For those of you who don’t watch ITV’s Coronation Street, Craig Charles is a poet who rose to fame in the famous Manchester based soap opera as lovable cabby Lloyd. Despite recent and very public drug problems he’s recently been cast as a character called Lister in a new Dave sci-fi sitcom called Red Dwarf. Intriguing…
Heh, anyway. Enough of that hilarity.
Amazingly, the pretext for Craig’s recent big interview with Digital Spy seems to be that his character is going to kiss someone in an up-coming episode of Corrie. Fucking hell. Anyway, he still had time to talk about the much less important matter of Red Dwarf:
How much are you looking forward to hooking up with your fellow boys from the Dwarf for brand new episodes?
“It’s all been signed off now and has been given the go-ahead. I’m really looking forward to doing it. I can’t really give the storyline away but it’s a fantastic one. It’s really quite weird and sees me playing quite a few characters, some of them I’ve already played on television. That’s all I can say…”
Buh?! Ahem, well, firstly it’s always lovely to hear things like “It’s all been signed off now and has been given the go-ahead” in relation to new Dwarf but secondly… well, suddenly I’m a little more nervous about what the new episodes are going to feature. Suddenly I have arse tightening nightmares about the fucking Dibbley family, or something. Of course, I’m probably being unfair as this sounds more like a reference to the mysterious ‘clip show with a difference’ if the recent WikiRumour about ‘Red Dwarf Unplugged’ is true. Which I hope it is. It’s entirely possible that the re-enacing of scenes will involve the cast playing a great amount of extra roles to make up the numbers in certain scenes. However, in my mind, no situation where Craig is called upon to play a number of roles in the actual proper episodes is a good one… it just brings up too many thoughts of horrible gimmicks.
How close did the proposed Red Dwarf movie project come to being made?
“It came to be getting all my teeth knocked out and put back in with veneers on! It came to us going to the gym for six weeks and training with a personal trainer, getting ripped! Nah, I joke – it came really, really close. It’s one of those things, though. It feels like it’s another lifetime now. It’s nice to be revisiting it for this special, though. Never say never. If this special goes well, you never know what could come of it.”
Am I the only one that thought he was being serious at first? The thought of him having his teeth fixed in order to look more appealing to movie investors or the Duke of Manchester is a horribly believable one. Anyway, enough lamenting about how close the movie came to being made – we have our new Dwarf now and I think we can be fairly confident that more will happen if they’re a success. Just please, God, let them be good.
Have there been any read-throughs or rehearsals yet? When do you begin filming?
“Yeah – it starts filming in January and the rest of them all look ancient! I’m the only one that doesn’t look like they’ve aged. I’m actually playing their child now!”
Haha, funny joke.
I’m presuming you’re going to have to take a break from Corrie?
“Yeah, they’ve given me a bit of time off. Not a lot, but they’ve worked it around holidays, too. It’s very kind of them to have done it for me. It’s one of those things that I’d have hated to have gone ahead without me.”
I don’t like the idea that the Red Dwarf‘s future, however briefly, was in the hands of Corrie’s producers… or that the specials might have actually gone ahead without Craig!
And finally, whatever happened to Takeshi’s Castle?
“Well, we did about 150 episodes of them but then we ran out of episodes. It took me months and months in a booth with a microphone and Japanese DVDs. It was very sad just looking at a television and talking into a mic. There were no scripts, no rehearsals – it was just say what you see TV. You cold get away with so many near-to-the-knuckle things, it was great.”
And that show always seemed so tightly controlled and scripted,too!
Finally, don’t forget that Dave are beginning their build up to the new specials with a night of Red Dwarf repeats from 21:00 tonight. As usual, though, they’re opting to show 4 episodes twice rather than just sticking an entire series on so we have Holoship, The Inquisitor, Terrorform and Quarantine tonight continuing the Dave scheduler’s mystifying IV, V and VI bias.