black community but I am also proud of being able to show that I can do other parts.”
Sadly both Shaun Dingwall and Freema Agyeman look to have been dealt dreadful cards by fate – neither made it out of episode one of Survivors.