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Blakes Seven returns to Sky One

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Sky One is to remake the science fiction series Blake's 7, following the recent reimaginings of Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica and Bionic Woman.

The satellite channel has given the go-ahead for the development of two 60-minute scripts with a view to a potential "event series".

Elaine Pyke, the commissioning editor, drama, at Sky One, Two and Three is working with Andrew Mark Sewell at B7 Productions on the project.

"The time is ripe for a revival of a show that represents the best traditions of the genre, not to mention one of the best-loved and most successful dramas of all time," Pyke said.

Created by sci-fi legend Terry Nation, Blake's 7 ran for four series on BBC1 between 1978 and 1981, and followed a band of rebels in their fight against the totalitarian system that ruled the galaxy.

Although the production values of the original series have dated, the show has proved both influential and enduringly popular.

B7 Productions is a subsidiary of B7 Media, the company that owns the licence to the show.

In recent years it has developed the brand with a series of Blake's 7 audio dramas, featuring actors such as James Bond star Colin Salmon and This Life's Daniela Nardini.

The prospect of a new Blake's 7 follows Russell T Davies's highly successful reworking of Doctor Who for the BBC, and the new Battlestar Galactica, the fourth and final series of which is currently showing on Sky One.

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Looking forward to seeing this when it arrives. Blakes 7 was an amazing sci-fi show, scary and very brutal at times. I own the box sets, except for the last series. Paul Darrow was amazing as Avon, pure genius. I loved Villa too, the buffoon coward that he was!

I'm off to check out the wiki on it now.

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Graham,

Many thanks for your replies and support.

I only hope and pray we get and updated Liberator. I was devastated as child when the blew it up and replced it with the Scorpio.

I can still recall the pain all these years later lol.

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LOL! I here ya! As a child, I used to ask my Mum to buy me the official Blake's 7 magazine and was amazed when I saw the Scorpio for the first time ahead of the next series. But the Liberator - what a ship!

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