Calling all fans of the seminal sci-fi show BLAKE'S 7 - prepare to be very happy indeed!
Big Finish Productions, the team that have brought us many a fine audio play based on our favourite genre properties - DR WHO; JUDGE DREDD; SAPPHIRE & STEEL; HIGHLANDER; to name but a few - have just announced their latest acquisition. Yup, mucho BLAKE'S 7 awesomeness is on its way in the form of original audio plays and novels.
Let's just hand it over to Big Finish themselves to properly fill you in on their plans...
Blake’s 7: The Liberator Chronicles will be launching in Spring 2012 on CD and download, and will be performed by the original actors from the TV series. Each box set will contain three discs, with each disc comprising a separate adventure performed by two of the show’s stars. There will be two box set releases each year.
The Blake’s 7 original novels will be released in hardback editions, each of approximately 60,000 words. There will be two novels per year – thus ensuring there’s a new Blake’s 7 release every three months!
Jason Haigh-Ellery, executive producer of Big Finish, says: “As a huge fan of Blake’s 7, it is a series that I have always wanted Big Finish to be involved with – and now we have the chance due to a ground breaking agreement with B7 Enterprises. It’s something that Andrew Mark Sewell and I have been discussing for several years and I am so pleased that we have come to an agreement.”
Nicholas Briggs, executive producer adds: “'Blake’s 7 is something our listeners have been asking us to produce for ages, so I'm so pleased that we're finally delivering!'”
Andrew Mark Sewell, managing director of B7 Enterprises says: “We’ve long been an admirer of the audio dramas produced by Big Finish and are delighted that they will be lending their considerable talents to recapturing the spirit of the classic Blake’s 7 series with a series of new novels and audio plays. Even though thirty years has passed since the original television series ended, we’re sure that these new novels and audio stories will recapture the magic of Terry Nation’s original creation and reignite people’s passion for this seminal show.”
The audio series will be produced by David Richardson, while Xanna Eve Chown is books editor.
“I have two loves in science fiction,” says David, “and they are Doctor Who and Blake’s 7. And now I get to produce both on audio! I couldn’t be happier.”
“The Liberator Chronicles will be a series of exciting, character-driven tales that remain true to the original TV series. We’re aiming for authenticity – recreating the wonder of 1978 all over again!”
Blake’s 7: The Liberator Chronicles launches in Spring 2012 and is available for pre-order at bigfinish.com.
Blake’s 7: The Novels launch in Summer 2012 and are available for pre-order at bigfinish.com.
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