Forty years since it was first broadcast, BBC Worldwide are bringing the complete Blake’s 7 to DVD on March 12th.
The series produced by Terry Nation, the creator of the Daleks, the cult sci-fi series was first broadcast on the BBC in January 1978 and ran for four, 13-episode series until 1981. The programme follows the adventures of a small group of rebels, led by Blake (Gareth Thomas), as they fight against the totalitarian Terran Federation who control Earth.
The group included career criminal Vila (Michael Keating), alien guerrilla fighter Cally (Jan Chappell), strong-man Gan (David Jackson), pilot Jenna (Sally Knyvette), computer expert Avon (Paul Darrow) alongside the voice of their ship, the Liberator’s onboard computer, Zen (Peter Tuddenham) completing the original group of seven.
Jan Chappell said:
“I am so happy that BBC Worldwide are re- releasing the DVD Boxset to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Blake’s 7 because the fans of the programme have been amongst the most dedicated. Hurrah BBC!”
The new release comes loaded with an entire Liberator’s worth of extras:
SERIES 1 – 2 x outtakes, Missing Scene, 1 x Robot, 2 x Flat Feet and a Blooper, Blue Peter Feature, Trailer for S2, 3 x audio commentaries, Character intros & Episode synopses.
SERIES 2 – Multi Coloured Swapshop, Jude Hudson’s costume Collection, Mat’s Models, Introducing Orace, The Mutoids, Ballad of Travis II, Saturday Superstore, Scene Today, Trailer for S3, 3 x audio commentaries, Small World & episode synopses.
SERIES 3 – Stuart’s Stunts, Sheelagh’s make up memories, Introducing Tarrant, Introducing Dayna, Trailer for S4, S3 Clean Titles, Blake’s Bloops, Nationwide 1979, Casting Tarrant, 3 x audio commentaries.
SERIES 4 – Introducing Soolin, Introducing Slave, Blake’s Bloops, Liz Parker on Pubble Mill, Blue Peter 1983, Ken Ledsham’s B7 Designs, Special Sounds, Forever Avon, S4 Clean Titles, S4 studio recordings, Terry Nations on Series 4 & 2 x audio commentaries.
Blake’s 7: The Complete Collection will be released DVD from Monday 12th March and is available for pre-order now from Amazon for £66.47.