Back To Earth: A Ratings Success

Following on from the previous news that BTE Part 1 hit a whopping 2.06 million on the overnights, and that Part 2 got 937,000, the results are finally in for Part 3. And we’re going to…

…live.

1.02 million, a 4.6% audience share, and more viewers than Sky 1’s latest big-budget, big-name drama. Get in. Obviously, this isn’t quite as good as Friday’s phenomenal effort, but it’s still huge for a digital channel, and we couldn’t be expected to enter the record books for three nights in a row. But for a little bit more context – the lowest rated episode of BTE got more viewers than the highest rated episode of Horne & Corden.

I can’t wait to see the final figures for these shows, and indeed the Making Of, which I hope managed to retain a fair proportion of those million viewers. Doug said that the future of Red Dwarf depends on viewing figures and DVD sales. Put a big tick against item one.

ADDITIONAL: It’s even more impressive than we first thought – and it’s making the news. See comments for links.

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  1. Including the repeat on Dave +1 I think Part got 2.4m and Parts 2 and 3 1.2m each.

    Monday’s will be interesting as well.

  2. Also worth noting latest tweet from Robert Llewelln: ‘So many Q’s about Red Dwarf. Basically, we won’t know if we’re doing another series for a while. I know cast all up for it, but who knows?’

    Which I guess means they’re waiting to see the DVD sales.

  3. And they would have to see about Craig`s commitments I guess.

  4. Woopwoop.
    Glad part 3 broke the 1 million mark!

  5. Holding pretty much all the viewers from Saturday over to Sunday is a pretty fantastic achievement. Says a lot about how good part two was. And perhaps how wise it was to hold the Corrie stuff until part three!

  6. I hope the dvd sells well, i’ve personally ordered 3 million copies, won’t be short of an ashtray in my house!

  7. Though if they’re grabbing 1/8 of the viewers of series VIII, does that mean any series would be made on 1/8 the budget?

    I’m not sure of RD would work on Dave permanently, mainly for monetary reasons (though Dave’s great and passionate marketing job provides counter-evidence for this). Ideally I’d like to see a joint production – maybe Dave get to show the episodes first before the BBC broadcast them a week later.

    And over 1m for the final episode – that was what many were hoping the first episode would receive.

  8. G&T Admin

    Though if they?re grabbing 1/8 of the viewers of series VIII, does that mean any series would be made on 1/8 the budget?

    No, obviously. The TV landscape is completely different than it was ten years ago. If any comedy on any channel got eight million these days, the entire industry would eat their collective hat. And besides, VIII *started* with eight million. I think I’m right in saying that Only The Good and BTE Part 1 got pretty similar numbers…

  9. To be honest, I`m not sure how much people can read into the viewing figures in terms of how much people did or didn`t enjoy the show.

    For example, the show lost more than half of its viewers after the first ep but it obviously can`t be put down to all of those people hating it. It had big competition and was never going to be able to match the hype.

    The figures for 3 were always going to be pretty good I think because it was possibly the last episode ever and the conclusion to the trilogy. Most people who had watched it that far would be likely to stay with it. Love it or not.

    I don`t know how much Dave would be able to discern from the figures that would cause them to finance a whole series. Any new Dwarf couldn`t have the same amount of hype as the first ep and any middle episodes couldn`t have the last ep hype either. More specials would be more likely maybe?

  10. True. Plus the competition for Saturday Night, might mean people watched Friday Part One and then Monday Part Two and Three.

  11. These figures are truly phenonmenonemonemnal.

    Far exceeded all my predictions. Happy times, lads. Happy times.

  12. The fact that Sunday’s figures improved on Saturday’s is very impressive. The 2 million for Friday is good as it proved that the publicity worked and that even after 10 years, Dwarf has good name recognition. But maintaining 1 million through Saturday and Sunday (against the weekend’s competition) shows that Dwarf can pull in a committed viewership of a million, which for a miniscule-budget digital channel offering is remarkable. Many terrestrial shows would kill for a million committed viewers.

