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A liberated superishgroup of podcasters - some die-hards, some live-softs - setting out to seek-locate-enjoy Blake's 7 with you weekly. 'We’ll see that you rot in a slave pit on Ursa Prime for this!'
20 hours ago
Another Tool in Her Toolbox
Horizon Series B, Episode 4 - First broadcast 30 january 1979 And now on Maximum Power, despite space fatigue and too many space crises, the crew are ready to discuss Episode 4 of Series B of Blake’s 7. This week, in an unlikely turn of events, Nathan becomes the Liberator's nurse, Peter reveals he's not an ideal teacher, Simon admits he’s not an ideal pupil, and Si, well he's not expendable, not stupid and he isn't going! Join us on a trip to the tropical mining world of Horizon!
Nov 16, 2022
Their Collection of Sleeves
Weapon Series B, Episode 3 - First broadcast 23 January 1979 This week on Maximum Power, brilliant and slightly unhinged Beta-grade technician Nathan has invented a rather curiously named weapon, and now he’s on the run from the Federation, taking downtrodden and rather fabulous bond-slave Brendan with him. To catch them, James dons one of his best frocks and enlists the services of floaty-sleeved Clonemaster Adam Richard in the creation of a pair of clones, one to be killed for dramatic effect, the other to use in a convoluted plot to grab Nathan’s weapon… So that’s IMIPAK! Join us as we discuss Episode 3 of Series B of Blake’s 7 - Weapon.
Nov 13, 2022
Planets Without Daisies or Daffodils
Shadow Series B, Episode 2 - First broadcast 16 January 1979 And now on Maximum Power, the Liberator crew head to Space City to enlist the support of shadowy drug-smuggling criminal syndicate the Terra Nostra in their fight against the Federation. This week as Si tries to negotiate with the Terra Nostra, Col is sneakily sampling the delights of the satellite of sin, while newcomer (and dark force from another dimension) Tim Dickinson is attempting to use James’ strange and ill-defined telepathic abilities to break into our universe. Join us as we strive to break our addiction to Shadow, Episode 2 of Series B of Blake’s 7.
Nov 6, 2022
Davros Called, He Wants His Leather Tunic Back
Redemption Series B, Episode 1 - First broadcast 9 January 1979 And now on Maximum Power, everyone's had a haircut and found some new clothes, and we're being dragged inexorably towards Spaceworld and the beginning of Series B of Blake's 7. This week, Col is watching everything at half-speed, James is pondering the nature of prediction, Mark is wondering if we're being pulled to somewhere quite particular, Peter is admiring his floaty new outfit, and Si finds himself jammed in a tight space with an exposition slave, lucky him. Join us as we face Redemption!
Oct 30, 2022
The Michael E. Briant Interview, Part 2
And now on Maximum Power, we're excited to present the second part of our two-part interview with legendary director Michael E. Briant. In this week’s episode, Michael talks to Si and Pete about his original concept for the flight deck of The Liberator, robots at Wookey Hole, and why he didn't return for Series B.
Oct 23, 2022
The Michael E. Briant Interview, Part 1
And now on Maximum Power, we’re absolutely delighted to be joined by a very special guest, respected director and lovely man Michael E. Briant. Michael very kindly spent an evening talking with Si and Pete about his experiences working on Blake's 7. In the first part of a two-part interview Michael talks to us about the genesis of the show, his work on The Way Back and The Web, and his early influences. We would like to say a very big thank you to Michael for giving us his time, and to Jason Thompson of the Robots In Your Eyes podcast who helped us to make this happen.
Dec 19, 2021
The Series A Retrospective
We've reached the end of Series A, which has taken us from a carpark on a totalitarian Earth, via Cygnus Alpha, planet of the Decimas, Centero, the freighter Ortega, unnamed planet from Episode 8, unnamed planet from Episode 9, an inexpertly constructed Airfix model called XK-72, the Waterloo Tower in Quex Park in Kent, and the planet Cephlon, finally landing triumphantly on the planet Aristo. But what have we learned from the experience?
