Atlantis And The Tomorrow People: Back To The ’70s

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Come in number seven, your time is up (patrickduffy.org)

“He’s the lone survivor of a lost civilization … thrust into ours!”

Okay, anyone hoping to see Mark Harris, a speedo-wearing webbed hottie “who is both human and a creature of the deep,” popping up in BBC One’s new drama Atlantis Saturday night will be sorely disappointed.

The replacement show for Merlin is not a remake of ’70s cult fave Man from Atlantis, so don’t tune in expecting to be amazed by Mark’s astonishing prowess at reading the newspaper underwater.

As casting director Andy Pryor tweeted, tongue firmly in cheek, “No Patrick Duffy but you can’t have everything.”

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Not a pair of yellow swimming trunks in sight (BBC One)

Instead, this new drama concerns antediluvian Atlantis and boasts a killer cast (Mark Addy, Juliet Stevenson) battling their way through a mish-mash of  well-known myths and legends.

Apparently, the Minotaur used to take time out from chasing virgins through his Cretan Labyrinth to visit the other end of the Med. Who knew?

Meanwhile, fans chomping at the bit until the new Blake’s 7 reboot hits screens, can get a taste of yet another ’70s remake in the shape of The CW’s upcoming The Tomorrow People.

This season John and the gang will be mostly wearing sludge tones (denofgeek.com)
This season John and the gang will be mostly wearing sludge tones (denofgeek.com)

And there is great news for fans of the original.

Just as Ronald D. Moore’s Battlestar Galactica gave a tip of the hat to its predecessor by including Apollo Richard Hatch, TVGuide reports that The Tomorrow People will welcome back original star Nicholas Young (you know, the one who always looked like he should have been modelling knitting patterns) in a recurring guest spot.

Sadly, there’s been no word yet on whether Flintlock drummer Mike Holoway will also be back to quicken the hearts of his now-40-something fans.

Watch this space for updates. At the rate the ’70s are coming back, TVClaw wouldn’t be at all surprised if Pauline’s Quirkes made an appearance in the listings.

Check out the preview clip of The Tomorrow People and tell us what you think:

Atlantis premieres on BBC One in the UK, Saturday 28 September at 8.25pm

The Tomorrow People premieres in the US on The CW, Wednesday 16 October at 9pm ET

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Blake’s 7 Reboot: Add Your Choices to the Casting Wishlist

blakes-7-logo-570x427There has been a lot of chatter this week about how the Blake’s 7 reboot is shaping up, and no topic has had more chatter than which actors are going to be in it.

Exec producer Leon Clarance tweeted a while ago that Episode 1 of the new 13-episode Syfy series kicks off in Blake’s London apartment. And that the episode will feature: Blake, Gan, Vila, Servalan, Avon, Travis, Jenna and Zen.

Clarance also said that casting was “already starting to get interesting,” but so far hasn’t elaborated.

In the absence of hard news let’s speculate wildly, try not to cry when remembering the awesome BSG lineup and how it skews who can play what in Blake’s 7, ignore actors’ pre-existing work commitments, and compile our own dream cast for the new, amazeballs Blake’s 7.

Add your picks in Comments.

The TVClaw Blake’s 7 Casting Wishlist

Blake: Idris Elba, Paul Blackthorne, Jason IsaacsWild card: Clive Owen.

Gan: Jason MomoaKristian Nairn, Rory McCann. Wild card: Ray Stevenson.

Vila: James Callis, Mark Sheppard, John Thomson. Wild card: David Tennant.

Servalan: Lucy Lawless, Minnie Driver, Hermione NorrisWild card: Lena Headey.

Avon: Dominic West, Lennie James, Peter CapaldiWild card: Paul Darrow.

Travis: Hugh Laurie, Ben Browder, Sebastian Roché. Wild card: James Purefoy.

Jenna: Leah Cairns, Natalia Tena, Michelle Ryan. Wild card: Billie Piper.

Zen: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Brian BlessedWild card: Paul Darrow.

Excited much? Stay tuned for updates.

If you’re in need of a Blake’s 7 fix while you wait, check out The Liberator Chronicles series of enhanced audiobooks from Big Finish Productions.

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Blake’s 7 Reboot: It’s Amazeballs!

blakes-7-logo-570x427The Blake’s 7 gang are currently doing the rounds at the MIPTV spring market in Cannes to launch their loooong-awaited reboot of the cult fave.

What’s new? Well, according to exec producer Leon Clarance, the reboot is “suitably amazeballs.”

Previously, Clarance teased that the first line of the pilot episode is “Int london – Blake’s apt – morning.”

Now, courtesy of FremantleMedia, we get the rest of the picture: “The year is 2136, Blake wakes up on one side of the bed.  He reaches for the other side. There’s nobody there. As reality sets in, this handsome ex-soldier sits up, and looks at a photo of his wife Rachel. Beautiful. Deceased.”

