Blakes 7 (1978–1981)

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A group of convicts and outcasts fight a guerrilla war against the totalitarian Terran Federation from a highly advanced alien spaceship.

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Complete series cast summary:
Michael Keating ...
 Vila Restal (52 episodes, 1978-1981)
Paul Darrow ...
 Kerr Avon (51 episodes, 1978-1981)
Peter Tuddenham ...
 Zen / ... (49 episodes, 1978-1981)
Jan Chappell ...
 Cally / ... (37 episodes, 1978-1981)
Jacqueline Pearce ...
 Servalan / ... (29 episodes, 1978-1981)
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 Roj Blake (28 episodes, 1978-1981)
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 Jenna Stannis (26 episodes, 1978-1979)
Steven Pacey ...
 Del Tarrant / ... (26 episodes, 1980-1981)
Josette Simon ...
 Dayna Mellanby (26 episodes, 1980-1981)
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In the third century of the second calendar, a corrupt galactic federation, with Earth at its center, drugs its billions of citizens into placid submission. A rebel named Roj Blake, who once tried to organize a resistance group to overthrow this regime, was caught and divested of his memories. But Blake's revolutionary spirit is revived when he witnesses a mass slaughter by police that is covered up by the federation officials. He escapes exile on board a prison spaceship and, together with a lovable band of outlaws, takes over a vacant alien space cruiser of awesome drive capability. Naming their new ship as "The Liberator", Blake and his group travel the Milky Way to seek any opportunity to undermine the evil federation. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Scaramanga's huge laser gun from the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) was one of many props bought from Pinewood Studios by the BBC, and appears here in the early episodes of Blake's 7 as the main console of the prison ship London. See more »

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[Blake is under treatment after witnessing a massacre]
Dr. Havant: Reality is a dangerous concept. Each one of us interprets it in a slightly different way. Every sense impression is filtered by the brain and altered, sometimes just a little, sometimes completely, to fit our individual model of what the world is about. If that model should be challenged...
Roj Blake: [chanting over and over to himself] I am *not* insane. I am *not* insane...
Dr. Havant: No. You must put that thought completely out of your mind. You've had a shock.
Roj Blake: [...]
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SPOILER! The final episode ends with a lone Avon, surrounded by Federation soldiers, holding a blaster-type rifle and smiling a devious smile. The program then cuts to the end titles VISUALLY, but several "shots" are heard over the credits before the theme music starts. See more »

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One of my favourite childhood TV series!
25 May 2002 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

I was 8 years old when Blake's 7 first aired on BBC 1 and I loved it.

I was a fan of DR.Who so I liked Blake's 7 also. I have been watching it recently on UK Gold and it has brought back fond memories. Admittedly the Special Effects were very low budget just like DR.Who-You could always spot the shaky badly handpainted sets! The acting was a mix of good and bad, Avon (Paul Darrow) was excellent as was Servalan (Jaqueline Pearce) and Villa (Michael Keating) was very good also. Some episodes were really good and the script was great with some great dialogue by Avon. If you can overlook the very poor effects and men in rubber suits dressed as monsters then this was overall a great show.The last episode was a great cliffhanger although it upset me when I first saw it. I would love to see the series remade with Paul Darrow and the others-we never did know whether or not Avon and company died or not, so it could be remade. This was a classic series!


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