Interesting Television Centre fact no. 1: Studio 1 is the biggest and most expensive studio in television centre. For the early series of Red Dwarf, there was no budget for any set after the production team hired it for filming so they had the hapless space team running around the exposed lighting rigs and gangways, which worked brilliantly (and cheaply) for convincing us they were on board a massive spaceship.
- Red Dwarf has never been shot at BBC Television Centre. The first three series were shot in Manchester, and Series IV onwards were shot in Shepperton.
- Studio 1 is, as they say, bloody massive. It’s mostly used for big, live (or as-live) light entertainment showpieces such as Strictly Come Dancing and the like – not modestly-budgeted sit-coms.
- What Production Manager in their right mind would book a massive studio if it took out their entire budget?
- There was NO BUDGET FOR ANY SET? So the bunk room, drive room, captain’s office, officers’ quarters, hologram projection suite and all the rest were just part of the lighting rig, were they?
OK, it’s true that they did use lighting rigs and other bits of studio to fill in for corridors, and yes it was very effective and brilliant. But this ‘fact’ is just complete and utter bollocks. Where did it come from? How much exaggeration and apocrypha is required for this to rise to the surface? And who, after more than three seconds’ thought, would believe it to be true?
There’s a thin line between poor research and simply making stuff up.