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Survivors – Season 1 Episode 5

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Abby Grant (Julie Graham), Dr Anya Raczynski (Zoe Tapper) and John (Kieran O’Brien) © BBC
Abby Grant (Julie Graham), Dr Anya Raczynski (Zoe Tapper) and John (Kieran O’Brien) © BBC

Episode 5 of 6

First US transmission on Saturday, March 13th, 2010

First UK transmission on Tuesday December 16th, 2008

The official details…


When a so-called spiritual leader called John turns up at the survivors’ home with his group of followers, some in the house are suspicious of his motives. Charming and eloquent, John is a preacher with a unique perspective on the new world, but the family’s opinion of him is split. Some find comfort in his message, while others are deeply distrusting of his motives.

Linda, a woman in John’s group, is pregnant, and Abby allows her to stay until the baby is born. Anya fears that she will be forced to reveal the fact that she is a doctor if there are any problems with the birth. Worse than that, she picks up on some unusual remarks made by John, which make her concerned for the group’s safety.

Al is much more positive about John’s group. He spots a pretty woman called Louise and uses his charm to seduce her. He is feeling much more like his old self – until he realises that Louise isn’t as innocent as she seems.

Meanwhile, Anya’s fears are realized when Linda experiences complications and John’s serene façade starts to crumble. As the situation reaches crisis point, Anya is forced to confront some harrowing truths about her own past, putting her relationship with Tom on a new footing. Abby and the others also realize that, through a misguided act of kindness, they have put themselves in terrible jeopardy.