The Early Years is a prequel series of stories that explores the origins of key Blake’s 7 characters prior to them meeting rebel leader Roj Blake, the series’ eponymous hero. The newest prequel story centres on the alien telepath Cally and her clone sisterhood.
The two 30-minute adventures are Blood & Earth, written by Ben Aaronovitch, and Flag & Flame, written by Marc Platt. They are both directed by Dominic Devine, with a release date of 24 August 2009.
Jan Chappell, known for her portrayal of Cally in the first three series of the original Blake’s 7 series plays the mysterious Aunty, a woman who claims to have been the second Cally ever to be born on home-planet Auron. Susannah Doyle (Drop the Dead Donkey), Julian Wadham (Outpost) and Michael Cochrane (Sharpe) also star.
Jan Chappell says of her return to the role of Cally: “It’s a source of utter bewilderment that Cally is still part of my life, but I’m delighted to embrace her return. It’s astonishing to be playing the character 30 years on, and to know that Blake’s 7 still has such an ardent following. Who would have known that back in 1978 we were making television history?”
Executive Producer, Andrew Mark Sewell comments: “It’s remarkable to think that Jan Chappell last played Cally back in 1980 and we’re delighted to welcome Jan back to a role that she is still so closely associated with.”
For more details on Blake’s 7: The Early Years see www.blakes7.com.