‘Blake’s 7′ Is Coming Back!

Blake's 7

Blake’s 7

This news is either going to mean everything, or nothing at all, so bear with me.

FreemantleMedia International has announced that they’ve been working up a new version of the ’70s BBC science fiction drama Blake’s 7, with scripts by Joe Pokaski (Heroes, CSI), and Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) set to direct.

The 13-part series will air on SyFy, and much like Battlestar Galactica, will retain certain key elements from the original, while reinventing bits for modern TV viewers.

If you’re unfamiliar with the story, which was created by Terry Nation (yep, the guy who thought up the Daleks), it’s a far darker, less charming tale than Doctor Who and his loveable time machine. Set in 2136, the show depicted a totalitarian future in which Blake, a political dissident, is sent to a prison colony. He and six fellow criminals escape and take over a ship called the Liberator, and begin a kind of Robin Hood existence, but evading capture proves to be very hard work.

Here’s the entire second episode, thanks to the magic of YouTube:

FremantleMedia’s David Ellender explained why he felt the series deserved a reboot (via Waveguide): “Blake’s 7 was such a forward-thinking concept that the show continues to have resonance with audiences today.

“Its complex characters and gritty storylines, coupled with the highly talented team and modern production techniques are sure to appeal to both original fans of the show and new viewers.”

So long as they keep the theme tune, I’m in.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

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