LONDON — Hoping to cash in on the success of classic sci-fi revamps such as the BBC’s “Doctor Who” and “Battlestar Galactica,” Sky One is planning to remake cult ’80s space series “Blake’s Seven.”
Sky has commissioned two 60-minute scripts with the intention of creating a new sci-fi series of the hugely popular show, which followed the intergalactic tales of a small band of rebel fighters struggling to evade the dark forces of the Federation.
Memorable for its cardboard sets and leather-clad arch villainess Servalan, the show was the creation of sci-fi legend Terry Nation, himself responsible for Doctor Who’s arch-nemesis the Daleks.
Sky One commissioning editor Elaine Pike said “Seven” was “ripe” for a revival, which will be jointly exec produced by Andrew Mark Sewell at B7 Prods. Most recently the show was released as a successful series of audio books starring a modern cast including “This Life” star Daniela Nardini.
This should be interesting. Blake’s 7 was one of my favorite TV series in my teen years. On Saturday nights, I would watch PBS, where they would show Blake’s 7 at 8 PM before showing Doctor Who at 9 PM. The only thing I would be relatively apprehensive about is who will play Avon. Paul Darrow will definitely be an extremely hard act to follow, especially more so than Dirk Benedict as Starbuck.
We’ll see if this ends up being more like a Doctor Who or Battlestar Galactica revival or more like a Knight Rider or The Bionic Woman revival.