    The only thing that worries me is, even if Dave wanted to commission a full series, could they afford it? Despite the amazing production values, BtE was obviously made on a shoestring (half the crew working for the love of it, Doug buying Carbug himself). A full 6 or 8 episode series is a whole different proposition. How good are UKTV’s finances? How much can they really afford?

  13. … and on Wednesday it will be 1.02 mio +1.

  14. I think they’d certainly need to commit far more money than they did to BTE.

  15. >Doug buying Carbug himself

    Did he really?

  16. >Doug buying Carbug himself
    >Did he really?

    Yes. He said so in The Making of.

  17. As far as budget is concerned….I was watching the making of and was very impressed by the “virtual corridors” – i.e. green screen, motion tracking etc…

    But was wondering – is that really cheaper than a few bread delivery trays stacked together with vacuum-formed plastic sections and clever lighting?

  18. Thinking about it, a new series would take an age to make wouldn`t it? For Doug to write 6 to 8 stories all on his own could take many months and after all of that any momentum may have gone. Plus he struggled to come up with non-homaged/ripped off ideas just for one story here…

    If Dave does commission more then, to repeat myself, 3 more eps might make sense. Maybe this time with the unplugged thing which would be quick and simple enough to do.

  19. For example, the show lost more than half of its viewers after the first ep but it obviously can`t be put down to all of those people hating it.

    Judging from the views in my office this morning when we discussed this weekends television, this is exactly why they lost half the viewers.

    “I started watching Part 1 but it wasn’t funny” is a line I have heard three or four times this morning…

  20. G&T Admin

    But was wondering – is that really cheaper than a few bread delivery trays stacked together with vacuum-formed plastic sections and clever lighting?

    I think the fact that Mike and his team worked for a hugely reduced rate means: yes, it is. Bread trays and bits of plastic cost money to source – pixels don’t.

  21. > Judging from the views in my office this morning when we discussed this weekends television, this is exactly why they lost half the viewers.

    ?I started watching Part 1 but it wasn?t funny? is a line I have heard three or four times this morning?

    But not all of them as I said. Some obviously because if everybody had thought it was amazing they would have stuck around even if other things were on.

    Your colleagues` views correspond with my own though.

  22. How good are UKTV?s finances?

    they made a loss in 2007 of 444k full accounts weren’t published, i think they website company made an even bigger loss so the group as a whole may have been much larger. Must remember that this was previous to the rebrand and Dave was only just launched

  23. >But was wondering – is that really cheaper than a few bread delivery trays stacked together with vacuum-formed plastic sections and clever lighting?

    I think it’s not so much cost of materials than it is the time spent putting it all together. First, you’ve got to hire someone to design a frame to hang the vac-form sections off of, then you need someone to build it, someone else to light it, then disassemble it when you’re done…

    Shooting green screen means all you need is a CGI/Vis FX dept. to make the virtual set, and a dedicated chroma studio space.

    Saves time, and (presumably) saves money.

  24. Hmm. I think this just goes to prove that Dave should have just comissioned it as ONE episode. It works as a whole so much better and would not have lost those viewers. Big shame they were made to split it up into 3.

  25. Excellent ratings news. Im alittle more hopefull of a continuation now.

    I really want one.

  26. If they do another special then it should stay in the same style as BtE, but if it’s a series of 6 it should have more of a sitcom feel with audience laughter without a doubt. They WERE considering an audience for BtE at one stage, and indeed Unplugged was planned, so it’s obviously in the realms of possibility for a series on Dave. Screenings would be worth it IMO. That way we could have the best of both worlds. But wouldn’t that be too much like VII, I hear you scream? The thing is, they now have the advantage of knowing how VII turned out and can improve on it, as happened with BtE.

