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21st November 2006

The Cult Of Blake's 7

  • 21st Nov, 2006 at 8:37 AM
B7 pusher

For those in the UK wondering when The Cult of Blake's 7 will be screened, there's news on Waveguide with details here. Thanks to steverogerson for the news. :-)

The Cult Of Blake's 7

One of British TV's biggest cult hits comes under the spotlight as BBC Four goes in search of the origins of, and stories behind, Blake's 7.

Daleks creator Terry Nation sold his idea for Blake's 7 as "Robin Hood in space". His collection of intergalactic outlaws, running from the corrupt Terran Foundation, drew audiences of 10 million in its heyday (1978-81) and still has a devoted following. The Cult Of... goes behind the scenes to hear from cast and crew about the sci-fi favourite.

The programme reveals that Servalan underwent a sex change and how Blue Peter got the Blake's 7 model department out of a fix. It finds out how often Gareth Thomas has watched his performance as the eponymous hero and why he left the series at the end of season two, and reveals that there were clearly not enough alien planet locations to satisfy the BBC's various science-fiction series.

Narrated by Red Dwarf star Robert Llewellyn, interviewees include Gareth Thomas, Paul Darrow, Sally Knyvette, Michael Keating, Jacqueline Pearce, Peter Tuddenham, writer and script editor Chris Boucher, visual effects designer Mat Irvine and director Pennant Roberts.
The Cult Of Blake's 7 is transmitted on Tuesday, December 12 on BBC Four. It was originally scheduled for broadcast this month.
I suppose it's too much to hope that someone will put it up as a torrent or burn it to DVD. [looks hopeful and appealing]

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I wanna get off

  • 21st Nov, 2006 at 10:29 PM
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Bad, bad, and more bad

I already have to book Claudia in for blood tests before her imminent operation (teeth scaling) but Tessa's the one who's going to the vet tomorrow. When I came home, she was curled up in her bed which is not at all unusual, but by the time she got out and showed us her limp (a poorly paw on the left side) the vet was closed. So I'll have to take her in tomorrow before work and leave her there for the day, poor little girl.

And as for work, my PC is still away being experimented on. The power supply went belly-up and killed the motherboard and now the new one can't read the RAID. I'm really worried they won't be able to recover the data from it. [whimpers and bites nails] I thought a RAID was reliable. I only backed up the files I used and changed in case I messed up and needed an old version, which means the static and historical stuff may be gone. Not to mention all my e-mail contacts.

And it's cold. Yes, we got the Aussie weather.

Good

Well, I have to think of something, and I suppose this is it. Greg's gym is having Christmas function next week at a bowling club: lawn bowls, games, and a barbecue, which will be fun and very unusual; much better than those affairs where everyone stands around with a drink in one hand and a canapé in the other while trying to make conversation with strangers. I just hope it's not raining.

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