Wally Who?: A Belated Look & Listen

Over here at Ganymede & Titan, we like to think we bring a certain amount of professionalism to our reporting. We’re happy to let you know then, that 1982 radio sitcom Wally Who? – penned by a certain Rob Grant and Doug Naylor – is currently being repeated every Wednesday on Radio 4 Extra, at 9:30am, 4:30pm, and 4:30am.

Admittedly, this piece of reporting may have been more impressive if this run hadn’t started on the 17th May, and if we hadn’t missed the first three episodes. It may also have been more impressive if we hadn’t started uploading and reviewing the series ourselves back in 2009, but stopped after the first episode. Mickey Mouse operation, etc.

In our defence, our competency in this matter is about on a par with what the series itself deserves. But judge for yourself. All three episodes so far are available on iPlayer for your listening “pleasure” – with the first episode having 15 days left online at the time of writing. For sheer historical interest alone, they’re worth a go. To be blunt, the first episode is a dreadful half-hour of comedy. The third episode is a bad photocopy of Hancock’s Half Hour, and thus is actually a massive improvement.

Oh, and the second? Let’s single it out for a couple of interesting moments. Such as this:

WALLY: What are those frames up there on the wall?
TIM: Oh, they’re just for certificates and qualifications – your degree, your FSA business diplomas, that sort of thing.
WALLY: Oh, I see – you just sort of stick them up there and show them off, do you?
TIM: Yes, I suppose so – sort of a…
WALLY: I’ll have to bring my lot in then! Now, I’ll tell you what’d look good up there as a centrepiece – my bronze medallion life-saving certificate.
TIM: That’s swimming is it, sir?
WALLY: Yes! And it’s not an easy one that, Tim: you have to swim two lengths in a pair of pyjamas.

And when Wally flames out of the financial services industry? He doesn’t consult The Junior Encyclopaedia of Space. No:

WALLY: And of course, it didn’t help the situation when the chairman walked in and caught me reading The Stock Market Made Simple: A Child’s Introduction

Amazing.

This is the first repeat the series has ever had, at least for absolute decades – so much kudos to Radio 4 Extra for dragging this out. One of the absolute best things about the whole of the BBC. Honestly, it’s brilliant they even remember this exists.

# RED DWAAAAARRFF #

You all remember the big news last year, don’t you? No, not Red Dwarf XI. It was that magical moment when Darrell pointed out on our forums that the opening theme to popular science fiction sitcom Red Dwarf bloody well has lyrics.

All these months later, that fact still blows me away. (Here’s a great write-up of it by Mental Floss.) But aside from that initial thread, the only other thing we had to go on was this little acknowledgement from Howard Goodall:

Now, wouldn’t it be nice if, say, someone like Graham Kibble-White just happened to be doing an interview with Howard about one of his upcoming programmes, and asked him a little more about the subject?

Oh, look what we’ve just been sent. What a coincidence.

I know someone who does this Red Dwarf fan site, and they got excited, I think last year, because they’d been analysing the music…

Right!

And they had discovered there were vocals hidden in the music.

Oh, it’s them who discovered it? Yeah, they then put it out on Twitter, and it was a huge story for Red Dwarf fans, yeah. Oh well, thank them for finding it. I mean, I hadn’t deliberately hidden it. It just happened to be there in the mix. It’s just that no one seemed to have noticed it! [Laughs] So it was a very nice discovery.

Had you forgotten it was there yourself?

No, I knew it was. I didn’t know that people hadn’t noticed it.

So, that was the shock.

I had assumed everybody knew it was there, but it was so long ago, it was 27 years or whatever, and so I thought no more of it. Then all these fans around the world were saying, ‘Oh my God, we’d never noticed it before’. To me, the surprise was it hadn’t been noticed before.

Is that you singing? Is it on a vocoder?

That’s me doing a vocoder, yeah.

And do you mind if I pass this onto them?

Not at all!

