According to Merry Media News digital channel Dave will be celebrating Dwarf‘s 20th anniversary with a set of repeats over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday the 16th and 17th of February.
On closer inspection of the Dave listings shows that it’s nothing more than one of their normal theme weekends. Starting at 9pm we have Psirens, Legion, Emohawk II and Tikka to Ride (all listed as Red Dwarf III) on loop. The following night it’s Gunmen of the Apocalypse, Rimmerworld, Out of Time and Blue – again listed as Red Dwarf III.
Pretty uninspiring all round, really. Dave’s theme weekends are a joke as it is, anyway, but to actually go to the bother of knowing when Dwarf‘s anniversary is but then failing to do more than broadcast a jumble of 8 mis-labeled episodes over two nights is just pathetic. What about showing as many episodes as possible all through the day on Saturday and Sunday? THAT’S a proper way to have a theme weekend, not this feeble half measure. Frankly, they should’ve got Dwarf a tie.
Still, let’s not be totally unfair – at least this is an acknowledgment of the anniversary, which is more than we’ve seen from BBC Two. Something might crop up, but at the moment it seems Dave is the only one bothering, which is probably the most depressing thing about all this.