  27. Another factor (not in it getting commissioned perhaps but on how well made it could be) might be whether all of the people would be willing to give their time and expertise for so little money again. They did it this time because they were big fans and wanted the show back after such a long time but I guess it depends on how much they liked the eps in the end.

  28. As long as it’s not a 90 minute homage/rip off of an old sci-fi movie and is ‘actual’ Red Dwarf then I welcome the idea of another series. If they want to do another BtE type thing then I’ll watch it like the junkie I am but I won’t get too excited.

    I’m delighted the show did so well for Dave.

  29. doug wont jump on another series because i think his main goal is seeing if he can revive the movie

    so people… dont get so excited, even craig said in an interview that he and danny would rather do more series, but doug and chris want to do a movie

  30. double post

    “The following two episodes of the new Red Dwarf mini-series, shown on Easter Saturday and Sunday, attracted 1.7 million and 1.3 million viewers respectively”

    WOAH

  31. I`m not sure whether that actually sounds as good. Although it suggests that more people watched, it also suggests that viewing figures were going down and down. Might not affect Dave commissioning more shows but not that impressive if Doug does want money for a movie. Maybe I`m talking bollocks though.

  32. Weird. Digitalspy ranks Part 3 higher than 2 in terms of ratings. Maybe that report is adding in various repeats?

  33. >. Although it suggests that more people watched, it also suggests that viewing figures were going down and down.

    Yes, but viewing figures were going down as it was getting later.

  34. the sun are now reporting the same figures as i just posted episode 1 2.3m episode 2 1.7m and episode 3 1.3m

  35. G&T Admin

    I`m not sure whether that actually sounds as good. Although it suggests that more people watched, it also suggests that viewing figures were going down and down.

    Every series of everything ever has a drop-off of viewers over the course of the run. To retain more than half over the weekend is a good thing – particularly when the lowest figure is still a phenomenally good result.

  36. Just noticed the article that Bobby’s linked to today:

    Dave’s decision to resuscitate sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf has paid off with a total audience of 2.4m (11.7%) tuning in at 9pm on Good Friday – the channel’s best performance to date. […] Over three episodes, the new episodes of Red Dwarf have been a huge success for the channel with the series averaging 1.6m (7.7%). The second edition, which aired in a 9pm slot on Easter Sunday, had 1.2m (5.9%) while the day after a similar 1.2m (5.6%) watched.

  37. the sun is now reporting the same figures as the 1st link i posted ep 1 ..2.3m ep 2 …1.7m ep 3 … 1.3m

    THATS AMAZING

  38. Phenomenal figures. I was hoping that the figures would be sustained for part 2, and they have. I’m made up.

    Fingers, toes and everything else crossed for another series.
    Maybe I can buy everyone I know a DVD for an early Xmas pressie?

    Erm … why are we italicised?

  39. G&T Admin

    Here’s The Sun link:
    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/tv/article2376390.ece

    Regardless of what you think of The Sun (the correct answer being it’s a morally reprehensible pile of shit), the fact that such a mainstream, widely-read paper is bigging up this figures is a huge plus point for Dwarf’s future. Can’t take anything for granted in the current economic climate, and all that shit, but every little helps.

  40. > Every series of everything ever has a drop-off of viewers over the course of the run.

    I know that you weren`t being literal but Not Going Out`s viewing figures were going up when the BBC axed it.

    Anyway, I agree that the figures have been very good but I`m not sure where it leaves Dwarf in terms of doing things other than on Dave. I can`t really think of many shows (although there may be some) which have gone to a much smaller channel, got much smaller ratings (as they were always going to) and then come back to something much bigger (such as a movie or a BBC series). That was my badly made point.

  41. G&T Admin

    I see your point, but you’ve got to consider that there hasn’t been time for that scenario to happen. Red Dwarf is pretty much the first instance of fully-fledged episodes of a classic series being made by a digital channel. On the other hand, Torchwood started off on BBC Three, got good ratings for a digital channel, but obviously nowhere near Doctor Who, then moved to BBC Two – with the third series set for BBC One.

