Here's some info about new Blakes 7 audio dramas & books from Big Finish.
Blakes 7 CD Box Set 1
CAST: Gareth Thomas (Blake), Paul Darrow (Avon), Michael Keating (Vila), Anthony Howell (Nyrron)
Three enhanced audiobooks performed by the stars of the classic BBC television series. These stories are set during Series 1.
The Turing Test by Simon Guerrier
Starring Paul Darrow as Avon and Michael Keating as Vila
After evading an attack by Cassini pirates, the Liberator heads to the rogue moon of Quentil, where Avon and Vila infiltrate a top secret Federation science facility.
Vila assumes the guise of Doctor Yarding Gill, an expert in digital memory. And Avon is his 'creation' - a super-advanced android that could pass for human. In fact, he does...
Can they maintain the ruse for long enough to complete their mission? And will the Cassini pirates catch up with them?
Solitary by Nigel Fairs
Starring Michael Keating as Vila and Anthony Howell as Nyrron
Vila is in solitary confinement. His friends have abandoned him; his only contact with the world outside is Nyrron, a scientist from the planet Auron.
Amnesiac and confused, Vila attempts to piece together recent events... A mission to Dulcimer 4. An important meeting. And a visit to the jungle world of Terrulis Major.
In the depths of the foliage, the truth is waiting. And it's more terrifying than Vila could possibly have imagined...
Counterfeit by Peter Anghelides
Starring Gareth Thomas as Blake and Paul Darrow as Avon
The Bovee Mining Facility: a Federaqtion slave camp worked by disgraced scientists.
The planet shouldn't be of interest but is it: Avon's investigations reveal that it's rich in Illusium, a mineral that can change from one substance to another. With it, the Federation could be invulnerable...
Blake teleports down to Bovee, but gets more than he bargained for. There's another visitor to the facility - and his presence changes the whole game...
AUTHORS: Simon Guerrier, Nigel Fairs and Peter Anghelides
DIRECTOR: Lisa Bowerman
SOUND DESIGN: Alistair Lock
MUSIC: Alistair Lock
COVER ART: Anthony Lamb
NUMBER OF DISCS: 3
These stories are set between Project Avalon and Breakdown.
RELEASE DATE: 28 February 2012
Blake's 7 - The Forgotten - Hardback Novel
AUTHOR: Cavan Scott and Mark Wright
After carrying out a successful attack against a Federation communications station on Xantos Beta, the Liberator is hounded by Travis into an area of negative space – an area that appears blank on all star charts. As the Liberator penetrates deeper into the sector, the journey become increasingly erratic, and Jenna struggles to keep the ship under control as Zen goes offline and all systems shut down. The abandoned space station they see looming ahead seems like the crew’s only chance of survival. But they don’t know what is waiting for them on board… or that their troubles have only just started.
The Forgotten is set between the TV episodes Mission to Destiny and Duel, where rebels Blake, Avon, Cally, Jenna, Vila and Gan are still coming to terms with their new life aboard the Liberator.
RELEASE DATE: May 2012
Blake's 7 - Archangel
Big Finish is proud to announce the second book in the new series of original Blake's 7 novels. Written by Scott Harrison and set between the TV stories Trial and Killer, Archangel finds the rebels trying to move on from the horrific death of crew-member Olag Gan.
When an old friend of Blake’s – believed to have been murdered five years earlier by the Federation – is discovered alive in a labour camp on Sigma Minor, the rebels decide to mount a daring rescue attempt. But the talented cybernetic engineer Blake once knew is a shadow of his former self. His memory has been wiped, his family are prisoners of the Federation, and his name is inextricably linked to a sinister project known only by a codename: Archangel.
Archangel: An ultra-secret experiment so dangerous, so horrific, so terrifying that it was shut down by the High Council and ordered never to be reopened... until now.
This time, death may be the Liberator crew’s best option.
Scott Harrison is a writer and playwright whose stage plays have been produced in both the US and the UK. As well as contributing short stories for the popular time-travelling voodoo cult Faction Paradox (originally created for the BBC Books Eighth Doctor range) and for both the Steampunk and Horror genres, he has also written comic book scripts, audio scripts and for various eBook and audiobook collections. He is range editor for the Modern Masters of Audio series (produced & directed by Neil Gardner) and is currently writing for and editing a new Steampunk anthology for Snowbooks, where he is absolutely thrilled to be working with legendary Blake’s 7 scriptwriter Tanith Lee.
