History Trivia / BlakesSeven

21st Dec '16 1:33:42 PM lakingsif
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* KilledByRequest: One of the most famous examples in British TV is Gareth Thomas, who played Roj Blake. He left at the end of the second season, when the character was PutOnABus, but got fed up when he was called back for a second return appearance in the final episode of the fourth season. Unaware that it would turn out to be the last episode of the show anyway, he refused to do it unless he was absolutely and unambiguously DeaderThanDead at the end, and actually conspired with the effects team to make it one of the bloodiest TV shootings of the era, with so many {{Squib}}s being loaded onto his chest and stomach that it narrowly avoided breaching contemporary taste and decency standards and left him with slight physical injuries when they all went off.
29th Nov '16 2:58:30 PM LondonKdS
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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.
21st Nov '16 5:48:58 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* OldShame: Creator/BrianBlessed is embarrassed by his guest role in "Cygnus Alpha" because he felt he overplayed it. Yes, really.
19th Nov '16 12:59:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* DawsonCasting: ''Possibly'' the case with Dayna: though Josette Simon is actually quite a lot younger than other members of the principal cast, she was still in her early twenties when the show was made, but at several points it seems like the character was meant to be in her mid-teens (such as when she refers to herself as a "girl" at one point, explicitly contrasting this with Cally's allusion to herself as a woman moments before). A lot of her other traits (her obvious sexual curiosity around Avon and Tarrant, her quite childlike desire to be comforted when frightened despite her usual {{Badass}} demeanor) could be meant to indicate that the character was intended to be younger than she looked, but might just as easily be put down to her isolated upbringing alone with her father and foster-sister.

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* DawsonCasting: ''Possibly'' the case with Dayna: though Josette Simon is actually quite a lot younger than other members of the principal cast, she was still in her early twenties when the show was made, but at several points it seems like the character was meant to be in her mid-teens (such as when she refers to herself as a "girl" at one point, explicitly contrasting this with Cally's allusion to herself as a woman moments before). A lot of her other traits (her obvious sexual curiosity around Avon and Tarrant, her quite childlike desire to be comforted when frightened despite her usual {{Badass}} badass demeanor) could be meant to indicate that the character was intended to be younger than she looked, but might just as easily be put down to her isolated upbringing alone with her father and foster-sister.
9th Oct '16 5:07:17 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* CreatorsFavoriteEpisode: Creator/TerryNation's favourite episode from the first series was "Mission to Destiny".

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* CreatorsFavoriteEpisode: CreatorsFavoriteEpisode:
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Creator/TerryNation's favourite episode from the first series was "Mission to Destiny".



* UnresolvedCliffhanger: Contrary to what the final episode showed, there were plans for a fifth season, but the BBC decided not to renew the series. As a result, the show was LeftHanging.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Terry Nation wanted the invading aliens in the series 2 finale to be the Daleks, and both Gareth Thomas and Creator/TomBaker pushed for a 'Series/BlakesSeven''[=/=]''Series/DoctorWho'' crossover where the Doctor and the crew meet up, but the BBC vetoed both ideas.

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* UnresolvedCliffhanger: Contrary to what the final episode showed, there were plans for a fifth season, but the BBC decided not to renew the series. As a result, the show was LeftHanging.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Terry Nation
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** Creator/TerryNation
wanted the invading aliens in the series 2 finale to be the Daleks, and both Gareth Thomas and Creator/TomBaker pushed for a 'Series/BlakesSeven''[=/=]''Series/DoctorWho'' crossover where the Doctor and the crew meet up, but the BBC vetoed both ideas.
15th Aug '16 9:48:19 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** 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.

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** Pip and Jane Baker submitted an unused episode called Death Squad, "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.


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** Creator/RobertHolmes was asked to be the script-editor for the series. He declined, having just left the script-editor's post on ''Series/DoctorWho'', though he did recommend Creator/ChrisBoucher for the job. Holmes also wrote four episodes of the series.
11th Aug '16 7:47:44 AM CumbersomeTercel
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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 the Edge of the World"/World".
11th Aug '16 7:44:19 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* CreatorsFavouriteEpisode: Creator/TerryNation's favourite episode from the first series was "Mission to Destiny".

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* CreatorsFavouriteEpisode: CreatorsFavoriteEpisode: Creator/TerryNation's favourite episode from the first series was "Mission to Destiny".
11th Aug '16 7:43:57 AM CumbersomeTercel
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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).

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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).wig) in "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.

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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 "Sand" from that season as her favourite episode.episode.
* CreatorsFavouriteEpisode: Creator/TerryNation's favourite episode from the first series was "Mission to Destiny".
** Paul Darrow's favourite was either "Star One" or "Rumours of Death".
** Michael Keating's favourite was "The City on the Edge of the World"/
** Jacqueline Pearce's favourite was "Sand".
** Stephen Greif's favourite was "Duel".
** Jan Chappell's favourites were "Children of Auron" and "Sarcophagus".
** Stephen Pacey's favourite was "Death-Watch".
* CreatorsFavorite: It's pretty clear that Creator/TerryNation and Creator/ChrisBoucher's favourite character was Avon.



* DependingOnTheWriter: After Terry Nation left the show this got so bad for the character of Avon that Paul Darrow gave up and started playing him as [[SanitySlippage slowly losing his mind]] to compensate for it.

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* DependingOnTheWriter: After Terry Nation Creator/TerryNation left the show this got so bad for the character of Avon that Paul Darrow gave up and started playing him as [[SanitySlippage slowly losing his mind]] to compensate for it.



* PostScriptSeason: The fourth season.



** The minor Federation official Ven Glynd was played in "The Way Back" by Robert James and in "Voice From the Past" by Richard Bebb.
* RealLifeRelative: Paul Darrow's wife was asked to guest star on the show. She agreed on the condition that her character be killed by Avon because she found the idea amusing.

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** The minor Federation official Ven Glynd was played in "The "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS1E1TheWayBack The Way Back" Back]]" by Robert James and in "Voice From the Past" by Richard Bebb.
* PostScriptSeason: The fourth season.
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RealLifeRelative: Paul Darrow's wife was asked to guest star on the show.in "[[Recap/BlakesSevenS4E13Blake Blake]]". She agreed on the condition that her character be killed by Avon because she found the idea amusing.


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** Creator/IngridPitt was considered for Servalan.
4th Aug '16 1:47:44 AM LondonKdS
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* TheOtherDarrin: Travis was played by Stephen Greif in the first season and Brian Croucher in the second. Less visibly, Orac's voice was provided in "Orac" by Derek Farr, who had played his creator Ensor, but in later episodes by Peter Tuddenham. The Federation official Ven Glynd was played in "The Way Back" by Robert James and in "Voice From the Past" by Richard Bebb.

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* TheOtherDarrin: Two major characters and one minor:
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Travis was played by Stephen Greif in the first season and Brian Croucher in the second. second.
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Less visibly, Orac's voice was provided in "Orac" by Derek Farr, who had played his creator Ensor, but in later episodes by Peter Tuddenham. Tuddenham as Farr wasn't interested in playing a regular role.
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The minor Federation official Ven Glynd was played in "The Way Back" by Robert James and in "Voice From the Past" by Richard Bebb.
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