Sky1 has abandoned it’s plans to bring back Blake’s 7, according to the Media Guardian and other news outlets.
The Media Guardian quotes “Following the development process we have decided not to produce Blake’s 7. However, Sky continues to invest heavily in original drama and it remains at the heart of our plans,” said a spokeswoman for Sky1. “We have just announced an extended run for the second series of Chris Ryan’s Strike Back and we’ll soon be unveiling a new long-running series for prime time.”
This both saddens me as well as cheers me.
This is quite possibly my all-time favourite science fiction TV show, and as such I wouldn’t like it to make a come-back and be derided. It also means I’ll not see an inferior version of the greatest space ship design ever (in my opinion).
It saddens me because it means the door has now closed – for the time being – on any possible greatness that a remake could have achieved – think the recent “re-imagining” of Battlestar Galactica.
I do still hope that this show will one day make a triumphant come-back and be as much loved again as the recent Doctor Who is now. I guess I’ll just have to wait a little bit longer.
I recently came across a very timely article by Dean Newman comparing Blake’s 7 to Robin Hood.
Some of the points he makes are wonderful observations.
As some of my more regular readers will know, Blake’s 7 is my favourite science fiction TV show. It has been since pretty much the first time I saw it during it’s original broadcast in the UK.
This hasn’t ever changed despite the numerous new and remake shows that have hit our screens in the intervening years.
Anyway, here’s the article.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Probably one of the most treasured British science fiction shows is rumoured to be (possibly) making a comeback.
Blake’s 7, originally aired between ’78-’81, was one of those shows that just captured my imagination as a child. It wasn’t until much later that I was able to fully grasp the complexity of the stories proper, and to this day I still think the opening episode is one of the finest pieces of televisual sci-fi storytelling produced in this country.
I find it of no surprise what-so-ever that the recent revival of Doctor Who is being mentioned along side this news story. Terry Nation played an instrumental part in the longevity of Who by creating the Daleks as a nemesis to the Doctor. For those not in the know, Terry Nation created Blake’s 7.
I do hope Sky can make something out of this.
There was a big fanfare following Sky’s announcement that it was to revive another British tele-fantasy staple – The Prisoner, but nothing became of that.
It would be nice if this revival, rumoured to consist of only the commissioning of two, 60-minute scripts at this moment in time, could attract some talen like the caliber which is currently associated with the recent Battlestar Galactica revival.
If id did then I really wouldn’t mind this thing only running to 3 seasons.
One caveat though, it would have to feature a DSV-1 for the main cvrew. Without that it’s like Doctor Who without the TARDIS.