“And I get the bottom bunk… the BIG bunk”

Friday’s Red Dwarf X update has landed, and this week we’ve been treated to a *gorgeous* panoramic view of the new bunk room set.

The RDX bunk room, there

Ain’t she a beauty? There’s a whole heap to pick apart here, so let’s DO THIS.

The sets for Series X are the work of production designer Michael Ralph and they’ve been one of the more highly praised aspects of the new series by fans who attended recordings. The bunk room is obviously the centrepiece of a whole suite of new sets, including the Red Dwarf drive room, [REDACTED], the [REDEACTED] [REDACTED] and of course the [REDACTED] [REDACTED] from episode [REDACTED] that [REDACTED].

I really, really liked the bunkroom from Back to Earth, but I absolutely *adore* this one. The bright white officer’s quarters have had a good run, but it was definitely time for a visual refresh, and here we have a bunk room that’s equal parts new and instantly recognisable, matching as it does the various bowels of the ship we’ve seen over the years but styled in a way that’s quite unlike bunkrooms that have come before it.

On the left we see the main entrance, which is connected to a corridor that separates this and the drive room set. Unlike previous series, the action is able to move seamlessly between the bunk room and the corridor and this feature is used very effectively in a number of scenes. It’s worth reiterating how confident Doug’s directing is this series, and the sets have certainly allowed him to do some interesting things.

The various keyboards and monitors scattered around Red Dwarf and Starbug in previous series are one of the few things that can date any one episode visually (coming as they do from fairly recent technology), and the monitors here are very clearly modern home appliances. In fact I think the large TV is exactly the same as the one we have at home. One thing we *don’t* have at home, however, are upside-down keyboards. The looping graphics on the screens are various lines of code displayed in variously impractical ways, all accompanied by a distracting swirling pattern in the background. It would be a miracle if any actual work was done on those consoles.

The bunk beds themselves are a little less prominent than they’ve been in the past, but the fine attention to detail remains. Lister has a picture of Hannah, his gran, a Mugs Murphy card, a tiny London Jets shirt, a picture of him meeting Jim Bexley-Speed and GNP have also been kind enough to lend him some publicity shots of Kochanski. The picture in the top left is puzzling me a bit, but if I was to guess I’d say it was a picture of the Tongue Tied scene from Parallel Universe. On Rimmer’s bunk we have the newspaper clipping “Arnie Does it Best” and “ARNOLD: LIVING LEGEND” and I’m willing to bet there’s a revision timetable somewhere in there. The art department clearly had a lot of fun here.

The sofa is a little unusual as it seems odd that Rimmer would allow such a hiddeous thing in his sleeping quarters as it’s something you;d be more likely to see in Lister’s quarters from Legion. The steering wheel controller shows that Lister is currently going through a bit of a retro phase with his choice of computer games (and monitors by the look of the CRT suspended from the ceiling), especially considering there’s about fifty AR machines kicking around the ship.

Tucked away on the right hand side of the set we’ve got a nice cameo from Lennon and McCartney (although I never once spotted them during recordings) and what appears to be a food and drink preparation area (it appears that way because it in fact *is* a food and drink preparation area).

After two weeks of photo updates coming from Dave, it seems next week we’ll be getting another trailer, which is very exciting, but not as exciting as the sudden realisation that series X will most likely be airing next fucking month. Quite where the time has gone is something I’m not keen to think about too much, but when the reward for the ever quickening journey towards your own inevitable death is a new series of Red Dwarf, well… it’s not so bad, is it?

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  1. GORGEOUS.

    Absobloodylutely beautiful.

  2. Nice picture of Lister’s dad on the top bunk. This is what the iPhone zoom mode was created for.

  3. Fantastic set. One thing I noticed that carries over from BTE is how small the actual bunks look compared to the series 1-8 sets. It may just be on a comparitive scale due to the size of the set but I thought the same at the recording I attended. Were there any scenes recorded with Rimmer/Lister actually in or sat on the beds?

