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michelleb
September 29th, 2004, 04:39 AM
I looked for a thread for this, but none appeared, so here I am starting one for what is one of my top two sci-fi shows of all time.

Ok, so the effects weren't that good, sometimes. But the characters were dark and complex, and the writing bordered on brilliant, Tanith Lee's two scripts, for example. Sarcophagus stayed with me for years. (that's right. B& was the first to use the idea of a consciousness that jumped from body to body and could be revived with a sarcophagus). The characters weren't clear good or evil. There was a classic moment where Blake had to persuade a former king to return to power...but the man was only interested in staying safe, surrounded by his possessions. he was a nice old man. Blake tried to talk him round. When the king refused...Blake started to smash his precious possessions, one by one. The king was heart broken. It was a chilling moment. Blake, after all, was our hero.

Avon was the one everyone remembers. Dark, brooding, mysterious, brilliant. But my favourite was Cally. Equally as mysterious. An alien with bizarre powers, but also a fighter and a warrior. And the only person who seemed able to reach Avon, to get closer to him. (Yep, there was my very first ship).

Years later, after i had watched that devastating final episode (and if you haven't seen it, ....it's a brilliant way to end such a dark series. And people have argued for years about who's shots you can hear over the closing credits), i forgot most of it for years. It stayed in my memory only as a childhood obsession.

But...then it was repeated on UK Gold..and it struck me...it really was brilliant. And this became the first series I bought all the videos for. It became the first I wrote fanfic, and the first I researched online.

If you've never seen it..well, I recommend three from the three series. Rumours of Death, Children of Auron and Sarchophagus. Brilliant writing. Complex characterisation. Dark and morally ambigous plots. Well worth a look.

So tell me..did you watch this? What was your favourite season? Your favourite character? Do you think Avon would have killed Vila in Gold? Were Avon and Cally a 'ship (it was obvious Blake and Jenna were). Who died at the end?

Madeleine
September 29th, 2004, 04:51 AM
You're right about Sarcophagus. Terminal was another brilliant one, with one of my strongest memories of TV from my childhood as Zen gets covered in green goo :(

I think Avon *would* have killed Villa. Whether he'd stay sane (or relatively sane) afterwards is another matter. I didn't really notice any 'ship's I'm afraid. I liked Avon best when I was little. I first rewatched it in my teens, and liked Tarrant best. How very inexplicable ;)

As for the end... well I think they all died. But I'm not sure I ought to say that in case any B7 fanfic afficionados are in the vicinity :p

michelleb
September 29th, 2004, 04:59 AM
wow, that was a fast answer. yes, avon's insanity or lack of it has always been a fervent fan quesiton. myself, i thought he was trembling on the brink, and went over the edge when cally died (i think she kept him in check)..and was totally bonkers at the end. i also think they all died..and hey, i'm a B7 fanfic writer myself. but a shippy one. it's not obvious ship...a cheek touch, some glances, one kiss....but you know me, i love my ship, and take it whereever i can find it.

there's rumours it's coming back, but i haven't heard much since the initial announcement

KorbenDirewolf
October 1st, 2004, 02:33 PM
I've not seen the series for about 10 years so I don't really remember details, but I thought it was great back then.

yaaayoubetcha
October 1st, 2004, 06:32 PM
I don't think they all died at the end.

That's one of the best ending scenes and it has really stuck to me even though it's been well over 10 years since I've seen that ep.

Blake back but killed, the rest of the crew dead or near death, only Avon left as the troops close in....fade to black....one single shot...did they kill him?

BTW....back in 02 or 03 i read a story that Paul Darrow had bought the rights and was gonna revive the series on BBC. Did this really come to pass?

michelleb
October 2nd, 2004, 01:04 AM
well, there was a rumour he had..Avon was going to used as a figurehead for a new bunch of younger rebels, but I haven't heard any more. News of B7 has kind of been overshadowed over here by news of the new Doctor Who.

Whitster
October 2nd, 2004, 11:53 AM
Yeah the official site has some info about the new mini-series.

yaaayoubetcha
October 2nd, 2004, 05:37 PM
yah....i'm hoping BBCA or PBS pick up the new Who next year.....really looking forward to it.

KorbenDirewolf
October 3rd, 2004, 08:01 PM
SciFi Channel is in talks with the BBC over Dr. Who.. No one saying if its the old season or the new.

Madeleine
October 4th, 2004, 01:06 AM
I met Paul Darrow yesterday. Mr W and I were looking at a dealers' stall at Collectormania, the chap next to us made a comment about the stuff we were looking at and I turned to see and it was AVON! I couldn't think of anything sensible to say, so I just blurted out that I'd seen him as Macbeth once at the Bristol Hippodrome. He said that that had been a difficult play to do cos the actor playing Macduff was pretty limp with a sword, and kept accidentally losing the fight at the end.

Okay, not really very Blakes 7-ey, but it made me smile.

destinymaker
October 24th, 2009, 04:37 PM
Never seen this series, but after reading about it have become increasingly interested, where can you watch it?

rlr149
October 25th, 2009, 04:39 AM
Never seen this series, but after reading about it have become increasingly interested, where can you watch it?

youtube have at least the first episode.

also
http://www.denofgeek.com/siteimage/scale/800/600/22665.png

best ship EVER!!:cool:

Blencathra
October 25th, 2009, 05:32 AM
Agreed!

I'd green you both but I've run out of greens :D

Blakes 7 is my all time first sci fi love. This is where all the darker, grimmer sci fi began.

Lots of the episodes are on You Tube starting here. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjHaLThqJ9Q)

Horizon - the Blakes 7 forum is here (http://www.blakes7online.com/news.php)

Synopses of episodes, fan fic etc is here (http://www.hermit.org/Blakes7/)

And there is a Live Journal community here (http://community.livejournal.com/b7rewatch/) where we have just started a re-watch. And there are links to other B7 LJ stuff there as well.

As you can see, I'm a bit obsessed. :o

Unfortunately not many people on this forum seem to have heard of Blakes 7, let alone want to watch it. :S

Just something to bear in mind - Blakes 7 had absolutely no budget for special effects & so what there are look pretty abysmal, but if you can get past that and concentrate on the characters and the stories, then you are in for a real treat.

Best of luck!

Blencathra
July 5th, 2011, 12:34 PM
Blake's 7 - New Big Finish Audiobooks and Novels in 2012

http://bigf.eu/news/Blakes-7-New-Audiobooks-and-Novels-in-2012-

Blake’s 7 is something our listeners have been asking us to produce for ages, so I'm so pleased that we're finally delivering!'”

Andrew Mark Sewell, managing director of B7 Enterprises says: “We’ve long been an admirer of the audio dramas produced by Big Finish and are delighted that they will be lending their considerable talents to recapturing the spirit of the classic Blake’s 7 series with a series of new novels and audio plays. Even though thirty years has passed since the original television series ended, we’re sure that these new novels and audio stories will recapture the magic of Terry Nation’s original creation and reignite people’s passion for this seminal show.”

The audio series will be produced by David Richardson, while Xanna Eve Chown is books editor.

“I have two loves in science fiction,” says David, “and they are Doctor Who and Blake’s 7. And now I get to produce both on audio! I couldn’t be happier.”

“The Liberator Chronicles will be a series of exciting, character-driven tales that remain true to the original TV series. We’re aiming for authenticity – recreating the wonder of 1978 all over again!”

Blake’s 7: The Liberator Chronicles launches in February 2012 and is available for pre-order at bigfinish.com.

Blake’s 7: The Novels launch in May 2012 and are available for pre-order at bigfinish.com.

A year-long subscription offer to the Blake's 7 range is also available.


I'm really excited about this. I guess I may be the only person on this forum who is! :D

mr_kennedy
July 5th, 2011, 04:44 PM
What happened to the proposed mini series of blake 7? i thought there was one coming like last year or something doesnt paul darrow own the franchise now?

Blencathra
July 6th, 2011, 11:19 AM
No, this Andrew Mark Sewell guy owns it now. He & Paul Darrow were in talks about a contunuation of the series but that all came to nothing when they had a big falling out. Paul Darrow wanted to go the way that Terry Nation had envisaged but this Sewel chap didn't agree.

Then Sky expressed an interest and commissioned some scripts but that all came to nothing as well. :S

Lahela
July 6th, 2011, 11:54 AM
I would *love* to see a Blake's 7 revival, in any form. I watched it when it was brand new TV way back when, it was the first show my parents and I bonded over. :D I still rewatch occasionally.

knowles2
July 6th, 2011, 02:53 PM
I could never get into it when it was airing on UKTV.

But I would not mind seeing a revival the story had potential. Unfortuantly only thin SKY ever seem to do is commission scripts, it seems they never get around to actually producing anything.

Ouroboros
July 6th, 2011, 07:00 PM
I binged through this a year or two ago myself and it was a fantastic series. If there's one series I'd like to see freshed up and remade it would be this one..

Some fantastic characters for sure. Avon, Blake and Servalan were mine.

Loved the episode where they thought they were attacking the super secret federation super weapon only for it to turn out to be an empty room Servalan put there specifically as a deliberate honey pot trap.

The only thing that held the series back was the budget and wonky effects. It's one of the major reasons why I think it could be such an epic remake so long as the soul of the original was preserved while the modern effects were added.

mr_kennedy
July 7th, 2011, 03:46 AM
No, this Andrew Mark Sewell guy owns it now. He & Paul Darrow were in talks about a contunuation of the series but that all came to nothing when they had a big falling out. Paul Darrow wanted to go the way that Terry Nation had envisaged but this Sewel chap didn't agree.

Then Sky expressed an interest and commissioned some scripts but that all came to nothing as well. :S

That kinda sucks :( oh well, hey maybe we will get a reboot in a couple of years

rlr149
July 10th, 2011, 08:14 AM
It's one of the major reasons why I think it could be such an epic remake so long as the soul of the original was preserved while the modern effects were added.

the ship design HAS to be very similar.

Blencathra
February 18th, 2012, 02:05 AM
Here's some info about new Blakes 7 audio dramas & books from Big Finish.

Blakes 7 CD Box Set 1

http://bigfinish.com/Blakes-7-CD-Box-Set-1

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CAST: Gareth Thomas (Blake), Paul Darrow (Avon), Michael Keating (Vila), Anthony Howell (Nyrron)

SYNOPSIS:

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

http://bigfinish.com/Blakes-7-The-Forgotten-Hardback-Novel

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AUTHOR: Cavan Scott and Mark Wright

SYNOPSIS:

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

http://bigfinish.com/news/Blakes-7-Archangel--New-Book-Announced!

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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.

Blencathra
March 15th, 2012, 06:57 AM
Jacqueline Pearce returning to Blake's 7 audio dramas

http://www.atvtoday.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4101:jacqueline-pearce-returning-to-blakes-7-audio-dramas&catid=2:cult-sci-fi&Itemid=5

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!

Blencathra
July 23rd, 2012, 03:25 PM
OMG!

Martin Campbell And Georgeville TV Shop Reboot Of Cult U.K. Sci-Fi Series ‘Blake’s 7?

http://www.deadline.com/2012/07/martin-campbell-and-georgeville-tv-shop-reboot-of-cult-u-k-sci-fi-series-blakes-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.

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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.

mr_kennedy
July 23rd, 2012, 09:02 PM
Interesting News, Let's see how this develops

I personally think this would be a good partner to falling skies on TNT, i mean as long as they do the reboot the right way :)

Blencathra
July 24th, 2012, 03:42 AM
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? :S The more I think about it, the more worried I get.

knowles2
July 24th, 2012, 06:36 AM
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

mr_kennedy
July 24th, 2012, 05:04 PM
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?)

maneth
July 24th, 2012, 08:38 PM
I've been wanting to watch the old one for a while... I'm ambivalent about yet another American reboot of a British show.

knowles2
July 25th, 2012, 03:41 AM
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 suspect it will be like BSG, it will be the same universe with the same characters and have familiarity about it but at the same time it will be completely different.

Hopefully they will not go down the all soup of opera route but more like firefly/Farscape/SGU route.

Blencathra
July 25th, 2012, 08:13 AM
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

http://www.blakes7online.com/news.php?readmore=116

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 Ł12.99 on CD and Ł9.99 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 Ł4.99, 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.

Thunderstorm
July 25th, 2012, 03:16 PM
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

http://www.blakes7online.com/news.php?readmore=116

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.


Wow! Now this sounds interesting.


Not sure about the reboot. While I'm attached to the original characters, I haven't watched it in over 10 yrs so I don't know how it holds up.

garhkal
July 28th, 2012, 08:46 PM
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...

Blencathra
January 15th, 2013, 06:00 AM
Some of the latest B7 Big Finish releases.

The Liberator Chronicles: Volume 2

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Synopsis

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)

http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-liberator-chronicles-volume-2-736



The Liberator Chronicles: Volume 3

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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)

http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-liberator-chronicles-volume-3-737

Blencathra
January 15th, 2013, 06:07 AM
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!

http://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/louise-jameson-joins-blake-s-7

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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

Blencathra
January 21st, 2013, 03:04 AM
Another upcoming release from Big Finish

Lucifer - Book and Audiobook

http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/lucifer---audiobook-824
http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/lucifer---book-and-ebook-741/technical_details

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8501/8400973397_614120ed84.jpg

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

The Flyattractor
January 21st, 2013, 09:57 AM
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? :S The more I think about it, the more worried I get.

Ugh... I just flashed back to the American Pilot of "Red Dwarf"....Glad I haven't eaten today yet.