FremantleMedia described the new Blake’s 7 as “a revolutionary reinvention” of the 1970s’ BBC sci fi series, which followed the story of seven criminals — six guilty and one innocent — who escaped from captivity on their way to a prison colony in space.

Launching the reboot, David Ellender, CEO FremantleMedia International and Kids & Family Entertainment said, “Blake’s 7 was such a forward-thinking concept that the show continues to have resonance with audiences today. Its complex characters and gritty storylines, coupled with the highly talented team and modern production techniques are sure to appeal to both original fans of the show and new viewers.”

Leon Clarance said, “Joe Pokaski and Martin Campbell have worked tirelessly … to create an amazeballs reboot of this classic space opera which I watched with my father when I was a child. This reimagined classic for a new generation of science fiction fans will enthrall original and new fans alike.”

Who’s in it? We still don’t know for sure, but the TVClaw casting wishlist has been updated. How about a Wire reunion and have Idris Elba as Blake and Dominic West as Avon? Lucy Lawless as Servalan could be totes amazeballs. Or how about Ray Stevenson or Sean Bean as a male Servalan, Minnie Driver as Jenna and  Alastair Mackenzie as Vila?

Other worthy contenders: Jason Isaacs, David Harewood, James Callis, David Tennant, Helen Baxendale, Claudia Black and Gethin Anthony.

There is consensus among fans that original Blake’s 7 star Paul Darrow has to have at least a cameo role, but who else do you want to see in it?

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Blake’s 7 Remake Update: It’s Set In London (And Space)

blakes-7-logo-570x427Fear not, Blake’s 7 fans: the remake is moving along as planned.

And producers Andrew Mark Sewell and Leon Clarance have revealed some tantalising details about their “suitably amazeballs” new version.

According to Sewell and Clarance, Blake’s 7 is progressing very nicely, thanks.

Responding to questions on Twitter, Clarance said the remake is “shaping up suitably amazeballs,” and Sewell concurred that everything’s going as planned. “All well but nothing to report,” he said.

Writer Joe Pokaski delivered the third draft of his script for the two-hour pilot back in late January. After reading it, Clarance Tweeted, “I defy any network executive to not like that version.”

Syfy placed a script-to-series order last year, so if the suits like what Pokaski’s produced we could see a 13-episode series in the works soon.

So, what’s occurring? The new Blake’s 7 is set in London. And space. Clarance teased that the first line of the final pilot script is: “Int london – Blake’s apt – morning.”

Excited much? Stay tuned for updates.

If you’re in need of a Blake’s 7 fix while you wait, check out The Liberator Chronicles series of enhanced audiobooks from Big Finish Productions.

@TVClaw

Blake’s 7 Remake: The Pilot Script Has Been Written

blakes-7-logo-570x427Okay, Blake’s 7 fans, time to put on your happy pants: the much-desired television remake is a giant step closer to becoming a reality.

Blake’s 7 producer Andrew Sewell announced on Twitter: “A new rebellion dawns. Joe Pokaski’s two-hour pilot script for #Blakes7 has just been delivered!”

It was reported back in August that Syfy had placed a script-to-series order, so if the suits like what Pokaski’s produced we could see a 13-episode series in the works soon. Stay tuned for updates.

If you’re in need of a Blake’s 7 fix while you wait, check out The Liberator Chronicles series of enhanced audiobooks from Big Finish Productions.

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Blake’s 7 Remake Is Happening: Syfy Brings Back Cult Series

Time for Blake’s 7 fans to do the happy dance: it is coming back to a small screen near you.

Following (we hope) in the footsteps of such successful remakes/reboots as Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica, producer Andrew Sewell today confirmed via Twitter reports that the cult sci fi series is to be resurrected.

Despite the pretty final ending, Blake’s 7 is the series that just will not die, and there have been several attempts to revive it since it went off the air in 1981.

Deadline exclusively reports that the new series will be a joint venture between independent studio Georgeville and the Syfy cable channel. Syfy has placed a script-to-series order, which could see a 13-episode series in the works soon.

The remake will be written by Joe Pokaski (Heroes, CSI) and, perhaps crucially, helmed by veteran director Martin Campbell (Casino Royale). It will be exec-produced by Campbell, Pokaski, Leon Clarance, Deepak Nayar and Sewell.

Feature director Campbell may at first seem an unlikely choice to direct a TV reboot, but he cut his teeth on British television dramas of the 1970s and ’80s, working on The Professionals, Reilly: Ace of Spies and Edge of Darkness among other things.

There’s been no news on casting yet, but the rumour mill will be grinding overtime soon. Right now, my dream team would kick off with Dominic West as Blake and either Claudia Black or Minnie Driver as Servalan.

Who would you cast? How about Ben Browder for a full-on Farscape reunion? Or even Wayne Pygram as a male Servalan? Now that I’d like to see.

Excited, much? Sewell told me on Twitter that, “There’s much to dance about — more news next week”.

Stay tuned for updates.

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