A6: SEEK LOCATE DESTROY

 

RADIO TIMES: Stepping up his war against the Federation, Blake plans to steal the message decoder from a top security installation on the planet Centero. But things go badly wrong...

Broadcast: Monday 6th February, 1978: 7.15pm-8.10pm, BBC 1

Writer: Terry Nation

Director: Vere Lorrimer

"You don't matter enough to kill, Travis." Blake

GUEST CAST: Peter Craze (Prell), Peter Miles (Rontane), John Bryans (Bercol), Ian Cullen (Escon), Ian Oliver (Rai), Astley Jones (Eldon)

FACT FILE

 

  • Seek-Locate-Destroy was watched by 10.9m viewers.

 

  • Stephen Greif got the part of Travis after bumping into Paul Darrow (in the BBC canteen) who suggested he go for it. Greif was also very good friends with Gareth Thomas - not that it showed on screen! 

 

  • Terry Nation had originally written Servalan as a man but changed his mind while writing Seek-Locate-Destroy. Ingrid Pitt was considered for the role of Servalan, who was intended as a one-off character. Jacqueline Pearce was ultimately offered the role of Servalan.

 

  • The scenes at Centero Base were filmed at Fulham Gas Works in London on Mon 5th and Tues 6th December, 1977. 

 

  • The robot was supposed to be partially radio-controlled but ended up being operated by an actor inside. The robot prop moved when pulled along on a wire. Director Vere Lorrimer: “My heart sank when that thing came on." 

  • A press call was held at North Acton with the full cast, Terry Nation & the robot.

 

  • The scenes in the Centero Base and corridors were filmed at Ealing Film Studios from 7-8 December, 1977.

 

  • Studio recording commenced on Wednesday 14 December, 1977. 

 

  • Dudley Simpson & his orchestra recorded the incidental music on 12th Jan 1978. 

 

 

EPISODE GALLERY

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Space_Command.jpg

Space_Command.jpg

Space Headquarters model

Space Headquarters model

BBC copyright image.

Robot design sketch

Robot design sketch

Ian Scoones’ original design sketch for the Federation Security Robot.

Federation security robot

Federation security robot

The robot prop caused problems during filming. BBC copyright image.

Travis and Servalan

Travis and Servalan

Travis (Stephen Greif) and Servalan (Jacqueline Pearce) plot the downfall of Blake. BBC copyright image.

Press Call

Press Call

A press call was held at North Acton with the full cast, Terry Nation & the robot. BBC copyright image.

Press Call

Press Call

A press call was held at North Acton with the full cast, Terry Nation & the robot. BBC copyright image.

Press Call

Press Call

Sally Knyvette (Jenna), Gareth Thomas (Blake) and Jan Chappell (Cally) pose with their robotic 'friend'. BBC copyright image.

Press Call

Press Call

A press call was held at North Acton with the full cast, Terry Nation & the robot. BBC copyright image.

Press Call

Press Call

A press call was held at North Acton with the full cast, Terry Nation & the robot. BBC copyright image.

Terry Nation and the robot

Terry Nation and the robot

Terry Nation poses with the robot prop. BBC copyright image.

Cally, Jenna and the robot

Cally, Jenna and the robot

A press call was held at North Acton with the full cast, Terry Nation & the robot. BBC copyright image.

Jenna, Blake and Cally

Jenna, Blake and Cally

A press call was held at North Acton with the full cast, Terry Nation & the robot. BBC copyright image.

Federation Guard

Federation Guard

A Federation Guard on location at Fulham Gas Works for filming on Seek-Locate-Destroy. BBC copyright image.

Jenna, Blake and Cally

A press call was held at North Acton with the full cast, Terry Nation & the robot. BBC copyright image.