Blencathra
January 22nd, 2013, 12:43 AM
Ick. Don't remind me. :S

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 :rolleyes:

mr_kennedy
January 25th, 2013, 01:25 AM
You guys think Arthur Darvill (Rory) would make a good Vila in a remake? if a remake is to happen

Blencathra
January 26th, 2013, 01:40 AM
You guys think Arthur Darvill (Rory) would make a good Vila in a remake? if a remake is to happen

That is a really good idea. :) I think he would be perfect.

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.

http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/warship---cd-and-download-815

Blencathra
January 26th, 2013, 02:19 AM
Interview: Big Finish director Ken Bentley

http://scifibulletin.com/doctor-who/interviews/interview-big-finish-director-ken-bentley/interview-big-finish-director-ken-bentley-2/

You’ve directed the full cast Blake’s 7 play Warship and The Armageddon Storm. Were you a fan?

I would say no: I remember vividly sitting down and watching Blake’s 7, because I was a little bit older. I can remember some of the Doctor Who stories from when I was very young, but I can remember sitting down to watch Blake’s 7, and enjoying it. I never pursued it into the novelisations and those sorts of things, so for me Blake’s 7 was something I watched 30 years ago, and had not seen since.

The first time I heard the theme music again was great. It’s one of those moments where the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. It’s really good stuff. I’m looking forward to getting to the edits.

A lovely bunch of people, all did a great job. Paul [Darrow – Avon] is fantastic: he’s sort of the Blake’s 7 equivalent of working with the Doctors on Doctor Who. He and Michael Keating [Vila] both know those characters; every single time right on the moment. I’d worked with Jacqueline [Pearce – Servalan] before: she’d done a Who for us. It was nice that there was a little bit of a connection each time.

Did you treat the Blake’s 7 sessions any differently?

With the Blake’s 7, particularly the first full cast one, it was the first time they’d all got back together for however long it was. It was the first Blake’s 7 I had done. It was one of the rare instances in a Big Finish recording where we were all going in cold, and had to knuckle down and do it. In a situation like that I do tackle it differently, not in story terms, but in terms of how I function as a director: I probably spend a little more time being sensitive to how they work, how they’re functioning together, probably not working it as hard as we might usually.

If you have the luxury of the actors with you for the whole day, do you work chronologically or thematically?

It does depend on the situation. If it’s a one-day recording and we have all the cast there all day, then we’ll record chronologically but I’d still block out certain sequences.

Blake’s 7 is a good example: it was a one-day and we had everybody all day. What I won’t do is bounce people in and out of the booths continuously. I’ll do a block with one group of characters then a block with another group chronologically, and find the point where they all come back together again. As much as I can, in an ideal world, I’ll try to keep everybody’s scenes chronological to keep the throughline clear for everybody. They may have to sit down for a couple of hours. But that happens very rarely.

Usually the schedule is determined by the budget: how many people we can have in for how long. One thing we try to do is get as many people involved in a production as we can. I won’t, for the sake of making it easy for me, double it up with the number of characters just so I can have the same people in for two days. I will try to cast as many different actors as I can, which means the schedule becomes completely abstracted with different sequences on different days. We’ve done the second half of a story in the morning, and then the first half in the afternoon.

Scheduling is one of my strengths: I’ve learned the distinction between OCD and OCPD. If you’re OCD they will lock you up; if you’re OCPD, it’s okay, you’re just a bit anal. I enjoy scheduling and the challenge of making a very complicated schedule work. I know it’s worked when everybody has enjoyed the day’s recording despite how fractured and frustrating the schedule has been.

Blencathra
January 26th, 2013, 06:43 AM
Blake’s 7: Review: Big Finish Audio: Warship

http://scifibulletin.com/uk-tv/blakes-7-review-big-finish-audio-warship/

At long last, the story of what really happened at the Battle of Star One.

The evolution of the Blake’s 7 audios at Big Finish has been fascinating. The original set of Liberator Chronicles were very much in the Companion Chronicle mould, with two voices (and if a third character were required, one of the actors would have to step in). Then we got a bit more leeway and some stories featured more personnel, even if we were still in ‘enhanced audiobook’ territory. It was clear that far more was feasible, and luckily the licensors obviously agreed – so here we have the first full cast Blake’s 7 audio (in this variant of the universe anyway).

And it’s a triumph for all concerned. Director Ken Bentley and sound designer Alastair Lock seamlessly take us back to the gap between Series B and C. Writer Peter Anghelides picks up all the snippets of information from both the episodes Star One and Aftermath and then adds a whole new layer to them with the introduction of yet another threat for the Liberator crew to deal with. The dialogue falls under the tongues of the actors naturally, so more than ever before, you really feel as if this is an episode the BBC accidentally forgot to broadcast in 1979.

Fans of all the characters won’t be disappointed – there are great scenes for each of them, with some classic Blake/Avon and Avon/Vila moments. Alastair Lock steps into Peter Tuddenham’s shoes for both Zen and Orac and there’s an important, if not huge, role for Jacqueline Pearce as Servalan, giving one final stand-off between her and Blake.

The accompanying documentary is also interesting, particularly as it gives some of the history of the Big Finish work on the franchise, and it’s good to hear the actors’ views on the revival of their characters after so long. Let’s hope that we can have some more of these full-cast stories soon.

Verdict: Big Finish’s best contribution to the Blake’s 7 saga to date – don’t miss it. 9/10

mr_kennedy
January 27th, 2013, 12:24 AM
I'm stumped when it comes to the other characters, but i thought how perfect he would be for vila :D

Thunderstorm
January 29th, 2013, 11:13 PM
Morena Baccarin as Servalan, although that might be too similar to the character Anna she played on the remake of V.
David Anders as Avon.

They both might be too young, but best I can think of of the top of my head.
I was thinking maybe Michael Shanks as Vila, but while I think he could act the role great, I think he's too big (physical size) to play the character.



Another upcoming release from Big Finish

Lucifer - Book and Audiobook

Written By: Paul Darrow
Read by: Paul Darrow

Out in May

No thank you. I don't know what else he's written between 'A Terrible Aspect' and this but how that ever got published is beyond me. Loved him as the character, felt really sad about him as an author.

Blencathra
January 30th, 2013, 05:14 AM
I'd heard "A Terrible Aspect" was... well... terrible, so I've not read it.

However, I have read Paul Darrow's autobiography "You're Him Aren't You?" and that was really good - well written and amusing. So I think I'll give Lucifer a go. As it's being published by Big Finish like the autobiography, I wonder if they will have had a lot of input & hopefully make it better. When I get it, I'll let you know what I think. :)

mr_kennedy
January 30th, 2013, 05:57 AM
Morena Baccarin as Servalan, although that might be too similar to the character Anna she played on the remake of V.
David Anders as Avon.

They both might be too young, but best I can think of of the top of my head.
I was thinking maybe Michael Shanks as Vila, but while I think he could act the role great, I think he's too big (physical size) to play the character.




No thank you. I don't know what else he's written between 'A Terrible Aspect' and this but how that ever got published is beyond me. Loved him as the character, felt really sad about him as an author.

I was thinking David Anders might make a great Tarrant actually, his always playing either a bad guy or anti hero type character anyway, and from Stargate Amanda Tapping could play a good Servalan, Michael C Hall could play a great Avon i think, and Tom Welling could play a decent blake

Steve Blum might be a great va for the roles of Zen/Slave and Orac tho

Blencathra
March 12th, 2013, 05:51 AM
Big Finish have details of The Liberator Chronicles Vol. 5, to be released in August.

The Liberator Chronicles: Volume 5

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8097/8550819787_6da2c24a82.jpg

http://bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-liberator-chronicles-volume-5-739

Three enhanced audiobooks performed by the stars of the classic BBC television series. These stories are set during Series 2.

Logic by Simon Guerrier

Starring Louise Jameson as Pol and Paul Darrow as Avon, Sally Knyvette as Jenna, Jacqueline Pearce as Servalan

Pol is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life on Earth. So why are the crew of the Liberator so interested in her?


Risk Management by Una McCormack

Starring Gareth Thomas as Blake and Sally Knyvette as Jenna

When Blake and Jenna go to the aid of the planet Sutskar, they become embroiled in deception and betrayal.


Three by James Goss

Starring Jacqueline Pearce as Servalan and Joseph Kloska as Cullen

The renowned journalist Cullen has the scoop of a lifetime - an interview with Supreme Commander Servalan herself. It will be the greatest mistake of his life.


Written By: Simon Guerrier, Una McCormack, James Goss
Directed By: Ken Bentley, Lisa Bowerman
Cast: Gareth Thomas, Paul Darrow, Sally Knyvette, Jacqueline Pearce, Louise Jameson

Blencathra
April 8th, 2013, 10:44 AM
Syfy’s Blake’s 7 remake gets 13 episodes

http://www.scifinow.co.uk/news/39967/syfys-blakes-7-remake-gets-13-episodes/

Syfy and Freemantle International have confirmed they’ve ordered a 13 episode remake of classic British sci-fi show Blake’s 7, to be written by Heroes‘ Joe Pokaski and directed by Green Lantern‘s Martin Campbell.

“Blake’s 7 was such a forward-thinking concept that the show continues to have resonance with audiences today,” said David Ellender, CEO FremantleMedia International.

“Its complex characters and gritty storylines, coupled with the highly talented team and modern production techniques are sure to appeal to both original fans of the show and new viewers.”

_


I really don't know how I feel about this. :S

Blencathra
April 8th, 2013, 10:47 AM
Blake's got a personal vendetta in SyFy's
Blake's 7

http://io9.com/blakes-got-a-personal-vendetta-in-syfys-blakes-7-471209100

Syfy's been pretty mum on their reimagining of the BBC's gritty '80s scifi series Blake's 7, but now we know 1) it's still on the way, and 2) this time it's personal, because Blake has a dead wife. Plus, Casino Royale's Martin Campbell is still on board to direct the pilot.

Here's the new, detail-packed synopsis:


The year is 2136, Blake wakes up on one side of the bed. He reaches for the other side. There’s nobody there. As reality sets in, this handsome ex-soldier sits up, and looks at a photo of his wife Rachel. Beautiful. Deceased.

A revolutionary reinvention of the long-running BBC series made in the late 1970s, Blake’s 7 tells the story of seven criminals - 6 guilty and 1 innocent - on their way to life on a prison colony in space, who together wrestle freedom from imprisonment. They acquire an alien ship which gives them a second chance at life and become the most unlikely heroes of their time.

David Ellender, CEO FremantleMedia International and Kids & Family Entertainment said, “Blake’s 7 was such a forward-thinking concept that the show continues to have resonance with audiences today. Its complex characters and gritty storylines, coupled with the highly talented team and modern production techniques are sure to appeal to both original fans of the show and new viewers.”

Leon Clarance, co-founder of Georgeville Television and CEO of Motion Picture Capital, the finance arm of Reliance Entertainment, said, “Joe Pokaski and Martin Campbell have worked tirelessly with the Georgeville TV team to create an amazeballs reboot of this classic space opera which I watched with my father when I was a child. This reimagined classic for a new generation of science fiction fans will enthrall original and new fans alike. I couldn’t be happier to have our beloved show handled internationally by the passionate team at FremantleMedia.”




___________


Oh dear. :( Please tell me that is some kind of late April Fools joke.

dipsofjazz
April 8th, 2013, 01:39 PM
:( Yuck!

Thunderstorm
April 8th, 2013, 08:24 PM
I'm always leary of a 're-imagining'.
I'm wondering who the extra person is, because there was never 7 on the ship at one time.

mr_kennedy
April 8th, 2013, 09:24 PM
I'll give it a try :)

Blencathra
August 10th, 2013, 08:20 AM
Big Finish have 15% off their Blake's 7 range just for this weekend

http://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/blake-s-7-weekend-15-off

Blencathra
August 15th, 2013, 02:45 AM
The Liberator Chronicles Volume 5 is available now - http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-liberator-chronicles-volume-5-739

Volume 6 will be released in November


The Liberator Chronicles: Volume 6

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5536/9516612412_3d8c4d100d.jpg

http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-liberator-chronicles-volume-6-740

Out in November

Prices: Pre-order CD Ł25.00
Pre-order Digital Ł20.00

Three enhanced audiobooks performed by the stars of the classic BBC television series. These stories are set during Series 3.

Incentive by Peter Anghelides

Starring Paul Darrow as Avon, Steven Pacey as Tarrant and Adrian Lukis as Bracheeni

The Liberator crew are recovering from a Galactic War and searching for their lost members Blake and Jenna. But it’s a search that leads them into terrible danger…

Jenna's Story by Steve Lyons

Starring Sally Knyvette as Jenna and John Banks as Correl

Jenna's story is finally told - from her escape from the Liberator during the Galactia War, to her determination to continue the fight against the Federation alone… with the odds stacked against her.

Blake's Story by Mark Wright and Cavan Scott

Starring Gareth Thomas as Blake and Paul Darrow as Avon

Blake's story is finally told - from his escape from the Liberator during the Galactic War, to his new life as a troubled, scarred man on a distant rebel world…

Written By: Peter Anghelides, Steve Lyons, Mark Wright and Cavan Scott
Directed By: Ken Bentley
Cast: Paul Darrow (Avon), Steven Pacey (Tarrant), Sally Knyvette (Jenna), Gareth Thomas (Blake), Adrian Lukis (Bracheeni), John Banks (Correl)

mr_kennedy
August 15th, 2013, 03:03 AM
Any word on the proposed Remake?

Wyrminarrd
August 15th, 2013, 04:18 AM
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/08/15/microsoft_to_fund_blakes_7_return_as_xbox_live_exclusive/

Blencathra
August 15th, 2013, 04:34 AM
Apart from the link Wyrminarrd posted, not a lot.

