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Liberation: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to "Blake's 7" [Paperback]

Alan Stevens , Fiona Moore
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Telos Publishing Ltd (25 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903889545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903889541
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,406,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From its first appearance in 1978 to its final episode in 1981, the BBC's cult television show "Blake's 7" pushed back the boundaries of what was possible. In this book, Alan Stevens and Fiona Moore look at the background to and the writing of the stories and create the ideal companion for anyone interested in the development of TV science fiction during the late seventies.

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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A superb text deserves a better package 11 Mar 2004
By G. Park
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Had you noticed that Gan kills at least one person, and therefore either the script forgot about his limiter, or the limiter is dodgy? Had you considered the idea that Avon subconsciously sees Blake as a substitute for his missing brother, hence his ambivalent feelings of loyalty and resentment? No, nor had I.
If you care about such things, buy this book. If you don't, why are you reading this?
The format is chronological episode-by-episode, but this is far more than your average fan's plot summary, it's an intelligent, well written critical analysis, packed with details about production problems, script alterations, and acute observations of characters and sub-texts. There is more to Gan, for example, than meets the eye ...
There's also an appendix which reviews Blake's 7 radio shows and other spin-offs.
As far as I know this is the first and only guide to Blake's 7 there is, and the text is superb - far better than other guides I've read, about The Prisoner and The Avengers,for example, by Alain Carraze et al. Where those guides excel, however, Liberation fails. They are large and have glossy pages and colour photos. Liberation is A5, and has tiny b&w pictures. I don't know if the leather-bound edition improves on this, but the text deserves a large-format glossy photo edition, which would be worth double the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
As other reviewers have pointed out the first thing that strikes you about this book is its awfull cover. For some reason the publishers Telos decided to go for a cover which had nothing to do with Blake's 7 - perhaps this was due to copyright issues. However naff cover asside Liberation is an excellent book. The authors Fiona Moore and Alan Stevens have written a facinating book which covers all aspects of the cult tv programme Blake's 7. As well as covering the four series, Liberation covers the audio plays as well as the novels.

The book is slightly let down by the lack of illustrations - some colour photos from the series would have been nice. However this and the book cover are minor quibbles. For anyone who is a fan of this classic series Liberation is well worth reading.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this book 26 April 2006
Very few photographs. Worst of all is the sex obsessed interpretation and analysis of each episode. Avon's character is analysed as completely evil while Gan is said to have a limiter implanted to stop him enjoy murdering women, not to put too fine a point on it. There is talk of attack with "phallic" guns. Sometimes the authors tend to dwell on negative aspects of characters and exaggerate them. Each episode is read into so much that it becomes tiresome even for the most enthusiastic fan. There's room out there for the definitive guide to Blake's 7. This isn't it.
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30 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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Never have I read such a poorly written book on a television classic. If like me you are interested in the behind the scenes stories behind the series and a factual look at Blake's 7, then this is one to avoid.
The authors have developed to a fine art the ability to take a half fact and then write pages of supposition from it. Their motivations for the character of Gan for instance would probably have Terry Nation turning in his grave.
Not only that but even the few items touted as fact there are a vast number of mistakes.
Poor written, poorly produced, lacking photographs and with a cover that bears no resemblance to the series.
One to avoid.
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