So, the Red Dwarf appeal on Points of View has been and gone. You can see it the situation in great detail, they decided only the show the pitiful video clip, and not bother with any of the things we sent in. Better still, the entire affair was dismissed with the following Terry Wogan soundbite:
We asked if there are any plans for a Red Dwarf resurrection. The Controller of Comedy told us, which conflicts with some website rumours, that the last time a discussion was had about Red Dwarf with the team that make it was at least five years ago. They’ve never approached her since, but she’s more than happy for them to come and talk to her.
Yes, dismissing tens of letter-writers as “some website rumours” is a sure-fire way to appease an audience that feels mistreated by the BBC. So, this is an interesting turn of events. If it’s true that it was, at the latest, 2002 that Doug approached the Beeb for more Dwarf, what was going on with the movie at that time? Plus, it seems weird that the Beeb would dismiss the (not insignificant) audience so soon after Series VIII aired. And considering the current Controller of Comedy, Lucy Lumsden only took over the role in November 2005, how can she be so sure?
But regardless of when The Quote was made, it still needs to be addressed, and the programme spectacularly failed to do this. It neither confirmed or denied that it was said, or attempted to justify it; they merely wanted to sweep it under the carpet. This is a big, big disappointment. But rest assured this isn’t ended here. So, Phase 2.
If Lucy Lumsden is happy for “the Red Dwarf team” to contact her, why don’t we do so too? Thanks to the unique way that BBC e-mail addresses are invented, we reckon dropping a line to email@example.com should do the trick. And why not copy Jana Bennett (Head of BBC Vision) and Jane Tranter (Controller of Fiction) into it too? Don’t forget to ask:
- for more detail on the discussions they’ve had with the Dwarf team
- whether it’s true that the reason Dwarf was turned down is because “the BBC is no longer interested in the audience Red Dwarf used to attract”
- what the chances are of Dwarf being recommissioned
It would be really, really useful to hear more details of this from Doug’s perspective. Keep reading G&T…