There was a B7 panel at London Geekfest last weekend but I can't find out much about what went on. I did see this tweet though

James Swallow (@jmswallow) on 12 Aug


@Rednax42 asks "Any news from the #B7 panel on the @SyFy adaptation?" I will quote exactly what @sewell7 said: "It's happening". #blakes7

But we've heard that before. :rolleyes:


There only other tiny snippet I found was a tweet from Georgeville TV Exec Leon Clarance

anthonymavin (@whitediamond74) on 6 Aug


@leonclarance is it true that zen and orac will be human in the epic blakes 7 remake??.

leonclarance (@leonclarance) on 7 Aug


@whitediamond74 no.

Thank goodness for that!

mr_kennedy
August 18th, 2013, 10:05 PM
^ you scarred me there with that last question :p

Blencathra
September 21st, 2013, 06:31 AM
B7 media have tweeted a couple of pics. Liberator design concepts for the now defunct Sky reboot.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7417/9855023623_9be72cd5b6_b.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3793/9854975686_17992ec0b6_c.jpg

Blencathra
September 21st, 2013, 07:30 AM
There is a new B7 book out in October

Anthology

http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/anthology-742?range=80

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3679/9855988826_ea6379ed19_o.png

Prices
Pre-order Book Ł14.99
Pre-order eBook Ł12.99

Synopsis

Berserker by R A Henderson
When the weapons research facility on space station Amber was shut down, something got left behind. Blake is determined to find out what...

Cold Revolution by M G Harris
Kartvel claims to have escaped Federation control – without bloodshed. But is all as it seems on this mysterious planet?

Trigger Point by G F Taylor
Infiltration and explosions are one way the Liberator crew can help the resistance on the corrupt planet Belzanko, but can a subtler approach work too?

Blencathra
September 21st, 2013, 07:42 AM
And there are three full cast audio dramas coming out next year.

Not much detail on these yet.

Fractures

http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/fractures-947

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2890/9856206873_46eff2f83a_z.jpg

Out in January 2014

Synopsis

TBA

Written By: Justin Richards
Directed By: Ken Bentley
Cast: Gareth Thomas (Roj Blake), Paul Darrow (Kerr Avon), Michael Keating (Vila Restal), Jan Chappell (Cally), Sally Knyvette (Jenna Stannis), Brian Croucher (Travis), Alistair Lock (Zen/Orac)

Prices
Pre-order CD Ł10.99
Pre-order Digital Ł8.99


The other two dramas will be released in February and March 2014 but no more details.

dipsofjazz
September 22nd, 2013, 11:45 AM
B7 media have tweeted a couple of pics. Liberator design concepts for the now defunct Sky reboot.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7417/9855023623_9be72cd5b6_b.jpg

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3793/9854975686_17992ec0b6_c.jpg

What happened to there being a re-boot?

Blencathra
September 23rd, 2013, 04:32 AM
I haven't heard anything more. The rumour about Xbox Live being involved in the remake turned out not to be true - http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/news/a510083/blakes-7-remake-rumours-denied-by-microsoft.html. But other than that I haven't seen anything else.

dipsofjazz
September 23rd, 2013, 05:22 AM
:D Thanks Blen.

Blencathra
September 28th, 2013, 04:35 AM
You're welcome. :)

Blake's 7 popped up in a BBC news entertainment article about TVs top 10 endings.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24218898


By 1981, Blake (Gareth Thomas) and his gang of space rebels had been battling the evil Federation, led by the crop-haired siren Servalan (Jacqueline Pearce), for four Earth years.

Blake himself had been absent since the second series - but reappeared, disfigured, for the final episode posing as a bounty hunter.




He was shot by his arch-rival Avon (Paul Darrow) and then the rest of the crew died (in slow motion) in a bloody shoot-out with Federation troops.

Broadcast on 21 December 1981 the shocking finale earned writer Chris Boucher the title "the man who killed Christmas".

But the climactic scene was only intended to be a cliffhanger.

Had a fifth series gone ahead, Boucher said, Avon would have survived, and become the show's hero.

"Don't forget you never actually saw him die, did you?" he said. "The freeze-frame ending does leave open the possibility that he may have survived after all."



(I've spoilered the ending just in case the reboot goes down the same path. Though I seriously doubt they will. I don't think they would have the courage to be honest)

Blencathra
October 9th, 2013, 09:02 AM
More details on the Big Finish full cast audio dramas

Blake's 7 Full Cast Details Revealed

http://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/blake-s-7-full-cast-details-revealed

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7329/10173354733_c85ca5f8f1.jpg

The original TV cast of Terry Nation’s acclaimed series Blake’s 7 will be back together in six brand new audio plays to be released monthly from January 2014 - and we can now announce the details! The series is being released in a licence deal with B7 Media.

Blake’s 7 tells the story of freedom fighter Roj Blake and a band of freed criminals, who take on the might of the corrupt Federation, which rules the galaxy. The series ran on TV from 1978-1981.

Gareth Thomas, Paul Darrow, Michael Keating, Jan Chappell and Sally Knyvette are all back together as the Liberator crew, joined by Alistair Lock as the voices of Zen and Orac. Brian Croucher also reprises his role as Blake’s enemy Travis in four episodes, while Hugh Fraser (Poirot, Edge of Darkness) plays the President of the Terran Federation.

The full season line-up of Blake’s 7: The Classic Audio Adventures – Series 1 is as follows:

1: Fractures by Justin Richards

When problems beset the Liberator, all evidence confirms that one of the crew has turned traitor.

2: Battleground by Andrew Smith

Blake’s new mission leads him into danger – a whole planet that is a training zone for Federation soldiers.

3: Drones by Marc Platt

A new deadly weapon is being tested, and Vila becomes its victim.

4: Mirror by Peter Anghelides

While Jenna vows to settle an old score, Blake attempts to discover the truth behind the Federation’s latest plan.

5: Cold Fury by Mark Wright and Cavan Scott

What is the secret of Horst Minor?

6: Caged by Mark Wright and Cavan Scott

Details to be confirmed.

The series is directed by Ken Bentley and produced by David Richardson. Executive producers are Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs. Executive producers for B7 Media are Andrew Mark Sewell and Lee Thompson.

Big Finish continues to produce novels, enhanced audio books and full-cast audio plays for the Blake’s 7 range.

mr_kennedy
October 9th, 2013, 01:33 PM
You're welcome. :)

Blake's 7 popped up in a BBC news entertainment article about TVs top 10 endings.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24218898







(I've spoilered the ending just in case the reboot goes down the same path. Though I seriously doubt they will. I don't think they would have the courage to be honest)

I hope they do go down a similar path :) but they don't to follow it exactly they could go longer than four seasons i mean if the reboot is a success

knowles2
October 11th, 2013, 01:07 PM
I haven't heard anything more. The rumour about Xbox Live being involved in the remake turned out not to be true - http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/news/a510083/blakes-7-remake-rumours-denied-by-microsoft.html. But other than that I haven't seen anything else.

I thought that would be the case. In fact the BBC reported on the same day as the financial times, that the UK production studio knew nothing about deal and they were still working with Syfy on casting for the tv series.

The finacial times only said the rights holders have agree a deal with Microsoft, there would have been a massive legal battle if the right holders went behind Syfy and the production studio backs and signed a new contract without informing those two parties first.

Blencathra
November 28th, 2013, 03:48 AM
Official Blake's 7 T-shirts

Alpha Grade - http://www.shotdeadinthehead.com/official-blakes-7-t-shirt-grade-alpha.html

Beta Grade - http://www.shotdeadinthehead.com/official-blakes-7-t-shirt-grade-beta.html

Gamma Grade - http://www.shotdeadinthehead.com/official-blakes-7-t-shirt-grade-gamma.html

Delta Grade - http://www.shotdeadinthehead.com/official-blakes-7-t-shirt-delta.html

Blencathra
January 24th, 2014, 11:57 PM
Still no word on the reboot.


The Liberator Chronicles: Volume 7

http://bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-liberator-chronicles-volume-7-891

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2840/12130755146_bb705cd86d.jpg

Synopsis

Spy by Simon Guerrier
Starring Jan Chappell as Cally, Michael Keating as Vila and Gemma Whelan as Arta
Cally and Vila are undercover on the Federation-controlled world Cortol Four. It's a mission with an irresistible prize. And it's a mission that goes horribly wrong…

Disorder by Eddie Robson
Starring Michael Keating as Vila and Paul Darrow as Avon
Division Three. A space station in the process of being decommissioned. Its archives contain key records of the Federation's enemies - and Vila and Avon intend to steal it.

The Hard Road by James Swallow
Starring Gareth Thomas as Blake and Andrew Whipp as Trel Dekkan
Blake decides it is time to fight back against the Federation - and to fight back with allies.

Written By: Simon Guerrier, Eddie Robson and James Swallow
Cast: Gareth Thomas, Paul Darrow, Michael Keating, Jan Chappell, Gemma Whelan, Andrew Whipp

Pre-order CD Ł25.00
Pre-order Digital Ł20.00

ZGoten
February 16th, 2014, 09:46 AM
I'm new to this thread and the show, so I don't want to read through your above posts in case of spoilers, but I've just finished the second series and just wanted to share a few impressions.

First of all, I loved that little scene in Gambit, where Vila is under the influence of some drink. He is agreeing to bet everything he and Avon have earned, plus his live, on a match of speed chess. Avon's reaction was just priceless, especially since he's considered to be the genius on the ship, whereas Vila is mostly looked down upon as cowardly and a bit slow. :D That was just a funny little character moment.

Another great moment happened during the series finale, this time more serious but again involving Avon. I just loved the scene towards the end, where Blake hands over control of the Liberator to Avon and says: "For what it is worth, I have always trusted you. From the very beginning." That line was really impactful coming from Blake. And also, for once, we see Avon react to it without any witty comment. His facial expression is very collected. It probably meant a lot to him, since his way of doing things has usually been rejected in the past, in favor of Roj's.

Blencathra
February 17th, 2014, 12:37 AM
Gambit is a great episode. :D As you say, Avon's reaction is brilliant. I love how they both got away with it and that even Blake doesn't know what they were up to. :P

I do wonder exactly how intelligent Vila is. There is a lot more to him than meets the eye. He's certainly clever enough to work out how to open all those locks and later in season 3 he says that (mild spoiler)

he bought his Delta service grading as he didn't want to be an Alpha & risk getting himself killed.

Perhaps Vila's increasing reliance on alcohol is making him less intelligent than he really is.

I do love the complexity of the relationship between Blake and Avon. As well as that scene in Star One it was very interesting in the episode Countdown that Blake threatened Anna Grant's brother that if anything happened to Avon then he, Blake, would come looking for him.

I also particularly liked that in that episode we get to see some of Avon's back story and that he did have a relationship with someone who was murdered by the Federation. It goes a long way, I think, in explaining Avon's attitude. He's been hurt badly before, so now he looks after No. 1. I also love that you are never sure which way Avon is going to fall, whether he is going to give up everyone to the Federation or if he is going to to hang around in the hope he can get his hands on the Liberator. You just don't know what is going on in his head.

So now one with season 3. There are some great episodes. Personal favourites are Aftermath, Powerplay, City at the Edge of the World, Rumours of Death and Sarcophagus.

BTW a quick question. In the season 1 episode Mission to Destiny, the one with the murder mystery, did you figure out who did it? I seem to remember not knowing who was the murderer, but once it is explained you wonder how you missed it, as it is so obvious. So out of curiosity, did you know who it was?

ZGoten
February 17th, 2014, 10:49 AM
I didn't figure it out myself, but then again, I didn't feel like it was obvious after the reveal. Most of the time, my money was on the guy in charge, simply because suspicion never seemed to fall on him, which is an often utilized method in this type of story. I have to say that so far, I would consider this particular episode to rank among the weaker ones. I didn't enjoy it that much, mostly because it was a murder mystery involving characters we barely know and care about.

But I remember that one Blake line in the ticking bomb episode as well, it stuck out quite a lot, because it's not something we'd expect to hear from him. But in hindsight, it was a pretty neat build up to the little Blake-Avon moment in the series finale.

Starfist
February 17th, 2014, 11:16 AM
I enjoyed this classic series. It was one that I was allowed to stay up and watch.

I do have 3 audio adventures that were produced by B7 productions.

Blencathra
February 18th, 2014, 12:08 AM
I have some of the new audios made by Big Finish. I've got Warship, (http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/warship---cd-and-download-815) Fractures (http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/fractures-947) and Battleground, (http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/battleground-948) they are full cast audio dramas and are excellent. I highly recommend them. Great stories and the cast sound like they are really enjoying themselves. It's just like having a missing TV adventure. Battlefield was left on such a cliff hanger! I have to wait until March to find out what happens next.

I have only one slight gripe about them & that is that Gareth Thomas sounds slightly high pitched as Blake. He should have been asked to lower the tone of his voice somewhat. But I'd rather have a higher pitched Blake than none at all and I can put up with it. However, balanced against that, Michael Keating as Vila sounds exactly the same as he did on TV, and the rest of the cast aren't too far off. I don't have any trouble picturing them in my mind as they used to be.

I've also got a couple of The Liberator Chronicles but I'm seriously behind with those. I'm too busy working my way through the Doctor Who stuff. I need more time, more money and more ears. :rolleyes:

Blencathra
April 12th, 2014, 01:31 AM
The Liberator Chronicles: Volume 8

http://bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-liberator-chronicles-volume-8-892

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3823/13794946604_16fe873fc2.jpg

Three enhanced audiobooks performed by the stars of the classic BBC television series.

President by Simon Guerrier

Alone together, two Federation officials at last share the truth. Supreme Commander Servalan agrees to explain to Secretary Rontane how she set up the President.

