Retrogram #8160: Blake’s 7 – A User’s Guide

1978-1981: With Britbox (and Forces TV in the UK) bringing Blake’s 7 back to everyone’s screens, Retrogram presents a unique, “focus episode” to provide the show’s historical context, its literary and pop culture inspirations, its influence on what came after it, and an even-handed look at the pros and cons of the show…all without spoiling all of the show’s big surprises (and they are legion).  Also, find out which Babylon 5 regular cast member had a role in a Terry Nation project!  (47:38)

Content warning: brief plot-relevant mention of sexual assault, assault on minors


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Retrogram #7725 – Actually, It’s All About Disappearances

The week of June 20th, 1977: We’ve had Watergate, we’ve the Pentagon Papers, we’ve had a whole decade of conspiratorial thinking. And here in the middle of the summer of 1977, we have a whole week full of inexplicable disappearances – at least until Mark Harris and the plucky crew from Science Report show up.  (42:04)


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Retrogram #7723/7724 – The Love Child of Darth Vader and the Kool-Aid Man

The weeks of June 6th & 13th, 1977: Star Wars is in, Elvis is on his way out, and so are the intrepid adventurers on The Fantastic Journey.  But never fear, Exo-Man is here!  This, surely, heralds the arrival of a hero for the future and for all time, a television icon whose exploits we’ll be following for years to come!  (43:32)


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Retrogram #8103: The Hawkman Cometh

The week of January 12th, 1981: Hitchhikers, Hulk, Hawk, and Who, oh my!  Buck Rogers returns with a new feathered friend, the Doctor has a new furry friend, and the stories from behind the scenes reveal what a miracle it was that any of these shows made it to our screens.  (1:02:19)


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Retrogram #8350: Automanimal!: When Glen A. Larson Ruled The World

The week of December 11th, 1983: Every so often, a TV producer/creator comes along, so prolific that his output spans two studios, every network, and a sizeable chunk of the prime time schedule.  But are they actually the same show?  And what’s going on with this other thing with the puppets?  (1:08:30)


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Retrogram #6960: 2020 Gunn Salute

1969!?: An oft-unsung luminary of taking sci-fi seriously left us just before the end of 2020 – so Retrogram is turning back the clock further than usual to delve into the origins of one of his very few screen credits. The Immortal lives…again. (23:04)


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Retrogram #7060: The Case For Doctor Who Season 7

1970: The Doctor’s back.  With a new face.  In color!  But his first story was being made by the last of the black & white era’s production team, and a new team would be taking over with an aim toward building social messages into their story.  What were the expectations of the new Doctor and his new behind-the-scenes crew…and how were those expectations promptly defied?  (1:19:10)


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