Scott is thrilled to be part of this exciting new range as he has watched Blake's 7 all his life. 'I hope to make the novel as breathtakingly exciting as each of those 52 TV episodes have been for me over the past 30-plus years,' he says. 'To be invited by Big Finish to be a part of this range, particularly at its outset, is surely every writer’s dream, not to mention a huge honour.'
Archangel is available for pre-order now, along with the first book in Big Finish's Blake's 7 novel range: The Forgotten, by Mark Wright and Cavan Scott.
Last edited by Blencathra; February 18th, 2012 at 03:22 AM.
Jacqueline Pearce returning to Blake's 7 audio dramas
Actress Jacqueline Pearce is set to reprise her iconic role of Servalan in several new Blake's 7 audio dramas.
SFX reports that the actress will return to the world of Blake's 7 to play Servalan in B7 Enterprises new audio series The Liberator Chronicles. Servalan will make her first appearance in the audio drama Wolf, written by Nigel Faris, on the second volume of The Liberator Chronicles which will be released later this year.
Jacqueline Pearce's portrayal of Servalan won her a legion of fans and is still the character most associated with her. Servalan was originally intended as a one-off male character but the plans were changed and Pearce impressed producers with her performance and the character became a series regular. Servalan was power-hungry, devious, manipulative, greedy and murderous - she wasn't beyond committing genocide to achieve her goals.
Edit - I've also seen a tweet from Steven Greif saying he had just completed some recording as Travis. Great news!
Martin Campbell And Georgeville TV Shop Reboot Of Cult U.K. Sci-Fi Series ‘Blake’s 7?
EXCLUSIVE: Georgeville Television, an independent TV studio co-founded recently by Leon Clarance of Motion Picture Capital, the financing arm of Reliance Entertainment, and producer Marc Rosen, has teamed with feature director Martin Campbell (Casino Royal) to revive the cult 1978 adventure/sci-fi series Blake’s 7. Writer Joe Pokaski (Heroes, CSI) will pen the re-imagining of the original series created by Terry Nation, a prolific UK TV writer who also created the Daleks for the classic BBC series Doctor Who. Campbell is attached to direct the Blake’s 7 reboot, which is being shopped to U.S. networks.
If, like me, you grew up in Europe in the 1980s, there is no way you haven’t heard of Blake’s 7, which was hugely popular in its native Britain and across Europe where it was better known than Star Trek at the time. Widely considered a cult classic despite no-frills, low-tech special effects, Blake’s 7 ran on BBC for four seasons. (See the show’s title sequence below.) Referred to as “The Dirty Dozen in space,” the series revolves around a group of criminals convicted and given a harsh sentence who, en route to pay the ultimate price for their crimes, get a second chance. These criminals without a code will gain a calling — the opportunity to become most unlikely, but most sorely needed heroes of their time.
GVTV has secured the rights to the Blake’s 7 franchise from rightsholder Andrew Sewell and his company B7 Media with funding provided by MPC. Campbell, Pokaski, Clerance, MPC’s Deepak Nayar and Sewell will executive produce.
A quarter of a century after Blake’s 7‘s launch, it still enjoys a fan following: Several years ago, Sky1 announced a remake but scrapped the plan in 2010. GVTV’s first series, Neil Cross’s Crossbones, received a 10-episode order at NBC for midseason.
I honestly don't know what to think about this. It might be good, it might be rubbish or it might never get off the ground(once again). We'll just have to wait and see I guess.
Last edited by Blencathra; July 23rd, 2012 at 04:35 PM.
Given the track record of British shows remade for American TV I am pretty worried. There's all sorts of things that could go wrong or be changed. Would the emphasis still be on the characters rather than special effects? Would we still get to see Avon's slow mental deterioration? Would Blake still be convicted on trumped up paedophile charges? And as for the final ending.... We know what a shock that was, would they still keep it? The more I think about it, the more worried I get.
