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A Beginning
Survivors, episode 13 (1.13)

Last Modified: 28 Jun 2006 13:30:03

Carolyn Seymour   IMDB   Abby Grant
Ian McCulloch   IMDB   Greg Preston
Lucy Flemming   IMDB   Jenny Richards
Richard Heffer   IMDB   Jimmy Garland
Michael Gover   IMDB   Arthur Russell
Terry Scully   IMDB   Vic Thatcher
Christopher Tranchell   IMDB   Paul Pitman
Hana Maria Pravda   IMDB   Emma Cohen
Eileen Helsby   IMDB   Charmian Wentworth
Tanya Ronder   IMDB   Lizzie Willoughby
Stephen Dudley   IMDB   John Millon
Annie Irving   IMDB   Ruth Anderson
Guest Cast:
Harry Markham   IMDB   Burton
Pennant Roberts   IMDB
Terry Nation   IMDB
Synopsis community is at loggerheads once more, as the seeds traded for the petrol prove to be useless. Both Greg and Abby are becoming tired of command. Abby speaks privately to Jenny and her suspicions that Jenny is pregnant are confirmed. She feels that she has nothing compared to Jenny. John and Lizzie alert the community to the arrival of a group of survivors.

Abby leaves Greg to deal with the situation. These survivors have been driven from their community by armed men.

They are willing to move on but want to leave a sick woman with them. The community decides it would be too risky to take her in and send them away.

The group's predicament alerts them to the question of defending themselves. The idea of a federation of settlements is raised, and they decide to invite representatives from different communities to hold a conference to discuss the matter. Arthur sets out on his bike to deliver a letter stating the proposal to each known community. The sick woman is found abandoned outside the back door. Abby and Greg argue about what to do with her.

Abby overrules Greg and takes her inside to be looked after. Abby slips away the next morning to have some time by herself.

She encounters Jimmy Garland again and she learns that he has won his war with Knox after the latter died in an accident. He takes Abby to a cottage which he uses as a refuge from Waterhouse, which he now runs.

Abby spends the night with him and the next morning he asks her to stay with him and offers to help her find Peter.

Meanwhile Greg gashes his wrist whilst using a saw and a tourniquet is applied to heal the wound.

The sick woman recovers. She is a medical student called Ruth. She advises Jenny how to stitch up Greg's wrist properly. Ruth also tells Jenny how she had been living on a barge with some people and been taken ill whilst on a trip collecting some drugs.

She reveals that one of the people was Dr. Bronson, whom Abby met previously, and that another was a boy called Peter Grant!

Arthur arrives back at the grange having successfully contacted various nearby communities. He is greeted by Emma, Paul, John and Lizzie.

Abby and Garland make their way back to her community. Garland has come to attend the conference organised by Arthur.

Abby has made the decision to stay with the community but has agreed to visit Garland often. Abby gets something of a welcoming committee as she arrives back at the grange and Jenny immediately tells her the news about Peter.

By Andy Priestner
The finale to the first series attempts to tie up a few loose ends and establish some new directions. For this reason the episode comes across as unfocused and bitty, but it is by no means a let down. The consummation of Abby and Garland's relationship, the issue of leadership of the community and the fact that Peter is alive, close certain chapters, whilst Jenny's pregnancy, the arrival of Ruth and the first sign of a federation of communities open others.

Carolyn Seymour and Richard Heffer...

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