History Trivia / BlakesSeven

25th Apr '18 6:10:10 AM cwickham
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* ExecutiveMeddling: The series had wound down after Series 3, with a solid ending that satisfied most everyone involved. That was, until the cast and crew were watching the programme during a party, only to hear the announcer mention that Series 4 would air later that year. It was the first ''anyone'' -- supposedly including the writers themselves! -- had heard about a fourth series, and some were contractually obligated to other things. The slap-dash nature of things required killing one cast member and finding a replacement quickly, as well as designing and building a new ship for the crew to fly, as The Liberator was destroyed at the end of Series 3.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: The series had wound down after Series 3, with a solid ending that satisfied most everyone involved. That was, until the cast and crew were watching the programme during a party, only to hear the announcer mention that Series 4 would air later that year. It was the first ''anyone'' -- supposedly including the writers themselves! -- had heard about a fourth series, series,[[note]]Allegedly the Head of BBC Television was watching the episode at his home, and was so impressed he rang the presentation department and requested the show's return to be announced at the end of the episode[[/note]] and some were contractually obligated to other things. The slap-dash nature of things required killing one cast member and finding a replacement quickly, as well as designing and building a new ship for the crew to fly, as The Liberator was destroyed at the end of Series 3.
20th Apr '18 6:21:46 PM JackG
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: Most obviously in the solid-state computers that Avon reprograms by rewiring their circuits.
20th Apr '18 6:20:23 PM JackG
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* ScienceMarchesOn: According to Creator/ChrisBoucher, the writers talked over the series with Doctor Christopher Evans at the National Physical Laboratory, who liked all the concepts (except telepathy), even the teleport which he considered would happen sometime, "and it was in ''Series/StarTrek so what the hell." With the audio series, the teleport is dropped for being unrealistic (but ironically they keep Cally's telepathy).
24th Mar '18 8:20:51 PM nombretomado
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* NoBudget: The series was allocated the same budget by the BBC as ''[[Series/ZCars Softly Softly Taskforce]]'', a low-key contemporary police procedural which it was replacing. The per-episode effects budget, for example, was £50. Expect to see plenty of sets, costumes, and props nicked from ''Doctor Who'', or perhaps some baking tins stuck on the walls. The special effects designer spent his budget for the entire series on the first episode to be filmed, "Space Fall", because ''Film/StarWars'' was debuting at around the same time. The actual first episode, "The Way Back", went so far over budget it affected the rest of the season — and became one of the best stories in the series.

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* NoBudget: The series was allocated the same budget by the BBC as ''[[Series/ZCars Softly Softly Taskforce]]'', a low-key contemporary police procedural which it was replacing. The per-episode effects budget, for example, was £50. Expect to see plenty of sets, costumes, and props nicked from ''Doctor Who'', or perhaps some baking tins stuck on the walls. The special effects designer spent his budget for the entire series on the first episode to be filmed, "Space Fall", because ''Film/StarWars'' ''Film/ANewHope'' was debuting at around the same time. The actual first episode, "The Way Back", went so far over budget it affected the rest of the season — and became one of the best stories in the series.
10th Feb '18 3:58:38 PM RedScharlach
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* AbilityOverAppearance: Tarrant was originally written as a man of 35-55. When 24 year old Stephen Pacey was cast, the character was changed from seasoned veteran to cocky young upstart.
* ActingForTwo: In "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS3E7ChildrenOfAuron Children of Auron]]", Jan Chappell plays both Cally and her twin sister Zelda, which makes sense because they're both clones of a single, unnamed parent. She also plays an alien being that bases her appearance on Cally's in "Sarcophagus". Tarrant also had a lookalike brother (with a curly wig) in "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS3E12DeathWatch Death-Watch]]".