And when she is done, Servalan’s executioners will be waiting…

The Sea of Iron by Marc Platt

Cally wishes to find Captain Mani Yalleg, her instructor when she was training to be a freedom fighter. His trail leads to the Goliath System, where Cally will discover a shocking lost secret from her past...

Spoils by James Goss

Roj Blake dreams of bringing down the Federation. Of toppling the President and Servalan and establishing a free society.

What would happen if he won? He is about to find out.

Written By: Simon Guerrier, Marc Platt and James Goss
Directed By: Lisa Bowerman and Ken Bentley
Cast: Gareth Thomas (Blake), Jan Chappell (Cally), Jacqueline Pearce (Servalan), Peter Miles, Dan Starkey, Jemma Churchill

Blencathra
April 12th, 2014, 01:34 AM
Cold Fury

http://bigfinish.com/releases/v/cold-fury-951

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7433/13794617345_5cc282636b.jpg

Out in May.


When Travis scores a victory over the Liberator crew, Blake is willing to risk everything in order to get back what is theirs.

The destination is the uninhabited ice world Horst Minor, where eugenics specialist Dr Tirus is working on experiments for the Federation President.

Horst Minor has many secrets. And Blake is not going to like what he finds there…

Written By: Mark Wright and Cavan Scott
Directed By: Ken Bentley
Cast: Gareth Thomas (Roj Blake), Paul Darrow (Kerr Avon), Michael Keating (Vila Restal), Jan Chappell (Cally), Sally Knyvette (Jenna Stannis), Brian Croucher (Travis), Alistair Lock (Zen/Orac), Hugh Fraser (The President), Caroline Langrishe (Dr Tirus),

Blencathra
April 12th, 2014, 01:36 AM
Caged

http://bigfinish.com/releases/v/caged-952

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2911/13794620653_78dc1f43de.jpg

Out in June.


Roj Blake and the President of the Terran Federation stand face to face.

Two men with polar opposite political views, meeting for the first and last time.

The long crusade is at an end. And Blake stands to lose everything that matters in his life...

Written By: Mark Wright and Cavan Scott
Directed By: Ken Bentley
Cast: Gareth Thomas (Roj Blake), Paul Darrow (Kerr Avon), Michael Keating (Vila Restal), Jan Chappell (Cally), Sally Knyvette (Jenna Stannis), Brian Croucher (Travis), Alistair Lock (Zen/Orac), Hugh Fraser (The President)

Blencathra
April 20th, 2014, 02:55 AM
Three Big Finish Audios Nominated for Scribe Awards

http://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/three-big-finish-audios-nominated-for-scribe-awards

Once again, Big Finish has reached the shortlist of the annual Scribe Awards, organised by the International Association of Tie-In Writers. The nominees this year are Dark Shadows: The Phantom Bride and The Flip Side and Blake's 7: The Armageddon Storm. Good luck to all of them!

The Scribe Awards acknowledge and celebrate excellence in licensed tie-in writing, and last year Big Finish took home the Best Audio award for Dark Shadows: The Eternal Actress by Nev Fountain.

This year we're up for the award once again, with two Dark Shadows titles and one Blake's 7 one, namely:

Dark Shadows: The Phantom Bride by Mark Thomas Passmore

Dark Shadows: The Flip Side by Cody Quijano-Schell

Blake’s 7: The Armageddon Storm (aka The Liberator Chronicles - Volume 3) – by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright

Good luck to all the nominees; the results are announced at Comic-Con in July.



Tom Chadbon and David Warner for Blake's 7!

http://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/tom-chadbon-returns-to-blake-s-7

Big Finish is pleased to announce the return of fan-favourite Tom Chadbon to Blake’s 7 this August in the Liberator Chronicles Volume 9.

Tom made a huge impact as mercenary Del Grant in the 1979 episode Countdown and reprised his role in last year’s three-part Liberator Chronicles special, The Armageddon Storm.

Now, Grant is back as a new member of the Liberator crew. The next exciting three-disc box set sees Grant teaming up with Tarrant on a dangerous assassination plot in Defector and leads Vila into the murky world of an illegal arms bazaar in Secrets.

Volume 9 also introduces a new character to the Blake’s 7 universe. Solvin Tavac is a Federation official with a shady past. Played by the redoubtable David Warner, Tavac’s involvement in the events of Planetfall and Secrets will have ramifications for years to come.

All three stories are by popular Big Finish writing team Cavan Scott and Mark Wright, and the Liberator Chronicles - Volume 9 box set is available for pre-order now.

mr_kennedy
April 20th, 2014, 02:59 AM
Any word on the Blake 7 Reboot?

Blencathra
April 20th, 2014, 03:03 AM
I haven't seen anything about it lately. I don't know whether to be relieved or not.

Blencathra
April 22nd, 2014, 03:57 AM
Back in 2002, Kevin Jon Davies made 3 documentaries, one feature for each of the first three series, that were meant to be included on the B7 DVDs as extras. Unfortunately B7 Enterprises, who had acquired the rights to B7 in order to make new audios and other things, blocked them.

However, two of three documentaries are now up on You Tube. It's such a shame they never made it to the DVDs.

Part One


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQn-iXhepyI&list=LL7JqZdNWMhRXMX1jB1uTbkg&index=2

Blencathra
April 22nd, 2014, 03:59 AM
Part Two


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT89ixjCiQA&index=3&list=LL7JqZdNWMhRXMX1jB1uTbkg


I'll keep my eyes peeled for part three. :)

Starfist
April 22nd, 2014, 07:00 AM
I'll have to check these out later. I'm on the works PC atm. And it doesn't have any speakers... :eek:

Blencathra
April 25th, 2014, 01:26 AM
:D That would be a slight hindrance.


Interview with Paul Darrow - http://www.flickeringmyth.com/2014/04/interview-conversation-actor-writer-paul-darrow.html

Starfist
May 4th, 2014, 01:21 AM
Thank you for sharing the B7 videos. I've finally watched them.
They bought back a lot of memories.

Part 3 has to be out there, somewhere.

Blencathra
May 4th, 2014, 03:35 AM
About a week ago, someone asked this Kevin Davies if he will be uploading the final part, and he said he would be soon. Seems to me that he is uploading them one every 4 weeks, so we may see the next around 12th May. I'm really looking forward to seeing it!

Starfist
May 4th, 2014, 07:36 AM
I wonder what it will cover. Series 3 - 4 perhaps?

Blencathra
May 11th, 2014, 12:04 AM
Part 3 of the Making of Blake's 7. I don't have time to watch it at the minute but I'm so looking forward to seeing it!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g28oPKuiSiw


Edit - I've just watched it and it related solely to S3. I have really enjoyed these. I wish there was one for S4 as well. :)

Starfist
May 11th, 2014, 08:39 AM
Thank you for sharing the videos Blencathra.

I am now going to have to try and get the series on DVD.

Blencathra
May 11th, 2014, 10:15 AM
I don't know if you want the DVDs for a specific reason, but if you are just wanting to rewatch the show, all the episodes are on You Tube. :)

Starts here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Km9GdKM9pa4

P-90_177
May 11th, 2014, 10:23 AM
Is it just me who reckons steven pacey kinda looks like he could be related to Benedict Cumberbatch?

Starfist
May 12th, 2014, 09:35 AM
Thanks for the link.
But I would like to be able to watch the series from the comfort of my arm chair or sofa.

Blencathra
May 12th, 2014, 10:33 AM
Thanks for the link.
But I would like to be able to watch the series from the comfort of my arm chair or sofa.

Ahha. In that case the DVDs are your best bet. I prefer comfort as well :)


Is it just me who reckons steven pacey kinda looks like he could be related to Benedict Cumberbatch?

It's just you. :D


BTW I rummaged out my copy of Blake's 7: The Inside Story in order to check something and discovered that the introduction had been written by Neil Gaiman. I didn't know he was a fan. :)

Blencathra
May 14th, 2014, 11:20 PM
The second book in Paul Darrow's trilogy of post Gauda Prime books is out. I've been seeing mixed reviews about these.

Paul Darrow's new Blake's 7 book - Lucifer: Revelation out now!

http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/lucifer-revelation---book-and-ebook-889

https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2921/14187468942_91a407e4c3.jpg

A Chinese empress, head of a formidable space fleet, and keeper of dark secrets... A beautiful killer, known as 'the Huntress', on a deadly mission fuelled by money and revenge... A figure from the past, still fighting the system, and desperate for help...

Avon is back, and there's trouble brewing! Look out for old friends, new enemies and startling revelations in the second part of Paul Darrow's epic trilogy, Lucifer: Revelation, telling the story of Avon's life in the far future, beyond the events of the TV episodes.

"Many years have passed since the death of his companions on Gauda Prime, but Avon is still very much on the minds – and a thorn in the sides – of those in power.

"On the run in a stolen spaceship, Avon has world leaders, warlords, aliens, bandits and hitmen on his trail, all hoping to seize control of the super computer Orac, and to be rid of Avon once and for all. But those who underestimate Avon do so at their own peril…"

Book - Ł14.99
eBook - EPUB - Ł12.99
eBook - MOBI - Ł12.99

Blencathra
June 8th, 2014, 01:43 AM
The Liberator Chronicles Volume 9

http://bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-liberator-chronicles-volume-9-893

The Ninth box set in our popular series Blake's 7: The Liberator Chronicles will be out in August and the trailer is online now.

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3884/14885132352_e37253e6a7.jpg

Trailer here - http://bigfinish.com/releases/popout/the-liberator-chronicles-volume-9-893

Volume Nine again features three stories, this time all written by Mark Wright and Cavan Scott. The stories are performed by Steven Pacey, Paul Darrow, Michael Keating, Tom Chadbon, Jan Chappell and David Warner.

Defector

Avon orders Tarrant and new crewmember Del Grant to assassinate a Federation figurehead. Has he gone too far this time?

Planetfall

Can Avon and Cally get off Space Station Arcadia before it crashes into the planet below?

Secrets

With the future of the rebellion in jeopardy, Vila and Grant infiltrate an illegal arms bazaar – but who exactly is Solvin Tavac and what does he want with the crew of the Liberator?

Written By: Cavan Scott and Mark Wright
Directed By: Ken Bentley and Lisa Bowerman
Cast: Paul Darrow, Michael Keating, Steven Pacey, Jan Chappell, Tom Chadbon, David Warner

Pre-order CD - Ł25.00
Pre-order Digital - Ł20.00

Blencathra
June 10th, 2014, 08:37 AM
New Full-Cast Audio Adventures for Blake's 7

http://bigfinish.com/news/v/new-full-cast-adventures-for-blake-s-7

Big Finish and B7 Media are proud to announce that the crew of the Liberator will return later this year for another series of classic full-cast adventures.

Series Two of Blake’s 7: The Classic Audio Adventures will launch in November 2014 and is set during the third season of the cult BBC TV series. The six audio dramas will star Paul Darrow, Steven Pacey, Jan Chappell, Michael Keating and Tom Chadbon, all reprising their roles once again.

With one of their own missing, Avon’s band of rebels begins a search that will lead them to encounter cult members, ghosts and voices from the past.

Cavan Scott, producer of Blake’s 7 for Big Finish Productions, says: “We’re thrilled with the response the first series of the Classic Audio Adventures has received. This second series of full cast audio dramas will see Avon, Tarrant, Cally, Vila and new crew member Del Grant coming to terms with a changing universe as they search for their missing crewmate, Dayna.”

Andrew Mark Sewell, Executive Producer of Blake’s 7 for B7 Media, says: “The audience and critical reaction for these classic audio adventures is a tribute to the writing, performances and production values, which perfectly recapture the classic era of Blake’s 7. We’re delighted to welcome our family of rebels back for a second season of gripping audio adventures.”

The second series of Blake’s 7 The Classic Audio Adventures kicks off with Scimitar by Trevor Baxendale in November, and is available to pre-order now at Ł10.99 for a single CD and Ł8.99 for download. Subscriptions are also available for all six releases.

Other writers in the series include George Mann, Jacqueline Rayner, Iain McLaughlin, Steve Lyons and Justin Richards.

Keep watching bigfinish.com and blakes7.com for more information about exciting plans for the audio series.

_____

I'm really pleased about this news, as the dramas so far have been excellent.

Blencathra
June 30th, 2014, 11:52 AM
Some member of Horizon, the Blake's 7 Fan Club, made a trip to Winspit Quarry, where the Blake's 7 episode Games was filmed, and also Doctor Who's Destiny of the Daleks. There's a couple of articles about it.

http://www.blakes7online.com/articles.php?article_id=50

Blencathra
July 26th, 2014, 01:54 AM
Tweet from Big Finish writer Cavan Scott (@cavanscott)


Stop Press: Blake's 7 The Armageddon Storm by me and @mwrightwriter won the Scribe Award for best audio at San Diego Comic Con yesterday!


Well done to both of them and Big Finish. Very well deserved. I thought The Armageddon Storm was a fantastic audio.

A bit more on this from Scifi Bulletin

Big Finish triumph at Scribe Awards

http://scifibulletin.com/2014/07/26/big-finish-triumph-at-scribe-awards/

The Blake’s 7 audio The Armagedddon Storm has been awarded one of the prestigious Scribe Awards by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers.

The audio, by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright, directed by Ken Bentley, and produced by David Richardson, was in competition with two other Big Finish releases in the Dark Shadows range (The Phantom Bride by Mark Thomas Passmore and The Flip Side by Cody Quijano-Schell) for the Best Audio award.

The Best Original (General) Novel was shared by Greg Cox’s Leverage book The Bestseller Job and Mr. Monk Helps Himself by Hy Conrad.

