'70s BBC sci-fi series Blake's 7 to be revived for Xbox Live

Hopefully the effects will be a bit better this time around

Microsoft's made much of the Xbox One's TV features – and it's putting its money where its mouth is.

As well as an Xbox Live-exclusive Halo TV series, Microsoft is reportedly funding a remake of venerable BBC sci-fi series Blake's 7 for the video service. According to the Financial Times, it's funding development of the show, but has stopped short of commissioning a full series.

Future dystopia

Created by Terry Nation, the man behind Doctor Who's Daleks, Blake's 7 ran for four seasons between 1978 and 1981. With a more cynical, bleak tone than BBC sci-fi stablemate Doctor Who, Blake's 7 followed the adventures of freedom fighter Roj Blake and his crew. Wags will doubtless have fun drawing parallels between the oppressive, Orwellian Federation of the show and the Xbox One's all-seeing Kinect – though Microsoft's gone to great lengths to point out that the Kinect isn't an all-seeing telescreen.

Over the years, there have been several attempts to revive Blake's 7 – either as a continuation of the original series or as a reboot (unsurprisingly, given that most of the cast were killed off in the final episode, and Blake himself is gunned down earlier in the series). To date, the only successful attempts have been in the form of audio dramas – hopefully Microsoft will manage to get the show back on the small screen.

[Source: Financial Times via BBC]


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"Hopefully the effects will be a bit better this time around"... Really?

I hope the stories are strong, and that unlike US-based remakes such as red dwarf that the main characters don't get 'americanised'.

What made Blakes 7 really great first time around was the bunch of rebels (convicted criminals don't forget) united by a single leader (falsely convicted as a child molestor don't forget) against a massive empire.

I defy anyone today to not look at the original Liberator and its Bridge set design and not be in awe.

As battlestar galactica has shown remakes don't have to be awful 3rd rate rehashes, so I have high hopes, although like V has shown, the trend is to  throw out the original and 're interpret' often missing what made the originals so goos.

Undoubtedly the special effects will be better, but I want more than a numbe CGI clone of the original.

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