Starburst Interview, 1979

Steven Pacey, as well as the entire cast of Blake’s 7, was interviewed in a 1979 issue of Starburst magazine (Vol 2, No 6, or #18).

The entire two part special is presented here.
Part 1 (.pdf; click to view) features interviews with Paul Darrow, Jan Chappell, Michael Keating, Josette Simon and Peter Tuddenham, as well as Steven.
Part 2 (.pdf; click to view) is an interview with Blake’s 7 producer, David Maloney.

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Ralph Scott,
Starburst Magazine, #18, 1979, p. 17-18,

Steven Pacey, the new male Sevener, looks very much a member of Blake’s 7 with his tall commanding figure, curly hair and crisp voice.

His career spans back to the age of eleven, working in the theatre, though he never attended drama school, an culminated in The Winslow Boy in London alongside Kenneth Moore.

On the set Steven looks very much like a younger Roj Blake, but as he stresses in the interview the two characters are completely different.

Starburst: Who is Tarrant?

Steven Pacey: I think this is going to be very confusing for ardent fans of Blake’s 7 who will take the new character for a substitute Blake, which in fact he is not. Blake was an idealist, while Tarrant is very much the mercenary. He enjoys the battles, the adventures, where as Blake always had a goal Tarrant is quite happy to take risks for no other reason than say, revenge.

Starburst: In watching Tarrant aboard the Liberator set he appears to have become a new leader.

Steven Pacey: Yes, he does appear rather bossy, doesn’t he! I suppose it is by virtue of being the pilot, he does tend to make a lot of decisions about course and firing instructions, as opposed to Avon.

Starburst: Going back to Episode One of the first series, the man who originally betrayed Blake to the Federation was called Tarrant. Is it the same character you play?

Steven Pacey: No, this is strictly a coincidence. There was also speculation that I was Del Grant from the last series, again, I am not.

Starburst: How do you see Tarrant’s relationship with Avon?

Steven Pacey: There should be a better relationship between Tarrant and Avon than between Blake and Avon. We are always at loggerheads, though we do have our moments. It’s a conflict of egos to a great extent. They have a mutual respect for each other.

Starburst: So you see this season doing well.

Steven Pacey: Yes indeed, it’s going to do great guns!

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Jew of Malta Trailer

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Humans Broadcast in UK

Steven Pacey has a small role in the new Channel 4 sci-fi drama Humans, Series 1, Episode 2, Efficiency. He plays a client in a ‘synth’ brothel. The episode was broadcast last week, and is still available on demand for two weeks.

Gemma Chan, William Hurt and Colin Morgan star in this brand new drama series, set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for a busy family is a Synth – an advanced robotic servant.

Text from: Channel 4

Humans, Episode 2
Sunday 21 June
9:00 pm (1 hour)

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Lovejoy Broadcast

Steven Pacey plays Keith, an Aussie, in a two-part episode of Lovejoy, titled Death and Venice, scheduled for re-broadcast next week in the UK on the Drama Channel.

If you haven’t seen this one yet, here’s your chance.

Death and Venice, Part 1
27 June, 2015
10:00 am (1 hour)

One of Our Own, Part 2
27 June, 2015
11:00 am (1 hour)

Part 1
An ailing American millionaire becomes obsessed with saving the art treasures of a slowly sinking Venice and his granddaughter hires Lovejoy to help in the quest. However, as soon as the roguish dealer arrives, he becomes embroiled in a murder.

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Part 2
While in Venice investigating his friend’s death, Lovejoy discovers that not only is the beautiful Caterina saving art for herself rather than posterity, but so too is her sister Lavinia.

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Volpone Rehearsal Photos

Rehearsal photos were released today by the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon of their forthcoming production, Volpone.

Included were several photos of Steven: rehearsal photographs.

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Steven Pacey in rehearsal for Volpone, playing the role of Sir Politic Would-Be. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

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Colin Ryan, Sheila Atim (at back), Annette McLaughlin, Gabby Wong (at back) and Steven Pacey in rehearsal for Volpone. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

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Annette McLaughlin, Colin Ryan and Steven Pacey in rehearsal for Volpone. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

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Stealing People

Just released, Steven Pacey reads Robert Wilson’s crime thriller Stealing People.

Stealing People

London, January 2014. In the space of 32 hours, in a well-planned and highly organized operation, six billionaires’ children are taken off the streets of London in a series of slickly well-executed kidnaps.

The gang demands £25 million per hostage for “expenses” – not ransom. And when your child goes missing, you need Charles Boxer: a man with little left to lose, who’ll stop at nothing to save families suffering what he has.

The wealthy parents of the missing children know that Boxer will do more than police can – but that doesn’t mean the law will leave it to him. Intelligence agencies are all interested in the kidnaps because in each case the parents are related to people in power in the various countries involved.

Soon the investigation goes beyond the corridors of power and the boardrooms of big corporations – and to far darker corners. Even more worryingly for Boxer and his ex-wife, Mercy, it threatens to lead back to their own lives, too.

But still nobody knows what this mysterious kidnap gang ultimately want, and if they have a cause, what the hell is it?

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Printer’s Devil Court

An update on Susan Hill’s Printer’s Devil Court. This ghostly crime thriller is now available on audio, read by Steven Pacey.

Printers Devil Court

One murky November evening, after a satisfying meal in their Fleet Street lodgings, a conversation between four medical students takes a curious turn, and Hugh is initiated into a dark secret. In the cellar of their narrow lodgings in Printer’s Devil Court and a little used mortuary in a subterranean annex of the hospital, they have begun to interfere with death itself, in shadowy experiments beyond the realms of medical ethics. They call on Hugh to witness an event both extraordinary and terrifying.

Years later Hugh has occasion to return to his student digs, and the familiar surroundings resurrect peculiar and unpleasant memories of these unnatural events, the true horror of which only slowly becomes apparent.

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Happy Birthday at the RSC

Steven celebrated his birthday backstage at the RSC on 5 June:

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Jew of Malta Bows

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Full Casting for Volpone

What’s on Stage announced the full casting for RSC’s Volpone yesterday.

Trevor Nunn returns to the RSC to direct Ben Johnson’s Volpone. Full cast (in alphabetical order):

Andy Apollo Bonario
Sheila Atim Attendant to Lady Politic Would-Be
Ankur Bahl Androgyno
Guy Burgess Judge/Merchant
Geoffrey Freshwater Corbaccio
Henry Goodman Volpone
Marcus Griffiths Commandatori
Rhiannon Handy Ceila
Simon Hedger Judge
Julian Hoult Castrone
Matthew Kelly Corvino
Jonathan Key Nano
Orion Lee Mosca
Annette McLaughlin Lady Politic Would-Be
Steven Pacey Sir Politic Would-Be
Miles Richardson Voltore
Richard Rees Judge
Colin Ryan Peregrine
Nav Sidhu Notary
Gabby Wong Attendant to Lady Politic Would-Be

Volpone (Italian for “sly fox”) is a comedy play by English playwright Ben Jonson first produced in 1606. A merciless satire of greed and lust, it remains Jonson’s most-performed play, and it is ranked among the finest Jacobean Era comedies.

Text from: Wikipedia

Volpone is already a very rich man. But he worships gold, he understands greed, and he wants to get even richer. He knows that the bankers and lawyers and businessmen in the city around him will stop at nothing to make money… more and more money. Sound familiar?

Text from: RSC

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Swan Theatre
3 July – 12 Sept 2015

Download a detailed guide to sessions for both Volpone, and Steven’s concurrent play, The Jew of Malta.

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