1 hr 37 min
Dec 12, 2021
A Stroll Against Time
Orac Series A, Episode 13 - First broadcast 27 March 1978 And now on Maximum Power, the Liberator crew discover what a perspex box full of flashing lights is really worth as they meet Orac. This week Nathan is explaining to Si what went on last week, despite Si actually being there for the Deliverance podcast. Pete's willing to pay ten times what Orac is worth, while Brendan is a lot of trouble, as usual. Meanwhile Colin is all about the maps, the dazzlingly detailed maps. Join us as we laugh our way through Episode 13 of Series A of Blakes 7 - Orac.
1 hr 1 min
Dec 5, 2021
A Very Servalan Plan
Deliverance Series A, Episode 12 - First broadcast 20 March 1978 And now on Maximum Power, we’re living in hope of Deliverance, and while we’re at it having a good chat about Episode 12 of Series A of Blakes 7! This week Si is being worshipped by the lovely Meegat, counting himself that makes two people who think he's wonderful. Pete’s been captured by hairly primitives, he's loving it. James is prepared to pay 100 million credits for Orac, and Mark finally gets his turn using the video walkman before it disappears from the show altogether. Let’s hope they don't all spend too much time down on the irradiated, snowy planet of Cephalon.
Nov 28, 2021
Bounty Series A, Episode 11 - First broadcast 13 March 1978 And now on Maximum Power, Blake and Cally go in search of the chocolate planet of Lindor, or at least its ex-President Sarkoff, their bounty (but he doesn't want a bar of it). This week Nathan's reflexes are getting dull, the guards nearly fell over him before he heard them. James has a smashing time with Sarkoff's vinyl collection. Pete is making a personal investigation, personally. Meanwhile, we've lost Colin, he's just absolutely enticed by Tyce. Join us as we take a look at Episode 11 of Blake's 7 - Bounty!
Nov 21, 2021
Gan Isn’t Working
Breakdown Series A, Episode 10 - First broadcast 6 March 1978 And now on Maximum Power, Gan finally gets his featured storyline, and spends most of the episode snoozing as his Limiter develops a breakdown. This week Brendan suggests a trip to neutral Space Station XK72 to sort out Gan's Limiter, while Simon would prefer to head to Cassiona or maybe Kainnessos. Mark’s one of the greatest surgeons you’ll ever see (just look at his hands), and Pete is considering his options because staying with Blake requires a degree of stupidity of which he no longer feels capable. Join the team as they take a look at Episode 10 of Blake’s 7 –Breakdown.
Nov 14, 2021
The Roll-Back-And-Mix Virus
Project Avalon Series A, Episode 9 - First broadcast 27 February 1978 This week on Maximum Power, the crew teleport down to a bleak ice planet in search of freedom fighter Avalon. But Travis has got there first, and he’s got a little project in mind. While Si and Col don their extra-toasty heated Space Anoraks™ and prepare to meet Avalon with eager anticipation, Pete decides that he will contain his enthusiasm up on the Liberator, in the warm. James, meanwhile, seems a little cold and detached, is he upset or could it have something to do with Project Avalon?
Nov 7, 2021
The Rest of the Time They’re Just People in Hats
Duel Series A, Episode 8 - First broadcast 20 February 1978 With the mighty Douglas Camfield at the helm, the Liberator crew face a dual duel in this week's jewel of an episode. This week on Maximum Power, Colin is rocking out to avant guard soundscapes, Nathan's got the Series A-B-C-D heebeegeebees, and Simon's spotted the potential for watching Blake's adventures and commenting on them (hmm, could that catch on?). Meanwhile, James is up a tree tossing nuts, Pete's stanning Stannis, and everybody's mispronouncing stasis. It's episode 8 of Blake's 7 - Duel!
Oct 31, 2021
Jeopardy Space Meteorites
Mission to Destiny Series A, Episode 7 – First Broadcast 13 February 1978 And now on Maximum Power, Avon and Cally are Poirot and Marple on a Mission to Destiny. This week, Pete doesn't care if your whole world turns into a mushroom, Peter's people have a saying about trusting people or something. Don't worry about Si, he lacks affection and Simon has written something in blood... It says 54124. Now what could that possibly mean?!
