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August 4th, 2010 (12:09 pm)
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I'd thought that this project must have died quietly, but there seems to have been an announcement confirming that it is no more.

Sky1 drops plans for Blake's 7 remake (from Media Guardian)

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Posted by: nineveh_uk (nineveh_uk)
Posted at: August 4th, 2010 11:25 am (UTC)

Pity - though as a non-SKy viewer, positive if it ends up on something I have got!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 4th, 2010 11:35 am (UTC)
Zen

I'm not sure whether anyone has the commissioning budget at the moment for such a project - Primeval survives on cobbled-together financing, and the BBC are tied up with Doctor Who and Merlin. Then again, I've not heard much of the BBC's Outcasts recently, so if they wanted to do Blake instead...

Posted by: gervase_fen (gervase_fen)
Posted at: August 4th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)

Outcasts is in production now, presumably for transmission early next year. Tate's Seven?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 4th, 2010 10:35 pm (UTC)

I can't say I'm overwhelmed by enthusiasm, though that may not be the fault of Ben Richards and co, but that of the BBC Drama synopsis writers.

Posted by: azdak (azdak)
Posted at: August 4th, 2010 11:36 am (UTC)

I see B7 productions believe a revived B7 "has exciting 360-degree exploitation opportunities", which sounds more like bad porn than sci fi to me.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 4th, 2010 11:40 am (UTC)
JamieZoe

I don't think that B7 Productions are the programme's fandom's favourite people, though I might be mistaken.

Posted by: nineveh_uk (nineveh_uk)
Posted at: August 4th, 2010 11:48 am (UTC)

Life-size Avon dolls?

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: August 4th, 2010 12:23 pm (UTC)

What she said.

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Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 4th, 2010 11:45 am (UTC)

Then again, I think that the present lot might claim to be heirs to Terry Nation's libertarianism...

Posted by: Pellegrina (pellegrina)
Posted at: August 4th, 2010 11:55 am (UTC)

It does seem to be a pity that the progress of CGI and related technologies, while allowing for much greater realism in special effects, has apparently raised the bar and increased the cost of making SF shows which presumably used to be quite affordable when people accepted props and costumes visibly cobbled together from bubble wrap and household implements. This is probably a simplified and idealised view born of ignorance!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 4th, 2010 12:20 pm (UTC)

OTOH the cost of CGI has fallen compared with the 1990s, which helped the case for the return of Doctor Who... but the budget of that programme isn't great, and Sky would want something which could compete in an international market. (Critics in America were sneerish about the quality of the CGI on Merlin when that gained a network slot on NBC.)

Posted by: Susan (lil_shepherd)
Posted at: August 4th, 2010 01:00 pm (UTC)

Can't say I'm bothered, considering the quality of recent remakes.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 4th, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
Marmite

Somehow I'm not surprised that you'd say that.

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Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 4th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
Zen

If it's the BBC Radio 7 series of which you are thinking, they were originally produced as straight-to-CD dramas by B7 Productions and subsequently bought in by the BBC. B7 were also involved in the now-cancelled Sky television version.

Posted by: A Meticulous Catalogue of Wrongs To Be Avenged (splendorsine)
Posted at: August 5th, 2010 05:33 am (UTC)

I was wondering about that! It seemed to be "definitely happening" a couple of years ago and then vanished into a silent vortex of no further press releases.

It's probably better off now it has garnered a firm "no" from Sky, instead of remaining stuck in agonizing will-they-won't-they limbo. I'd like to see a new attempt at a grand-scale British sci-fi show; it's not as if Doctor Who has been struggling to recoup its costs since 2005. As long as any Blake's 7 reboot isn't spearheaded by Russell T Davies with 7 bisexual crew members based in Wales, I'll be happy :P