  4. Those photos are quite interesting. I see Lister with the twins in his arms, and is that both versions of Kochanski?

  5. Brilliant!! It’s a shame it looks a little dull in the trailer, due to the way the show’s been shot, but that can’t take anything away from how amazingly…right this bunkroom set is!

    ‘Arnie Does It Best!’ :D

  6. Very lovely set and it’s nice to see a revamp of BTE set, that looked very clean. it’s amazing what a redress cannas fresh paint scheme can do. Its neat to see the return of Lennon & McCartney after their brief appearance in VIII. the images of Kochanski appear to be head shots from VIII when she’s in her Canaries outfit. what is the picture between Hannah and Listers Gran? it looks like famous promo shot of boys in cockpit of Starbug from V.

  7. It does look good. The muted colours/drab and red make it feel more right to me than the cream sets and prefer the bunks directly above (not slanted). The only thing I’m nitpicking over is the retro car couch. It reminds me a bit of the bike sitting in the BTE set, just a bit over the top and out of place? (for me anyway)

  8. That actually kinda looks pretty good! I do love the red but if that was the set, I’d still be happy.

  9. You know, I sometimes wonder if p2p has timeslide tech and a paint tin.

  10. Just spotted Lennon and McCartney at the far right.

  11. Fucking hell, Rich. Just FUCKing hell.

    You know you’ve got to do it in series IV-style cream, now. Also maybe green.

  12. Oh God, I think I like it even more in grey…

  13. *patiently waits for Danny’s G&T Bunkroom Header*

  14. That gray looks fantastic, the red set is good and marks a new stage in the show, but the gray version looks like a modern version of the original bunk room.

  15. The grey version looks CLASS. But I do so love the red version. It’s a really good rendition of the sleeping quarters. Although I too was wondering how big the bunks actually are – they looked positively child-size in real life.

  16. Forgive me if I’m being thicker than the offspring of the village idiot and a TV weathergirl, but what is this ‘grey version’ that keeps getting mentioned?

  17. G&T Admin

    Rich’s original had the sofa in grey, too, but then Dona DiStefano burst through door and changed it back to red.

  18. I’m guessing it’s p2p’s comment above which isn’t displaying for me. sniff.
    Ignore me.

  19. >Fucking hell, Rich. Just FUCKing hell.

    Series IV..? Man, that would be an all-nighter..! Here’s a funky Black & White version though. And your Military Green. And an extra one.

    You know, I’m trying to think of a better word than ‘gorgeous’ to describe the original set, but I think Cappsy absolutely nailed it.

  20. Thanks Jonathon, I did try viewing the source but photobucket is blocked at work, I will check this out from home after all this build up and hype!
    Thanks for the welcome – awesome website BTW!

  21. The gray version needs an inflatable banana. P2P, make it happen with your pseudo-wizardry!

  22. I don’t like the shape of that hose.

    Not that the addition of Jim and Bexley’s photo isn’t a nice touch from a set standpoint, but I love that Lister has it up there. Of course he would.

    Is the one to left of the twins Lister and Jim Bexley Speed?

  23. >Rich’s original had the sofa in grey, too, but then Dona DiStefano burst through door and changed it back to red.

    To be fair, she knew what she was talking about.

    >The gray version needs an inflatable banana. P2P, make it happen with your pseudo-wizardry!

    THY SHALL BE DONE

  24. PUT IAN SYMES IN IT

  25. Either on a monitor or peeking round the door on the right. That’d be amusing/the stuff of nightmares.

    Or replace one of those Chloe Annett photos…

  26. Dale a tu cuerpo alegría Macarena
    Que tu cuerpo es pa’ darle alegría y cosas buenas
    Dale a tu cuerpo alegría Macarena
    ¡Eh,… Macarena! Aaay!

  27. …and butter. Butter is definitely needed.

    EDIT: Rich, the Macarena was on TV just as you posted that. I am now 114% convinced you are a wizard.

  28. >I am now 114% convinced you are a wizard.

    No, not a wizard. But it starts with ‘W’.

  29. Witch? Welder? Woodcutter..?

  30. >Woman?

    Quick word of advice: They generally respond better if you address them by their given name.

