Ungrateful Bastards, Part Two

I’m sure we’re all agreed that TOS is one of the best official sites for a TV show around, if not the best. I can’t think of any other DVD releases that get frequent production updates posted online by the actual bloke responsible. But even so, remember this?

Let’s have a look at what we could have won…

  • “An animated Grant Naylor series created in 1992 which I’m developing for TV called: Weird City. You’ll be the first people to see the storyboards.”
  • “A weekly column called D-Tales: anecdotes from past times on the small rouge one – a bit like the stuff I wrote for the Red Dwarf VIII book.”
  • The requirement to pass tests to gain entry to a special section of the Officer’s Club.
  • “At some point we’re going to try and include Red Dwarf animated shorts and also an animated version of Asso – Spanish Detective – based on the character Rob and I first wrote for the Radio 4 sketch show Son of Cliché.
  • “The Cat’s Challenge”, in which readers would win a prize if they were judged to be more handsome than the Cat.
  • “Plus pictures of Kristine Kochanski in the nude!!! Yes – nude!!!”

Bloody hell, how fantastic would most of that have been? Weird City was presumably just never picked up, or Doug decided to concentrate on the movie. But imagine, just imagine, a weekly column by Doug Naylor. Last time I did that, it took me a week to clean the sheets. I assume that the animated Dwarf and Asso fell foul of rights issues. But they too would have been ace.

I’m trying to decide whether or not The Cat’s Challenge was a joke. It would have been great if there was a weekly feature in which TOS completely took the piss out of reader’s ugly faces, though. By the way – excellent use of that picture from the Making Of book in that skit.

Oh, and the stuff about Kochanski nude must have been a joke as well. Bah. Now we’ll never see Chloe Annett’s foaming twat.

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  1. You know, I bet a lot of the stuff that Doug Naylor would have done wasn’t done because he’s been so busy with Movie stuff. I think I know which I’d prefer him doing.

    I really, really wish animated Asso could be done, though. Even though it’s… a bit racist. But nobody minds you being racist about the Spanish. Apart from the Spanish, of course. Odd that they should feel that way.

  2. It still surprises me how much was put into that coming soon preview thing. Maybe ‘Weird City’ still exists. Aren’t GNP meant to be busy with a couple of projects after the DVDs? Would be cool if this went into development. Also, Red Dwarf: The Animated Series! Well…some animated shorts (with real cast voices) would be welcome, but I can’t see what format they could be put into. For some reason I’m picturing the Mr. Bean animated series. Dangerous thoughts…

    Just bring on series IX & X!!!!!!

  3. It is quite amazing how much was on offer. Apologies to repeat without really adding anything but I felt the orginally post warranted a bit more of an impact. Was the premise of Weird City a different story each week with the city itself the recurring character? I’m sure I’ve a half-sketched out idea inspired by it somewhere.

  4. It is quite amazing how much was on offer. Apologies to repeat without really adding anything but I felt the orginally post warranted a bit more of an impact. Was the premise of Weird City a different story each week with the city itself the recurring character? I’m sure I’ve a half-sketched out idea inspired by it somewhere.

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