SyFy Confirms Return of Blake’s 7

blakesseven“Ding-dong, Avon calling”… the welcome return of a firm British favourite…

Classic sci-fi series Blake’s 7 is to be remade for the Syfy network. FremantleMedia International said 13 hour-long episodes will be written by Heroes writer Joe Pokaski, adding that Bond director Martin Campbell was also on board.

The original BBC series ran between 1978-81 and followed a group of political renegades & convicted criminals, who escape en route to prison aboard an abandoned technologically superior space-ship of unknown origin, called the Liberator, piloted by its onboard flight computer Zen.

Roj Blake, played by Welsh actor Gareth Thomas, was a political dissident arrested, standing up to an Orwellian government Federation, all though in truth, he was hardly ever in the show as Thomas deferred to his theatrical commitments. Instead the show was dominated by Paul Darrow’s Avon, an ice-cold maverick, and his female nemesis in the Federation, Servalan. Other much-loved characters included the mischievous & humorous thief Vila, super-computer Orac, pilot Tarrant and gun-slinger Soolin.

At its peak, the series was watched by 10 million viewers and was sold to 40 countries. A range of Blake’s 7 merchandise including books, magazines, annuals and toys were also released.

According to FremantleMedia, the new series will be set in 2136 and will tell the story of seven criminals – six guilty and one innocent – on their way to life on a prison colony in space, who together wrestle freedom from imprisonment, acquiring an alien ship which gives them a second chance at life and become the most unlikely heroes of their time.

The latest announcement is not the first time a remake of Blake’s 7 has been attempted. In 2003, a miniseries was shelved after actor Paul Darrow – who played Kerr Avon in the original show – left the project. Later in 2008, Sky One announced it had commissioned two 60-minute scripts for a potential series but two years later said it had decided not to proceed.

I for one, grew up with B7, and can’t wait for this development. I hope they do a “Game of Thrones” and use a largely Brit cast to keep the flavour of the original show…

Source: BBC
Reporter: SilverFox

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  1. I’m not at all familiar with the original series, but am aware of fans’ enduring love for it. Is this one not a bit out left field though? Or are TV companies now definitely just throwing remakes at the wall and seeing what sticks?

  2. The storyline has to a degree, been repeated several times, but the characters were brilliantly written. Avon would throw you under a bus to survive, but everybody rooted for him. Servalan was equally ruthless, but classy with it. And everyone loved the Liberator. This is not Dr Who, so I hope they don’t switch the focus to new exotic aliens – that’s not what the show was about…

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