Sky 1 drops Blake’s 7 revival

Sky 1 has dropped plans for a remake of science fiction series Blake’s 7.

The broadcaster announced in April 2008 that it was working with B7 Productions on a revival of the show, and that it was developing two new scripts, with a view to creating a full series.

At the time, Sky 1 head of drama Elaine Pyke said the “time is ripe for a revival”.

However, in a statement today, a spokesman for the broadcaster said it had “decided not to produce Blake’s 7″.

He said: “Sky continues to invest heavily in original drama and it remains at the heart of our plans. Putting a project into development by no means guarantees a commission but our ratio of projects that do make it to the screen is very strong indeed at one in four.”

The spokesman added that development “is an essential part of commissioning”.

“We never prolong this process unnecessarily and we always return to programme makers with a prompt decision,” he said.

Responding, B7 Productions said in a statement that the decision was “obviously disappointing” but added that the development process has resulted in the “dynamic reinvention of this branded series”.

It said it was confident it would still find a partner to bring the new version of Blake’s 7 to television.

“We are confident that this reboot of Blake’S 7 has the creative and commercial credentials that will enable us to find a partner with the vision to recognise the strength and enduring appeal of the show and the opportunity it represents to produce a bold new drama series with significant international appeal,” the company said.

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