Blake's 7 (1978–1981)
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The Way Back 

Former resistance leader Roj Blake witnesses a massacre and is subsequently framed for a series of fictional crimes by the totalitarian Federation.


Michael E. Briant


Terry Nation, Terry Nation (creator)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gareth Thomas ... Roj Blake
Sally Knyvette ... Jenna Stannis
Michael Keating Michael Keating ... Vila Restal
Robert Beatty ... Bran Foster
Robert James ... Ven Glynd
Jeremy Wilkin Jeremy Wilkin ... Dev Tarrant
Michael Halsey ... Tel Varon
Pippa Steel Pippa Steel ... Maja Varon
Gillian Bailey ... Ravella
Alan Butler Alan Butler ... Dal Richie
Margaret John ... Arbiter
Peter Williams Peter Williams ... Dr. Havant
Susan Field Susan Field ... Alta Morag
Rodney Figaro Rodney Figaro ... Clerk of Court
Nigel Lambert Nigel Lambert ... Computer Operator


Former rebel leader Roj Blake learns from outlawed protesters led by Bran Foster that he once led a resistance group against the evil intergalactic government The Federation, but he was brainwashed and his memories were erased when he was captured by The Federation. When Blake witnesses the protesters being slaughtered by Federation Guards, Blake is framed for a series of crimes he didn't do and is sentenced to exile on the prison planet Cygnus Alpha. Written by Daniel Williamson

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Release Date:

2 January 1978 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Bray, Berkshire, England, UK See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ven Glynd would reappear in Blake's 7: Voice from the Past (1979), albeit played by a different actor. See more »


When outside the city, Ravella tells Blake to have his first 'real' water, and not water recycled a thousand times. This is ridiculous as ALL water has been recycled over the millennium, as the water today is the same as when the Dinosaurs were around. See more »


Jenna Stannis: What's your story?
Roj Blake: I'm innocent. Of what I was charged with, anyway.
Vila Restal: We have something in common then: we're all victims of a miscarriage of justice.
Roj Blake: [protesting] But it's true!
Jenna Stannis: Of course it is.
Roj Blake: [gets the message] What about the others?
Vila Restal: Oh, a very antisocial bunch: murderers, liars, cheats...
Vila Restal: [pauses, looks at Jenna] ... smugglers...
Jenna Stannis: Thieves.
Vila Restal: ...and they're the *nice* people!
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Great first episode
20 May 2008 | by ametaphysicalsharkSee all my reviews

"Blakes 7" begins with this episode, "The Way Back", which concentrates on introducing us to the world of the Terran Federation and immediately shows us how corrupt they are as they massacre a group of rebel activists and proceed to frame Roj Blake (the series' namesake, of course) for child molestation. Right from the beginning, "Blakes 7" makes it 100% clear that it is an adult television series that doesn't hold back on content that is controversial at best thematically and would be especially controversial nowadays (Sky has commissioned two scripts for a potential revival already, that should be interesting).

The episode also introduces the rest of the main characters. Maintaining a leisurely but solid pace, "The Way Back" accomplishes a surprising number of introductory purposes while already beginning to develop some of the aesthetic and thematic content that would feature for the remainder of the series.


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