Sky One has provocatively given the go-ahead for the development of two 60-minute scripts which could see the return to the small screen of cult TV classic Blake's 7, the BBC reports. Blake's 7 ran from 1978 to 1981 on the Beeb, and is best remembered among chaps of a certain age for the presence of Jacqueline Pearce as the …
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NOOOOOOOOOO NO NO NO
I loved the original -- well, okay, I loved *some* of it -- and I'm waiting with baited breath to see how Sky cock this one up.
Let's face it, the whole idea is ripe with opportunities to make something truly awful.
Nooo - not Sky One...
Bad news for someone like me who doesn't have overpriced satellite TV.
Mmmm, Servalan - object of many fantasies to a teenage lad like me (at the time).
...I'd say leave it alone, it wasn't that good in the first place, or moan about a lack of original thought. However, one recent success does spring to mind, and in the hands of the same production team, such a remake might also succeed. Battlestar Galactica...
Before totally slating Sky
Remember they're the one who help to bring back BSG and the 2 Pterry adaptations weren't awful.
So I say good luck too them, and as BSG is coming to a timely end i.e. before it 'Jumps the Shark' and still brilliant we'll need more good sci-fi.
Oh yes!! Absolutely loved that show, it will be interesting to see what Sky can make of it.
So we're on course for more vacuous plot-free junk like Sky's latest rendition (aka mauling) of Battlestar Galactica?
Admittedly, it started out OK, but after a few episodes you realised that what was left of the plot and characters was just a joke and you could skip dozens of episodes because nothing actually happened in them. It wound up just a shoddy Soap Opera in space with all the quality and charm of Emmerdale.
...the nerd rage and bacon-grease tears will be worse than the Doctor Who and BSG fans combined.
Already been done.
And it was called Farscape.
Battlestar Galactica + post-9-11 "morality" = sickening.
Blake's 7 + post-9-11 "morality" = sickening.
@ anonymous coward
- NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NOOOOOOOOOO NO NO NO,
theres no theres no, theres no limit?
Lets face it, he revamp of Dr Who is brilliant, Battlestar Galactica is to be quite frank jaw droppingly good - even with a female starbuck, and I was one of the "you can't have a female starbuck" crowd, the new Knightrider with the mustang and Val Kilmer as Kitt is also as good, if not better in many ways to the original.
before you start your screaming about a travesty, how about waiting to see if:
a) it gets off the ground
b) who they cast
c) if it's actually any good?
mines the one with the keys to the liberator and the Avon fanclub membership card
As soon as I read the title..
I was like, omg omg omg.
The reality kicked in and I remembered that you can't re-make cult stuff like Blake-7. It was so well written in the first place I hope it gets better treatment than the more recent Dr Who's scripts.
And "But I went"...if I'd know when I was a young man that all it would have taken was a nicely written letter I'd have sent 100 !!! What a missed opportunity - I'm am kicking myself silly right now.
Battlestar Galactica is the only example of a remake (or re-imagining) being better than the original. But you've forgotten one important factor about this announcement... SKY... the people who are bringing back Gladiators.
Isn't there an irony in Sky (part of the Murdoch mediocracy) developing a show whose theme revolves around the individual rebelling against challenging the man? Wouldn't the appropriate response be "In the spirit of Rog Blake, I'll stick with Freeview"?
Mine's the one with the leather shoulderpads.
I thought Paul Darrow owned the rights to B7 these days?
Further, I also believe that this has been his intent since acquiring them; to put it back on the TV and wipe the floor with Star Trek (which shouldn't be hard considering how weak Enterprise is).
I thought that the original Blake's 7 was great, but Sky's involvement doesn't exactly fill me with confidence for a planned remake.
something ORIGINAL and not another rehash. Those who mention DR WHO, that's NOT a remake, it's a continuation.
Rose coloured specs of history
Oh how I loved Blakes 7, and looking back through the rose coloured specs of history it was great - even if the sets wobbled, the acting and characters were 2-dimensional and every planet looked like a welsh open mine.
Watching it these days it shows its age (but then again, so do I). I was young and Servalan made me want to do things, but I did not know what, but whatever it was I wanted to do a lot of it! (paraphrasing the Cat from Red Dwarf).
A well thought out remake would be wonderful, but I give it a 20% chance of being any good. I would still watch it and moan about it not being as good as the original though.
Could a remake really stand-up against Firefly, Battlestar Gallactica or the bionic eastender?
By the way, as I grew and watched more sci-fi I found out what I wanted to do with servalan - but discovered it while watching V - Mmmmm Diana, then watching Diana and Lydia fight, WOW, my young mind was never more imaginative. 2 girls, TWO.
