Welcome to Adventures with the Wife and Blake.
This is the blog where I watch every episode of Blake’s 7 with my wife, Sue. It’s a sequel to Adventures with the Wife in Space, where she gamely watched every episode of classic Doctor Who with me for two and a half years. Yes, even the ones that probably don’t exist any more. If you haven’t read that yet, I strongly suggest that you start there instead. Oh, and you should probably read our book while you’re at it. It explains everything. Thanks!
So why Blake’s 7?
Because Sue has never seen a single episode, that’s why. Having said that, she can successfully name most of the major characters who appear in the show. This is because we have a cat named Jenna, and we feed three wildcats named Blake, Avon and Cally, who visit us every night; Sue built a wooden cat hotel for them to sleep in when it gets cold. There was a fourth cat named Vila, but he ran away, and then, just as I was putting this blog together, five more kittens turned up out of the blue. This is because Blake and Avon can’t stop shagging. Yes, we thought Avon was a boy, right up until the moment she gave birth. I pity the poor kitten who ends up being called Gan.
Not only that, we also take care of two hedgehogs (Zen and Orac) and Sue’s younger brother, Kenny, has a dog named Travis, which is my fault too. It’s like a bloody zoo up here sometimes.
I don’t know whether Sue’s fondness for these cats will have any bearing on her appreciation for the characters in the show, so place your bets now.
Aside from that, Sue is a completely blank slate as far as Blake’s 7 is concerned. I, on the other hand, remember watching it avidly when I was growing up in Coventry in the late seventies. Having said that, I haven’t seen many of the episodes since I was twelve years old, so I’m not an expert on Blake’s 7 by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, if there were a scale that measured how much of a Blakeian you are (I think that’s what they’re called), I’d probably be a 6, maybe a 6.5. I don’t even know where Star One is.
Anyway, we hope to watch at least two episodes a week, on Mondays and Thursdays, which, barring accidents, should result in regular blog updates on Tuesdays and Fridays. Saying that, the best way to keep up to date with our mini-marathon is to follow us on Twitter or Facebook. We should finish this summer, and we hope to release at least one podcast and one video commentary along the way. In addition to this, our daughter, Nicol, has promised to watch at least a couple of episodes with us, and Gary, Sue’s Lost in Space-loving brother, will watch at least one, too. Which episode is the campest, do you think?
I would just like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported this, our difficult second album. You have all been credited on a special Thank You page, and Sue will be recording some very special videos over the next six months so she can thank you personally – doing it in one hit would send you all to sleep – so look out for that.
Right, I think that’s everything. Oh wait, if you haven’t heard John Callaghan’s trailer for Blake’s 7: The Musical yet, it will get you in the mood for what’s coming.
OK, now that you have ‘Vila’ running endlessly through your head, strap on a bracelet, grab a glass of something green, and set your speed to Standard by Sue. In other words, press the Begin button below.