Well, this is interesting. The February edition of SFX carries the following small news item:
Craig Charles has divulged more about Dave’s Red Dwarf revival. “We are going to do Red Dwarf: Unplugged, which is just the four of us – and some chairs – trying to improvise, or rather trying to remember, classic scenes,” he said at the recent Collectormania Glasgow.
A mention of Red Dwarf: Unplugged was added to Wikipedia a few weeks ago, by person or persons unknown. We’d dismissed it as idle shit-stirring, but if Craig is shooting his mouth off about it, it seems pretty genuine.
Personally, I think it’s a bloody good idea – it sounds like it could be a lot of fun, and extraordinarily cheap, which is good news in terms of stretching the budget. The term “the four of us” is interesting – it almost definitely refers to “Chris, Craig, Danny and Robert”, which suggests that none of the recreated scenes will involve Holly or Kochanski. But we shall see. Also, it sounds like a format that could do with a host, to introduce the challenges and give the scenes context. Again, we shall see. I’m really looking forward to this now – this certainly is a “serious difference” to the standard clip show format, and promises to be much more satisfying.
Thanks to Si Bromley for posting this story on the forum. Also, kudos to Phil Reed for figuring it all out back in September!
In other news, Robert Llewellyn seems to have confirmed in his Twitter feed that the specials will be recorded in front of an audience. To quote:
We are making 4 new episodes of Red Dwarf, with original main cast, 2 eps recorded in front of audience. Not seen scripts yet.
Well, huzzah and hurrah, frankly. However, I’m a bit confused by the “4 episodes, 2 of which have an audience” thing. Surely Unplugged will have an audience? It’ll be as flat as a fart otherwise. Maybe they’re shooting the main two part episode in one audience session? Or maybe they’re shooting bits of Unplugged in and around bits of the main episodes?
Whatever happens, everyone keep ’em peeled for ticket details…
Thanks to SoundableObject for posting that one.