John Jackson Miller’s Star Wars novel Kenobi was the Best Speculative Novel (Original), Alex Irvine’s Pacific Rim novelisation was Best Novel Adaptation; Best Short Story was “So Long, Chief” by Max Allan Collins & Mickey Spillane; Best Young Adult Novel was Kevin by Paul Kupperberg; and Star Trek author Diane Duane was given the Faust Grandmaster Award.

Blencathra
July 31st, 2014, 06:32 AM
Blake's 7: Liberator Chronicles - Volume 10 Stories Unveiled

http://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/blake-s-7-liberator-chronicles---volume-10-stories-unveiled

The tenth volume of Blake's 7: The Liberator Chronicles will be released in November, and we are delighted to reveal the line-up...

Velandra
Written by Steve Lyons
Perormed by Gareth Thomas as Blake and Stephen Greif as Travis
Blake is having bad dreams: a swamp, wolves, a woman called Velandra… and Travis. Could this be a memory that was erased by the Federation?

Retribution
Written by Andrew Smith
Performed by Michael Keating as Vila and John Banks as Lang
A distress call leads Avon and Vila to an old tracking station on the moon of Lorean. It was sent by Ragnus Lang, formerly Vila’s partner-in-crime. And now Lang needs Blake’s help.

The Ministry of Peace
Written by Una McCormack
Performed by Paul Darrow as Avon and Jacqueline Pearce as Servalan
The Liberator crew are on the planet Speranza to assist its new interim government. But is the planet a beacon of hope in the fight against the Federation – or is Speranza’s history about to take a very dark path?

The LIberator Chronicles - Volume 10 is out in November, and is available for pre-order now.

Pre-order CD - Ł25.00
Pre-order Digital - Ł20.00

Blencathra
August 11th, 2014, 03:55 AM
Great interview with Cavan Scott - writer and now producer of B7 for Big Finish

http://www.blakes7online.com/articles.php?article_id=61

Blencathra
August 11th, 2014, 03:57 AM
Some concept art for the proposed reboot. If this is the best they can come up with, I hope it never gets of the ground.

http://www.nerdist.com/2014/08/exclusive-concept-art-for-long-simmering-blakes-7-series/

Starfist
August 11th, 2014, 10:20 PM
I agree with Blencathra. There are concept skecthes and there are concept sketches.
I don't like the look of these.

Blencathra
August 25th, 2014, 06:17 AM
Part 2 of an interview with Cavan Scott, writer/producer of Blake's 7 for Big Finish.

http://www.blakes7online.com/articles.php?article_id=62

Blencathra
August 26th, 2014, 09:37 AM
Blake's 7 Books - Announcing Criminal Intent & Lucifer: Genesis

http://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/blake-s-7---criminal-intent

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5593/14931225077_53831f0452.jpg

Big Finish are pleased to announce the next two titles in the exciting range of Blake's 7 books. You won't have to wait long for the first one - Criminal Intent by Trevor Baxendale is out in November as both hardback and eBook, and available for pre-order now:

Trevor Baxendale has previously written scripts for Big Finish's Doctor Who, Robin Hood and Highlander audio plays, and the full cast audio drama Blake’s 7: Scimitar. This is his first novel for Big Finish, but he has written Doctor Who and Torchwood novels for BBC Books. Look out for his interview in an upcoming Vortex!

Set in the early days of the Liberator, Criminal Intent finds Blake planning a raid on a prison ship – the perfect place to recruit more rebels looking for a chance to strike back against the Federation. But the crew of the Liberator find more than dissidents hungry for revenge, including a secret so terrible that not even the Federation knows the full truth…

http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/criminal-intent-890

Then, coming in May 2015, the final part of Paul Darrow's thrilling Blake's 7: Lucifer trilogy arrives - Lucifer: Genesis. Expect the unexpected as Avon's enemies gather for a final battle - and take a trip back in time to uncover the shocking secrets of Servalan's childhood.

http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/lucifer-genesis---book-ebook-1136

Both titles are now available for pre-order, and for those looking to buy next year's Liberator Chronicles 11 & 12, and Lucifer: Genesis, there are bundles collecting all three (with Liberator Chronicles 11 & 12 on download or CD) available at the link.

knowles2
August 28th, 2014, 08:14 AM
I hope we do see the remake of Blake. With BBCAmerica scaling up there original programming I think that where we will eventually see a remake come from.

I think the concept art for the liberator needs a bit more work but I think it could work.

Blencathra
September 21st, 2014, 01:54 AM
Big Finish Blake's 7 - Full-Cast Series 2 Details Announced!

http://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/blake-s-7---full-cast-series-2-details-announced

Blake’s 7 - Creating the Scimitar in 31-Easy Steps! Details can today be confirmed on the second series of full-cast Blake's 7 audio productions...

Today we can announce details of November and December's releases of series 2 of our Blake's 7 full-cast audios, plus there's a look at designer Grant Kempster's work in creating the first story's cover...

For the first of Big Finish and B7 Media’s new series of Blake’s 7: The Classic Audio Adventures, cover-artist Grant Kempster was given the challenge to create a brand new Federation ship – the titular Scimitar.

As this short animation shows (http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/scimitar-1084/behind_the_scenes), Grant started with an original sketch and then ‘built’ the Scimitar in Photoshop, using pictures of retro objects such as the Tomytronic 3D gaming device and a Sega Light Phaser gun controller. To these, Grant added photos of various model kits, combining them all to create the Federation’s newest warship.

Before long, the Scimitar began to take shape. When completed producer Cavan Scott immediately told Grant that he loved it, but it needed “roughing up as much as possible!”

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5554/15119878059_5aaee65a9d.jpg

Scimitar sees the crew of the Liberator beginning their search for their lost teammate Dayna. The trail leads them to an abandoned ship in a dangerous asteroid field – a ship with a secret.

Scimitar by Trevor Baxendale is out in November.

________________

Fortuitas by George Mann

http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/tba-1085

In December, the search for Dayna takes the Liberator to Solace, a former galactic tourist trap fallen on hard times. When he loses a second member of his crew, Avon is forced to investigate a series of mysterious disappearances. As Orac and Del Grant track a radical new movement that is campaigning for the purity of Solace, a deadly trap begins to tighten. The future is Fortuitas. The future is now.

Cast: Paul Darrow (Kerr Avon), Michael Keating (Vila Restal), Jan Chappell (Cally), Steven Pacey (Del Tarrant), Tom Chadbon (Del Grant), Alistair Lock (Zen/Orac), Hywel Morgan (Karl Ranking), Jo Howarth (Eva)

Producer: Cavan Scott
Script Editor: Justin Richards
Executive Producers: Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Pre-order CD: Ł10.99
Pre-order Digital: Ł8.99

Fortuitas by George Mann is out in December and as with Scimitar is available now for pre-order on CD or Download. All six titles can be bought in a money-saving subscription.

Keep watching Big Finish's news pages for further story titles, a brand new trailer for Scimitar, and a trailer for Liberator Chronicles volume 10...

Blencathra
September 26th, 2014, 03:31 AM
Big Finish Blake's 7 Full Cast Series 2 - Story Titles and Trailer Released

http://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/blake-s-7-full-cast-series-2---story-titles-and-trailer-released

Early this week we announced the first two story titles in Big Finish and B7 Media's second series of full-cast audios. Now we can give you more...

Launching in November, the second series of the Blake's 7 Full Cast Classic Adventures opens with Scimitar, as the crew of the Liberator begin a vital search for a missing colleague.

Trailer - http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/popout/scimitar-1084

Also released today are the story titles for all six stories in the season:

2.1 - Scimitar by Trevor Baxendale

2.2 - Fortuitas by George Mann

2.3 - Mindset by Jacqueline Rayner

2.4 - Ghost Ship by Iain McLaughlin

2.5 - Devil's Advocate by Steve Lyons

2.6 - Truth and Lies by Justin Richards

All six stories are available for pre-order on CD or Download, or can be bought together in a specially-priced subscription.

Blencathra
October 15th, 2014, 09:31 AM
Big Finish have released a PDF of the prologue of their novel Criminal Intent by Trexor Baxendale.

http://www.bigfinish.com/files/releasepublicsupplementarymedia/blakes7criminalintent_bigfinish2_insides.pdf

Blencathra
October 20th, 2014, 06:42 AM
Range of Blake's 7 clothing, T shirts, hoodies etc

http://www.shotdeadinthehead.com/nsearch?page=1&keywords=blake%27s+7

Blencathra
November 1st, 2014, 02:33 AM
Big Finish - The Liberator Chronicles Vol 10

http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-liberator-chronicles-volume-10-894

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7495/15681732782_eb67091871.jpg

Synopsis

Velandra by Steve Lyons
Blake is having bad dreams: a swamp, wolves, a woman called Velandra… and Travis. Could this be a memory that was erased by the Federation?

Retribution by Andrew Smith
A distress call leads Avon and Vila to an old tracking station on the moon of Lorean. It was sent by Ragnus Lang, formerly Vila’s partner-in-crime. And now Lang needs Blake’s help.

Ministry of Peace by Una McCormack
The Liberator crew are on the planet Speranza to assist its new interim government. But is the planet a beacon of hope in the fight against the Federation – or is Speranza’s history about to take a darker path?

Written By: Steve Lyons, Andrew Smith, Una McCormack
Directed By: Lisa Bowerman, Ken Bentley
Cast: Gareth Thomas (Blake), Paul Darrow (Avon), Michael Keating (Vila), Jacqueline Pearce (Servalan), Stephen Greif (Travis), John Banks (Ragnus Lang)

Producer David Richardson
Script Editor Justin Richards
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs

Pre-order CD - Ł25.00
Pre-order Digital - Ł20.00


___________


Also during November, the full cast audio drama Warship will be available for download at Ł2.99.

http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/warship-815


I recommend that one. It fills the gap between season B and C very nicely & explains what happened to Blake & Jenna after the events of Star One.

Blencathra
November 9th, 2014, 06:51 AM
Blake's 7 - Full-Cast - Fortuitas Cover and Trailer!

http://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/blake-s-7---full-cast---fortuitas-cover-and-trailer

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With the first of the second series of Blake's 7 full-cast productions out, we're pleased to be able to reveal the cover and trailer for the next...

Blake's 7: Fortuitas is the December release of the hugely popular and critically acclaimed range which sees Big Finish teaming up with B7 Media to bring to life BBC's thrilling and iconic series Blake's 7 with the show's original stars.

Today a brand new trailer and the cover have been posted on the story's page.

The search for Dayna takes the Liberator to Solace, a former galactic tourist trap fallen on hard times.

When he loses a second member of his crew, Avon is forced to investigate a series of mysterious disappearances. As Orac and Del Grant track a radical new movement that is campaigning for the purity of Solace, a deadly trap begins to tighten.

The future is Fortuitas. The future is now.

Blake's 7 - The Full Cast Audios: Fortuitas is now available for pre-order on CD or Download. http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/fortuitas-1085

This November has been a busy one for Blake's 7 fans - check out our releases Blake's 7 - Criminal Intent, Blake's 7 - Scimitar and Blake's 7 - The Liberator Chronicles Volume 10 for trailers, previews, Subscriptions, or to order!

Blencathra
November 10th, 2014, 01:48 AM
Writer Trevor Baxendale lists his favourite Blake's 7 moments

http://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/blake-s-7---scimitar-released-today


Another interview with Big Finish Blake's 7 writer/producer Cavan Scott about their new audio adventures.

http://scifibulletin.com/uk-tv/blakes-7-interview-cavan-scott-big-finish-producer/


And here's a article from the Big Finish Vortex Magazine.



STANDARD BY 2

Cavan Scott teleports onto the Liberator, and tells Kenny Smith about the new season of Blake’s 7 adventures.

After the critical success of the first season of Blake’s 7 plays, it hasn’t take long for a second series of adventures onboard the Liberator to arrive. The first run of episodes slotted neatly into series B, during the search for Star One, and there’s a search involved in the new series, which begins this month.

Succeeding David Richardson as producer on the series is Cavan Scott, who says: “We’ve pushed it into series C. There’s a theory among fans that the third season takes place over a really long period of time, possibly a few years, as it starts with the Federation in tatters, and by the end it’s been rebuilt and is strong again. We’ve also continued our ongoing story of Del Grant joining the team, which we’ve been planning for a while. It’s all moving forward.

“This time, we’ve got Steven Pacey joining us. I started watching Blake’s 7 during series C, so Tarrant and Dayna, and the crew that survived the Galactic War were Blake’s 7 for me. It’s a bit of a thrill, and it’s just worked out that I’ve taken over producing these plays when the first team I watched are the ones I’m working with. So getting Steven Pacey in was an absolute joy.

“There’s great banter between all the returning cast. Sometimes it felt like intruding on a reunion, listening to all the jokes and gentle joshing that goes on when old friends get together. I had a big grin on my face at every recording.”

One notable absence from the cast list is Josette Simon, who played Dayna Mellanby throughout series C and D. Cav explains: “Sadly, Josette Simon has very politely declined the chance to return as Dayna. So, that became our starting point. I was speaking to Justin Richards, telling him we had got Steven and all the others, and although we discussed recasting, Justin came back and said that was the plot of the season – we had a problem and we should use it creatively.”

The season kicks off with Scimitar, by Trevor Baxendale. “It’s a good, old-fashioned Blake’s 7 space romp to start the series,” says Cav, “getting the gang together. Scimitar is a Federation ship developed for major space battles. It’s huge, which you can see from the cover of the release as it dwarfs the Liberator and it’s a kilometre long. It was lost in its first battle and was left drifting, but now it’s been located in an asteroid field, and there’s a secret onboard. Scimitar was never meant to be lost and abandoned, so there’s people wanting to get their hands on it because of that. Also, we reintroduce Del Grant for those who don’t know much about him, and he’s effectively taking Dana’s place as a weapons expert.”

