Terry Nation's survivors 1975 - 2017

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08/8/2017 12:57 pm  #1


Parasites location visit

I was back in Monmouthshire this weekend, and decided to go on the trail of the Survivors. The canal scenes from Series 2 Episode 10 - entitled 'Parasites' - were filmed here. 
 
Now I can't claim total credit for these. Bridge 76 is mentioned on the Survivors website http://www.survivorstvseries.com/index2.htm although some of the links on this website appear not to be working fully. There are also few - if any - photos from this particular episode.
 
The shots were taken at Bridge 76 (The Preacher's Bridge) and Bridge 77 (The Old Abergavenny Road Bridge) on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, just outside the little village of Llanover.
 
Opening sequence where John Millen (Patrick Troughton) is being pulled up the canal by his horse. This is Bridge 77 then (in 1976):
 
http://i.imgur.com/3S2wQer.png

 
and now:
 
http://i.imgur.com/f3MGTfE.jpg

 
Where Mina comes to meet him then:
 
http://i.imgur.com/9NBJHMj.png

 
http://i.imgur.com/KujrQQc.png

 
and now:
 
http://i.imgur.com/gsB5GSA.jpg

 
It all looks a lot more overgrown now of course.
 
Later in the episode, the filming moves down to Bridge 76. Here are some original shots:
 
http://i.imgur.com/TzQ159v.png

 
http://i.imgur.com/OiX23Jj.png

 
http://i.imgur.com/uJ27TqD.jpg

 
and now:
 
http://i.imgur.com/BtDzf3S.jpg

 
If you ever want to find the two bridges, take the A4042 north from Pontypool (McDonald's roundabout) to Abergavenny. There is a small lay-by, take the next right. If you get to Llanover, you've missed the turning.
 
Both bridges and Survivors also get a mention on a specialist canals website:
 
http://canalplan.org.uk/place/uktc
 
There are clearly a few changes after 41 years, but the locations are still recognisable. You can park your car right next to Bridge 76.

09/8/2017 6:04 am  #2


Re: Parasites location visit

Well done, they did film Survivors in some wonderfully peaceful places.
One of my Favs, is the Ford in the stream, from Genesis - which is down a lane, past Eastnor castle.

10/8/2017 4:47 am  #3


Re: Parasites location visit

Thanks Bob.

I'm very tempted to seek out some of the filming locations in Skenfrith if I'm ever back in Wales again.

I know the episodes were Over The Hills and New Arrivals. I'll have to do a rewatch and get some screenshots.

All the best.

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