I think I just shared too much information. Straight from brain to fingers, bypassing all controls. Oh well, too late to take it back now... am I still typing or only thinking. Damn it has been a hard day today. St George has a lot to answer for, patron saint of hangovers.
I went "Yay!" when I read this
I have fond memories of Blakes 7 from the first time around - indeed my first ever computer program created a large banner (about 5 foot long) saying just that :-)
I do wish I could remember the name of the site that had cation competitions based around the series though - there was a classic one where a spider (a prop) was saying something like "please don't let my friends know i'm doing this, I needed the money..."
Also: Doctor Who + high camp - original sci-fi/fantasy horror - intelligent scriptwriting = sickening
I'll watch it and be disappointed, but...
...what part will David Jason play?
Wooo.. Hang on a cotton friggin minute here...
"among chaps of a certain age for the presence of Jacqueline Pearce"...
*EDIT : there was a bit here ranting and raving about how Jacks looked a bit too boyish for a young chap, and couldn't possibly be considered a sex symbol. This has been removed due to it being far too indepth, sarcastic, and down right objectionable to those that did indeed fancy Jacks...*
Give me Sally Knyvette ANYDAY.. Now THERE is a woman which a bit of passion with 80's pornstar hair! Woof!
Aside from that, I second Cap'n Wotsit to some extent. Hear Hear
new box of chips needed
It'll be interesting to see what they do with Aurac.
We've been a bit spoilt since then with Ian Banks and Neal Asher's more than human A.I.'s -- machines that find humans amusing but a bit tedious. Nothing like the almost subservient plastic box with lights we had to put up with in Blakes Seven.
Whatever they come up with it will at least have to use quantum networking - none of your old hanging around for a few milliseconds for a reply.
and they'll have to import the curry monster form Red Dwarf
I was like OMG...
...is this the same improbably wobbly set with rare "outside broadcast clips" plastic scifi series that used to make me think that all alien species were made of prosthetic rubber appendages and shouted "peeee-ow" noises when they fired their laser guns?
And I thought today couldn't get any worse...
We've had some good "re-imaginings". The first new Doctor Who season was awesome but since then it's really been heading towards fanwank. I've heard a lot of people talk very positively about the new BSG - having not seen it I can't say but I respect the people I've heard talking positively about it.
Sooner or later there's going to be a huge Bernard Matthews special come along - a turkey of such unbelievable proportions that it shatters the legacy the original series left.
Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should.
There is and will only ever be one Blake, Avon and Servalan.
Smartarses will say there were two Travises and I prefer Brian Croucher's Travis - the mentally unstable psychopath.
Why not try and write something new and challenging instead? The world is crying out for someone to claim Nigel Kneale's place as the prophet of things to come. Year Of The Sex Olympics anyone?
Mine's the t-shirt with a gun toting Avon saying "Touch that switch and I drop you where you stand!"
Has anyone watched the original Blake's 7 recently? As a creation of Terry "Daleks" Nation, IMHO it suffered from his minimal writing abilities: poor characterisation, camp and stiltied dialog, and badly executed, but potentially interesting ideas.
As has already been noted, the premise of the show has been covered many times in far better, high budget, American shows: a Sky production wouldn't stand a chance against them.
Best left alone, methinks.
So it'll be Ross Kemp as Servalan and David Jason as Travis.
Re: Rose coloured specs of history
There are sites for people like you, Chris.
Lessons should be learned...
from the cancellation of the remake of "The Bionic Woman" after 1 series.
Sky's updated verion of "The Professionals"
"almost subservient plastic box"
If you're referring to Orac, then you need to watch it again!
"State your requirements" </voice dripping with impatience at the impertinence of being bothered by a thickie meat-bag>
Orac only did things constructive for the crew when it fitted in with his own agenda for learning (apart from Avon who Orac secretly had a crush on). As opposed to Avon who had a crush on Blake (why? Blake looked like a potato farmer from Alpha Centauri for gawds sake).
OMG! I'm a B7 fanoi .............................</whimper>
Paris, because she could learn a thing or two from Servalan about style.
Lack of imagination
Why bother with this ? I'd like to see some fresh ideas for new sci-fi series, rather than constant re-hashes of old 60's and 70's shows - lets see some originality !
The New BSG is w--- it's a long dull take on the war on terror in a sci fi setting. Preach preach preach... I have better things to do with my time, although I have found it a great cure for insomnia.
Firefly, Farscape and, Space above and beyond - now they were series that kicked butt and wrote down the names.
Blake 7 should like Battlestar should have been, left to bob queitly in the sea of fondly remembered childhoods. Rather gay, very silly but entertaining.
O well, enjoy your sage.
Don't have Sky (on principle!)