  42. Where is the 1.7m for Saturday, in particular, coming from? Is it from a five-minute peak (the Sun likes 5 min-peaks), from adding together the average over the show for all the showings on Dave and DJV, or what?

  43. > Erm ? why are we italicised?

    For emphasis!

    Or… something.

    Anyway, this is as good a result, ratings-wise, as we could have hoped for. I’m really not sure Dave would be able to provide the necessary funds for a series, though. Another special, possibly, but I’d really sooner see a series. I think, after the excitement of BtE, the novelty of another special would be lessened somewhat.

  44. G&T Admin

    Sorry about the italics – someone didn’t close a tag properly earlier in the thread, but Firefox fixed it for me automatically. Should be alright now…

  45. >but Firefox fixed it for me automatically

    Oh that’s why I didn’t know what they were going on about. Get a decent browser, people!

  46. This is why i think another one off special is moe likely than another series, the chances of Craig getting time off to do it is probably more likely.

  47. More from MediaGuardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/apr/14/red-dwarf-dave-record-ratings

    New episodes of the sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf pulled in the highest ever ratings for the multichannel service Dave over the Easter weekend, attracting more than 2 million viewers on Good Friday, 10 April.

    Red Dwarf: Back to Earth attracted 2.064 million viewers and an average multichannel audience share of 10% between 9pm and 9.30pm for its new episode on Friday, according to unofficial overnight figures for live viewing. A further 342,000 watched on the timeshift channel Dave ja vu an hour later.

    This makes Dave’s heavily promoted Red Dwarf revival one of the most popular ever UK-originated shows on a multichannel service, in terms of the live audience for a first broadcast.

    In 2006, Torchwood’s launch episode on BBC3 and the first instalment of Sky1’s Terry Pratchett adaptation Hogfather each attracted a live audience of 2.4 million viewers.

    By this morning, the audience figure for Friday’s Red Dwarf special had risen by a further 226,000 thanks to timeshift viewers ? people who recorded the show and watched it later.

    Friday’s new Red Dwarf episode was followed on Dave by a repeat of the long running BBC comedy, which gained 1 million viewers and a 5.1% multichannel share between 9.30pm and 10pm.

    On Saturday night, the second new instalment claimed 937,000 viewers between 9pm and 9.35pm, with a further 303,000 on Dave ja vu.

    On Sunday, the final edition drew 1 million and a 4.6% multichannel share between 9pm and 9.30pm, with a further 244,000 on the timeshift channel.

    A new outtakes special, fronted by Patrick Stewart, brought 495,000 and a 2.5% multichannel share to Dave between 9.35pm and 10.15pm on Saturday.

    And a documentary on the making of the Back to Earth trio picked up 516,000 and a 2.4% multichannel share between 9.30pm and 10pm on Sunday.

    Obviously, calling Smeg Ups “new” = fail, but aside from that…

  48. G&T Admin

    And a documentary on the making of the Back to Earth trio picked up 516,000 and a 2.4% multichannel share between 9.30pm and 10pm on Sunday.

    Excellent. Half a million people know what Ellard’s voice sounds like.

  49. This is pretty amazing stuff. It must be because there’s so much dreck on at the mo, people want something British that actually utilises some imagination that doesn’t have a flying, time jumping police box in it.

    The biggest feeling I had once part three had ended was a thirst for more Naylor Dwarf. I want it now. GIVE.

  50. As long as it?s not a 90 minute homage/rip off of an old sci-fi movie and is ?actual? Red Dwarf then I welcome the idea of another series. If they want to do another BtE type thing then I?ll watch it like the junkie I am but I won?t get too excited

    Look, we all have something to bring to this discussion. But I think from now on the thing you should bring is silence.

  51. >time jumping police box in it.

