According to Robert Llewellyn’s Twitter, Unplugged has been postponed, and replaced with A THIRD NEW EPISODE. Spin my nipple nuts and fuck me up the arsehole.
Quotes and reaction after the cut.
Robert revealed the news via several Twitter entries, or Tweets, or whatever the fuck you call them. If only the internet had the capacity to publish messages of more than 160 characters. Maybe some day in the future, the technology will be developed for people to write lengthier items when required, and publish them on some sort of “web” “log”, or something. Anyway:
Red Dwarf latest. Have just heard since coming back from Norway that the unplugged live show is being postponed, we do 3 new eps instead
I know it’s sad news ‘cos we were looking forward too, but time constraints and budget tightness have made it impossible
However, there will now be three totally new episodes of Red Dwarf, plus the making of behind the scenes, so still 4 new 30 min shows
Ahh twitter confusion. Okay, we were going to do 2 new eps, 1 live show, 1 making of. Now we are doing 3 new eps and making of. More new eps
Basically, same top quality smeg, in fact more top quality smeg than originally planned. Ooh there’s so much I can’t tell you. Smeg-tastic
No, the new episode is brilliant, I am reading it now. Hang on…oh HAHAHAHAHA that’s good
Well then. Bobby seems to imply that this is down to the timing and logistics of getting everyone in one place at the same time to do a live show. This is perhaps slightly concerning, given that stretching out stories to accommodate extra episodes hasn’t worked out so well in the past. But then, I was always concerned that 2x 24mins or so wasn’t quite enough to tell a story of an appropriately epic scale; a trilogy over the course of a bank holiday weekend, on the other hand, sounds bloody excellent.
As for the loss of Unplugged, it is a shame, not least because it now seems that there won’t be any opportunity for an audience recording this time round. It also sounded like a great concept, so hopefully it’ll be remounted at some point – Bobby does say “postponed” rather than “cancelled”. And, given the choice between: 1) 2 new eps and Unplugged; 2) 3 new eps and Unplugged maybe happening in the future… 2’s always been my lucky number.
Many thanks to Philko87 for bringing this to our attention.