C5: THE HARVEST OF KAIROS

RADIO TIMES:  A mysterious death awaits anyone who remains on the planet Kairos after the harvest week. When Servalan captures the Liberator it is on Kairos that she maroons the crew…

BROADCAST

 

Monday, 4 February 1980: 7.15pm-8.10pm

 

GUEST CAST

 

Jarvik - Andrew Burt

Dastor - Frank Gatliff

Shad - Anthony Gardner

Carlon - Sam Davies

Guard - Charles Jamieson

CREW
 

Writer - James Follett

Director - Desmond McCarthy

Producer - David Maloney

Script Editor - Chris Boucher

Stunt Co-ordinator - Stuart Fell

Production Assistant - Michael Owen Morris

Production Unit Manager - Sheelagh Rees

Director's Assistant - Christine Fawcett

Assistant Floor Manager - Riita Lynn

Film Cameraman - Peter Chapman

Film Recordist - Ian Sansam 

Senior Cameraman - Dave White

Film Editor - Sheila S Tomlinson 

Vision Mixer - Shirley Coward

Series Videotape Editors - Sam Upton (Uncredited), Malcolm Banthorpe (Uncredited)

Visual Effects Designer - Steve Drewitt, Jim Francis 

Video Effects - A.J. Mitchell 

Graphic Designer - Doug Burd 

Studio Lighting - Brian Clemett 

Studio Sound - Malcolm Johnson 

Special Sound - Elizabeth Parker 

Costume Designer - Nicholas Rocker

Make Up Artist - Sheelagh J. Wells 

Music By - Dudley Simpson 

Series Created By - Terry Nation 

FACT FILE 

 

  • Visual effects assistant Mike Kelt was inside the monster costume and he was required to walk backwards on all fours.

 

  • Kelt often fell into ditches in the costume and was unable to get out!

  • The mouth-piece on the monster costume was later used for the snake creature in Rescue in Series D.

  • This episode saw Nicholas Rocker make his debut as costume designer. Rocker had designed evening dresses for Shirley Bassey so he was ideally suited to design costumes for Servalan!

  • The Harvest of Kairos was originally to have been broadcast as the seventh episode of Series C.

  • The shelter on Kairos was a disused airfield near Bovingdon in Hertfordshire.

  • The scenes set in the shuttle hold were shot at Ealing Film Studios.

  • A sequence of Jarvik finding Carlon’s corpse and avoiding the spider creature was filmed but not used.

  • Studio recording took place from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 December 1979 in TC1.

  • An establishing shot of Space Command HQ was accidentally used instead of Servalan’s starcruiser.

  • This was not a popular episode with the regular cast and was apparently a big factor in Jan Chappell’s decision to leave. 

 

 

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

“I find Jackie a very easy person to design for. She has a natural ability to wear clothes to their best effect.”

Costume Designer Nicholas Rocker, interviewed by Blake's 7 Monthly in 1981.

 “I was sitting on the ground so my arms were its back legs and my legs were its front legs, and there were two false ones in the middle, and this huge body behind. It wasn’t the most comfortable position to be in.”

Mike Kelt, Visual Effects Assistant, interviewed in 1997.

 

EPISODE GALLERY

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Creature design

Creature design

Steve Drewett's design painting for the creature.

Creature construction

Creature construction

The creature's head under construction at the VFX workshop.

Creature creator

Creature creator

Steve Drewett poses with the creature on location.

Creature on location

Creature on location

The creature being unloaded from the VFX van on location.

Effects filming

Effects filming

Visual effects assistant Mike Kelt was inside the monster costume.

Creature close-up

Creature close-up

Close-up shot of the Kairos creature.

Publicity shot 1

Publicity shot 1

A special photo session was held to showcase the new stars of Blake's 7: Josette Simon and Steven Pacey. They posed with the creature from The Harvest of Kairos.

Kairos Publicity 2

Kairos Publicity 2

A special photo session was held to showcase the new stars of Blake's 7: Josette Simon and Steven Pacey. They posed with the creature from The Harvest of Kairos.

Kairos Publicity 3

Kairos Publicity 3

A special photo session was held to showcase the new stars of Blake's 7: Josette Simon and Steven Pacey. They posed with the creature from The Harvest of Kairos.

Dayna strikes a pose

Dayna strikes a pose

Press photo of Josette Simon as Dayna.

Tarrant

Tarrant

Press photo of Steven Pacey as Tarrant.

Servalan's starcruiser

Servalan's starcruiser

Model shot.

Servalan Publicity Shot

Servalan Publicity Shot

Jacqueline Pearce as Servalan.

Servalan takes the Liberator

Servalan takes the Liberator

Servalan and Jarvik

Servalan and Jarvik

Publicity still of Jacqueline Pearce and Andrew Burt on the Liberator set.

Filming at Ealing

Filming at Ealing

The scenes onboard the shuttle were shot at Ealing Film Studios.

But you could get this into orbit?

But you could get this into orbit?

Paul Darrow and Steven Pacey on the shuttle set.

It's not a spacecraft as such.

It's not a spacecraft as such.

Paul Darrow and Steven Pacey on the shuttle set.

Tarrant Publicity Still 1

Tarrant Publicity Still 1

Steven Pacey on the shuttle set.

Tarrant Publicity Still 2

Tarrant Publicity Still 2

Steven Pacey on the shuttle set.

Tarrant Publicity Still 3

Tarrant Publicity Still 3

Steven Pacey on the shuttle set.