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* AbilityOverAppearance: Tarrant was originally written as a man of 35-55. When 24 year old 24-year-old Stephen Pacey was cast, the character was changed from seasoned veteran to cocky young upstart.
* ActingForTwo: In "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS3E7ChildrenOfAuron Children of Auron]]", Jan Chappell plays both Cally and her twin sister Zelda, which makes sense because they're both clones of a single, unnamed parent. She also plays an alien being that bases her appearance on Cally's in "Sarcophagus". Tarrant also had a lookalike brother (with a curly bouffant wig) in "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS3E12DeathWatch Death-Watch]]".



* ExecutiveMeddling: The series had wound down after Series 3, with a solid ending that satisfied most everyone involved. That was, until the cast and crew were watching the programme during a party, only to hear the announcer mention that Series 4 would air later that year. It was the first ''anyone''—supposedly including the writers themselves!—had heard about a fourth series, and some were contractually obligated to other things. The slap-dash nature of things required killing one cast member and finding a replacement quickly, as well as designing and building a new ship for the crew to fly, as The Liberator was destroyed at the end of Series 3.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: The series had wound down after Series 3, with a solid ending that satisfied most everyone involved. That was, until the cast and crew were watching the programme during a party, only to hear the announcer mention that Series 4 would air later that year. It was the first ''anyone''—supposedly ''anyone'' -- supposedly including the writers themselves!—had themselves! -- had heard about a fourth series, and some were contractually obligated to other things. The slap-dash nature of things required killing one cast member and finding a replacement quickly, as well as designing and building a new ship for the crew to fly, as The Liberator was destroyed at the end of Series 3.



* NoBudget: The series was allocated the same budget by the BBC as ''[[Series/ZCars Softly Softly Taskforce]]'',a low-key contemporary police procedural which it was replacing. The per-episode effects budget, for example, was £50. Expect to see plenty of sets, costumes, and props nicked from ''Doctor Who'', or perhaps some baking tins stuck on the walls. The special effects designer spent his budget for the entire series on the first episode to be filmed, "Space Fall", because ''Film/StarWars'' was debuting at around the same time. The actual first episode, "The Way Back", went so far over budget it affected the rest of the season — and became one of the best stories in the series.

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* NoBudget: The series was allocated the same budget by the BBC as ''[[Series/ZCars Softly Softly Taskforce]]'',a Taskforce]]'', a low-key contemporary police procedural which it was replacing. The per-episode effects budget, for example, was £50. Expect to see plenty of sets, costumes, and props nicked from ''Doctor Who'', or perhaps some baking tins stuck on the walls. The special effects designer spent his budget for the entire series on the first episode to be filmed, "Space Fall", because ''Film/StarWars'' was debuting at around the same time. The actual first episode, "The Way Back", went so far over budget it affected the rest of the season — and became one of the best stories in the series.



* RomanceOnTheSet: Stephen Pearce and Glynis Barber dated for a while.

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* RomanceOnTheSet: Stephen Pearce Pacey and Glynis Barber dated for a while.



* TorchTheFranchiseAndRun: Creator/TerryNation ''tried'' this with the end of Season 3. He torched the Liberator, revealed the "Blake" they found to be a hallucination, stranded the crew on the rear end of the galaxy, etc. That didn't work. Undeterred, Chris Boucher made damn sure to try harder torching the replacement ship, and all the cast at the end of the following season! [[BolivianArmyEnding This time, it worked.]]

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* TorchTheFranchiseAndRun: Creator/TerryNation ''tried'' this with the end of Season 3. He torched the Liberator, revealed the "Blake" they found to be a hallucination, stranded the crew on the rear end of the galaxy, etc. That didn't work. Undeterred, Chris Boucher made damn sure to try harder torching the replacement ship, and all the cast at the end of the following season! season. [[BolivianArmyEnding This time, it worked.]]



** During a writer's strike Paul Darrow wrote an episode script for Series D in which the crew desert Avon, marooning him, concentrated on Vila being more heroic than he had been for that series and also be the one who saves Avon by convincing the others to go back for him. Chris Boucher said no. Another rejected Darrow script, Man of Iron (involving an android called Gabor), is available to buy from the official Blake's 7 fan club. It's reputedly terrible.