So is that where Ross Kemp's gone? For taking him off MY screen alone they deserve a pat on the back ;-)
As for a remake, well the ressurected DW is overall a success - I know some would disagree, when it's bad it's pretty silly and a bit too camp, but when it's good it's some of the best telly I've watched in years.
But I feel happier if it was announced that the Beeb were doing this.
Should be good...
I went to the bother of re-watching Blake's 7 again recently. It helped a lot that I loved it as an 8 year old the first time around but I think it's still true that many of the ideas and stories more than made up for lousy effects.
If you look at the number of B7 ideas that were rehashed by Star Trek TNG it shows how much potential there was. And looking at the UK right now, the idea of an evil federation brainwashing everyone seems a damn sight more believable that TNG's lovey-dovey Federation...
<geek>...oh and Miranda Sirtis/Troi even auditioned for the very similar part of Cally I believe) </geek>
Couldn't be worse than the original
Just kidding! I remember seeing a spaceship land, and saying to myself, that looks just like a toy spaceship landing on a miniature prop. But I still loved the show, up until the end, when everyone got snuffed!! What possessed the makers to end the series with such an untimely end? Heroes aren't supposed to die!
Blake's 7 - desparation surely
Now we know that there are too many channels with too many hours to be filled.
How about a "Potter's Wheel" Channel?
"almost subservient plastic box"
"If you're referring to Orac, then you need to watch it again!"
Too right - Orac was anything but subservient. Zen and Slave, on the other hand ...
I'm in two minds about this - if I remember rightly, Paul Darrow now owns the rights to Blake's 7 and associated bits, so there's the potential for it not to suck too badly (although the two 'radio plays' were pretty dire) but Sky's involvement leaves me cold, even if the two Discworld adaptations were rather good.
For some reason, I'm thinking that we're either going to get some kind of 'prequel' (Ghod forbid) or we'll find out what *really* happened to Avon in the last episode of the TV series ...
Mine's the one with the laser gun in the pocket.
Chris Boucher WAS Blakes 7
Any remake absolutely must involve Chris Boucher. Terry Nation might've got things going with a good concept, but the writing was yawn-inducing until CB came onboard.
Team him up with Joss Whedon and you'd have the potential for something really special.
Space may be Black and Wondrous
But Dayna was beautiful as well. Oh Dayna, my teenage heart ached for you!
Dayna ! Dayna ! Dayna ! Dayna ! Dayna ! Dayna ! Dayna ! Dayna ! Dayna ! Dayna ! Dayna ! Dayna ! Dayna ! Dayna ! Dayna ! Dayna ! Dayna ! Dayna ! Dayna ! Dayna !
I'll shut up now.
Slave, do you think that idea they had where Orac the little computer could connect to all the other computers in the federation and ask questions and retrieve data could ever catch on?
No Master. Happy to be of service.
You miserable fuckers
Give the show a season before slating it, will you! Christ on a pogo stick.
Even if it sucks, so what? It's a bloody TV show! Go outside, drink some beer and talk to some interesting people for a change.
You do know that Blake wasn't in nearly all of the episodes?
Erm, and there weren't seven of them?
Bit like most things really, marketing beats the truth - Paris because she is a triumph of marketing.
Sensitive rendition of a drama where the terrorists are the good guys?
Aurac was a fishtank filled with fairy lights....
...and the teleportation bracelets looked like they were made on Blue Peter, which is ironic considering there was an episode of Blue Peter where they showed you how to make one.
Anyone remember Servalan(sp?) struggling over grim looking sand dunes, on the south coast of England in November, whilst wearing a ball gown and high heels?
This thread has bought back many memories of how bad B7 was first time round. Must be me getting old and cynical.....
I concur most highly. Not much, if anything else on TV at the moment to touch it either, certainly not that Dr Who fanwank*...
* - Stolen and being used at every available opportunity, ta.
This remake will be a travesty, of course.
Though no Blake's 7 article should go past without the obligatory references to a) Glynis Barber b) Sally Knyvette and c) Josette Simon. Those that drool at Jacqueline Pearce (as hilarious as she was) must have been watching with very powerful blinkers fitted. Barber, especially, looked absolutely delicious in the show.
Glynis Barber as Soolin...
Yum yum yum....
Hang on a minute,
I seem to remember a massive (well massive by the standards of 70's tv anyway) gun fight at the end of Blakes 7 and everyone going down in a blaze of glory.
How exactly is the story going to continue from there? Unless its just time lapse film of the bodies slowly decaying, which whilst interesting to begin might get a bit boring by episode 4 or 5
What do you bait your breath with, then? Mealworms are a bit squirmy... mackerel guts maybe.
It's BATED breath, as in breath held in abatement.