They been trying to do this for years, the main issue was the lack of money, but it seems they now have the financial clout to make a go of the series.
A new space scifi series is much needed, hopefully this is successful
If by some miracle the reboot goes for more than 4 seasons i wonder how it would play out would they take from the extended universe aswell (ie audio books/graphic novels etc etc?)
I've been wanting to watch the old one for a while... I'm ambivalent about yet another American reboot of a British show.
Hopefully they will not go down the all soup of opera route but more like firefly/Farscape/SGU route.
I hope it does go down the BSG route. Although I could never get into BSG, I put that down as a failing on my part rather than a failing of the show.
Anyway, for people who can't wait for B7 to appear on TV, Big Finish are doing a full (original) cast audio.
BLAKE’S 7: WARSHIP
The original cast of Terry Nation’s acclaimed series Blake’s 7 are reuniting for a special audio episode that will be released in February 2013. The audio is being released in a licence deal with B7 Enterprises.
Written by Peter Anghelides, Warship finds the spaceship Liberator acting as the sole line of defence against a massive alien invasion fleet, while Blake and his crew desperately await the arrival of help from the most unlikely of sources – President Servalan and her Federation forces…
“This is the Blake’s 7 episode that we’ve always wanted to hear,” says producer David Richardson. “It fills in the missing gap in the mythology, following the Galactic War, and ultimately to Blake and Jenna’s departure as members of the Liberator crew. And it tells a whole lot more too – that alien attack force is actually far more destructive than expected, but the Federation may just have a surprise line of defence…”
“I’m delighted to see Big Finish tackle their first full cast Blake’s 7 story,” says Andrew Mark Sewell, Executive Producer of B7 Media, “and it’s great that Peter’s script so perfectly captures the spirit of the original to tell (and complete) such a significant – but previously unseen – part of the whole mythos.”
Warship stars Gareth Thomas as Roj Blake, Paul Darrow as Kerr Avon, Michael Keating as Vila Restal, Sally Knyvette as Jenna Stannis, Jan Chappell as Cally, Jacqueline Pearce as Servalan and Alistair Lock as Zen and Orac.
The hour-long story will be released in February 2013 as a double disc set, with the second disc comprising interviews and behind the scenes material from the historic cast reunion at the recording session. It will retail for £12.99 on CD and £9.99 on download from bigfinish.com.
A novelization of the episode will also be released in February 2013, in ebook form only. The book will retail at £4.99, and expand upon the cataclysmic events and key developments in the story. A series of enhanced audiobooks entitled Blake’s 7: The Liberator Chronicles and a range of original Blake’s 7 novels are also available from Big Finish.
I used to watch it as a kid but unfortunately i remember little.. I do remember i loved the look of the ship though.
Would really love someone to reboot this...
Some of the latest B7 Big Finish releases.
The Liberator Chronicles: Volume 2
Three enhanced audiobooks performed by the stars of the classic BBC television series. These stories are set during Series 2.
The Magnificent Four by Simon Guerrier
Starring Jan Chapell as Cally and Paul Darrow as Avon
A mission to steal data from the planet Mogul goes badly wrong when Cally and Avon are outflanked and outgunned. And then they are teleported to safety – to an alien spaceship stolen from The System, which is crewed by Gilden Trent and his small team of rebels.
For Avon it’s the opportunity to start over again without Blake.
But can Trent be trusted?
False Positive by Eddie Robson
Starring Gareth Thomas as Blake and Beth Chalmers as Lian
Dr Lian has a mysterious new patient – a man who was found shot in the leg near Engel City, a man who is delirious and talking about the most extraordinary acts of rebellion.
She prescribes drugs and the use of the alleviator – a device that will dig deep into his memories – to unlock the truth about Carlin Guzan.
But the truth that she exposes is far more shocking than she bargained for...
Wolf by Nigel Fairs
Starring Jacqueline Pearce as Servalan, Jan Chappell as Cally and Anthony Howell as Nyrron
“I heard his death cry. I felt it. And there was a word. ‘Wolf’. You, Servalan. You were the “Wolf”. You killed him. I want to know why.”
Some time ago, Blake and his crew were helped by a revered Auron scientist named Gustav Nyrron. He stayed aboard the Liberator for a time, and then disappeared.
