Thursday, March 20, 2014


With more of that typical British irreverence I spoke of earlier today (transport) is a short video done by the BBC several years ago on Blake's 7. This is part of a greater whole; an hour-long show hosted by actor Tom Baker on the top ten SF television programs. I can't remember what 'number' this one came in at. The only one I can remember is Space: 1999 listing at number ten.

One of the interview subjects here, along with series actors Gareth Thomas and Paul Darrow, and various journalists and fans, is "Servalan" portrayer Jacqueline Pearce. At one point she says "guys would come up to me on the street and say 'gosh you really had an amazing influence on my life at a very crucial time'". Pearce would then ask them, "Did it work?" The first thing I thought of after hearing that cute bit of trivia was that in those pre-VCR days those young men must have had to have worked very fast.

Six minutes and forty seconds of looking at Blake's 7 (1978-1981)...

1 comment:

Barry Smight said...

I decided to provide more info on the episode discussed here; "Top Ten Sci-Fi Shows".

It was broadcast on Channel 4 in the U.K. on Saturday, October 13th, 2001.

Of course this airdate predates SF television series' such as Lost, (the reconfigured) Battlestar Galactica, and Firefly which, if done today by the same critics, would reorder the special's picks and push some out of the top ten. The 2001 order of the chosen ones is as follows...

1. Star Trek
2. Dr Who
3. Red Dwarf
4. Thunderbirds
5. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
6. Blake's 7
7. Sapphire and Steel
8. The Tomorrow People
9. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
10. Space 1999