Oct 24, 2021
The Cat-and-Mouse Approach
Seek-Locate-Destroy Series A, Episode 6 – First Broadcast 6 February 1978 And now on Maximum Power, we are down and safe on the planet Centero, which is definitely top secret and can in no way be infiltrated, for Episode 6 of Blake's 7 - Seek-Locate-Destroy. As nothing really happens in this episode, Pete is keeping busy playing with his new Acid-Squirting-Security-Robot™, while we are introduced to two vitally unimportant characters: Nathan the glamorous Supreme Commander in charge of shade, and James who is delighted when Nathan appoints him Space RADA Officer responsible for finding Blake. Si, meanwhile, is sneaking past the guards with his space lunchbox looking to do some damage, and Col is trapped in a cupboard.
Oct 17, 2021
The Web Series A, Episode 5 - First broadcast 30 January 1978 This week on Maximum Power, Colin has started acting strangely, he's been possessed by a strange alien force, and hijacks the podcast, piloting it towards a planet where it is trapped in an unbreakable web hanging in space. Pete teleports down to the planet where he meets diminutive creatures the Decimas, one of them asks for his help, but is killed by the silver-skinned Brendan, who takes him to his leader Peter, one of the Lost, a group of people exiled from the planet Auron. Join us as we squeal excitedly about the fifth episode of Blake's 7 - The Web.
Oct 10, 2021
Time Squad Series A, Episode 4 - First broadcast 23 January 1978 This week on Maximum Power, the crew discover a life support pod floating in space, full of frozen leather-clad homicidal maniacs, but Si’s not frightened, he just looks murderous. Meanwhile, James has a chip on his shoulder and another in his head, his punishment for killing a security guard, but he had no choice “you see, he killed my woman." Arriving at Saurian Major to destroy the Federation communications complex, the crew meet oddly telepathic freedom fighters Peter and Simon, who’ve been hiding in the hills and avoiding the plants, several of which have designs on their bodies. Will these plucky newcomers return for more episodes? Well yes, if the teleport works in time. Brace yourself for veiny weirdos and underwhelming explosions as we discuss episode 4 of Blake's 7 - Time Squad!
Oct 2, 2021
Cygnus Alpha Series A, Episode 3 - First broadcast 16 January 1978 And now on Maximum Power, Brian Blessed stars as Space Jesus in episode 3 of Blake's 7 - Cygnus Alpha! This week, on discovering giant off-camera rooms full of jewels and clothes, Si and Mark decide to try their hand at cosplaying late 70s beige sci-fi TV shows. Col is too busy being telepathically manipulated by the ship’s computer to notice what’s going on. Brendan discovers he can handle two Liberator space hairdryers with ease, while crushing polystyrene bracelets with the other hand, and Pete presses some random buttons on the teleport and discovers that Brian Blessed contains a small controlled BBC pyrotechnic display when beamed into space.
Sep 26, 2021
Space Grouting Peril
Space Fall Series A, Episode 2 - First broadcast 9 January 1978 And now on Maximum Power, an army of five, plus him, comes together! In this episode Colin is upping the suppressants in his fellow podcasters' rations, he likes 'em docile. James finds out that the limit of his world from now is mess facilities, sleeping bays, a recreation area. Nathan has been practising his magic tricks to distract the guards. Pete wonders if he's ever met an honest man, and Si is noting down everything that was said or done by everybody for his report. Join us as we look at the second episode of Blake's 7 - Space Fall.
Sep 18, 2021
I Love the Lack of Apostrophe
The Way Back Series A, Episode 1 - First broadcast 2 January 1978 And now on Maximum Power, drugs, sex, show trials, massacres and women being pulled by the hair, in the first episode of the new family space opera, Blakes 7! In this episode, Colin has had vis-tapes from his family twice a year, so everything is obviously fine. James has gone without food or drink for 36 hours and is hungry and thirsty. Nathan has been thinking about leaving the dome and going outside, which we all know is a category 4 crime. Pete has been bopping away to his vidi-walkman all through his shift in the records office, and Si has had his head adjusted by some of the best in the business, but it just won't stay adjusted. Join us as we all look for The Way Back!