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(TV Series)

(1979)

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The title word "gambit" is a chess term: a gambit is is a chess opening in which one player sacrifices material (usually a pawn) in order to achieve a better position.
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Zen does not appear in this episode, making it the first occasion where Peter Tuddenham is instead credited as voicing Orac.
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Two actors in this episode were each in one film version of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. Aubrey Woods who plays Krantor was in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), while Deep Roy who plays The Klute was in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005).
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John Leeson, who plays Toise, was previously Pasco in Blake's 7: Mission to Destiny (1978).
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Deep Roy was previously a Decima in Blake's 7: The Web (1978) and later Moloch in _Moloch_.
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Michael Halsey, who plays Zee, was previously Varon in Blake's 7: The Way Back (1978).
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Sally Knyvette jokingly described her cat-fight with Jan Chappell as "us against the rest of the BBC". Both actresses enjoyed filming the scene.
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This episode establishes that Orac can operate the Liberator's teleport even when not aboard the ship.
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Blake was told that Docholli knew the location of Star One in "Countdown". It is unclear how Servalan and Travis are aware that he knows.
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The previous episode, Blake's 7: Voice from the Past (1979), showed Servalan and Travis working together. Here, however, she is attempting to kill him.
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Avon and Vila compare Freedom City to Space City, seen in Blake's 7: Shadow (1979).
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The script suffered from the heaviest editing from original draft to final screen version. Some of this was due to the rather adult nature of some of the conversations between Jenna and Cally, who had infiltrated Freedom City in the guise of two ladies of the night.
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Brian Croucher felt that John Leeson and Aubrey Woods attempted to out-camp each other at the cost of presenting believable performances.
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In the original script, Avon got sick as a result of overeating his ice-cream, hence why he spits it out.
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Originally it was intended that the episode would have no incidental music, as series composer Dudley Simpson was away on holiday at the time he would have scored the episode. Sound effects designer Elizabeth Parker felt that the rough cut of the episode was lacking, and so created a few short music cues that she dubbed onto the Speed Chess matches, to the approval of producer David Maloney. By this point, however, the end credits for the episode had already been produced, and there was no time to re-film them to have Parker credited as composer in addition to her usual role.
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