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Blake's 7 

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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Terry Nation
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4   3   2   1  
1981   1980   1979   1978  

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Michael Keating Michael Keating ...  Vila Restal 52 episodes, 1978-1981
Paul Darrow ...  Kerr Avon 51 episodes, 1978-1981
Peter Tuddenham Peter Tuddenham ...  Zen / ... 49 episodes, 1978-1981
Jan Chappell ...  Cally 37 episodes, 1978-1981
Jacqueline Pearce ...  Servalan / ... 29 episodes, 1978-1981
Gareth Thomas ...  Roj Blake 28 episodes, 1978-1981
Sally Knyvette ...  Jenna Stannis 26 episodes, 1978-1979
Steven Pacey Steven Pacey ...  Del Tarrant / ... 26 episodes, 1980-1981
Josette Simon ...  Dayna Mellanby 26 episodes, 1980-1981
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Storyline

In the third century of the second calendar, a corrupt galactic federation, with Earth at its centre, Narcotises its billions of citizens into placid submission. A rebel named Roj Blake, who once tried to organise a resistance group to overthrow the regime, was caught and his memories wiped. But Blake's revolutionary spirit is revived when he witnesses a mass slaughter by police which is covered up by officials. He escapes on-board a prison ship, and together with a lovable band of outlaws, takes over a vacant alien space cruiser of awesome drive capability. Christening their ship, "The Liberator", Blake and his group travel the Milky Way to seek any opportunity to undermine the corrupt regime. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Trivia

The character Dorian in the fourth series episode "Rescue" (1981) was based on Dorian Gray, the title character of the Oscar Wilde novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray". See more »

Quotes

[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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Referenced in Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988) See more »

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A low budget classic!!
10 September 2000 | by Davo123See all my reviews

Blakes 7 was launched in 1978 by the BBC, and in the aftermath of 'Star Wars'. I remember eagerly awaiting Thursday evenings when the adventures of Blake and his crew would enthrall me.

The premise of the series was simple; Blake and his band, prisoners of the evil federation, manage to gain control of a powerful alien spaceship, and become freedom fighters.

The series was very low budget, reflected in the poor quality of the sets (spot the egg boxes sprayed silver!!), but the characters were real (despite the occasional wooden acting), and the storylines were first class.

What helped to make the series a success was the perfect chemistry between the cast. There was the fiery passion of Blake, the cold logical Avon, the laid back Villa to name a few. Their Arch enemy, Servalan, was ruthlessly ambitious, and assisted by the focussed and determined Travis.

I would give this series 9/10.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 1978 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(52 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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