Yes, yes. I know. You’re really fucking bored of this topic now. But when UKTV do something right, it’s only fair that it gets the same coverage as when they screw it up. And they’ve very much managed to do something right.
When I covered Dave’s Red Dwarf Weekends repeat run back in 2012, my main objection was that the episodes were only being shown pre-watershed, and hence edited to buggery. When I covered Dave’s repeat run earlier in the year, they were showing the edited pre-watershed versions post-watershed, which is even worse.
Gold’s current repeat run? So far: edited versions pre-watershed, and unedited versions post-watershed. Meaning that last night, viewers were treated to this:
Now look, I’m not especially keen on the edited versions being shown, even pre-watershed. If a sitcom isn’t suitable for pre-watershed broadcast, then don’t schedule it pre-watershed. But seeing as Gold are making sure there is at least a post-watershed showing, and the correct edit of the programme is being shown, that’s worthy of giving some respect to the channel. It’s far, far better than we’ve seen for quite a while.
So, the next test: Marooned. My guess is we’ll be stuck with the same Remastered version as has been accidentally shown on UKTV for years. But anything is possible. We’ll find out on Tuesday 28th July at 10:20pm, with the pre-watershed repeat on Wednesday 29th July at 2:20pm. Can you stand the excitement?
WELL? CAN YOU?