Blake's 7: Duel (BBC-1 20 Feb 1978, with Isla Blair)

Blake's 7: Duel (BBC-1 20 Feb 1978, with Isla Blair)

In Duel The Liberator has come across a seemingly habitable planet, when Blake, Gan and Jenna teleport down to the surface they quickly see a trio of Federation troopships heading directly for the Liberator. Quickly teleporting back to the ship they come under a barrage of heavy fire - Blake realises that the ship that is conserving it's power is probably the one that is being controlled by Servalan's man Travis. Blake decides to take decisive action and ram Travis's ship - hoping their force shield will stand up to it.

However before impact they find that both ships are taken over by forces from the planet below. 'Sinofar The Guardian' uses her power to bring Blake and Travis to her. Her intention, along with that of her colleague The Keeper, is to see Blake and Travis fight a duel to the death. The duel turns into something of a Hunger Games scenario, especially when The Guardian also beams down Jenna and one of Travis's crew, the rest of the crew are all shown exactly what is going on via their screen monitors too.

It's something of a bizarre episode with it's slowed down fight scenes and dodgy chromokey overlays. Isla Blair is the real highlight though, she is her typical gorgeous self, all blue skin and diaphanous dress.

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast

Writer: Terry Nation / Production Design: Roger Murray-Leach / Director: Douglas Camfield

Gareth Thomas as Blake
Sally Knyvette as Jenna
Paul Darrow as Avon
Jan Chappell as Cally
Michael Keating as Vila
David Jackson as Gan
Peter Tuddenham as Zen
Stephen Greif as Travis
Isla Blair as Sinofar
Patsy Smart as Giroc
Carol Royle as Mutoid

season 1, episode 8

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series crew details

  • Creator: Terry Nation
    Script Editor: Chris Boucher
    Music: Dudley Simpson
    Producers: David Maloney (Seasons 1-3), Vere Lorrimer (season 4)

production info

  • Release Date: 1978-1981
  • Country: UK | BBC One
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 52×50 minutes