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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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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Michael Keating Michael Keating ...  Vila Restal 52 episodes, 1978-1981
Paul Darrow Paul Darrow ...  Kerr Avon 51 episodes, 1978-1981
Peter Tuddenham Peter Tuddenham ...  Zen / ... 49 episodes, 1978-1981
Jan Chappell 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 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Blakeova sedmorka 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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Trivia

The series was heavily inspired by westerns, such as The Magnificent Seven (1960), The Wild Bunch (1969) and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). Chris Boucher incorporated lines from Westerns into the scripts, much to the delight of Paul Darrow, an enthusiast of the genre. 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 The Chronic Rift: Alternative Comic Books (1990) See more »

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A Classic--Use your Imagination
21 September 2000 | by James-184See all my reviews

For those of us weaned on Doctor Who, shows like Blake's 7 are instantly appealing. But for today's audiences, try this trick:

Listen closely to the dialogue and notice how the acting--unlike the SFX--is quite good. Then imagine that George Lucas, Jerry Bruckheimer and any actor you admire collaborated on a faithful remake, line for line, with top-level effects. Can you see it? (May require more than one viewing.)

Good. Prior to Battlestar Galactica on TV and Star Wars on the big screen, this is about all we had in terms of production values. (We were lucky if the boom mics were not showing at the top of the screen.) We had to make do with fascinating story ideas and characters we could inhabit each week. If the monsters were made of rubber, the spaceships made of cardboard, well, we lived with it.

Note to Spielberg, Bruckheimer, Lucas, et al: Keep the script stet and consider giving these back to the world.


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