To celebrate 40 years since the classic BBC sci-fi adventure first aired on BBC One, BBC Worldwide will be releasing Blake’s 7: The Complete Collection on DVD on March 12th 2018.
Produced by Terry Nation, creator of the Daleks from “Doctor Who”, 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.
The group also includes 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), with the Liberator’s onboard computer, Zen (Peter Tuddenham) completing the original group of seven.
As the crew battle against Supreme Commander Servalan (Jacquelin Pearce) and Space Commander Travis (Stephen Greif, later replaced by Brian Coucher), they are eventually joined by super computer ORAC (also Peter Tuddenham), weapons expert Dayna (Josette Simon), ex-Federation officer Tarrant (Steven Pacey), sharp-shooter Soolin (Glynis Barber), and Scorpio’s onboard computer, Slave (Peter Tuddenham once again!).
The new release includes a wealth of bonus content, including outtakes, missing scenes, clean titles, series trailers, audio commentries, character intros and episode synopses for all 52 episodes. There are also behind-the-scenes features, including a look at June Hudson’s costume collection, Sheelagh’s make up memories, Mat’s models, Stuart’s Stunts and more. Plus there’s a range of contemporary features including clips from Blue Peter, Multi-Coloured Swapshop, Saturday Superstore, Nationwide and Pebble Mill.
To find out more about the show, you can read our exclusive interview with Stephen Greif and Jan Chappell where they discuss their thoughts and memories of the show.
th March.Blake’s 7: The Complete Collection will be released DVD from Monday 12