    There was on screen the words “Dr Who” though briefly.

  52. >”Look, we all have something to bring to this discussion. But I think from now on the thing you should bring is silence.”

    Oh the irony!

    Look. I wasn’t that keen on BtE and I certainly didn’t like the over excessive Blade Runner stuff. If you like it then good for you – I’ll certainly respect your opinion. How about you reciprocate instead of firing off one liners in a vain attempt to be funny?

  53. G&T Admin

    Or: how about everyone tries just a tiny bit to keep each thread vaguely on topic?

  54. I’m sorry Ian but the STFU or watch something else lines directed at people who were not keen on BtE are getting old fast. I’ll try to keep more on topic in the future.

    I did point out in my original post that I was delighted it rated so well. I think a little speculation on a future format on my part wasn’t too out of place.

  55. > As long as it?s not a 90 minute homage/rip off of an old sci-fi movie and is ?actual? Red Dwarf then I welcome the idea of another series

    This. I loved BtE, but I wouldn’t want to see such blatant referencing in future eps.
    They’ve always used subtle references to other movies here and there, but that works because it *is* subtle. Cram them in hard and fast as they did in BtE and it just wouldn’t work, and would lose them a lot of fans besides.

  56. >Or: how about everyone tries just a tiny bit to keep each thread vaguely on topic?

    Ian, are you familar with how Ganymede & Titan works?

  57. G&T Admin

    Are you familiar with my fist?

  58. Is that a threat or a proposition?

  59. G&T Admin

    Depends on my mood at any given time.

  60. Great. Did he moan a lot?

  61. ….But I do think it’s a little unfair on all the people who put hard work into this project to pass off BtE as nothing but a 90 minute sci fi homage.

    Anyway hooray for the ratings! Here’s hoping for a series X (I still dont entirely understand why we can’t have series IX?!)

  62. We CAN have IX. Surely? The Series IX in BTE was never real. Only the events that the imaginary Series IX consisted of actually happened.

  63. events happend in series ix ( kochanski leaving ) which turns out to have actually happend. i am assuming that is why next series will be x

  64. G&T Admin

    Who’s eating this chicken?

  65. >”?.But I do think it?s a little unfair on all the people who put hard work into this project to pass off BtE as nothing but a 90 minute sci fi homage.”

    OK, fair enough.

  66. >”Who?s eating this chicken?”

    That’s not chicken Ian.

  67. >?.But I do think it?s a little unfair on all the people who put hard work into this project to pass off BtE as nothing but a 90 minute sci fi homage.

    Yeah, it was much, much closer to 70 minutes.

  68. IMO, Series IX should be novel #5 – i.e. an unfilmable, universe-spanning adventure. That way, we get our beloved continuity (pre-BtE) AND a nice little lead-in to Series X.

  69. In other words, Series IX is our Time War.

  70. A time war which should be the Who film and the reason McGann became Eccleston… but that’s a topic for another day :P

  71. It occurs to me that if we do get a new series, we’ll be referring to “Series IX” for the pre-BtE stuff and Series IX for the new series. Now from this point on, things get a little confusing…

  72. I wonder if the movie is still Doug’s ambition. In which case would his heart be in a series?

    Maybe a series of TV movies – one per season, maybe – would be better. Closer to the big screen, which also makes the transition there easier…

  73. What so we perhaps get 5 standard episodes, and then close off the series with a TV Movie? I wouldn’t argue with that personally.

  74. I hope before the true end of Red Dwarf the movie will be made and in cinemas (not a tv movie I’d prefer it to be in the cinemas)

  75. I think the reason Doug said he couldn’t make a series IX was so as not to spoiler. – he was just playing along with the meta-gags.

    Don’t forget he gave this interview before BTE aired. By going along with the notion that IX had already been done in the Red Dwarf Universe anyone seeing that interview then seeing part 2 is further conditioned to think that the metaverse is actually the true Red Dwarf universe.

