RADIO TIMES: The Terra Nostra is an interplanetary crime syndicate. When Blake tries to buy their help, he discovers they are even more dangerous than he expected. But not as dangerous as the mysterious force which threatens Cally…
Broadcast: Tuesday 16th January, 1979: 7.20pm-8.10pm, BBC 1
Writer: Chris Boucher
Director: Jonathan Wright Miller
"Seven? One for each of us. How very generous of the President." Blake
Largo - Derek Smith
Bek - Karl Howman
Hanna - Adrienne Burgess
Chairman - Vernon Dobtcheff
Enforcer - Archie Tew
Stunt Co-ordinator - Frank Maher
Production Assistant - Ralph Wilton
Production Unit Manager - Sheelagh Rees
Film Cameraman - Peter Chapman
Film Recordist - Ian Sansam
Film Editor - Sheila S. Tomlinson
Series Videotape Editors - Sam Upton (Uncredited), Malcolm Banthorpe (Uncredited)
Visual Effects Designer - Mat Irvine, Peter Pegrum, Andrew Lazell
Electronic Effects - A.J. Mitchell
Studio Lighting - Brian Clemett
Studio Sound - Clive Gifford
Special Sound - Richard Yeoman-Clark
Costume Designer - June Hudson
Make Up Artist - Marianne Ford
Music By - Dudley Simpson
Series Created By - Terry Nation
Shadow was the first episode of the series not written by Terry Nation and thus the first written by Chris Boucher.
Boucher was keen to explore Cally’s telepathic skills which had been somewhat overlooked during Series A.
The original outline saw Cally being forced to take Shadow which made her develop new powers including telekinesis.
Script: Shadow stimulates the brain so that latent desires are isolated, amplified & fed back as vivid sensory dreams.
Script: Shadow guarantees pleasure, however the subject subconsciously defines it.
The draft script was stronger than the BBC would allow with more punches, slaps, violence, & bad language.
Location filming took place at Binegar Heath Sandpits in Dorset from Monday 7 to Wednesday 8 August, 1978.
A red filter was used to give the planet Zonda an alien atmosphere.
Shadow was directed (alongside Horizon) by Jonathan Wright Miller.
Model filming, including the Space City satellite model, was done between Monday 21 and Friday 25 August.
Shadow was originally to have been recorded fifth but swapped studio sessions with Horizon.
Studio recording commenced on Wednesday 1 November, 1978.
Thurs 2 November 1978 was David Jackson’s final day on Blake’s 7, having already recorded Gan’s death weeks earlier.