Birmingham’s growing reputation as a film and television capital has been further enhanced with the news that hit BBC TV drama series Survivors is moving to the city.
Following talks with the City Council’s Film Birmingham office, supported by Screen West Midlands, production and filming of the post-apocalyptic drama is making the move from Manchester to the Midlands.
That means Birmingham will host the new six-part drama – a remake of a seventies series.
The news is the latest boost for Film Birmingham. Launched in February 2006, the unit is enjoying a record year, with the number of filming requests from April 2008-09 set to more than double on the previous year, with some months showing a 200 per cent increase.
Added to that, four feature films have been shot in Birmingham over the last 12 months; production of the popular drama series Doctors will remain in the city and talks are underway with other TV companies to attract more hit shows.
Council Leader Mike Whitby said: “Bringing a hugely successful TV show like Survivors to the city is great news and a testament to the iconic backdrop that Birmingham offers film makers.
“We launched Film Birmingham three years ago, and it has been a huge success, promoting our film-friendly reputation and encouraging even more production within the city. I am confident that more shows will follow the Survivors lead.”
Cllr Ray Hassall, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport & Culture, agreed and added: “It’s terrific news that Survivors is coming to Birmingham. As a city we have plenty to offer and we’re fast gaining a reputation as a city that can deliver for the film and television industries.
“Film Birmingham is a real success we can be proud of. A lot of hard work goes into creating jobs by attracting film and television companies to the city. Now that hard work is really paying off.”
Starring Julie Graham, Max Beesley and Phillip Rhys, Survivors focuses on the world in the aftermath of a virus that has wiped out 99 per cent of the human race.
The first series, broadcast last year and soon to be screened on BBC America, proved to be a ratings hit and fans are now eagerly awaiting the Birmingham-made second series.
Nicolas Brown, Director, BBC Drama Production says: “The recommission of Survivors is a real cause for celebration for BBC Drama Production. We are very pleased to be shooting this series out of Birmingham, our base for the successful and innovative Doctors. We are looking forward to working with everyone there to get the maximum impact on screen for this all important second outing.”