    Now, post part three and the revelation that it was in Lister’s head a series IX (though not the one described) is filmable again… though I like the idea of having our own ‘time war’.

  76. The series IX & X in their hallucination were based on events which had actually occurred to them, though – Kochanski got “flushed out an airlock”, leading to her picture on the memorial stone, Rimmer remembered the Polymorph III episode, etc.

  77. I think the reason Doug said he couldn?t make a series IX was so as not to spoiler. – he was just playing along with the meta-gags.

    If that were true wouldn’t he have said he wouldn’t make a series 9 or 10 but go straight on to 11? In the meta-verse there are two series between 8 and BtE.

  78. >Rimmer remembered the Polymorph III episode, etc.

    Wait, backup? Wasn’t Rimmer just referring to the snake it turned into in the original ep? Which we saw happening in the background as they discussed it?

  79. I thought it was related to the bath – especially since they had a fictional guy “make it” – rather than the original ep. But, yes, I may be misremembering some of the context.

  80. G&T Admin

    Wait, backup? Wasn?t Rimmer just referring to the snake it turned into in the original ep? Which we saw happening in the background as they discussed it?

    That’s how i read it aswell..

  81. Yeah it’s slightly confusing. Maybe the ‘snake skin’ is from the series III Polymorph and it was just there in the bath made for series IX, as opposed to the skin itself relating to IX.

    FFS I’m talking about IX like it’s real! It should be made in comic book form. How brilliant would that be?? It can start with the clearing up of Only The Good… Ace Rimmer (aka the original Rimmer, aka the Rimmer in BtE) appears, and sees his VIII self get blown to smithereens. The rest of the VIII crew (Hollister etc.) get sucked into the still-open wormhole that Ace’s ship just came through, thus they are gone for good.

    The Dwarf isn’t stable but the Dwarfers are expecting Ace to save the day as he normally does. Turns out he’s just as cowardly and bastard-like as he always was, he’s the only Ace Rimmer in the thousands of them there’s ever been that has done absolute zip on the whole hero front.

    Btw I’m currently watching Stoke (to compare the style with BtE, as a matter of fact) and not only am I generally just liking it better – come on, there ARE some funny gags in it, ‘nuns first curry’ ‘a book has a spine’ etc. and FFS Brian Cox and Sarah Alexander are in it – I would definitely accept another series of this type of episode. The laughter aids the weaker moments (‘the big-eared ugly one’)and accentuates the decent gags.

  82. A Red Dwarf graphic novel is a… novel idea.

  83. The loose end I’m most left wondering about is what happened to the rest of the prisoners in the Tank. It’s been a while since I saw Only the Good, but weren’t they still on Red Dwarf at the end of the episode?

  84. I thought the other prisoners from the tank might have gone to the mirror universe with Lister and co.

  85. i assume rimmer is talking about a possible polymorph 3 because the piece it was made from related to the guy in the nose world who worked on the end of ” series ix”

  86. The prisoners were abandoned, they were FINISHED!

  87. We need a series IX episode guide….

    Ep 1 Resolves Only The Good

    Ep 5 Kochanski Leaves

    Ep 6 Fallout of Kochanski leaving?

  88. But we never actually see Kochanski leave on screen. We don’t realise that Kryten was lying The kids on the bus said they worked it out themselves. Plus I could have sworn that the comic book guy said it was at the start of series IX (did he say “in episode one”?) but then I may be wrong on that one.

  89. kryten said himself at the end of part 3 that kochanski is still alive and that he lied to lister to protect his feelings.

  90. Yeah, but you guys are talking about a series IX as depicted during Back to Earth… during which Kochanski was not seen to dump Lister on screen, else the kids would have known for sure, rather than offering Lister their best guess.

  91. Yeah, chances are that the fictional Chloe “left between series”, and that the airlock incident would have been an attempt to cover that (as, in a sense, it actually was). It’s the only scenario I could see something like that not having been shown on-screen.