Many thanks to Graham and Howard for the above. Now, I’m off to listen to QI theme again. I’m sure I can hear a bit where Howard calls Alan Davies a dickhead using morse code.

DwarfCast 87 – Dimension Jump XIX Special

It has now been a full seven days since the start of The Official Red Dwarf Fan Club’s nineteenth convention, but the feeling of elation is yet to wear off, along with the taste of the booze and the total physical and mental exhaustion. To preserve the memories for years to come, as well as to fill in those who were unable to attend, a merry band of extremely tired people congregated in a hotel room on the Sunday night to record the traditional post-DJ DwarfCast.

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Dimension Jump XIX is GO

It’s faintly terrifying to think that it’s already been two years since the last Dimension Jump convention, but apparently it has as evidenced by the fact that it’s all happening again this weekend. As we speak Fan Club organisers, attendees and guests alike are hurtling towards the best Dwarfy weekend the world has to offer.

Unfortunately the G&T contingent will be limited to two solitary souls this time round, but I’ve been reliably informed that Ian and Danny will welcome any hellos, drinks and / or hugs if you see the beardy Yorkshire behind the sound desk or the non-beardy Brummie behind the camera. As usual they’ll be doing their best to keep you informed over Twitter if anything big hits over the weekend and of course a DwarfCast will follow a few days later provided everyone involved hasn’t died.

The remaining sad sacks here at G&T will watch from afar but we wish everyone on the Fan Club team the best of luck over the weekend and also hope anyone going along has a great time. You lucky, lucky bastards.

Cosmic Relief

Seventeen days after an intriguing tweet from TV’s Emma Kennedy, we now know the extent of Red Dwarf‘s contribution to this year’s Red Nose Day. As we figured out soon after our somewhat gun-jumping report, the show has donated an item to the Red Nose Day auction, all proceeds of which go, of course, to Comic Relief. The auction is now live, and it’s for a 3D-printed Starbug replica. It’s described as “an exact simulation of the one that crashed in Twentica” – not the actual one, considering that smashed into several pieces.

This is presumably a new print of that 3D model, so not something that’s been actually used on screen, but pretty bloody close. It comes signed by the cast, and with a certificate of authentication signed by Doug Naylor. Although, the most that can be authenticated is that it’s authentically made by the same people who made the one for the show. Those people, incidentally, are Voxeljet, who have recently released a video showcasing their work on Starbug. It features some cracking new footage of the model’s creation, as well as its use on set, and interviews with Doug and Richard in full on corporate video mode. Lovely stuff.

The bidding starts at £250 and continues for nine days, so it’s not going to be in everyone’s price range. For a more affordable way of supporting Comic Relief – which really is a cause worth supporting in these deeply troubled times – you could consider buying a raffle ticket for the chance to meet seven Doctor Whos, or simply buying a red nose, or donating directly.

Got MILF?

Craig Charles, the new host of Channel 5’s The Gadget Show, has been doing some interviews to promote said show, and so naturally, some journalists have taken the opportunity to talk about Red Dwarf instead. One such interview is with Digital Spy, and as it’s them we can’t be 100% sure that Craig actually said any of these things, but we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt, just this once. The big news concerns a potential Series XIII…

“I’m sure we’ll be doing more, having done these two series,” the Lister actor told Digital Spy. “Because it’s right back to where we should be, it’s won comedy awards, so a lot of people appreciated what we did, and we’re really grateful for that.

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DwarfCast 86 – Series XI Semi Retrospective Byte Two

All around the world, Red Dwarf fans have been on tenterhooks for the past seven days, desperately longing to find out the G&T team’s semi-retrospective thoughts on the second half of Series XI. Rejoice, because the moment you’ve been waiting for his finally here, as Cappsy, John, Tanya, Danny and Ian conclude their revisit by documenting their thoughts on Officer Rimmer, Krysis and Can of Worms, as well as touching on the DVD/Bluray release, conclusions on the series as a whole, and the forthcoming Series XII.

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