Right, this is quite a biggie. The official synopsis, cast list and a spoilerific picture for episode one have surfaced over on The British Comedy Guide. As it’s proper press stuff, posted on an established and reliable site, we’re covering it. But if you want to remain completely pure for the first episode, don’t click that link! Our analysis is below the cut.
OK, then. It’s out there – Howard Rimmer is in Trojan, and he’s played by Mark Dexter. Look, there’s even a picture! This shows the pair wearing matching uniforms, and yes, matching Hs. It also shows that they really do look like brothers, and the performance from Mark Dexter matches this. Elsewhere, Susan Earl is confirmed as playing a character called Sim Crawford, while Lucy Newman-Williams and Bryan Bounds play All Droid Jayne and All Droid Bob. We’re not sure the parenthesis clarifying exactly what these characters are is strictly necessary, but hey – that’s out there as well now. There are shopping channel presenters in this episode.
There’s also a bunch of ‘various voice’ actors; probably for the best that there’s still some information that’s still not explicitly clear! All this seems like the sort of official information capsules that get sent to listings magazines and the like, and that’s sort of why we’ve covered it. However, it does seem very early for this stuff to be coming out – has Orange Mark jumped the gun? Can we expect similar stuff for Fathers and Suns around this time next week? We just don’t know.
I’m very intrigued to see what people make of all this, but do remember our spoiler policy– you can react to this new information, and speculate on things that you don’t know about, but please don’t reveal anything you learned by attending a recording.