History Trivia / BlakesSeven

6th Jan '18 5:34:46 PM JackG
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* TheKlutz: Paul Darrow, to a level that has probably not been matched until Creator/MattSmith and a reputation that is legendary (and still growing). He broke every single gun he was handed, and the props department got so frustrated they made him one with an aluminum core so he ''couldn't'' break it... not to mention the sets and various buttons and levers.
** One bts blooper runs like this:

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* TheKlutz: Paul Darrow, to a level that has probably not been matched until Creator/MattSmith and a reputation that is legendary (and still growing). He broke every single gun he was handed, and the props department got so frustrated they made him one with an aluminum core so he ''couldn't'' break it... not to mention the sets and various buttons and levers. \n** One bts blooper runs like this:



* NoBudget: The series was allocated the same budget by the BBC as ''Series/SoftlySoftlyTaskforce'', 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/SoftlySoftlyTaskforce'', ''[[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.
6th Jan '18 5:32:20 PM JackG
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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 a goodly portion of the cast and throwing together replacements quickly, as well as finding 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, and some were contractually obligated to other things. The slap-dash nature of things required killing a goodly portion of the one cast member and throwing together replacements finding a replacement quickly, as well as finding designing and building a new ship for the crew to fly, as The Liberator was destroyed at the end of Series 3.
25th Dec '17 11:51:54 PM JackG
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* WrittenByCastMember: Paul Darrow wrote an official spin-off novel, ''Avon: A Terrible Aspect'', which as the title suggests concentrated on his character, and explains Avon's early life and the events that led to him being imprisoned for internet fraud. He also wrote the "Lucifer" trilogy, featuring an older Avon after the KillEmAll finale.

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* WrittenByCastMember: Paul Darrow wrote an official spin-off novel, ''Avon: A Terrible Aspect'', which as the title suggests concentrated on his character, and explains Avon's early life and the events that led to him being imprisoned for internet fraud. He also wrote the "Lucifer" trilogy, featuring an older Avon after the KillEmAll finale. During production he wrote a script called "Man of Iron", but it was rejected.
12th Dec '17 4:15:37 PM ClintEastwood
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* UnfinishedEpisode:
** Pip and Jane Baker submitted an unused episode called "Death Squad", in which Blake, Gan and Jenna would infiltrate a Federation facility attempting to create 'super-soldiers' by administering drugs to humans, leading to Blake and Gan becoming exposed to the drugs and Jenna being held by Servalan as an inducement for the scientist behind the plan – was abandoned. This was ostensibly on cost grounds, although Boucher had concerns about the quality of the script.
** An unused episode from Series C would have seen the crew searching for Blake and finding his grave.
** 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.



** 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.
** Tarrant was originally written for a man of 35-55. This changed when Stephen Pacey was cast.



** Pip and Jane Baker submitted an unused episode called "Death Squad", in which Blake, Gan and Jenna would infiltrate a Federation facility attempting to create 'super-soldiers' by administering drugs to humans, leading to Blake and Gan becoming exposed to the drugs and Jenna being held by Servalan as an inducement for the scientist behind the plan – was abandoned. This was ostensibly on cost grounds, although Boucher had concerns about the quality of the script.



** An unused episode from Season Three would have seen the crew searching for Blake and finding his grave.
6th Oct '17 12:41:52 AM JackG
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** Michael Keating's favourite was "The City on the Edge of the World".

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** Michael Keating's favourite was "The City on "City at the Edge of the World".
29th Sep '17 4:14:36 AM ClintEastwood
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* ActingForTwo: In ""[Recap/BlakesSevenS3E7ChildrenOfAuron ChildrenOfAuron]]", 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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* ActingForTwo: In ""[Recap/BlakesSevenS3E7ChildrenOfAuron ChildrenOfAuron]]", "[[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]]".
29th Sep '17 3:46:14 AM ClintEastwood
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* ActingForTwo: 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 "Death-Watch".

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* ActingForTwo: In ""[Recap/BlakesSevenS3E7ChildrenOfAuron ChildrenOfAuron]]", 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 "Death-Watch"."[[Recap/BlakesSevenS3E12DeathWatch Death-Watch]]".



** Jacqueline Pearce was unhappy with the final season, claiming that it ran out of steam and ideas. That said, she named "Sand" from that season as her favourite episode.
** When it comes to individual episodes, Michael Keating's least favourite was "Ultraworld" and Stephen Pacey allegedly disliked "Assassin" because it made Tarrant look like a gullible idiot.

