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BLAKE'S 7 - The Early Years: When Vila Met Gan

Announcing the newest release in the revival of BLAKE'S 7!

Note to individual customers in the United States and worldwide, excluding the United Kingdom - BLAKE'S 7: THE AUDIO ADVENTURES and BLAKE'S 7: THE EARLY YEARS can be purchased from retailers listed at http://www.mikescomics.com/LINKS2.html. If you know a local specialty shop, bookstore, college or library in your area where you think this audio series would flourish, please have them get in touch with us!

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For Immediate Release


- Michael Keating to reprise cult TV role in audio -


LONDON, April 22, 2008: UK-based independent media production company, B7 Productions, has announced a series of prequel audio adventures based on the cult television classic, BLAKE'S 7.

Following the success of last year's audio re-imagining of BLAKE'S 7 [broadcast on BBC 7 over Christmas] and thirty years since the dramatic and shocking finale of the original series, MICHAEL KEATING [Blake's 7, EastEnders] will reprise his most popular role as the cowardly thief, Vila Restal, the only character to appear in all 52 episodes of the original series. The new audio incarnation of Olag Gan played by OWEN AARONOVITCH [Coronation Street] also stars.

BLAKE'S 7 - THE EARLY YEARS will be a prequel series of stories exploring the origins of key BLAKE'S 7 characters prior to them meeting rebel leader Roj Blake. The first of these prequel stories "When Vila Met Gan" has been written by lead writer Ben Aaronovitch ["Classic" Doctor Who, Jupiter Moon], and explores the history and enduring friendship between Gan and Vila, two of the most unlikely rebels to take up arms against the Federation.

Future episodes will feature the characters of Avon [written by Ben Aaronovitch], Jenna [written by Simon Guerrier], Travis [written by James Swallow], Cally [written by Marc Platt], and of course the series wouldn't be complete without a story exploring the origins of the rebels' arch-nemesis Supreme Commander Servalan, who we meet as a young, ambitious cadet officer with "family connections".

An "extended" special edition CD [and download] of "When Vila Met Gan" will be released for retail on 2 June 2008, with a recut version to be broadcast on BBC 7 in the summer.

Michael Keating says of his return to the role of Vila: "It's exciting to return to the character of Vila especially in this format and to discover the origins of his friendship with Gan."

Audio Director Andrew Sewell comments: "Vila was one of the most popular characters of the original series and we're absolutely delighted to welcome Michael back to a role that contributed in no small part to the show's enduring popularity."

Sewell adds: "From the moment Michael Keating uttered his first lines it was as if we'd been teleported back thirty years - that's the beauty of audio and of course the energy and enthusiasm which Michael brings to the role."

About… Blake's 7

In the original series, broadcast on the BBC [circa 1978-1981], Terry Nation, one of Britain's foremost television writers of the 1960's and 1970's, gave the world a vision of the future, a future where the galaxy is ruled by the iron fist of a galactic federation, in which freedom and justice are things of the past. Into this vision he cast a small band of outlaws, who by pure chance found themselves in control of the most powerful space vessel in the known galaxy - the Liberator. Led by the enigmatic Roj Blake this group of rebels would strike at the heart of the Federation and change the face of science fiction television forever.

To this day, BLAKE'S 7 retains a cult following second only to "Doctor Who".

About… Blake's 7 - The Early Years (When Vila Met Gan)

30 years since the dramatic and shocking finale of the original series, Michael Keating reprises his most famous role as the cowardly thief, Vila.

Earth, 2230 AD. A time of social and political turmoil…

Olag Gan wants to marry the woman of his dreams. Vila Restal wants to steal anything that isn't nailed down. When they form a partnership, a perfect combination of strength and skill, it seems that nothing stands between them and the easy life. But fate hates to give a sucker an even break and the course of true love never did run smooth.

About… Blake's 7: The Audio Adventures

Re-imagining the classic TV series, the Blake's 7 audio adventures [written by Ben Aaronovitch, Marc Platt and James Swallow] were first made available on the new SCI FI Play broadband player section of the SCI FI CHANNEL website and the broadcast on BBC7 over Christmas 2007. They star DEREK RIDDELL [The Book Group, Ugly Betty] as the eponymous rebel leader, Roj Blake, COLIN SALMON [James Bond, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency] as computer genius Kerr Avon and DANIELA NARDINI [This Life] as Supreme Commander Servalan. Other cast members include CRAIG KELLY [Queer As Folk] as Travis, CARRIE DOBRO [Babylon 5] as Jenna, MICHAEL PRAED [Robin of Sherwood] and DOUG BRADLEY [Hellraiser].

The trilogy "special edition" box set of BLAKE'S 7 - THE AUDIO ADVENTURES [3 X 60 minutes] is available from all good retailers.

About… B7 Productions

B7 Productions develops and produces original multi-platform programming and formats for radio, television and film. One of the company's major projects is the audio, animated, and live action revival of the cult sci-fi television classic "Blake's 7". Following its debut feature "Mrs, Palfrey at the Claremont" [UK Producer for Claremont Films], B7P is currently working on its next feature "Recognition Gap". TV projects include documentaries "Famous Monster" [biography of Forrest J Ackerman] and "Space Babes, Wasp Women, and Scream Queens" [the women of sci-fi and horror], period sitcom "The Victorians" and the much anticipated live action revival of the cult SF classic "Blake's 7".


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