It’s here and it looks great. Full marks to all concerned for a great little mini-adventure. I’m also excited that the Braxiatel storyline is coming to a close. I can’t wait to see hear how it ends!
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I’ve been on holiday in the West Country, with Glastonbury, Bath, Wells (Hot Fuzz, The Lazarus Experiment), Wookey Hole (Revenge of the Cybermen, The End of Time Part 1, Robin of Sherwood) and Cheddar Gorge all visited.
Whilst in Cheddar I popped into all the second-hand bookshops and charity shops to see if any little cult treasures popped up. And lo and behold, what do I find…?
A for Andromeda can be a difficult little bugger to find, so I was chuffed to pick this up so cheaply and in such good condition. The classic find was the Tomorrow People novel. In pristine, unread condition it’s a great one to add to my ever-growing collection, if only for the descriptions of the stories inside:
The Man Who Knew Too Much – A scientist invents a terrible new weapon, so powerful it could destroy not only the Earth but the sun and every other planet in the solar system. What should he do? (Hmm… Switch it off, perhaps?)
The Great Mothers of Matra – Giant women who live for ever… While the Tomorrow People are exploring a doomed world, Stephen befriends a Nola Bear, one of the small cuddly animals that live on the planet. When he tries to take the Nola Bear back to Earth the little animal lands him in the middle of a living nightmare. (Quarantine regulations are a bitch, aren’t they?)
The Guru – Religion can be a powerful force for good, or evil… as the Tomorrow People discover when they find out that someone is taking their name in vain. (I love that first line. Can it really? Good job you warned me)
This book was published in 1974 and is, therefore, a year younger than me. It’s in remarkably better condition than I am though…
Emailed to C2 ten minutes ago!
Official Statement from B7 Productions Ltd regarding the planned TV revival of BLAKE’S 7
SKY deciding to not proceed with the planned TV revival of BLAKE’S 7 is obviously disappointing, but the development process has resulted in the dynamic reinvention of this ‘branded’ series. As SKY were the minority broadcaster, there is a huge opportunity for investment in a TV series that is fully developed, has genuine global appeal and has exciting 360 degree exploitation opportunities. With much praised scripts from lead writers Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle (Going Postal) and 60% of the finance already in place, by anyone’s standard we have pulled together a compelling package. We are confident that this reboot of BLAKE’S 7 has the creative and commercial credentials that will enable us to find a partner with the vision to recognise the strength and enduring appeal of the show and the opportunity it represents to produce a bold new drama series with significant international appeal.
Reported in today’s MediaGuardian:
Sky1 has cancelled plans to bring back cult science fiction series Blake’s 7.
The BSkyB-owned pay-TV channel commissioned a remake of the series, which was created by Terry Nation and ran on BBC1 between 1978 and 1981, in 2008 at a time when reinventions were all the rage. Battlestar Galactica, Russell T Davies’s reimagining of Doctor Who and Bionic Woman had all made comebacks of varying success.
“Following the development process we have decided not to produce Blake’s 7, however, Sky continues to invest heavily in original drama and it remains at the heart of our plans,” said a spokeswoman for Sky1.
At the time of the Blake’s 7 commission in 2008, the Sky1 head of drama, Elaine Pyke, said: “The time is ripe for a revival of a show that represents the best traditions of the genre, not to mention one of the best-loved and most successful dramas of all time.”
Blake’s 7 was commissioned when former Sky1 controller Richard Woolfe was running the channel. Under his successor, Stuart Murphy, Sky1 is shifting its programming focus.
Last week Sky signed a £150m deal for exclusive UK rights to all new HBO shows and the US cable channel’s entire back catalogue.
Murphy also unveiled a slate of comedy commissions including Stella, produced by and starring Gavin & Stacey’s Ruth Jones.
Sky1 has also ended discussions about a spy show with Gillian Anderson, which was reportedly talked about as a £1m-per-episode project, although this had not never got past the development stage.
“Putting a project into development by no means guarantees a commission but our ratio of projects that do make it to the screen is very strong indeed at one in four,” said the spokeswoman. “Development is an essential part of commissioning. However, we never prolong this process unnecessarily and we always return to programme-makers with a prompt decision.”
Big Finish have just announced a free-to-view, ten-minute CGI adventure for Bernice Summerfield: Dead and Buried, due for release in September.
Lisa Bowerman returns as our eponymous hero and it isn’t long before she’s being pursued through the ruins of an alien world by a deadly adversary.
Dead and Buried is animated by Alex Mallinson (regular designer for Big Finish), who has been working on the project for months.
“I’ve created animated trailers for Cyberman and Dalek Empire in the past but this is a much more complicated prospect,” he says. “John Ainsworth and Eddie Robson have written a cracking yarn which is proving a joy and a challenge to animate. It’s taken weeks of patient construction, animation, rendering and compositing but it doesn’t truly spring to life until Matthew Cochrane’s evocative sound design is added.”
There’s a glimpse of what’s to come in the teaser trailer (see below).
What’s that I hear you cry? Two new shows in the same week?? Now hold on there, isn’t that just the world gone topsy-turvy?
Yeah, well… It’s about as likely to happen again as Mike re-watching The Stone Tape. Still, it means we’re back on schedule just in time for a break (!) and we finish July with the second story of the Monster Season and the first appearance of those great furry beasties; the Yeti.
Monks, monastaries, buddhas, glowing balls, Debbie’s dad, Jack and North Wales standing in for Tibet.
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As I said earlier, we’re now on a break for the duration of August and the podcast will return on Wednesday the 1st of September with Russell T Davies’ Dark Season…
See you in a month!
Dream Team Choices:
Doctor: 5th | Companions: Ben, Polly and Donna | Writer: Robert Holmes | Script Editor: Eric Saward | Composer: Peter Howell/Mark Ayres | Producer: Philip Hinchcliffe | Director: Douglas Camfield | Returning Villain: Toymaker | Multi-Doctor Story: 2nd, 8th and 10th
Doctor: 2nd | Companions: Peri and Jamie | Writer: David Whitaker | Script Editor: Terrance Dicks | Composer: Dudley Simpson | Producer: John Nathan-Turner | Director: Fiona Cumming | Returning Villain: Ice Warriors | Multi-Doctor Story: 7th, 8th and 10th
Doctor: 8th | Companions: Tegan and Harry | Writer: Terrance Dicks/Eric Saward | Script Editor: Robert Holmes | Composer: Mark Ayres | Producer: Verity Lambert | Director: Graeme Harper | Returning Villain: Zygons | Multi-Doctor Story: 2nd, 6th and 8th
No need to vote – we were only mucking about. However if you want to tell us your dream team, feel free!