Sunday, 2 November 2014
The crew (at first) consists of ex resistance leader Roj Blake (Gareth Thomas) who has been brainwashed and then framed for child molestation and becomes the nominal captain of the Liberator, Kerr Avon (Paul Darrow), a cold and conceited electronics genius, thief and coward Vila Restal (Michael Keating), pilot Jenna Stannis (Sally Knyvette), telepathic freedom fighter Cally (Jan Chappell), gentle giant Olag Gan (David Jackson) and Zen (Peter Tuddenham) the Liberator's computer. As the series progressed various cast members left (including Blake himself) and were replaced by newer characters but it is this core crew that is most keenly remembered alongside the main villain the Supreme Commander of the Terran Federation Servalan (Jacqueline Pearce).
Peter Tuddenham - who also voiced a third computer in the series - Slave) making it through to the end. The series did however bring back one of it's main characters for the series 4 finale and ended the show in a powerful and enigmatic fashion.
For many it seems the flaws of Blake's 7 have taken precedence in their recollections of the series but for me it remains one of my most fondly remembered sci-fi serials.
The full series one has been playlisted below and underneath that is an un-televised 3 part documentary called 'The Making of Blake's 7'.
Buy it here: Blake's 7 - Series 1 [DVD]