The second part of the season is Fortuitas, by George Mann. Cav says: “Among other things, George writes amazing Sherlock Holmes novels, so my brief to him was to do Avon as Holmes, as he’s so logical, and thought it would be fun to have Orac as another Holmes, so they are both trying to out-Sherlock each other. Orac goes off-ship and investigates why people are disappearing on a distant colony.”

There’s a welcome return for Big Finish veteran Jacqueline Rayner, who has written the third story Mindset. Cav explains: “Not all of the stories in the original series were the same – some were hard science fiction, others were space opera and then there’s others by the likes of Tanith Lee which were more space fantasy, with almost dream-like atmospheres at times. Getting Jac to write one was something I really wanted to do, because she always writes good, human stories, and we didn’t want to go down the route of having the Federation in every story.

“We’ve got more variety in the writing and it’s quite a loosely-linked series anyway. This story is a very Cally-centric episode, and dealing with her reaction to what’s happened to her home planet and her people, after Children of Auron, and looks at her relationship with the crew, and one member in particular…”

Another writer with long-standing Big Finish credits returns, with Iain McLaughlin, who created the Fifth Doctor’s companion Erimem in Eye of the Scorpion. Cav continues: “I wanted to bring Iain back into the Big Finish fold and my brief came in the form of a question: What happens to the person left on teleport duty when the others are off having adventures?

“We had a chat about this and had the idea of the Liberator being haunted. We knew who we had to leave on duty – Vila. It also ties into an ongoing theme which myself and Mark Wright had written about – that Vila’s not so much the coward that he makes himself out to be, but this really tests his mettle. Iain turns the Liberator into an unforgiving, scary place, somewhere you don’t want to be when the lights go out.”

Steven Pacey takes centre stage in Devil’s Advocate, by Steve Lyons. “This is very much a Tarrant-based story,” says Cav, “dealing with what he was doing before Blake’s 7, when he just pops up after the war. He’s never really been given a backstory – the majority of the other characters are, but not him. We know he’s been a good Federation officer, which I think is fun to play with. He’s not always trustworthy, but seems to be quite a good man, with principles.

“It’s the usual thing, to think of every Federation officer as a scheming villain, but Tarrant is the opposite of that. We start to develop his backstory, and will return to it at some point. We learn of his links to the Federation hierarchy, with a returning voice that the Big Finish Blake’s 7 fans may very well recognise…”

Concluding the season is Truth and Lies by Justin Richards. Cav concludes: “Justin gave me this with
the mystery of what had happened to Dayna, and how to finish it. We bring it all together, as the trail for
Dayna comes back into it as the Liberator finally tracks her down.

“It was a nice way to bookend the series, and everyone gets lots of things to do. I’m very pleased with it all, as we’ve got an ensemble story where the regular cast all get something meaty to do.”


The latest Big Finish original Blake’s 7 novel is released this month, as Trevor Baxendale tells Xanna Eve Chown it’s a dream come true.

CRIMINAL INTENT

Criminal Intent is the sixth book in the exciting Blake’s 7 Big Finish range. Written by Trevor Baxendale, who has written scripts for Big Finish’s Doctor Who, Robin Hood and Highlander audio plays, as well as this month’s full cast Blake’s 7 audio Scimitar.

“I loved Blake’s 7 from the moment it started,” admits Trevor.” I was 11 and already obsessed with Doctor Who and Star Wars. A brand new science fiction series was coming to BBC 1 – I can remember the Radio Times article trailing it just before the new year. I could hardly wait. And boy was it good. It was different, for one thing. It felt like it had an edge. The characters were unlike anything else I’d seen. And remarkably it still holds up to today.

“The production values and techniques are immaterial. It’s the concept, the dialogue and the characters that make Blake’s 7. And, of course, the Liberator – undeniably one of the truly great spaceship designs, inside and out. I remember people comparing Blake’s 7 to Star Trek – but I knew it was more than a British Trek. It was the Anti-Trek. It was brutal, mean, sarcastic and violent. It had characters that people could genuinely relate to. And – unusually in those days – it had an ongoing, developing narrative. We take that for granted now in TV series, but Blake did it first. No wonder we loved it.”

Criminal Intent started out as a proposal for a novella. Trevor says: “I was asked to work it up into a full novel, much to my surprise and delight. I didn’t need asking twice. I introduced a couple of secondary plots and themes and then got down to it. I felt like I had been waiting all my life to write a Blake’s 7 novel. It’s different to writing Doctor Who – for one thing, it has a large regular cast who all need good stories and development. Plus, Blake’s 7 characters all feel like real people and they exist in a much harsher reality. It’s fun getting to grips with that. I do like a bit of grit. But anyone who enjoyed my Doctor Who novels Fear of the Dark and Prisoner of the Daleks, will definitely enjoy Criminal Intent.

“Criminal Intent akes the crew of Blake’s 7 from the first TV series back to their roots – a spaceship full of criminals bound for a penal colony. Blake sees the chance to strike at the Federation’s routine justice system – a daring raid on a prison ship en route to the penal planet that might also result in some new followers. We know why Blake’s 7 is ‘7’ but why didn’t they ever try to bolster their ranks at all? This is the story of one such attempt – but as always with Blake’s 7, there’s more to this particular prison ship than Blake thinks. In fact there’s more to it than the prisoners think – or even the crew… Very soon things are going badly wrong for just about everyone, with the Liberator crew fighting for survival.”

Trevor particularly enjoys writing novels, as it allows him to fully flesh out the established characters. “Writing a novel really allows you to explore the individual characters” concedes Trevor, “to get inside their thinking, their motivations, their real fears and weaknesses. And the beauty of Blake’s 7 is that it has many characters so rich in all those things. Blake himself is quite a tormented character, in many ways: he’s a freedom fighter, and nominally our hero figure, but he’s terribly flawed. He’s fighting against a powerful enemy while not really being a natural fighter. He’s a leader but he’s driven by an obsession that blinds him to risk. He’s an idealist but he uses questionable methods to achieve his aims. But perhaps most interestingly, he has been subjected to appalling betrayal, violence, torture and brainwashing at least twice.

“What must be going on in his mind?”

Trevor also found the Federation itself fascinating, not just its leaders and its soldiers, but also the people living under it. He concludes: ”Criminal Intent looks at all of these characters and types and pushes them to expose their real motivations and feelings. Each party views the others as the criminals – what are their intentions, and who will be successful? But this is a Trevor Baxendale book, so you can be sure that our heroes – and our villains – are in for a hard time: there will, as they say, be blood.”

Blencathra
November 20th, 2014, 06:20 AM
Blake’s 7: Interview: Paul Darrow

http://scifibulletin.com/uk-tv/blakes-7-interview-paul-darrow/

One of the mainstays of Blake’s 7, Paul Darrow hasn’t confined himself simply to playing Kerr Avon on the show. Some years ago, he penned Avon: A Terrible Aspect, an account of his character’s early life, and in recent time, he has written the Lucifer trilogy for Big Finish (although he admits that elements of the new trilogy don’t necessarily fit with what he wrote all those time ago) and is working on a new writing project. At the recording of the new series of full-cast audios in August, he chatted briefly with Paul Simpson…


Avon has a new sparring partner in these audios: Del Grant…

Yes, he’s popped up. I’ve known Tom [Chadbon] for a long time and he’s a very good actor and a lovely guy. They’ve put him in the third series, which he wasn’t in of course and which might be a bit tricky, but it seems to be working well, what we’ve done so far.

What are the characters’ attitude to each other? They do have a certain amount of history!

That’s covered, and I’m forgiven for killing his sister… Mind you, she had it coming!

Do you find now that you know the characters so well, particularly having written them, that you will comment if you find something not quite right in a script?

Yes – there are one or two sections which doesn’t quite ring true, so we try to work around them.

There was a moment in one story where someone turns up and in the script, Avon asks, “Who are you?” I said he wouldn’t do that; he’d kill her – but they said that if he did that, we didn’t have an episode! This happened originally: never in a million years in the third series all those years ago would he have tuned Tarrant or the Dayna character to Zen or Orac. He never would have done that. I said this to [producer] David Maloney, bless his soul, and he said, “If you don’t, then we haven’t got a series. Think of the money.” So I thought of the money, and off we went!

The interesting thing about these new audios is that you can explain such anomalies and fill in some of the gaps. When we first meet Avon, he’s calculating, cold and ruthless, planning ten steps ahead – do you consider that he remains that way throughout the show?

Pretty much. Obviously, I had to alter him slightly because he would have gone off on his own. He actually tried it at one point, tried to ditch the others, but since that didn’t happen, you have to tweak him a little bit. But underneath he’s the same old guy.

Avon and Vila are often seen as the heart of the series…

Their balance was good. As you may have heard today, when Michael [Keating] and I are together, it rattles off. I know what he’s going to do, and I know what he’s going to do. We race through those scenes.

How much have you worked together outside of Blake’s 7?

We did before the series. We were in Julius Caesar together in Bromley, many many years ago – I was playing Cassius, and he was playing Titinius, who is Cassius’s pal, and he asks him to kill him. Michael had this long speech over my corpse – “Oh, Cassius” – which has a lot of Ss… so I was getting a lot of saliva on my face when I was meant to be dead.

Of course, we’ve since done conventions around the world and had a lot of fun.

The popularity of the show doesn’t seem to be diminishing – there’s an increasing number of audios coming out…

You can understand it, I suppose. If you liked the series, and a lot of people seemed to, they’ve been starved of it for so long that they’ve now got something.

Your second new novel has also now come out – were you pleased with how it ended up?

Yes – I think it’s alright. I’ve written the third one, which they’ve got now. It’s a prequel and a sequel really. It switches back and forth.

Is there more you’d like to do with the character?

I wouldn’t mind writing an episode… I might have a word with Cav and see if he’ll let me.

It’s probably a more collaborative process than a book is.

I’d probably feature the Vila character more, make Avon more background. He’d have to be there, but Vila would feature, and you’d see a different side to him.

Why Vila?

I’ve talked about this to Michael: okay, he’s basically the comic character, but he’s also rather good at what he does. There is another side to the Vila character which I don’t think was necessarily brought to the fore. I discussed this with him many years ago, and he said he’d love to do something with that, do something a little different.

Blencathra
December 5th, 2014, 12:14 AM
Blake's 7 - Full-Cast - Mindset & Ghost Ship Cover and Trailer!

http://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/blake-s-7---full-cast---mindset-cover-and-trailer

Ahead of this month's release of Blake's 7 - Fortuitas, we're delighted to be able to put both a trailer and some covers and story details live for Blake's 7 Full Cast Adventures releases in early 2015...

In January, Blake's 7 - Full Cast Adventures: Mindset is released, and today we put the trailer and cover image live on the Big Finish site. Enjoy another new story in Big Finish's popular range reuniting the stars of the BBC space opera for fresh adventures!

Blake's 7 - Mindset

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A voice is calling in the darkness. A voice that only Cally can hear.

Vila has abandoned his crewmates, searching for the mythical water of life. With Cally acting suspiciously, Tarrant and Grant face danger at the heart of paradise.

A gift is being offered. A gift that will cost one member of the Liberator crew dearly.

But will Cally accept?

Order & Trailer here - http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/mindset-1086

Blake's 7 - Ghost Ship

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Vila is scared. Of course he is. Vila is always scared.

He should feel safe. He is on board the Liberator, the most powerful ship ever constructed. He is home – but he is certainly not alone.

Ghostly figures stalk the corridors of the Liberator. Spectres who know Vila’s name. Revenants. Demons.

And Vila has nowhere to run.

Order & Trailer here - http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/ghost-ship-1087

The last stories in the series are Blake's 7 - Devil's Advocate and Blake's 7 - Truth and Lies, and covers for these stories will be online soon.

Blencathra
December 17th, 2014, 11:42 PM
Big Finish The Liberator Chronicles Volume 11 Details Released!

http://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/blake-s-7-the-liberator-chronicles-volume-11-details-released

Old friends and new faces combine in Blake’s 7 The Liberator Chronicles Volume 11, coming soon from Big Finish and B7 Media...

Old friends and new faces combine in Blake’s 7 - The Liberator Chronicles Volume 11, coming soon from Big Finish and B7 Media.

Escape From Destiny by Andrew Smith sees Cally (Jan Chappell) and Vila (Michael Keating) sent to help an old friend on a colony under siege. John Leeson reprises his role of Pasco, a character he first played in the 1978 Blake’s 7 TV episode, Mission to Destiny.

Escape From Destiny also reunites John with his Doctor Who co-star, Louise Jameson, who makes her Blake’s 7 directorial debut. Louise and John are, of course, best known as Leela and K9, redoubtable companions of Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor.

Meanwhile, in Brothers by Nigel Fairs, mysterious Auron scientist Gustav Nyrron (The Avenger’s Anthony Howell) finds himself in the clutches of Avon (Paul Darrow) on an unforgiving desert world.

The three-disc box set is completed with Poison, by Iain McLaughlin. Federation Freighter Antares is under the watchful eye of new recruit, Jance. But is Jance the ship’s guardian angel or a devil in the dark? Samantha Béart – soon to make her debut as Lieutenant Jexie Reagan in Vienna Series 2 - joins Michael Keating in this tense action adventure.

Blake's 7 - The Liberator Chronicles - Volume 11 is released in March 2015 and is available for pre-order now. The most recent release in this award-winning series was Blake's 7 - The Liberator Chronicles - Volume 10, and Big Finish are nearly halfway through a second series of full-cast Blake's 7 adventures - check out the details for trailers, information or to order on CD or Download...