    >Witch? Welder? Woodcutter..?

    …The new line-up for the Charlie’s Angels reboot?

    >Wafer biscuits?

    No thanks, I just ate.

    >Wilderbeast?

    No thanks, I just ate.

  31. Getting to look Dr. Whoish!
    The gray looks better!
    But what do I know! I’m from Texas!

  32. Would really love to know where this set is supposed to be on the ship. It really feels like something that could be just round the corner from the location-shot engine decks we used to see a lot in the early series. Just like the BTE set felt like a totally different part of the ship that only those of an extremely high rank could access, this feels like a totally different part of the ship where the grease monkeys who made sure the ship kept running would live. People who wouldn’t even see the levels that Lister and Rimmer worked on. Constantly out of sight and thoroughly underpaid but with one of the most important jobs going.

    Hope they give some hint as to where it might be on the show. Don’t remember anything in the episodes I saw. Anyway, damn gorgeous set.

  33. Personally, I love the idea (and it’s my idea, which I’ve just had, which goes some way to explaining why I love it so much) that Rimmer and Lister live in a bunkroom for x months, then move on once Lister has trashed the place beyond recognition. Once you consider that, this bunkroom becomes beautifully hilarious – in the last decade they’ve run out of officer’s quarters, run out of the old bog-standard “military grey” quarters, and are now stuck having to make their nest in the Engineering level quarters. Or something.

  34. >Would really love to know where this set is supposed to be on the ship.

    Looks a similar colour as the diesel decks seen in ‘Justice’. It seems Rimmer didn’t want to stay too far away from the refined funnel edgings and so decided to move next door to the Cameron-Mackintosh forty-valve air-cooled diesel engine.

  35. G&T Admin

    You know how I feel about Miltary Grey…

    Man alive. HOW THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING THAT!!?!?!??!?!

  36. G&T Admin

    *patiently waits for Danny’s G&T Bunkroom Header*

    F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5…

  37. Loving Ben’s justification for the constant change of bunk room’s. Another feeling I had when watching it being filmed was just how claustrophobic the main sets felt due to the lack of windows. The lack of windows also contributed to my feeling that these living quarters were hidden away somewhere in the depths of the ship.

    The great thing about Dwarf is that’s it’s a sitcom where there’s so much more to be excited about than funny jokes. Whilst the writing and performances ultimately make the show good or bad I always find myself not wanting to know any specifics about plots and jokes until they air but constantly wanting sneak peeks of sets, costumes, model shots and effects.

  38. >Rimmer and Lister live in a bunkroom for x months, then move on once Lister has trashed the place beyond recognition

    >Looks a similar colour as the diesel decks seen in ‘Justice’.

    > The lack of windows also contributed to my feeling that these living quarters were hidden away somewhere in the depths of the ship.

    Genius. Absolutely love these theories. They’re now canon as far as I’m concerned.

    >Man alive. HOW THE FUCK ARE YOU DOING THAT!!?!?!??!?!

    Reverse Deja Vu. :)

  39. > Reverse Deja Vu

    Uvaj Ed?

  40. > *patiently waits for Danny’s G&T Bunkroom Header*

    >> F5 F5 F5 F5 F5 F5…

    Fonnit. ;)

  41. >The sofa is a little unusual as it seems odd that Rimmer would allow such a hiddeous thing in his sleeping quarters as it’s something you;d be more likely to see in Lister’s quarters from Legion.

    Funny, the sofa screamed “Rimmer” at me from the moment I saw it. It’s SO tacky, and I think a sports car couch is the very thing Rimmer would want. It’s just a shame it’s not a Bentley with walnut burr panelling. (Or the frame isn’t made out of telephone poles.)

  42. G&T Admin

    I dunno, I guess I see Rimmer’s car tastes as being the same as Chris’ and I just can’t imagine something like that appealing to him.

  43. The car seems to fit in with the style of Lister’s room out of ‘Legion’.

  44. Well if Rimmer doesn’t like it he can just move out again.

  45. > …do it in series IV-style cream, now.

