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Paul Darrow’s Final Interview in TV Years Magazine

TV Years Magazine Publishes Paul Darrow’s Final Interview

Bauer Media’s magazine celebrating classic British television returns with a 100-page edition dedicated to science fiction –TV Years: Sci-Fi.

Of particular interest to Blake’s 7 fans is the inclusion of Paul Darrow’s final interview. Paul shared some of his memories with TV Years in May, just a few weeks before his sad death.

Of his character, Avon, he recalled:
"What Terry [Nation] did was take a hero and turn him upside down. You wouldn’t get away with it, even then, if he was the eponymous hero. Blake had to be whiter than white. He couldn’t do anything naughty like I did. I hit women, shot people in the back, etcetera."

As for life after Blake’s 7…
"Somebody had the idea of doing a spin-off called Avon’s Angels, with me and lots of glamorous women. I was all for that, as you can imagine."

And he even discusses writing for Marvel UK’s Blake’s 7 monthly magazine.
"They asked me to write for it, so I did and I got a standard journalist’s fee. The editor asked me to do it and I said, “I don’t know what I’d write about,” to which he replied, “Write whatever you like!” And so I did. It was a page and a half, and I was paid £22.50, which at the time wasn’t bad."

The interviewer, Steve Berry, tweets about interviewing Paul here: Page 72

Read the full interview in the new issue, on sale from 6 August.

In addition to Paul Darrow, TV Years: Sci-Fi also features:

Doctor Who stars Tom Baker and Jon Pertwee talking in lost interviews from the Seventies
• Joanna Lumley and David McCallum, marking the 40th anniversary of Sapphire & Steel
Red Dwarf creators Rob Grant and Doug Naylor
Bodyguard and Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio looks back at his ill-fated Nineties sci-fi series Invasion: Earth
• Nicholas Young, who starred as John in the original Seventies Tomorrow People
Alex Rider creator Anthony Horowitz reflects on his short-lived BBC1 series, Crime Traveller

TV Years: Sci-Fi is on sale UK-wide from 6 August
It will also be available via www.greatmagazines.co.uk
TV Years is on Twitter @tvyears


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