Blencathra
December 17th, 2014, 11:45 PM
Also I was so pleased to see that the BFI poll of the greatest sci characters of all time had Avon in 4th place. And also that Blake and Servalan also made the list. :)

http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/announcements/best-sci-fi-characters-all-time-verdict

Here are the top 10

1 - The Doctor, Doctor Who
2 - Ellen Ripley, Alien saga
3 - Darth Vader, Star Wars saga
4 - Kerr Avon, Blake’s 7
5 - Captain Malcolm Reynolds, Firefly / Serenity
6 - G’Kar, Babylon 5
7 - HAL-9000, 2001: A Space Odyssey
8 - Rick Deckard, Blade Runner
9 - Han Solo, Star Wars saga
10 - Spock, Star Trek saga

Blencathra
January 19th, 2015, 05:45 AM
Some news from Big Finish Day 6.

Big Finish are recasting the part of Gan, David Jackson having passed away in 2005. It isn't clear whether Gan will be appearing in The Liberator Chronicles or as yet unannounced full cast audio adventures or both.
Hugh Fraser will be returning as the President.
David Warner will be returning as SPOILERS. That information was for the Hall only. But having listened to The Liberator Chronicles vol 9, I'm hoping he will return as the character he played in that.
'Ghost Ship' is the best way of scaring Vila on the Liberator whilst everyone has an adventure. Michael Keating does scared well!

pakar
February 14th, 2015, 12:37 PM
I really wish that Syfy would have made the remake of Blake's 7 (one of my favourite series) rather that all these mediocre or even bad shows it makes the last years

pakar
February 15th, 2015, 06:28 AM
I rewached Duet, what a great episode!! i don't think that there are many writers who could write such a story today.

Coco Pops
February 15th, 2015, 08:22 PM
This was one of the great BBC sci fi series and it had a very unhappy ending which I liked about it. I do wish the rebels had won but was happy with how it all ended.

Blencathra
March 15th, 2015, 12:08 AM
Anyone want a Liberator gun? :)

There's a replica for sale on ebay.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/201307937377?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Coco Pops
March 15th, 2015, 05:28 AM
Hey wasn't there an episode where Blake and possibly Cally landed on a planet and there was a giant brain thing?

Seems that idea was copied in Doctor Who with the Ood Brain...

pakar
March 15th, 2015, 06:09 AM
Hey wasn't there an episode where Blake and possibly Cally landed on a planet and there was a giant brain thing?

Seems that idea was copied in Doctor Who with the Ood Brain...

That was episode Trial in the second season. Only blake went down to the planet.

Blencathra
March 15th, 2015, 07:06 AM
No. I think he's thinking of Ultraworld in S3. :)

pakar
March 15th, 2015, 09:44 AM
No. I think he's thinking of Ultraworld in S3. :)

But there was no blake in S3:)

Coco Pops
March 16th, 2015, 02:22 AM
That was episode Trial in the second season. Only blake went down to the planet.


That could be the one. Why did they have a giant brain ?

pakar
March 25th, 2015, 02:56 PM
That could be the one. Why did they have a giant brain ?

In Trial it was not exactly a giant brain, it was a living planet.

Coco Pops
March 25th, 2015, 07:36 PM
In Trial it was not exactly a giant brain, it was a living planet.

Oh....... No not the one.

The episode I remember clearly had a giant brain like the Ood one but had either Blake or Cally standing near it.

pakar
March 26th, 2015, 04:56 AM
Oh....... No not the one.

The episode I remember clearly had a giant brain like the Ood one but had either Blake or Cally standing near it.

Then it's Ultraworld from 3d season

Blencathra
March 26th, 2015, 05:04 AM
Then it's Underworld from 3d season

It's Ultraworld. Underworld is Doctor Who.

pakar
March 26th, 2015, 05:19 AM
It's Ultraworld. Underworld is Doctor Who.

correct. i edited it.

Coco Pops
March 26th, 2015, 01:15 PM
Then it's Ultraworld from 3d season


Thank you........ But why did they have a giant brain exposed and easy to hurt?

BTW the ending of B 7 makes me think of the present day with the level of surveillance in some countries like the UK and such..... Even more with my country adopting data retention laws and spying on every citizen "for our security" as that is the excuse given for these laws......

But you know reminds me of the ending of Blake's 7

Where the Blake's 7 crew discover that the enemies and the government are on the same side; the terrorists and the political class want the same thing. They want the plebs to be soft, complaint sheep.

How many other countries are doing this kind of nonsense and sorry for being political. But this has really riled me up.

Blencathra
April 20th, 2015, 03:44 AM
Blake's 7 at Big Finish

http://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/blake-s-7-at-big-finish

Today Big Finish announce a number of changes to its range of Blake's 7 titles – including some permanent reductions in price across the series.

Big Finish have been proud to produce new titles from the world of Blake's 7 since February 2012 – incredible new stories featuring the cast of the original TV series. We've enjoyed working on every one of the Liberator's new voyages.

However, we're also aware of the need to make space for the exciting new projects Big Finish will be embarking on further into 2015; and so today, we're announcing that our earliest Blake's 7 releases will become download only items when the current stock has been sold.

To tie in with this announcement, we're also permanently reducing the price of the affected items in order to help collectors fill any gaps, with some special bundles for those waiting to catch up.

As of today, the first series of full cast Blake's 7 releases, and the special episode Blake's 7: Warship are just Ł5 each on both CD and Download, or Ł30 for a bundle of all seven stories.

Likewise, the first six box sets in our Blake's 7: The Liberator Chronicles range are just Ł15 each on CD, or Ł12 to download. There's also a bundle of the titles for Ł60 on CD or Ł50 on download.

You can also pick up the B7 Media mini-series Blake's 7: A Rebellion Reborn for just Ł25 on CD and Ł20 on download.

And finally, the first five books in our Blake's 7 book range have all been reduced to Ł5, including e-books versions.

Stayed tuned to the Big Finish website for more news on some exciting upcoming releases. And hurry while stocks last!

pakar
May 1st, 2015, 03:09 PM
Here is a question: if a remake/reboot/reimagining of Blake's 7 was ever to be done which producer/writer/ director would you want to do it?

Coco Pops
May 1st, 2015, 09:31 PM
Here is a question: if a remake/reboot/reimagining of Blake's 7 was ever to be done which producer/writer/ director would you want to do it?

The Nolan brothers.

Or maybe even the Warchowski's They would definitely make something "unique"

pakar
May 2nd, 2015, 03:40 AM
The Nolan brothers.

Or maybe even the Warchowski's They would definitely make something "unique"

well the warchkowski's maby they have done V for Vendetta after all. But the Nolans? i dont't think so.
My personal choise: Ronald Moore

mr_kennedy
May 2nd, 2015, 06:18 PM
Jonathan Nolan Maybe, Person of Interest is awesome, id like to see how he faired with Space Opera, although I do tend to agree that Ronald D Moore would be the perfect choice for a remake of Blake 7

Speaking of remakes is Syfy's Blake 7 dead? Wiki still has it listed as an upcoming show for syfy

Coco Pops
May 2nd, 2015, 06:43 PM
Jonathan Nolan Maybe, Person of Interest is awesome, id like to see how he faired with Space Opera, although I do tend to agree that Ronald D Moore would be the perfect choice for a remake of Blake 7

Speaking of remakes is Syfy's Blake 7 dead? Wiki still has it listed as an upcoming show for syfy


Well Christopher Nolan did Interstellar and that came out alright.

pakar
May 3rd, 2015, 04:27 AM
Jonathan Nolan Maybe, Person of Interest is awesome, id like to see how he faired with Space Opera, although I do tend to agree that Ronald D Moore would be the perfect choice for a remake of Blake 7

Speaking of remakes is Syfy's Blake 7 dead? Wiki still has it listed as an upcoming show for syfy

It seems it's dead. Nolan made Interstellar but it'a a very,very different thing from Blake's 7. For example i love Roddenberry's work in star trek but i think he would be completely the wrong person for Blake's 7.

Blencathra
May 26th, 2015, 08:00 AM
Sad news. Tanith Lee has passed away.

RIP Tanith Lee

http://scifibulletin.com/2015/05/26/rip-tanith-lee/

British writer Tanith Lee passed away on Sunday May 24th, aged 67.

Lee was the author of over 90 books and 300 short stories, as well as four BBC Radio plays, and two highly-regarded episodes of the BBC’s SF series Blake’s 7 (Sand and Sarcophagus). She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton in 2013 and the Horror Writers Lifetime Achievement Award this year, which joined her British Fantasy Award from 1980 for Death’s Master, and her World Fantasy Award for her short story “The Gorgon”.

Her work spanned many genres, including science fiction, fantasy horror and crime, but her preoccupation, she maintained, was always people.

Tributes have started to appear on social media with Guy Gavriel Kay noting that “We’ve just lost someone I greatly admired as a person & writer,” and many agreeing with Jonathan Strahan’s comment that “she was, simply, remarkable.”

Blencathra
June 4th, 2015, 04:49 AM
A couple of new Blake's 7 books have recently been published.

Blake's 7: A Critical Guide to Series 1-4
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Blakes-7-Critical-Guide-1-4/dp/1511616334/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1433421969&sr=1-1

Blake's Heaven
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Blakes-Heaven-John-Davies/dp/151199438X/ref=pd_bxgy_14_img_y

Blencathra
July 4th, 2015, 05:06 AM
There has been an announcement about Hermit.org. (http://www.hermit.org/Blakes7/) The fiction library is being transferred to AO3, and talks are underway for the Sevencyclopedia etc to be transferred to Horizon. Then Hermit will close down.

More information here - http://www.blakes7online.com/forum/viewthread.php?thread_id=1122

Coco Pops
July 4th, 2015, 05:55 AM
Anyone know if there are deck layouts of the Liberator or some idea of how big it's actually supposed to be?

Is it bigger then the Enterprise?

Blencathra
July 4th, 2015, 07:39 AM
Somebody once did some calculations (http://www.hermit.org/Blakes7/Essays/LibSize.html) and estimated the Liberator to be approx 200 metres (660 ft) without the antennae or 230 metres (759 ft) including the antennae.

Opinion is divided as to whether the interior mainly consists of the drive system, auto repair system, weaponry etc with little in the way of crew quarters, or if there is more living space that we don't get to see. Certainly Michael Keating was of the opinion that there were only four bedrooms! Blake had one, Avon had one, Jenna & Cally shared and Vila had to bunk down with Gan. :P Not canon obviously!

I do have a non-canon floor plan - https://farm1.staticflickr.com/360/19223189959_3da818d00f_b.jpg. I can't remember where I got it from now, and I can't be certain of it's accuracy. Personally I think the flight deck should be closer to the outer hull, as in Space Fall Blake, Avon & Jenna managed to get from the entry hatch to the flight deck in a matter of seconds.

Blencathra
July 4th, 2015, 08:26 AM
I did find this comparision chart.

http://www.st-minutiae.com/misc/comparison/comparison_medium.png

Various Enterprise sizes at the top of the page, the Liberator is at the bottom of the page.

Coco Pops
July 4th, 2015, 06:49 PM
I did find this comparision chart.

http://www.st-minutiae.com/misc/comparison/comparison_medium.png

Various Enterprise sizes at the top of the page, the Liberator is at the bottom of the page.



Hmmm I thought she'd be a lot bigger then that... And that ship from Andromeda, no way is it that small.

Blencathra
July 25th, 2015, 04:09 AM
Coming in August - Blake's 7: Mediasphere

http://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/coming-in-august---blake-s-7-mediasphere

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/256/19986878882_1bb4d5855a_z.jpg

Here's a first look at the cover of Mediasphere, our next Blake's 7 book – available in August!

Written by Jonathan Blum and Kate Orman, this new novel centres around loyal Liberator crew member Dayna, as she is sent on an unexpected mission – right into the heart of the Federation's media centre.

The Liberator crew infiltrate the Mediasphere, a space station which produces the Federation's propaganda and popular entertainment. But who is really controlling the Mediasphere - and scripting a series of deadly encounters for our heroes?

Set during 1980's Series C, this brand new release joins our extensive collection of Blake's 7 novels - including the acclaimed Lucifer trilogy, written by original series star Paul Darrow.

A new mini-interview with the Jonathan and Kate is now available to read online in the title's behind the scenes (http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/mediasphere-1182/behind_the_scenes)section.

Blake's 7: Mediasphere is released in August, and available to pre-order (http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/mediasphere-1182) today. Don't forget that all Big Finish book purchases also come with a complimentary eBook version!

Coco Pops
July 25th, 2015, 06:49 AM
Coming in August - Blake's 7: Mediasphere

http://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/coming-in-august---blake-s-7-mediasphere

[IMG]https://farm1.staticflickr.com/256/19986878882_1bb4d5855a_z.jpg[/IMG

Here's a first look at the cover of Mediasphere, our next Blake's 7 book – available in August!

Written by Jonathan Blum and Kate Orman, this new novel centres around loyal Liberator crew member Dayna, as she is sent on an unexpected mission – right into the heart of the Federation's media centre.

The Liberator crew infiltrate the Mediasphere, a space station which produces the Federation's propaganda and popular entertainment. But who is really controlling the Mediasphere - and scripting a series of deadly encounters for our heroes?

Set during 1980's Series C, this brand new release joins our extensive collection of Blake's 7 novels - including the acclaimed Lucifer trilogy, written by original series star Paul Darrow.

A new mini-interview with the Jonathan and Kate is now available to read online in the title's behind the scenes (http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/mediasphere-1182/behind_the_scenes)section.

Blake's 7: Mediasphere is released in August, and available to pre-order (http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/mediasphere-1182) today. Don't forget that all Big Finish book purchases also come with a complimentary eBook version!



Sounds a bit like "The Long Game" but interesting enough too....

