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“A polished audio drama gem. Essential listening!” Jesse Willis — www.sffaudio.com

Before Blake;
Before the Seven;
Before the Rebellion began…

BLAKE’S 7: THE EARLY YEARS is a thrilling new prequel series of stories, also broadcast on BBC Radio 7, exploring the origins of key Blake’s 7 characters prior to them meeting rebel leader, Roj Blake, as revealed in the B7 PRODUCTIONS’ Blake’s 7: The Audio Adventures.

“This superior prequel series mines the back-stories of the titular characters. Blake’s 7: The Early Years is intelligent social Science Fiction.” – SFFAudio.com

A rebellion is born in many places, in the riot-torn London of the 23rd century, in the laboratories and dreaming spires of Oxford University, in the dangerously untamed forests of Auron and the asteroid fields of neutral space. BLAKE’S 7: THE EARLY YEARS takes you to when the seeds of rebellion against the Federation really began.

The stories feature the established characters Avon, and then Vila & Gan (in two stories written by Ben Aaronovitch), Jenna (written by Simon Guerrier), Travis (written by James Swallow), Cally (written by Marc Platt) , Zen written by James Swallow) and of course the series wouldn’t be complete without a story (written by James Swallow) exploring the origins of the rebel’s arch-nemesis Supreme Commander Servalan who we meet as a young, ambitious, cadet officer with ‘family connections’.

Current Blake’s 7: The Early Years Releases

Blake’s 7: When Vila Met Gan [Vila and Gan] (2008)
Blake’s 7: Point of no Return [Travis] (2008)
Blake’s 7: Eye of the Machine [Avon] (2008)
Blake’s 7: Blood & Earth [Cally] (2009)
Blake’s 7: Flag & Flame [Cally] (2009)
Blake’s 7: The Dust Run [Jenna] (2009)
Blake’s 7: The Trial [Jenna] (2009)
Blake’s 7: Escape Velocity [Zen] (2010)

Production Credits

Featuring Michael Keating, Jan Chappell, Colin Salmon, Keeley Hawes, Geoffrey Palmer, Carrie Dobro, Craig Kelly, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jake Maskall, Peter Guinness, Susannah Doyle, Zoë Tapper, Jason Merrells, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Owen Aaronovitch, Amy Humphreys, Michael Cochrane, Julian Wadham, Stephen Lord, Natalie Walter and Alistair Lock as ZEN

Writers
Ben Aaronovitch (When Vila met Gan, Eye of the Machine, Blood & Earth)
Marc Platt (Flag & Flame)
James Swallow (Point of No Return, Escape Velocity)
Simon Guerrier (The Dust Run, The Trial)

Directors
Dominic Devine (Blood & Earth, Flag & Flame)
Alistair Lock (The Dust Run, The Trial)
Duncan McAlpine (Point of no Return)
Andrew Mark Sewell (When Vila Met Gan, Eye of the Machine, Escape Velocity)

Sound Design, Post Production & Music Alistair Lock
Production Company B7 Productions
Category Full-cast Audio Dramas
Duration 10 x 30 minutes
Genre Science Fiction
TX BBC Radio 4 Extra (formerly BBC Radio 7)

BLAKE’S 7: THE EARLY YEARS

Season 1 was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra (formerly known as Radio 7. First transmission 31 May – 4 June 2010. The audio drama are now available at all major online retailers and can be purchased direct at www.blakes7.com or downloaded from iTunes.

Related Links

BLAKE’S 7 (Official Website)

BIG FINISH (Classic Blake’s 7)