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Blake’s 7 (BBC-1 1978-1981, Gareth Thomas, Paul Darrow)

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Scifi drama series Blake’s 7 was set in the third century of the second calendar where a group of rebel outlaws try to keep one step ahead of the seemingly all powerful Federation and its female head Servalan.

Roj Blake was the leader of the outlaws, he had been imprisoned on trumped up charges because the Federation considered him a threat, whilst on board a prison ship bound for a convict planet he and a several others managed to escape and take over a super ship (The Liberator) from another galaxy.

Other key personnel included the no scruples at all Kerr Avon (who following Blake’s departure at the end of seven two would assume the role of leader – however Avon was out for himself), cowardly thief Villa and the two women Jenna and Cally. Also heavily involved was the sinister leader of the Federation Servalan and her number one henchman Travis.

In the final episode Blake returned and was killed by Avon who thought Blake had betrayed them, and in the closing moments the whole of the regular crew were killed in a gun battle with federation guards.

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UK / BBC One / 52×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 2 January 1978 – 21 December 1981

Creator: Terry Nation
Script Editor: Chris Boucher
Music: Dudley Simpson
Producers: David Maloney (Seasons 1-3), Vere Lorrimer (season 4)

cast
GARETH THOMAS as Roj Blake (seasons1-2)
PAUL DARROW as Kerr Avon
MICHAEL KEATING as Vila Restal
SALLY KNYVETTE as Jenna Stannis (seasons 1-2)
JAN CHAPPELL as Cally (seasons 1-3)
PETER TUDDENHAM as Zen (voice only)
DAVID JACKSON as Gan (seasons 1-2)
JACQUELINE PEARCE as Servalan
STEPHEN GRIEF as Travis (season 1)
BRIAN CROUCHER as Travis (season 2)
GLYNIS BARBER as Soolin (season 4)
STEVEN PACEY as Del Tarrant (seasons 3-4)
JOSETTE SIMON as Dayna (seasons 3-4)

Season One  2 January – 27 March 1978
1. The Way Back
2. Space Fall
3. Cygnus Alpha
4. Time Squad
5. The Web
6. Seek-Locate-Destroy
7. Mission to Destiny
8. Duel
9. Project Avalon
10. Breakdown
11. Bounty
12. Deliverance
13. Orac

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SEASON TWO
1. REDEMPTION
2. SHADOW
3. WEAPON
4. HORIZON
5. PRESSURE POINT
6. TRIAL
7. KILLER
8. HOSTAGE
9. COUNTDOWN
10. VOICE FROM THE PAST
11. GAMBIT
12. THE KEEPER
13. STAR ONE

SEASON THREE
1. AFTERMATH
2. POWERPLAY
3. VOLCANO
4. DAWN OF THE GODS
5. THE HARVEST OF KAIROS
6. CITY AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
7. CHILDREN OF AURON
8. RUMOURS OF DEATH
9. SARCOPHAGUS
10. ULTRAWORLD
11. MOLOCH
12. DEATH-WATCH
13. TERMINAL

SEASON FOUR
1. RESCUE
2. POWER
3. TRAITOR
4. STARDRIVE
5. ANIMALS
6. HEADHUNTER
7. ASSASSIN
8. GAMES
9. SAND
10. GOLD
11. ORBIT
12. WARLORD
13. BLAKE

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Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.

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