    Well, I wasn’t prepared to spend an all-nighter, so I didn’t fully degrease it :)

  46. >I dunno, I guess I see Rimmer’s car tastes as being the same as Chris’ and I just can’t imagine something like that appealing to him.

    Logically, I can’t help but feel a kind of mild hysteria would naturally descend upon the crew on discovering something even slightly reminiscent of life back on Earth. Kind of like when Tom Hanks finds the portaloo in Cast Away. Having been stranded for so long, he can’t help but stand it up on a rock and stare at it all day.

    No idea where the sofa comes from in the series, but regardless of its style (or lack in keeping, thereof), I can easily see Lister insisting they bring it back for posterity’s sake – ‘last strawberry in the universe’ ‘last copy of Shakespeare’s collected works’, etc. It might not be much, but it’s from home.

    >Well, I wasn’t prepared to spend an all-nighter, so I didn’t fully degrease it :)

    The prospect of plasticising all those walls one panel at a time is truly the stuff of nightmares. :)

  47. I love the car sofa. I hope it’s never mentioned or referred to just as the inflatable banana wasn’t.

  48. I just wish the car was green as an almost-reference to Carbug XD

  49. I love the idea of Lister and Rimmer finding that couch on some derelict ship and both loving the hell out of it. It combines two of their key interests: cars and sitting.

    Rimmer: “Kryten! I never thought I’d have to say this, but we need you to help us move a sofa!”

  50. > including the Red Dwarf drive room, [REDACTED], the [REDEACTED] [REDACTED] and of course the [REDACTED] [REDACTED] from episode [REDACTED] that [REDACTED].

    I want this to be…[STARBUG], the [OBSERVATION] [DOME] (:P) and of course the [BLUE] [MIDGET] from episodes [FIVE??] that [BLOWS UP??]

  51. Have we seen Sir Richard of Naylor’s Tweet from 20mins ago? His own ‘non spoilery’ photos of the set?

    In the run up to RDX I’m going to post some of my own pics. I’ll keep them non-spoilery. Here’s a half built SQ. http://pic.twitter.com/D0ToR9r9

    That’s:

    (http://twitter.com/RichardDGNaylor/status/234037995227979776)

    I’ll just about find this in the forum or something in a minute…

    EDIT: He’s also just given me this. I *almost* feel a little guilty about sharing…

    @RichardDGNaylor: @bromley001 for you especially I have this! http://pic.twitter.com/e5zdxVw3

    That’s *almost*. I did check…

    @RichardDGNaylor: @bromley001 you Si, can do as you damn well please.

    …So that’s alright, then.

  52. >I just wish the car was green as an almost-reference to Carbug XD

  53. That’s one very gorgeous looking set, and many gorgeous looking photoshops!

    On the subject of moving quarters, I used to be very pleased at the geeky canon explanation that they had moved to the officers quarters- but now I just focus on wondering why the officers quarters would need to have the word ‘officers quarters’ written inside the door, and why they would have to bunk if they’re officers?!?!

    Still, all looks awesome though and I’m staring to get genuinely excited – let it be good!

  54. >but now I just focus on wondering why the officers quarters would need to have the word ‘officers quarters’ written inside the door

    It was originally on the wall down the corridor, but Rimmer had it moved to pride of place so he could see it more often and feed the delusion that he’d “made it”. This was mentioned in the Star Wars-style crawl at the beginning of Backwards.

  55. > This was mentioned in the Star Wars-style crawl at the beginning of Backwards.

    For the record, Mr. Marshall, this is what is colloquially known as “a lie”. [Only the twins, Kryten’s reappearance and Holly’s “head sex change” are dealt with in the scrolly text!]

  56. > *patiently waits for Danny’s G&T Bunkroom Header*

    On the subject… Whatever happened to Danny’s project of having a banner for each episode? Thought that was a great idea.

  57. >On the subject… Whatever happened to Danny’s project of having a banner for each episode? Thought that was a great idea.

    He’s mine! I own him, and all his subsidiary rights!

