B2: SHADOW

 

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

GUEST CAST

 

Largo - Derek Smith

Bek - Karl Howman

Hanna - Adrienne Burgess

Chairman - Vernon Dobtcheff

Enforcer - Archie Tew

 

 

CREW

 

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

 

FACT FILE 

 

  • 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.

 

EPISODE GALLERY

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Vernon Dobtcheff as The Chairman

Vernon Dobtcheff as The Chairman

LARGO: I thank you for your confidence, Chairman. CHAIRMAN: Largo, that is too small a thing to thank me for. BBC copyright image.

Vila on the flight deck

Vila on the flight deck

VILA: I've wanted to visit Space City ever since I was old enough to read the graffiti in the Juvenile Detention Wards. BBC copyright image.

Vila and Orac

Vila and Orac

VILA: Are you in there, Orac? ORAC: Am I in where? What precisely do you imagine I am? Some sort of tame rodent in a cage? VILA: That's precisely what I imagine you are. A rat in a box. BBC copyright image.

The Liberator approaches Space City

The Liberator approaches Space City

BLAKE: So. That is Space City. VILA: Also known as the satellite of sin. AVON: By whom? VILA: Me. AVON: It had to be someone of limited imagination. BBC copyright image.

Sally Knyvette publicity still

Sally Knyvette publicity still

GAN: Very pretty. JENNA: I know. Piloting wasn't bad either. BBC copyright image.

Sally Knyvette publicity still

Sally Knyvette publicity still

JENNA: Why don't you take a cold shower or something? BBC copyright image.

Sally Knyvette publicity still

Sally Knyvette publicity still

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Sally Knyvette publicity still

Sally Knyvette publicity still

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Paul Darrow publicity still

Paul Darrow publicity still

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Paul Darrow publicity still

Paul Darrow publicity still

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Paul Darrow publicity still

Paul Darrow publicity still

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Paul Darrow publicity still

Paul Darrow publicity still

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Karl Howman and Adrienne Burgess

Karl Howman and Adrienne Burgess

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David Jackson publicity still

David Jackson publicity still

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Gareth Thomas publicity still

Gareth Thomas publicity still

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