Blake’s 7: Gambit (BBC-1 20 Mar 1979, with Aubrey Woods)



In Gambit Blake and Co are heading to Freedom City in search of a man called Docholli. He knows the exact location of Star One. Servalan is also on Freedom City trying to find Docherly before Blake. She contacts Krantor, who basically runs things on Freedom City, and offers him 8 million credits for not just Docholli but also Travis (who is acting as a bodyguard to Docholli).

Avon and Vila have their own reasons for wanting to visit Freedom City. They intend to use Orac to break the bank at The Big Wheel casino.

The whole nightclub speed chess thing is just a little bit off it has to be said. There is a Regency period meets 1920’s Chiacgo vibe about the costumes but with a slight off kilter touch, although Servalan’s outfit is typically mesmerising of course.

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 20 March 1979

Writer: Robert Holmes / Director: George Spenton-Foster

Gareth Thomas as Blake
Sally Knyvette as Jenna
Paul Darrow as Avon
Jan Chappell as Cally
Michael Keating as Vila
Peter Tuddenham as Zen/Orac
Jacqueline Pearce as Supreme Commander Servalan
Brian Croucher as Travis
Aubrey Woods as Krantor
Denis Carey as Docholli
Nicolette Roeg as Chenie
Sylvia Coleridge as Croupier
Paul Grist as Cevedic
John Leeson as Toise
Harry Jones as Jarriere

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