    This would come after the scrolly text explaining that holo-Rimmer/Ace saved the day by turning back time to Nanarchy and forcing the nanobots to reconstruct the Dwarf in its’ original shape and with no crew, prisoners or smart-Holly, meaning prison never came into it and there’s only one Rimmer, who burned out his ship and his bravery in the process.

  92. This would come after the scrolly text explaining that holo-Rimmer/Ace saved the day by turning back time to Nanarchy and forcing the nanobots to reconstruct the Dwarf in its? original shape and with no crew, prisoners or smart-Holly, meaning prison never came into it

    The Tank was a part of the original ship too. We just never saw it before series 8. How do I know? The prisoners were reconstructed along with the crew. And they were scheduled to be taken to some kind of penal colony or prison station (according to Holly.)

    The nano’s didn’t make anything from scratch. Only the ship’s configuration was altered.

    I think the idea of the nanobots being used again to change the shape of the ship makes sense though.

  93. >A Red Dwarf graphic novel is a? novel idea.

    It’s a fantastic idea, is what it is. That is EXACTLY what I’d like to see as a prequel to Series X / The Movie. Like they did with the new Star Trek flick. They released a four-parter/Trade PB that ties up all the loose ends between now and the previous film.

    “Prelude To Back to Earth”, perhaps..?

  94. I want I want I want!

    (“Star Trek: Countdown” was ok, but too short… “BSG: Season Zero” was long enough, but a bit crap…)

  95. G&T Admin

    ?BSG: Season Zero? was long enough, but a bit crap?

    She’s right. Look at the readout…

    :D

  96. >[Tubbs] Is this one? [/Tubbs]

    …Twelvty?

    If it is the same model, looks like they painted half of it black to hide Sonin logo.

    EDIT: If you look closely at Danny’s picture, it looks like they sanded the logo off entirely!

  97. Wowsers. I wonder how they like them apples?

    I see it beat Beeb 2 and Channel 5 in the same time slot. Marvellous.

  98. G&T Admin

    The BBC will now be interested in the audience Dave is attracting.

  99. The Tank was a part of the original ship too. We just never saw it before series 8. How do I know? The prisoners were reconstructed along with the crew. And they were scheduled to be taken to some kind of penal colony or prison station (according to Holly.)

    The nano?s didn?t make anything from scratch. Only the ship?s configuration was altered.

    I think the idea of the nanobots being used again to change the shape of the ship makes sense though.

    You miss my point – the hypothetical too-fast-to-read text would explain that Ace/I-VII Rimmer had caused VIII to “unhappen” by altering the events of Nanarchy so that the nanobots were forced to return the ship to the way it had been at the end of V (with, perhaps, a few tweaks to allow for the new sets), rather than to a fully-crewed ship of the original design, meaning the Dwarfers would never have been up on charges because there would have been no-one living except Lister, Kochanski and Cat on the whole ship (not counting watch-Holly, Kryten or Holo-Rimmer as “living”), and thus prison would never have come into it for them.

  100. i think the idea of a nine year gap for new specials was so that we could have had the alternate ending to only the good…and being smacked on the head that hard by a coke can could av killed rimmer and he was braught back as hologram.. now thats all sorted its just how red dwarf returned to its original shape ….

  101. Murdered by a vending machine… that is SO him.

  102. I think its quite positive. Best ratings Dave have ever had. I can’t wait for the dvd. I’m RD overdosing at the moment. Love it.

  103. Call me ungrateful, but I was expecting more from today’s TOS update. Don’t know what, exactly, but another story or two.

  104. >Call me ungrateful, but I was expecting more from today?s TOS update. Don?t know what, exactly, but another story or two.

    Mmm. Was expecting something a little more… grand, myself.