Blencathra
July 31st, 2015, 04:26 AM
Big Finish are having a sale this weekend and included in that are their Blake's 7 books at Ł5 each.

http://www.bigfinish.com/ranges/released_reverse/blake-s-7---books

Of those my favourites are The Forgotten, Archangel and Criminal Intent.

Also on sale is Paul Darrow's autobiography, You're Him Aren't You? also for Ł5. I found that one to be a very enjoyable read. He has lots of fun anecdotes about his life and career.

"Populated by familiar names and productions, You're Him, Aren't You? is Paul's own story of his life and career. It tells of his association with Blake's 7 - how he was cast, his experiences of making the show, what has happened since and his memories of Terry Nation, the cast and the crew. It also tells of his childhood, his time playing Elvis Presley and his near miss with James Bond."

bearfax
July 31st, 2015, 05:27 AM
They say size isnt everything, but in those star ship comparisons where was the Battlestar Galactic. Surely that would have been a chart topper.

Blencathra
July 31st, 2015, 05:48 AM
If you would like a look, there are more charts here - http://www.st-minutiae.com/misc/comparison/

I just posted the medium size range as it had The Liberator & answered Coco Pops question.

Great to see Red Dwarf on the "Huge" chart. :D

bearfax
July 31st, 2015, 10:55 AM
If you would like a look, there are more charts here - http://www.st-minutiae.com/misc/comparison/

I just posted the medium size range as it had The Liberator & answered Coco Pops question.

Great to see Red Dwarf on the "Huge" chart. :D

Thanks Blencathra. Interesting charts.

Coco Pops
July 31st, 2015, 08:01 PM
Thanks heaps Blencathra

Blencathra
August 8th, 2015, 06:19 AM
The people who made the Scorpio Attack fanzine a while ago, now have their own webzine.

It has detailed behind-the-scenes articles for each episode, image galleries of rare photographs and design sketches. The Series A & B episode guides are already live on the site and new episodes will be added every week.

The site also houses detailed information on the Big Finish range of audios including interviews with the writers and stars. There is also a section containing archived interviews from the print version of the fanzine. You can find interviews with a variety of production crew including writers Chris Boucher, Trevor Hoyle and James Follett.

http://scorpioattack.wix.com/scorpio-attack

bearfax
August 8th, 2015, 07:08 AM
Arrrggghhh!. Is there any hope of a remake of the series for TV. Reading is nice but I loved the show and always thought it could have been so much better with improved special effects. Now they upgraded Star Trek TOS and the speial effects have raised the show to yet another level. Maybe they could do the same for the original Blakes 7 series. Improved space special effects while retaining that magnificent ship, would be ideal.

Blencathra
August 8th, 2015, 07:58 AM
I have such mixed feelings about a remake. On the one hand, I do agree with you regarding improved effects etc to improve the original series would be a great idea.

However, regarding a total remake, I have very little faith in the people who now own the rights to the show to do it justice. The concept art they did for their vision of the remake was just dreadful. Just generic grungy.

Take a look

The Liberator
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5348/16969701474_b864ca2bfe_o.jpg

The Liberator interior
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5332/16974448293_66be5c8a77_o.jpg

London under the Federation
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8725/17592224655_f0b786d110_b.jpg

I would prefer a remake to be made in the UK. I don't particularly trust anyone else but the BBC to remake such an iconic show. And the likelihood of that is practically zero.

Also Freemantle Media's press release (http://www.fremantlemedia.com/news/news-detail/13-04-08/FremantleMedia_International_Launches_Georgeville_TV%E2%80%99S_Remake_of_Cult_Se ries_Blake_s_7_To_MIPTV_Buyers.aspx) in 2013 used the word "amazeballs". Anyone who uses the word amazeballs in a sentence shouldn't be let anywhere near Blake's 7.

Finally, I can't imagine anyone else but Paul Darrow, Gareth Thomas, Michael Keating, Jacqueline Pearce et al as the cast.

Blencathra
August 8th, 2015, 08:03 AM
Oh and another thing. If it was remade, can't you just hear people muttering how they don't like it because it's a rip off of Firefly? (Or even worse... Dark Matter.)

I think I would spontaneously combust.

Coco Pops
August 8th, 2015, 08:24 AM
I have such mixed feelings about a remake. On the one hand, I do agree with you regarding improved effects etc to improve the original series would be a great idea.

However, regarding a total remake, I have very little faith in the people who now own the rights to the show to do it justice. The concept art they did for their vision of the remake was just dreadful. Just generic grungy.

Take a look

The Liberator
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5348/16969701474_b864ca2bfe_o.jpg

The Liberator interior
https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5332/16974448293_66be5c8a77_o.jpg

London under the Federation
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8725/17592224655_f0b786d110_b.jpg

I would prefer a remake to be made in the UK. I don't particularly trust anyone else but the BBC to remake such an iconic show. And the likelihood of that is practically zero.

Also Freemantle Media's press release (http://www.fremantlemedia.com/news/news-detail/13-04-08/FremantleMedia_International_Launches_Georgeville_TV%E2%80%99S_Remake_of_Cult_Se ries_Blake_s_7_To_MIPTV_Buyers.aspx) in 2013 used the word "amazeballs". Anyone who uses the world amazeballs in a sentence shouldn't be let anywhere near Blake's 7.

Finally, I can't imagine anyone else but Paul Darrow, Gareth Thomas, Michael Keating, Jacqueline Pearce et al as the cast.



That version of the Liberator looks like a slap up done by the Borg... It looks terrible, as does the interior.....

As for London can I say "last of the Timelords" which it reminds me of the Master's vision of Earth...

pakar
August 8th, 2015, 08:41 AM
Oh and another thing. If it was remade, can't you just hear people muttering how they don't like it because it's a rip off of Firefly? (Or even worse... Dark Matter.)

I think I would spontaneously combust.

Good point! there are allready people who think that Childhood's end is a rip off of V!

bearfax
August 8th, 2015, 05:25 PM
The first V or the second. I like the first series.

Coco Pops
August 8th, 2015, 08:41 PM
The first V or the second. I like the first series.


I liked both series...

We gave those lizards what for. Come to our planet and want to rumble..

Coco Pops
August 8th, 2015, 08:42 PM
BTW Blen who has the rights to the series and who did that artwork?

pakar
August 9th, 2015, 01:41 AM
The first V or the second. I like the first series.

It doesn't matter. The problem is that people think that childhood's end is a rip off of a series made 30 years after childhood's end puplication ( the old series 50 years for the new) because they never heard of it let alone read it. Actually it's the other way around: V borrowed ideas from childhood's end as did many oter shows and movies without even mention it. I does say something about today's science fiction fans and what is saying is not good. People must be more carefull in saying these things. When someone doesn't know something he should stay silent.

Blencathra
September 7th, 2015, 02:37 AM
Big Finish: Blake's 7 audios to return in 2016

http://www.bigfinish.com/news/v/blake-s-7-will-return-in-2016

The Liberator is returning with the release of an exclusive Blake’s 7 story, and a sneak peek into future plans.

Exciting plans are afoot at Big Finish Productions for our on-going range of Blake’s 7 audios, which mean the end of one set of adventures, and the beginning of many more.

Volume 12 of Blake’s 7 – The Liberator Chronicles, now scheduled for April 2016, will be the last in the series, but do not fear; all is not lost for the intrepid crew of the Liberator.

“2016 will mark the start of a brand new era for Blake’s 7 at Big Finish,” says producer Cavan Scott. “We’ll see new missions, intriguing new characters and the return of some real fan favourites.

“We’re also working hard to give The Liberator Chronicles the send off the award-winning series deserves, as it makes way for explosive new adventures for Blake’s brave band of rebels. More details will be revealed soon. In the meantime, we’re pleased to release a very special Blake’s 7 story, today.”

Blake's 7 - The Liberator Chronicles: Remnants is an exclusive download, written by Simon Guerrier, and starring Paul Darrow and Sally Knyvette.

After a disastrous mission to the planet Laresh, most of the crew has been wiped out. Avon and Jenna are the sole survivors, reunited aboard the Liberator.

With their plans in tatters, will Blake’s Two stay together… or go their separate ways to seek refuge in a galaxy pitted against them?

Blake's 7 - The Liberator Chronicles: Remnants can be downloaded now for just Ł6.99.

“As a special thank you for being patient,” says Cavan, “we’re also making Remnants available free of charge to customers who have already pre-ordered Blake's 7 - The Liberator Chronicles: Volume 12. They will find the title ready to download in their Big Finish account!”

Stay tuned to the Big Finish website for more news about upcoming Blake's 7 releases.

The Liberator Chronicles Remnants available to download here - http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-liberator-chronicles---remnants-1340

Blencathra
September 7th, 2015, 02:38 AM
I'm so pleased about this news. I had been hearing rumours that Paul Darrow had been very ill, but he that he has now recovered. I'm really looking forward to hearing what they have lined up next for us. :)

Alan
April 13th, 2016, 04:09 PM
Gareth Thomas 1945-2016
Thursday, 14 April, 2016 - Reported by Marcus

http://www.doctorwhonews.net/2016/04/gareth-thomas-1945-2016.html

Gareth Thomas has died at the age of 71.

Gareth Thomas played Ed Morgan in the 2006 Torchwood story Ghost Machine. He also appeared in a 2001 Big Finish production, Storm Warning.

However Thomas was best known for playing the eponymous hero of the 1970's science fiction series Blake's 7.

Thomas played Roj Blake, leader of a band of rebels, pitted against a corrupt federation in the series created by Doctor Who writer Terry Nation. The series ran on BBC One from 1978-1981, with Thomas taking the lead role for the first two series. When Thomas decided not to renew his contract for series 3, the character of Blake was killed off. The ghost of Blake was present throughout the remaining series and Thomas returned to the series twice, once at the end of series 3 and once for the climatic final episode, Blake.

Gareth Thomas was born in Wales in 1945. He trained at RADA and made his TV debut in a 1965 production of Romeo and Juliet.

A steady succession of TV roles followed, including parts in Coronation Street, Z-Cars, Harriet's Back in Town, Sutherland's Law, Edward VII, Jackanory and How Green Was My Valley where he played Rev. Gruffydd. In 1972 he was nominated for a BAFTA for his performance in the BBC Play for Today, Stocker's Copper. He played Adam Brake in the 1977 children's series Children of the Stones, and Shem in the ITV series Star Maidens.

Following his role as Blake, Thomas played Philip Denny in the 1983 version of A.J. Cronin's The Citadel and took the lead in the BBC One drama Morgan's Boy, about a Welsh hill farmer who finds himself looking after a teenage boy, a performance which won him his second BAFTA nomination.

He appeared in By the Sword Divided and Knights of God and had a regular role in the ITV series London's Burning. In 1998 he took on the role of Nathaniel Clegghorn in Heartbeat.

In 2012, Thomas returned to the role for which he was best known, playing Roj Blake in the Big Finish Production, Blake's 7: The Liberator Chronicles.

Gareth Thomas died Wednesday 13th April. He is survived by his wife Linda.



On a personal note I want to express my deep sadness at the passing away of Gareth Thomas. My condolences go out to his family and friends. He won't ever be forgotten.

bearfax
April 14th, 2016, 01:53 AM
When are they going to make an updated Blake's 7 TV series again? I can dream.

mr_kennedy
April 14th, 2016, 03:33 AM
Gareth Thomas passing may he rest in peace and condolences to his family and loved ones

Alan
June 3rd, 2019, 09:13 AM
Paul Darrow 1941-2019 (http://www.doctorwhonews.net/2019/06/paul-darrow-1941-2019.html)
Monday, 03 June, 2019 - Reported by Marcus

http://www.doctorwhonews.net/2019/06/paul-darrow-1941-2019.html



http://images.doctorwhonews.net/image.php?pid=27034&gray=1&w=400 (http://images.doctorwhonews.net/image.php?pid=27034&gray=1)

The actor Paul Darrow (https://guide.doctorwhonews.net/person.php?code=1688) has died at the age of 78.

Paul Darrow is best known for playing freedom fighter Kerr Avon in the Terry Nation series Blake's 7. He appeared in two Doctor Who stories, Doctor Who And The Silurians in 1970 and Timelash in 1985.

Paul Darrow was born in Surrey. After leaving school he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His first professional performances were with the Bristol Old Vic.

In the 1960's he made his television debut in the series The Odd Man. A regular role in Emergency-Ward 10 followed, where he met his future wife Janet Lees-Price.

He appeared in Coronation Street, The Newcomers, The Flaxton Boys, Murder Must Advertise, Within These Walls and The Legend of Robin Hood where he played the Sheriff of Nottingham. In 1970 he had his first role in Doctor Who playing Captain Hawkins a UNIT officer helping the Third Doctor fight the Silurians.

The role for which he will always be remembered was as Kerr Avon, the amoral computer genius who was thrown together with the idealistic Roj Blake and found himself a freedom fighter taking on the corrupt Federation. Such was his presence in the role that Avon soon developed into the major character in the series, When actor Gareth Thomas left, Darrow's character assumed command. He appeared in all but the first episode, with the series finishing in dramatic style with Darrow's face being the last image seen on screen.

He returned to Doctor Who in 1985 playing Malin Tekker, a controversial performance with Darrow playing the part in the manner of Richard III.

He continued working with long-running roles in Emmerdale and Law & Order: UK, but in late 2014, he suffered an aortic aneurysm. Over the next few months, health complications meant he lost both of his legs.

Speaking to the BBC, Darrow’s friend and Personal Assistant Maureen Marrs, said:


Over three decades I have been Paul’s confidante and have had the immense privilege of being part of his life. A star has gone out today; the world will be a darker place without him.

Paul Darrow died early on the morning of the 3rd June after a short ilness.