I wondered whether this would show up. New versions of Smeg Ups and Smeg Outs have been classified by the BBFC – because the Just The Smegs versions slightly different to the VHS, with changed merchandise plugs.
To be honest, I wish they hadn’t been changed – like the episodes, I think Smeg Ups and Smeg Outs should have been put out in their original versions, as part of the, erm, historical record. Still, it matters less than with the proper episodes, I suppose. Anyway, weirdly enough, in the classification listing we also get something entitled (RED DWARF – JUST THE SMEGS DVD), lasting for 21 minutes 56 seconds. Seeing as the broadcast Smeg Ups has already been classified, and so were the VII and VIII smegs at the time for the VHS releases – has anyone got any ideas as to what this is?
It’s perhaps worth noting that Polymorph and Parallel Universe weren’t reclassified for DVD, despite being slightly different from the VHS versions – Polymorph has “week’s” intact in the opening announcement as per the broadcast version, and Parallel Universe had no title caption, unlike the VHS version. This means that the Series II and III DVDs have stuff on them that should have been classified but wasn’t – making the releases, erm, illegal to sell in the UK under the The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, which amended the Video Recordings Act 1984. Ho!