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** During a writer's strike Paul Darrow wrote an episode script for Series D in which the crew desert Avon, marooning him, concentrated on Vila being more heroic than he had been for that series and also be being the one who saves Avon by convincing the others to go back for him. Chris Boucher said no. Another rejected Darrow script, Man "Man of Iron Iron" (involving an android called Gabor), is available to buy from the official Blake's 7 fan club. It's reputedly terrible.
2nd Feb '18 6:27:17 AM AVR2
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** During a writer's strike Paul Darrow wrote an episode script for Series D in which the crew desert Avon, marooning him, concentrated on Vila being more heroic than he had been for that series and also be the one who saves Avon by convincing the others to go back for him. Chris Boucher said no.

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** During a writer's strike Paul Darrow wrote an episode script for Series D in which the crew desert Avon, marooning him, concentrated on Vila being more heroic than he had been for that series and also be the one who saves Avon by convincing the others to go back for him. Chris Boucher said no. Another rejected Darrow script, Man of Iron (involving an android called Gabor), is available to buy from the official Blake's 7 fan club. It's reputedly terrible.
2nd Feb '18 6:24:08 AM AVR2
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* TalkingToHimself: Peter Tuddenham, in scenes where Orac was talking with Zen or Slave. Tuddenham could reportedly do this with no need for ADR.

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* TalkingToHimself: Peter Tuddenham, in scenes where Orac was talking with Zen or Slave. Tuddenham could reportedly do this with no need for ADR.ADR, he simply used two different microphones, one for Orac and one for Zen/Slave. That said, there are only a *very* small number of scenes in which the computers talk to each other.
2nd Feb '18 6:20:24 AM AVR2
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* NoBudget: The series was allocated the same budget by the BBC as ''[[Series/ZCars Softly Softly Taskforce]]'', which it was replacing. The per-episode effects budget, for example, was £50. Expect to see plenty of sets, costumes, and props nicked from ''Doctor Who'', or perhaps some baking tins stuck on the walls. The special effects designer spent his budget for the entire series on the first episode to be filmed, "Space Fall", because ''Film/StarWars'' was debuting at around the same time. The actual first episode, "The Way Back", went so far over budget it affected the rest of the season — and became one of the best stories in the series.

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* NoBudget: The series was allocated the same budget by the BBC as ''[[Series/ZCars Softly Softly Taskforce]]'', Taskforce]]'',a low-key contemporary police procedural which it was replacing. The per-episode effects budget, for example, was £50. Expect to see plenty of sets, costumes, and props nicked from ''Doctor Who'', or perhaps some baking tins stuck on the walls. The special effects designer spent his budget for the entire series on the first episode to be filmed, "Space Fall", because ''Film/StarWars'' was debuting at around the same time. The actual first episode, "The Way Back", went so far over budget it affected the rest of the season — and became one of the best stories in the series.
20th Jan '18 8:07:15 PM JackG
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** Part of the ''Blakes Seven'' DrinkingGame -- whenever a stuntman is killed, cry "STUART!" and raise a glass in honor of stuntman Stuart Fell who's likely playing the part.

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** Part of the ''Blakes Seven'' DrinkingGame -- whenever a stuntman is killed, cry "STUART!" and raise a glass in honor of stuntman Stuart Fell who's likely playing the part.
20th Jan '18 8:03:34 PM JackG
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** Part of the ''Blakes Seven'' DrinkingGame -- whenever a stuntman is killed, take a drink and cry "STUART!" in alarm, in honor of stuntman Stuart Fell who's likely playing the part.

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** Part of the ''Blakes Seven'' DrinkingGame -- whenever a stuntman is killed, take a drink and cry "STUART!" in alarm, and raise a glass in honor of stuntman Stuart Fell who's likely playing the part.
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