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Blake's 7: The Beginning (1978)

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Edited from the first four episodes of the cult 1978 BBC TV series set in the far future where freedom fighter Roj Blake, framed by the all-powerful but corrupt Galactic Federation which ... See full summary »

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Roj Blake (archive footage)
Sally Knyvette ...
Jenna Stannis (archive footage)
Paul Darrow ...
Kerr Avon (archive footage)
Jan Chappell ...
Cally (archive footage)
Michael Keating ...
Vila Restal (archive footage)
David Jackson ...
Olag Gan (archive footage)
Peter Tuddenham ...
Zen (voice) (archive footage)
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Bran Foster (archive footage)
Gillian Bailey ...
Ravella (archive footage)
Alan Butler ...
Dal Richie (archive footage)
Jeremy Wilkin ...
Dev Tarrant (archive footage)
Robert James ...
Ven Glynd (archive footage)
Susan Field ...
Alta Morag (archive footage)
Margaret John ...
Arbiter (archive footage)
Rodney Figaro ...
Clerk of the Court (archive footage)
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Edited from the first four episodes of the cult 1978 BBC TV series set in the far future where freedom fighter Roj Blake, framed by the all-powerful but corrupt Galactic Federation which runs all human affairs, escapes his captors from his sentence to a harsh penal colony and, helped by a handful of fellow convicts and armed with a superbly-equipped alien spaceship, sets about restoring freedom to the galaxy. Written by Anonymous

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A Bad Idea
28 April 2004 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

BLAKE`S 7 is one of the greatest , most entertaining shows made under the telefantasy banner so what could be better than releasing the first 4 episodes on video ? 4 complete episodes maybe ?

That`s the problem with BLAKE`S 7 THE BEGINNING , the first full 4 episodes complete would have run to a total of 200 minutes but this video release lasts only two hours which means almost half the material is missing , but I guess the fourth episode `Time Squad` was really short on plot in the first place and seeing as most of material of this episode is edited out and still makes perfect sense confirms how much padding there originally was with its only real function being to introduce the character of Cally . As for the rest of the editing it`s not too bad with the only real criticism being that the plot line of Blake being framed for paedophillia being mostly cut out

It was a fairly good video when it was released in 1986 and unlike many other videos of TV shows edited into a feature length story BLAKE`S 7 THE BEGINNING actually does feel like a feature length movie structure wise rather than just a bunch of single episodes edited together . Mind you when BBC video released the whole series on unedited video in 1991 this tape became instantly redundant and seems a bad idea in hind sight


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