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Corn Dolly
Survivors, episode 4 (1.4)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

Carolyn Seymour   IMDB   Abby Grant
Lucy Flemming   IMDB   Jenny Richards
Ian McCulloch   IMDB   Greg Preston
Denis Lill   IMDB   Charles Vaughan
Keith Jayne   IMDB   Mick
Annie Hayes   IMDB   Lorraine
Yvonne Bonnamy   IMDB   Isla
June Bolton   IMDB   Tessa
Pennant Roberts   IMDB
Jack Ronder   IMDB
Synopsis, Greg and Jenny are driving back to the former's village in search of Peter.

On the way they run out of petrol. Abby goes off in search of a garage, whilst Greg and Jenny set up camp.

Abby finds a notice detailing a nearby settlement. It has been posted by a girl called Lorraine who is surveying the area with a man called Charles Vaughan.

In of the houses, Charles and Lorraine discover a young boy called Mick who agrees to join their community. As they leave the house, Charles spies a stray pig and attempts to catch it.

Lorraine and Mick cheer him on and eventually he catches it. Shortly after, the trio meet Abby, Jenny and Greg at the garage.

Back at his caravan Charles explains to them that he was an architect before the sickness, who had already been living a self-sufficient lifestyle. He now leads a settlement at a farm, but wants to expand. He has some impressive plans for the future, and is already talking about restoring hydro-electric power.

Charles is convinced that the survivors must produce the next generation as quickly as possible. He estimates that only 1 in every 15,000 people have survived the death and thinks that no two people who knew each other, have survived either. He invites them back to his community.

When they arrive, they are greeted with the grim news that all but one of the community members are dying of food poisoning having eaten fish they caught in the local river.

Charles decides to put his dying friends out of their misery with drugs from a nearby town. Jenny and Greg meanwhile learn how to make bread with a woman called Isla.

Jenny and Greg are becoming closer and share their first kiss.

It soon transpires that Charles is unnaturally obsessed with re-population and he propositions Abby despite his apparent attachment to Lorraine. Abby refuses him and learns that he has already made four women at the community pregnant since the death.

Abby decides she wants to carry on to her home. Jenny and Greg decide to go with her having found out about Charles activities and beliefs.

Charles tries to persuade them to stay but they leave after helping him to build a funeral pyre for the dead members of his community.

By Andy Priestner
Corn Dolly maintains the high standard set by the first three episodes of the first series. Many principles and themes are introduced here which are to become mainstays of the series: the quest for hydro-electric power, the issue of re-population, the danger of roaming packs of dogs and the pattern of the death plague. Here we learn of the theory that no two relatives have survived the death. This is later disproved by the four-strong Walters family in Law of the Jungle, Bridgehead and the...

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