From the Guardian:
Now Sky One is hoping to continue the successful reinvention of the genre with a
multimillion-pound remake of the 1970s British favourite Blake's 7. The
broadcaster yesterday announced that it had approved the development of two new
scripts from the production company that holds the rights to the series.
will hope to retain the addictive plots, realism and moral ambiguity of the
original, which featured Roj Blake and his crew on the run from a totalitarian
government called the Federation which rules the galaxy with an iron fist.
Blake's 7 was a delicious treat for me growing up. It was so far from the staple of TV science fiction at the time. There was sex, there was violence, there was moral ambiguity and anti-hero's. It was in short adult. Which for me as an early teen was simply indescribable. It was as far from Ewoks as someone could get. All of the characters had ulterior motives, all were fatally flawed, it was only a matter of time before one of the characters would turn on the others. They were doomed, they deserved to be doomed, yet you couldn't help rooting for them.
In St. Louis, it played after midnight on Sunday nights as I remember. This would have had to have been in the mid-80's... One of those PBS buys BBC programs for air situations.