  105. Holy shit, today’s Friday. I thought it was Thursday for some reason.

  106. Could that reason be Easter Monday?

  107. I was expecting something like the episode guide to be updated, to match the contents of the first 8 series… pictures, library music, etc. But alas no…

  108. G&T Admin

    I think that it had come out before, but i think it was part of those unlockable vids on the listerscominghome.co.uk site.

  109. Does anyone know if red dwarf Bte is going be released on blu-ray as it was shot in HD it was on daves website but it now says its going to be on dvd from the 15th june and not blu-ray?

  110. I believe we’ve been told it’ll likely get a Blu-ray release, but no clue as to when just yet.

  111. My bet, until we get evidence to the contrary, is some time in late November or early December – i.e., the run up to Xmas.

  112. Final figures now out from BARB:

    Part 1: 2.36 million (1st in multi-channel); plus 385,000 on ja vu for the 10pm repeat and, oddly, another 319,000 for the ja vu reshow at 12:30am.
    Part 2: 1.24 million (6th; a huge leap from the overnight figures – it actually overtakes part 3, lot of people recording on Saturday night…); plus 366,000 on ja vu
    Part 3: 1.20 million (7th); plus 245,000 on ja vu
    The Making Of: 575,000; plus >121,000 on ja vu (as it doesn’t reach the top 10)

    The repeat of Gunmen also gets onto the top 30 multi-channel programmes with 1.09 million (12th).

  113. All the Dwarf-related ratings in the Dave & DJV top 10 for the week:

    Dave (was UKTV G2)
    w/e 12 Apr 2009
    1 RED DWARF (Fri 21:01) 2,357
    2 RED DWARF (Sat 21:00) 1,238
    3 RED DWARF (Sun 21:00) 1,197
    4 RED DWARF (Fri 21:33) 1,089
    5 RED DWARF SPECIAL: SMEG UPS (Sat 21:37) 652
    6 RED DWARF (Fri 22:12) 632
    7 RED DWARF (Sun 21:31) 575
    8 RED DWARF (Fri 22:52) 453

    Dave ja vu (was Dave +1)
    w/e 12 Apr 2009
    1 RED DWARF (Fri 22:01) 385
    2 RED DWARF (Sat 22:00) 366
    3 RED DWARF (Fri 24:29) 319
    4 RED DWARF (Sun 22:00) 245
    5 QI (Mon 22:01) 241
    6 RED DWARF SPECIAL: SMEG UPS (Sat 22:37) 172
    7 RED DWARF (Sun 24:20) 162
    8 RED DWARF (Fri 23:52) 129

    Trying to remember… isn’t the 453k for Fri 22:52 *also* for BtE pt 1 (since mW doesn’t mention it)

  114. No-one ever posted the final ratings for the Monday repeats?

    Dave (was UKTV G2)
    w/e 19 Apr 2009
    1 RED DWARF [BtE3] (Mon 22:05) 651k
    2 RED DWARF [BtE2] (Mon 21:33) 609k
    3 RED DWARF [BtE1] (Mon 21:00) 552k
    […]
    8 RED DWARF [Making of] (Mon 22:37) 295k

    Dave ja vu (was Dave +1)
    w/e 19 Apr 2009
    1 RED DWARF [BtE3] (Mon 23:05) 157
    2 RED DWARF [BtE2] (Mon 22:33) 153
    […]
    4 RED DWARF [BtE1] (Mon 22:00) 96
    5 RED DWARF [BtE1] (Wed 24:45) 95
    […]
    8 RED DWARF [BtE2] (Mon 26:55) 88

  115. >1 RED DWARF [BtE3] (Mon 22:05) 651k
    >2 RED DWARF [BtE2] (Mon 21:33) 609k
    >3 RED DWARF [BtE1] (Mon 21:00) 552k

    So the ratings went up through the story, interesting, the people who missed it on saturday and sunday must have wanted to watch it on the monday for it to go up by 50k-100k.

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