Blake’s 7 is a British sci-fi show that aired from 1978-1981. I saw a few episodes on PBS in the mid-to-late 80’s and immediately fell in love with it. Sadly, PBS only aired those few episodes and I never had the opportunity to see more of the show… until today.
The star of Blake’s 7, Gareth Daniel Thomas, died yesterday (April 13, 2016) at the age of 71. He enjoyed an impressive acting career, with a long list of credits to his name, dating back to 1965.
I’m sorry to say that I am not more familiar with his works, although he is credited with many shows that I have seen and enjoyed. I just watched the first episode of Blake’s 7 (below) and am looking forward to binge watching the rest of the show.
This is the storyline of the show, as taken from IMDB
In the third century of the second calendar, a corrupt galactic federation, with Earth at its center, drugs its billions of citizens into placid submission. A rebel named Roj Blake, who once tried to organize a resistance group to overthrow this regime, was caught and divested of his memories. But Blake’s revolutionary spirit is revived when he witnesses a mass slaughter by police that is covered up by the federation officials. He escapes exile on board a prison spaceship and, together with a lovable band of outlaws, takes over a vacant alien space cruiser of awesome drive capability. Naming their new ship as “The Liberator”, Blake and his group travel the Milky Way to seek any opportunity to undermine the evil federation.
The Way Back
Season 1, Episode 1 – January 2nd, 1978
Here is the first episode of Blake’s 7. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
The Rest Of The Show
You can find the entire show (four seasons, 13 episodes each) on You Tube.
Zukalis, on You Tube, made a whole series of Blake’s 7 Music Videos.