  58. Oh my word! FREE SHPPING!?! I’m gonna order two!

  59. No doubt Lister nicked it from somebody’s quarters because he liked it. Seeing as Rimmer considered his painting of a monkey in a suit reading a newspaper an antique, and called Motorhead classical music, it’s probably a genuine twenty-first century antique and therefore appealed to Rimmer’s taste for fine things and status symbols.

  60. G&T Admin

    On the subject… Whatever happened to Danny’s project of having a banner for each episode? Thought that was a great idea.

    That will still happen. I might start with the new series when they come out on DOOVD.

    He’s mine! I own him, and all his subsidiary rights!

    This is partially accurate…

  61. There was a thread a while back where people were saying what merch they’d like to become available. I bet Mr. Stabby’s version as an action playset would be very popular, amongst our crowd anyway.

  62. >No doubt Lister nicked it from somebody’s quarters because he liked it.

    It’s the kind of thing I’d imagine you’d pick up in the gigantic shopping mall as featured in the Smegazine. Something to help brighten up a five-year cruise.

    >Rimmer: “Kryten! I never thought I’d have to say this, but we need you to help us move a sofa!”

    …Saying that, an entire episode devoted to a ‘sofa recovery mission’ onboard some old derelict is something I now WANT to see. :)

  63. > …Saying that, an entire episode devoted to a ‘sofa recovery mission’ onboard some old derelict is something I now WANT to see. :)

    Stop spoiling the new series!!!! :O

  64. That’s episode 4 : Sofa So Good. It’s a two parter and the thrilling conclusion is called Back to the Futon.

  65. Oh, I thought it was a reference to the Danny-centric episode, The Couches.

  66. I still don’t like the lcd TVs.

    The couch will only work if Rimmer complains about it.

    The rest is absolutely lovely.

  67. If that novelty sofa isn’t specifically referred to or discussed by one (or more) characters in any of these new episodes, I am going to be sorely disappointed.

    In fact, I think it deserves its own spin-off.

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  70. G&T Admin

    I mentioned the seat in my set report albeit in a ’round the houses’ kinda way.

    there was one item in the bunk room that reminded me of ‘Legion’ in terms of style and indeed pertaining to Lister’s tastes perfectly.

    I see nothing with it to be honest. Lister has always liked 50’s/60’s memorabilia, I was alluding to Lister’s “cell” in legion which is covered in nostalgic bits and pieces.

  71. Ooh, new pictures, via Facebook. Finally.

    http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/530930_278358055603525_729338796_n.jpg

    http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/400524_278359432270054_254719415_n.jpg

    (Also now on the Dave site – http://uktv.co.uk/dave/blogpost/aid/653473/ – though I’ve no idea why the audience shot is coloured pink here)

    Featuring Ray Peacock and from the night I was there. I approve.

    Worth noting, too, that the more I see Kryten’s new costume, the less problems I have with it.

  72. G&T Admin

    Yeah, Kryten’s mask looks *much* better in that audience shot.

  73. >Yeah, Kryten’s mask looks *much* better in that audience shot.

    The fact that I hadn’t actually noticed and had to go check speaks volumes about how good it actually looks.

  74. I love the look that Chris is giving to Ray Peacock, it has a very classic Rimmer vibe to it. certainly gives good vibe, feels like IV/V character promotional photo. we need more Rimmer in promo material, he is easily highlight and character most looking forward to after not seeing “classic Rimmer” since VI. BTE was more truer characterisation after VII/VIII but he didn’t have audience to react against, so was more quiter performance, plus BTE was different beast. ah well bring on X!!!

  75. I love the look that Chris is giving to Ray Peacock, it has a very classic Rimmer vibe to it.

    “CHARMITA.”

  76. I just noticed something else about Rimmer in that photo – is he wearing normal (yet still shiny) shoes? I don’t think I’ve ever seen him fully-dressed without boots of some sort.

  77. > Yeah, Kryten’s mask looks *much* better in that audience shot.

    It just looks a lot better when the camera is below the level of his nose, as in both these pictures. Straight on/from above (as in the trailer) and Ouch.

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