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)
Sally Knyvette ...
 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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Gareth Thomas made a final appearance as Blake, and insisted that his character be killed off in a definitive manner. Although the fourth series performed satisfactorily in the ratings, "Blake's 7" was not renewed for a fifth time and the final episode had an ambiguous finale. Except for Blake, whose death was contractual, the characters were shown being attacked in such a way that their survival would had been possible had a fifth series been commissioned. The final episode "Blake" was broadcast on December 21 1981. See more »

Quotes

Roj Blake: Where are we?
Vila Restal: In a transit cell.
Roj Blake: I don't understand.
Vila Restal: You're on your way to the penal colony on Cygnus Alpha. Or you will be when the prison ship's refueled. Try to look on the bright side. It must have something. None of the guests have ever left early. In fact, none of them have ever left at all.
Roj Blake: Why are you going there?
Vila Restal: They didn't give me a choice. I steal things. Compulsive, I'm afraid. I've had my head adjusted by some of the best in the business. But it just won't stay adjusted.
Roj Blake: A ...
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Crazy Credits

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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Referenced in Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Episode #1.10 (1988) See more »

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A 'cult' series worthy of its status amongst aficionados
29 July 2007 | by (Thailand) – See all my reviews

Despite the somewhat clunky special effects and plastic sets and costumes this series has always had a devoted following. Its plot lines, its witty and sharp dialogue, and the development of the characters seems to make you want more; and for 52 episodes 'more' is what we get. Splendid performances by all the major participants, this series has all the qualities you might wish for in a good book. You just have to keep 'turning the page'. For my money this is more fun than the old "Doctor Who" series (although the new Doctor Who series is another matter - fabulous!) The BBC, it seems to me, has always been lucky in having good writers for Sci-Fi. Right from Nigel Kneale (Quatermass, 1953 onwards) to Terry Nation and others. Great fun and completely addictive.


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