DwarfCast 57 – Polymorph Commentary

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This DwarfCast contains scenes which are unsuitable for younger viewers and people of a nervous disposition, as we finally get round to babbling on all over Series III episode 3 Polymorph. Recorded on the same night as the Confidence and Paranoia ‘cast, but with fewer people and more gin, G&T regulars Jonathan Capps, John Hoare, Tanya Jones and Ian Symes and joined by friend of the website Karl Eisenhauer, and no-one else. Listen in for a lengthy discussion about video tape formats, armchair psychology about Rimmer’s childhood issues and an in-depth analysis of Robert Llewellyn’s big sweaty face.

DwarfCast 57 – Polymorph Commentary (43.6MB)

Next time on DwarfCasts, an even smaller group are gathered to discuss one episode and some of a deleted scenes package. See if you can guess which ones.

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  1. I haven’t posted on G&T in a few years, but I’ve been consistently listening to the DwarfCasts. And can I just say…they’re getting better and better. You guys all work in telly now, right? You give all these fascinating little tidbits about the production process, and it’s always a really good listen. I find John Hoare in particular to be really clever and interesting. So yeah, nice work guys!

  2. One of my brother’s friends wasn’t allowed to watch Polymorph on broadcast because of the warning at the start.

  3. I haven’t posted on G&T in a few years, but I’ve been consistently listening to the DwarfCasts. And can I just say…they’re getting better and better. You guys all work in telly now, right? You give all these fascinating little tidbits about the production process, and it’s always a really good listen. I find John Hoare in particular to be really clever and interesting. So yeah, nice work guys!

    This!

    I listened to this DwarfCast this morning and as usual, really enjoyed it. What I’m also really loving are these extra lengthy chats at the end for this one, and for the ‘Confidence & Paranoia’ DwarfCast. Just a joy to listen to, to be honest!

  4. G&T Admin

    Thanks for the lovely words, you stupid twats.

    You guys all work in telly now, right? You give all these fascinating little tidbits about the production process, and it’s always a really good listen.

    Three of us do – me in production, John and Tanya in transmission – but our insights on things from before our time are still mostly just a combination of research and guesswork. I’ve found working in telly has given me a different perspective on Dwarf – having spent most of my life empathising with the characters, I can now empathise with the people who made it!

  5. From the script in Primordial Soup: “First, LISTER. Second, KRYTEN. Third, RIMMER. Fourth, CAT. Fifth, LISTER again.” Would this be slightly better? Presumably it could have been achieved by having Craig quickly walk around the camera and back into shot (which might have been amusing in itself), so it’s interesting that they changed it. The script continues: “The final LISTER looks at the camera. His head spins while his body remains static.”

  6. That’s the first DwarfCast I’ve listened to in months, and now I’m a bit weirded out. Do they all end like that? What have I missed?

  7. Anyway. Re the warning at the start – we used to be able to take videos into school, take them to the reception, and they’d play the vids at lunchtime on the TVs in the corner of the refectory. My Series 3 Byte 1 vid was a regular (hence my name and form being scrawled in biro in the inner spine of the sleeve) and given the pants, the twats and the Clitoris, it’s quite surprising that a secondary would deem it quality lunchtime viewing. Whether that’s a good or bad thing, I’m not sure.

    I’ve probably made similar comments re my popular 3.1 vid on threads about Backwards and Marooned, too, but fuck it.

  8. I wasn’t allowed to stay up and watch series III but my mum would video it for me to watch the next day (for years Body swap was a lost episode because she forgot to tape it). I would sneakily turn my black and white portable tv on upstairs and watch what I could. This episode did look very scary in the snippets I saw (the TV would be switched off if I thought someone was passing my bedroom door). I remember thinking it very odd that Rimmer called Lister Dave and Dave called Lister Arnold. Watching the end sequence in black and white without context was a bit of a head Fuck!

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