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 Posted:   Dec 21, 2017 - 5:45 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

If anyone is interested, 2nd January will mark the 40th anniversary of Blakes 7. I won't hold my breath for the BBC to recognise the series, let alone release remastered versions of the episodes.

However, JB Hi-Fi in Australia have a 2 for AUS$30 deal which includes all four seasons of Blakes 7.

https://www.jbhifi.com.au/movies-tv-shows/movies-tv-shows-on-sale/tv-sci-fi/blakes-7-series-1/955803/

Big Finish will also celebrate the anniversary with a new audio adventure

BLAKE'S 7: THE WAY AHEAD (40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL)

Synopsis
A brand new two-hour drama celebrating the 40th anniversary of Terry Nation's classic Blake's 7 series

The Way Ahead - by Mark Wright

Part 1: Project Aquitar

Part 2: Dissent

Roj Blake. Kerr Avon. Names that sent shockwaves through the galaxy, shattering the foundations of the Terran Federation and giving hope to the oppressed. But what is their legacy? Crusading heroes or dangerous enemies of the state?

In the early days of Blake’s rebellion, the Liberator comes to Malanar Delta to aid resistance leader Avalon, but the crew find Space Commander Travis and his Federation forces waiting. An abandoned Federation research project could give Travis the key to finally bringing Blake to justice.

Years later, in the aftermath of the Galactic War, Avon and the Liberator crew fight to survive as new battle lines are drawn and alliances forged by President Servalan. Will survival be enough when a symbol of hope is turned into a devastating engine of war?

Written By: Mark Wright
Directed By: John Ainsworth

Cast
Paul Darrow (Kerr Avon), Michael Keating (Vila Restal), Jan Chappell (Cally), Steven Pacey (Del Tarrant), Jacqueline Pearce (Servalan), Yasmin Bannerman (Dayna Mellanby), Alistair Lock (Zen / Orac), Sally Knyvette (Jenna Stannis), Stephen Greif (Travis), Olivia Poulet (Avalon), Kate Brown (Cassandra), Glynis Barber (Magda), Sam Woodward (Sheltak / Freighter Captain), Catherine Bailey (Mutoid / Captain), Fanos Xenofós (Interceptor Commander / Trooper). Other parts played by members of the cast.



Producer John Ainsworth
Script Editor John Ainsworth
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2017 - 12:18 AM   
 By:   Mike_J   (Member)

Still a terrific show. Yes, the sets wobble, yes the FX are terrible and yes some of the acting is appalling. But the dynamic of he characters still stands he test of time, especially Avon and Villa (and Blake in the earliest episodes).

Could this be re-made today? I actually think it could - the updated Robin Hood the BBC did a few years ago was a good template for what could be done (especially given that Blake's 7 is essentially Robin Hood in space). It's been talked about for years and has passed through various hands and it is kind of puzzling it never has got off the ground.

As an aside, I was shocked to find out that Paul Darrow had both legs amputated a while ago.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2017 - 7:49 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

I thought years ago, when Doctor Who returned to such blistering success, that the next obvious choice would be B7 instead of all the other stuff we got. But I suppose things based on legends have no rights issues to mess around clearing up. But it was for ages one of the most requested series for a return, and I'd have thought the BBC would have made all the arrangements needed.

Of course there have been a number of homages, including Firefly and Farscape, whether they were done knowingly or not, so it's only right it should return. It would be nice to see the series with good sfx and production values at last.

 
 Posted:   Jan 2, 2018 - 5:50 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

On this day 40 years ago, a television legend was born.

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2018-01-02/its-the-40th-anniversary-of-blakes-7/

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2018 - 3:10 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

And i spurned Ingrid and was besotted - aged 14 - with Jacqueline!

 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2018 - 5:19 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

The complete collection of classic BBC science fiction adventure Blake’s 7 will be released on DVD on the 12th March and is available to pre-order now from amazon.co.uk.

Jan Chappell, who starred as Cally, says: “I am so happy that BBC Worldwide are re- releasing the DVD Boxset to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Blake’s 7 because the fans of the programme have been amongst the most dedicated. Hurrah BBC!”

The group was led by Gareth Thomas’ Blake, and also includes career criminal Vila (Michael Keating), alien guerrilla fighter Cally (Jan Chappell), strong-man Gan (David Jackson), pilot Jenna (Sally Knyvette), computer expert Avon (Paul Darrow) alongside the voice of their ship, the Liberator’s onboard computer, Zen (Peter Tuddenham) completing the original group of seven. Over the years, the cast also included Stephen Pacey as Tarrant, Josette Simon as Dayna, and Glynis Barber as Soolin, with Stephen Greif and Brian Croucher playing the villainous Travis and Jacqueline Pearce as Servalan.

The new release includes a wealth of bonus content:

SERIES 1 – 2 x outtakes, Missing Scene, 1 x Robot, 2 x Flat Feet and a Blooper, Blue Peter Feature, Trailer for S2, 3 x audio comms , Character intros & Episode synopses.

SERIES 2 – Multi Coloured Swapshop, Jude Hudson’s costume Collection, Mat’s Models, Introducing Orace, The Mutoids, Ballad of Travis II, Saturday Superstore, Scene Today, Trailer for S3, 3 x audio comms, Small World & episode synopses.

SERIES 3 – Stuart’s Stunts, Sheelagh’s make up memories, Introducing Tarrant, Introducing Dayna, Trailer for S4, S3 Clean Titles, Blake’s Bloops, Nationwide 1979, Casting Tarrant, 3 x audio comms.

SERIES 4 – Introducing Soolin, Introducing Slave, Blake’s Bloops, Liz Parker on Pebble Mill, Blue Peter 1983, Ken Ledsham’s B7 Designs, Special Sounds, Forever Avon, S4 Clean Titles, S4 studio recordings, Terry Nations on Series 4 & 2 x audio comms.

https://scifibulletin.com/2018/02/21/bbc-worldwide-celebrates-blakes-7s-40th-anniversary/

 
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