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** Jacqueline Pearce was unhappy with the final season, claiming that it ran out of steam and ideas. That said, she named "Sand" "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS4E9Sand Sand]]" from that season as her favourite episode.
** When it comes to individual episodes, Michael Keating's least favourite was "Ultraworld" "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS3E10Ultraworld Ultraworld]]" and Stephen Pacey allegedly disliked "Assassin" "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS4E7Assassin Assassin]]" because it made Tarrant look like a gullible idiot.



** Paul Darrow's favourite was either "Star One" or "Rumours of Death".

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** Paul Darrow's favourite was either "Star One" "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS2E13StarOne Star One]]" or "Rumours "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS3E8RumorsOfDeath Rumours of Death".Death]]".



** Jacqueline Pearce's favourite was "Sand".

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** Jacqueline Pearce's favourite was "Sand"."[[Recap/BlakesSevenS4E9Sand Sand]]".



** Jan Chappell's favourites were "Children of Auron" and "Sarcophagus".
** Stephen Pacey's favourite was "Death-Watch".

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** Jan Chappell's favourites were "Children "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS3E7ChildrenOfAuron Children of Auron" Auron]]" and "Sarcophagus".
** Stephen Pacey's favourite was "Death-Watch"."[[Recap/BlakesSevenS3E12DeathWatch Death-Watch]]".



-->Josette Simon in character as Dayna: "Avon, what are you doing?"
-->Darrow, the knob he was fiddling with breaking off in his hand, sending him into an adorkably abashed smile and fit of giggles: "Pulling the set apart."

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-->Josette Simon -->'''Josette Simon''' in character as Dayna: "Avon, what are you doing?"
-->Darrow, -->'''Darrow''', the knob he was fiddling with breaking off in his hand, sending him into an adorkably abashed smile and fit of giggles: "Pulling the set apart."



** The first proposal for the series' conclusion, titled Attack, involved Blake returning to lead an assault on the Federation on Earth, finally defeating them. This idea was rejected by producer Vere Lorrimer, who thought it "...would be like five men trying to defeat the German army".

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** The first proposal for the series' conclusion, titled Attack, "Attack", involved Blake returning to lead an assault on the Federation on Earth, finally defeating them. This idea was rejected by producer Vere Lorrimer, who thought it "...would be like five men trying to defeat the German army".



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Notably, the fate of [[spoiler: the clone of Blake from "Weapon"]] is never revealed. Some people believe [[spoiler: that's why Servalan seemed so certain Blake was dead - she may have encountered the clone again. Blake in the finale notably can't be the clone, because he was with Jenna.]]



* YouLookFamiliar: Glynis Barber also had a tiny role as a Mutoid in the first-season episode "Project Avalon", before getting the regular role of Soolin in the fourth season.

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* YouLookFamiliar: Glynis Barber also had a tiny role as a Mutoid in the first-season episode "Project Avalon", "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS1E9ProjectAvalon Project Avalon]]", before getting the regular role of Soolin in the fourth season.
27th Sep '17 5:28:01 PM ClintEastwood
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* OldShame: Creator/BrianBlessed is embarrassed by his guest role in "Cygnus Alpha" because he felt he overplayed it. Yes, really.

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* OldShame: Creator/BrianBlessed is embarrassed by his guest role in "Cygnus Alpha" "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS1E3CygnusAlpha Cygnus Alpha]]" because he felt he overplayed it. Yes, really.



** The minor Federation official Ven Glynd was played in "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS1E1TheWayBack The Way Back]]" by Robert James and in "Voice From the Past" by Richard Bebb.

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** The minor Federation official Ven Glynd was played in "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS1E1TheWayBack The Way Back]]" by Robert James and in "Voice "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS2E10VoiceFromThePast Voice From the Past" Past]]" by Richard Bebb.
18th Sep '17 10:26:04 AM moloch
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* CreatorsFavorite: It's pretty clear that Creator/TerryNation and Creator/ChrisBoucher's favourite character was Avon.

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* CreatorsFavorite: It's pretty clear that Creator/TerryNation and Creator/ChrisBoucher's favourite character was Avon. It's alright though - [[BreakoutCharacter he was everyone else's favourite too.]]
1st Jul '17 9:13:52 AM moloch
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Notably, the fate of [[spoiler: the clone of Blake from "Weapon"]] is never revealed. Some people believe [[spoiler: that's why Servalan seemed so certain Blake was dead - she may have encountered the clone again. Blake in the finale notably can't be the clone, because he was with Jenna.]]
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