Blakes 7 was a British science fiction television series made by the BBC for their BBC 1 channel. Created by Terry Nation, a prolific television writer best known for creating the popular Dalek monsters for the television series Doctor Who, it ran for four seasons between 1978 and 1981. Popular from the time it was first broadcast, it remains well regarded by fans on account of its dark tone, moral ambiguity and strong characterisation, although the wider British public recall it more for its low production values and the uninhibited acting techniques employed by many cast members. One fan currently working as a professional writer described it as 'a combination of Star Trek and I, Claudius, rammed from behind by Footballers' Wives.' It is also remembered for the shock ending that concluded the series.