Thursday, 14 April 2016

Theme Time : Dudley Simpson - Blake's 7

Following the sad news of the death of Gareth Thomas, today's Theme Time post could only be about one distinctive TV theme...


Bursting onto our screens in the first week of January, 1978, Blake's 7 was a space opera created by the man behind the Daleks, Terry Nation. It ran for four series, ending in 1981 and was inspired by real world political conflicts (such as those in South America and Israel) dystopian future nightmares, The Magnificent Seven, The Dirty Dozen, the Robin Hood myth and the 1944 Humphrey Bogart war film Passage to Marseille. 


The series initially follows the adventures of political dissident Roj Blake (Thomas) who, having been arrested on false charges by the totalitarian regime of The Federation is transported to a penal colony with a band of fellow prisoners. Successfully taking control of the ship transporting them, the seven rebels now vow to battle The Federation, often represented by Travis (Stephen Grief/Brian Croucher) and Servalan (Jacqueline Pearce) The seven were an ever-changing band and included Paul Darrow's Avon, Michael Keating's Vila, Sally Knyvette as Jenna, Jan Chappell as Cally, Josette Simon as Dayna, Steven Pacey as Tarrant, David Jackson as Gan, Gylnis Barber as Soolin and the computers Orac and Zen played by Derek Farr and Peter Tuddenham.


The theme tune was provided by Dudley Simpson who, at that time, was a regular at scoring the music for Doctor Who (and there's always that bit in John Miles' Music Was My First Love that immediately conjures the theme to mind)

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