Cally wants to know what happened to Nyrron, and only Servalan knows the answers.
Written By: Simon Guerrier, Eddie Robson and Nigel Fairs
Directed By: Lisa Bowerman
Cast: Jan Chappell (Cally), Paul Darrow (Avon), Gareth Thomas (Blake), Jacqueline Pearce (Servalan), Beth Chalmers (Lian) and Anthony Howell (Gustav Nyrron)
The Liberator Chronicles: Volume 3
The Armageddon Storm - Parts One, Two and Three
When mercenary Del Grant alerts the Liberator crew to the existence of a new Federation super-weapon, Avon leads an epic battle to avert catastrophe...
Written By: Cavan Scott and Mark Wright
Directed By: Ken Bentley
Cast: Paul Darrow (Kerr Avon), Michael Keating (Vila Restal), Jan Chappell (Cally), Tom Chadbon (Del Grant)
I don't know if any of you have seen this news that I post in the Who Actors thread but I'll post it again just in case.
Louise Jameson To Guest Star in an Upcoming Blake's 7!
Louise Jameson, who played the savage Leela opposite Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor in Doctor Who, is taking a key role in Volume 5 of Blake's 7: The Liberator Chronicles, which is released in August 2013.
Blake’s 7 was created by Terry Nation (who also created the Daleks for Doctor Who) and ran for four years on BBC TV. It focused on a team of resistance fighters aboard their advanced ship the Liberator, who battle the corrupt forces of the Federation. The Liberator Chronicles is a series of enhanced audiobooks that is being released in a licence deal with B7 Media.
Volume 5 opens with Logic by Simon Guerrier, in which we meet Pol, an ordinary woman living an ordinary existence inside the domed city on Earth… who is visited by strangers who bring chaos to her life. Louise Jameson plays Pol, Paul Darrow is Avon, Sally Knyvette is Jenna and Jacqueline Pearce returns as Servalan.
In Risk Management by Una McCormack, Blake and Jenna come to the assistance of the planet Sutskar, which is attempting to sell its antiquities to finance reconstruction. But the sale is mired by betrayals and intrigue… Gareth Thomas plays Blake, and Sally Knyvette is Jenna.
Finally, in Three by James Goss, Supreme Commander Servalan accepts a rare interview with a journalist named Cullen. But as she welcomes Cullen aboard Space Command, slowly the truth unfolds concerning who is the hunter, and who is the prey… Jacqueline Pearce plays Servalan, and Joseph Kloska (Pete Versus Life) is Cullen.
Volume 5 of The Liberator Chronicles will be released in August 2013. Volumes 1 and 2 are one sale now, with Volume 3 available in February 2013.
A range of new Blake’s 7 novels is also available: The Forgotten by Mark Wright and Cavan Scott, and Archangel by Scott Harrison are on sale now.
Subscriptions and pre-orders are available at www.bigfinish.com
Another upcoming release from Big Finish
Lucifer - Book and Audiobook
Many legends surround the aftermath of the collapse of The Federation, including the fate of Kerr Avon...
What happened to Avon after the death of Blake and the crew of the Scorpio? Paul Darrow's vivid re-imagining picks up Avon’s story at the final moments of the final episode of Blake's 7 and follows him on his fight for survival, this time with no crew and no ship to help him.
The adventure continues years later as Avon, now an old man, finds himself a key player in the game of power politics being played out on a grand scale by The Quartet - four ruthless leaders in an uneasy alliance, who govern the world in place of the Federation. Old enemies resurface and dangerous new ones appear as the time comes for old scores to finally be settled...
Written By: Paul Darrow
Read by: Paul Darrow
Out in May
Ick. Don't remind me.
There's been no news lately on the re-make front. I've just been doing a re-watch and thinking how good the original series was and still is, and I'm feeling more and more that I don't want a re-make. Let's just stick with the original and the best.
Also I don't think I could stand it if a remake was made and people commented that it's just like Firefly
I was trying to think of other actors who I would like to see but I honestly can't think of anyone who could take on such iconic roles as Avon or Servalan.
BTW Big Finish released their full cast audio drama, Warship, early. It's available to download now, instead of February.