There’s been a bit of a mini-hoohah after last weekend’s unofficial and overpriced sham of a convention, Better Than Life. It involved Chloë, Robert, Danny and rumours about a new series. The months of endless speculation and hearsay starts here, everyone…
This is all currently being covered in our forum but I think it’s worth taking a step back, assessing the ‘facts’ and try to draw some sort of conclusion from the affair.
So, the first thing was spotted was something added to the ever-reliable Red Dwarf Wiki page:
On the 14th of June 2009 at the Red Dwarf ‘Better Than Life’ convention Chloë Annett mentioned that she had being approached by her agent for a new Red Dwarf series, although no alther details were given.
Hmm. Ok, it’s interesting but uncorroborated. Obviously *something* was said at the convention, but it’s entirely possible that this mystery Wiki-editor got the wrong end of the stick or exaggerated things slightly. Obviously it was promply removed from the page and so all we were left with was a million little whispers all directed towards one man. BOBBY LLEW: SIR LORD OF TWITTER.
ooooh. Love a bit of mystery, but can honestly say I’ve heard nothing official.
Oh. Considering he was actually *at* the fuckpig of a convention, it’s odd if he did’t picked up on Chloë’s claim. Unless he knows fine well what she said and is now trying to cover up some tracks.
Just want to re-state clearly that nothing was announced at the RD convention last weekend. There is no official news about new series yet
Yeah, yeah, blah, blah, it’s still all flowery language presumably being said to cover for Chloë gaffe. Or, perhaps not:
Speaking at the Better Than Life convention this weekend, Robert Llewellyn (Kryten), Chloe Annett (Kochanski) and Danny John-Jules (Cat) all confirmed that plans were being put in place for a full series.
So it wasn’t just Chloë with the massive flappy mouth, then? Apparently not:
Danny John-Jules told fans: “They’re talking to Dave about doing a new series. I’ve heard they’re discussing six episodes.”
Llewellyn said that he had been approached about it too and, along with Annett, confirmed that he was “very happy” at the prospect of a return of the show.
So, sure, yeah, nothing *official* has been confirmed but apparently these three aren’t beyond blabbing about current plans before anything is finalised. And at a convention that actually segregates different ‘classes’ of fans. Hmm. All things considered, it’s not an ideal way for something like this to be revealed is it?
So, some quick conclusions before my lunch break expires:
- Something must be going on with regards to a new series. I have no reason to doubt what the guys have said (the most interesting comment being Danny’s about it being a full 6 episode jobby) but I’m pretty convinced that it is information that absolutely should not have been mentioned at this time, especially (and I’m sorry for going on about this) at a convention actively shunned by GNP.
- Everyone just keep your hats on. Something is happening, that much is clear, but have we not learned from these past few years that we need to stay calm and objective until we get official word on new Red Dwarf? Don’t let Back to Earth cloud the fact that New Dwarf is still a fragile creature that needs to be handled with care, lest we all get our fingers bitten off again. For that reason, I’m remaining heroically stoic.
- If you ever want to run a fansite, be sure you have a forum full of spoddy nerds you can steal all the news from.