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Survivors, episode 9 (1.9)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

Carolyn Seymour   IMDB   Abby Grant
Ian McCulloch   IMDB   Greg Preston
Lucy Flemming   IMDB   Jenny Richards
Talfryn Thomas   IMDB   Tom Price
John Hallet   IMDB   Barney
Michael Gover   IMDB   Arthur Russell
Julie Neubert   IMDB   Wendy
Christopher Tranchell   IMDB   Paul Pitman
Hana Maria Pravda   IMDB   Emma Cohen
Eileen Helsby   IMDB   Charmian Wentworth
Terry Scully   IMDB   Vic Thatcher
Tanya Ronder   IMDB   Lizzie Willoughby
Stephen Dudley   IMDB   John Millon
Pennant Roberts   IMDB
M K Jeeves   IMDB
Synopsis hard slog of surviving is beginning to affect community morale. Tom and others have a problem with Arthur, especially because he is hoarding supplies and eating alone. Emma is fed up of cooking all the meals and everyone is sick of digging. When the pigs get out and run riot through the cabbages it is the last straw.

After the pigs are safely penned in, Abby holds a meeting, at which she lays down some ground rules, including the insistence that everyone must now eat together.

She also suggests that a party should be held on May 1st to get their spirits up. On the afternoon of the day, Emma, Charmian and Wendy begin to prepare food for the event.

The party is a great success. Greg plays his guitar and everyone dances and has a good sing-song.

Tom gets Barney drunk on the alcohol retrieved from the quarry and has too much himself. The former spends much of the evening dancing with Wendy.

Barney eventually leaves feeling ill. Wendy also leaves early as she is tired.

Tom pesters Wendy on the stairs and follows her to her room. He emerges again some time later.The next morning John and Lizzie discover Wendy dead in her room. She has been beaten and stabbed. Tom hides his bloodstained shirt under the floorboards in his room as the community learns of the horrific incident.

Barney's attentiveness to Wendy the previous night makes him the prime suspect. Barney is not present so a party searches for him in the woods.Tom finds him first, tells him about Wendy and urges him to run away. Barney doesn't understand why, but does as Tom says. The others spot him and give chase.

After Barney is caught the community holds a meeting to decide what to do. Abby and Greg decide they must try Barney for Wendy's murder. They question Barney, who doesn't understand what they are asking him.

When asked directly, Barney denies killing Wendy. Emma, Charmian and a guilt-wracked Tom, are convinced he is innocent, nevertheless the circumstantial evidence against Barney convinces the majority of the community of his guilt.

Having been found guilty, they now have to decide whether to banish Barney and run the risk of him killing again or execute him. An option which Greg supports strongly.

They break for lunch during which Greg finds Barney playing with John and Lizzie, the children having unlocked his room. After lunch the community meets again to vote on Barney's punishment.

The vote is split, Emma, Charmian, Jenny and a guilty Tom vote for banishment, whilst Greg, Vic, Paul and Arthur vote for execution. A tearful Abby is forced to make the deciding vote and she reluctantly states that he should be executed.

The men draw lots to see who will perform the gruesome task.

Greg draws the short straw. Paul and Arthur dig two graves. Tom sits in his room wracked with guilt as he hears Greg shoot Barney.

Back at the grange Abby tells Greg that Tom has admitted to her that he killed Wendy. Abby restrains a furious Greg from attacking Tom.

Abby thinks everyone should know what Tom has done. Greg disagrees and threatens to challenge her leadership of the community if she tells the others. He fears Tom will be lynched and thinks they need him to continue to work for the community. Abby concurs reluctantly.

By Andy Priestner
This episode is probably the best known and certainly most talked about Survivors episode of them all. The performances from the main cast members are strong and the enormity of the decision facing the community makes for gripping viewing. Greg's speech arguing that capital punishment can be their only option is particularly memorable as are Abby's heartfelt tears as she makes the deciding vote. Talfryn Thomas is excellent as the guilt wracked Tom. His despair at what he has done and his...

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