Blake's 7 Remake Slated For Production
By James Grahame
Sky One is planning a remake of British cult Sci-Fi classic Blake's 7. The original BBC show -- which ran for four seasons between 1978 and 1981 -- was heralded as one of the best science fiction series ever, despite its limited budget and pre-digital special effects. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Sky ordered two 60-minute scripts that retain the dark tone of the original. Let's hope the project lives up to its pedigree and gets the green light.
The Beeb offers this tongue-in-cheek introduction to the classic series, which was helmed by Terry Nation of Doctor Who Dalek fame:
"Blake and his gang of rebels cruised space in their hugely advanced space craft, the Liberator. They were fighting the evil federation, run by new romantic diva Servalan (Jacqueline Pearce).
Blake's crew looked rather more like Abba, with their unflattering beige combinations of nylon and leather, and an endless supply of perming hairspray. Blake himself left after two years, leaving his rebels in the hands of Shakespearean schemer Avon (Paul Darrow).
The show aimed to be a grittily realistic TV answer to Star Wars, only on Doctor Who's budget. The result is controversially stylised, with bold use of Colour Separation Overlay, bright lighting and big hair."