Sky1 has cancelled plans to bring back a remake of cult sci-fi show Blake’s 7. Again. Sky announced plans for a remake in 2008 (around the time Doctor Who got a revamp and Battlestar Galactica hit big again)… but they put it off and off and now, they just can’t be bothered.
“Following the development process we have decided not to produce Blake’s 7. However, Sky continues to invest heavily in original drama and it remains at the heart of our plans,” said a spokeswoman for Sky1. “We have just announced an extended run for the second series of Chris Ryan’s Strike Back and we’ll soon be unveiling a new long-running series for prime time.”
It seems that this show may have been dumped in favour of some glossy American imports as last week Sky signed a multi-million pound deal for exclusive UK rights to all new HBO shows and the US cable channel’s entire back catalogue.
“Putting a project into development by no means guarantees a commission but our ratio of projects that do make it to the screen is very strong indeed at one in four,” said the spokeswoman. “Development is an essential part of commissioning. However, we never prolong this process unnecessarily and we always return to programme-makers with a prompt decision.”
A bet the people working on the show aren’t thinking that this was particularly prompt, eh?Join TVScoop on Facebook for exclusive competitions and gossip