“There is, then, an element of hype involved here, and it extends to the description of the competitors as “celebrities”. In one or two cases we might concede the point: Craig Charles, for example, is fairly well known to fans of the extinct science fiction show Red Dwarf, and Mel Giedroyc may be recognised by those fortunate enough to have the time for lunchtime television.”
There seems to be a certain joy in the reviewers use of the word “extinct”; and it’s completely wrong. Whether Dwarf returns or not (and my bet is that it will – whatever form it takes), the fact remains that nothing is certain about the future of the show. So extinct is completely the wrong word to use.
It puzzles me why the word was actually used in the first place. Assumptions in journalism. Fun, eh?