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In the Tradition of Great Radio Drama - Blake's 7: The Audio Adventures

By Louis Trapani - Posted on 29 October 2008

A Chance to Win Blake's 7: The Audio Adventures 1st Season Set and More -

By special arrangement between the Gallifreyan Embassy and Mike's Comics who is giving our Doctor Who: Podshock and Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi listeners a chance to win a copy of Blake's 7: The Audio Adventures Season One Set. It is a CD ...

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Something incredible happened when I was younger. A genre long thought to be dead with the dominance of television, the radio drama format was reintroduced to an audience hungry for it without them even knowing they were hungry for it. With Star Wars capturing the imagination of people of all ages, young and old alike it ushered in a new era of science fiction in film and television... but it also extended to radio as well. As witnessed by Douglas Adam's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio series (1978/1981 US) and the Star Wars radio series (1981) millions were introduced to the incredible special effects and visuals that radio had to offer to the science fiction genre format.

In the US, these radio dramas were being aired on National Public Radio (NPR). These were elaborate productions, so even those with the most advance "hi-fi stereos" of the time could enjoy even the most subtle nuances that these high quality serials offered.

After the BBC made the ill-fated decision to stop production on the Doctor Who television series in 1989 it caused fans to create their own adventures using the audio medium. This eventually brought on the birth of entities such as Big Finish Productions which began producing Doctor Who audio dramas filling the gap left by the BBC television production. They continue to produce excellent work today even with the television series once again back in full swing.

Terry Nation who is responsible for one of the most popular and favourite adversaries on Doctor Who also created a science fiction series in the late '70s that has been an inspiration to many that has since followed it. The series is Blake's 7. Since the series concluded in the early 80's, it left fans waiting for more (even with an ending that some would say would rule that possibility out). The wait is finally over with the new Blake's 7: The Audio Adventures which premiered last year and continues today. There had been a radio drama some years back, this new production retells the story in a re-imagined way yet staying true to the original material.

Production values are top notch, sometimes it hard to believe it is only audio you are listening to since your imagination paints such a vivid picture in your mind. The actors are also top notch. Each capturing their characters with clear detail. Which is a good as this drama is very much character driven just as the original television series was back in the day. Equally important are all those behind the scenes that bring this wonderful audio series to life

If you haven't had a chance to catch the television series, don't hesitate on catching it in its audio format. These rich productions are available now and if you are a listener to Doctor Who: Podshock or Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi podcasts, you now have an opportunity to catch the first season this fine audio production via a special offer and contest by Mike's Comics. For more on it see A Chance to Win Blake's 7: The Audio Adventures 1st Season Set and More.

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