Synopsis by Hal Erickson
In the far distant future, the Earth and its space colonies are under the dictatorial rule of the Federation, which uses everything from physical torture to mind-controlling drugs to keep the populace under its thumb. Among the Federation's "perfect" citizens is Roj Blake (Gareth Thomas), whose memories of his previous life as a freedom fighter have been obliterated by the authorities. Upon recovering his full mental capacities and learning his true identity, Blake agrees to lead a revolt against the Federation -- only to be framed on a phony child-molestation charge and sentenced to the prison planet Cygnus Alpha. While onboard the prison transport vessel, Blake meets two fellow "outlaws" -- smuggler Jenna Stannis (Sally Knivette) and safecracker Vila Restal (Michael Keating) -- who are destined to join him in a bold escape attempt. Thus, with the episode titled "The Way Back," began the BBC1 TV run of Blakes 7 on January 2, 1978.