…until Red Dwarf has its next studio audience recording, but a) nobody seems to give a shit about our Friday morning posts this time round, and b) quite a bit of interesting news has emerged in the last couple of days. Rest assured that our set report will be arriving on Saturday, hopefully a little earlier in the day than normal and possibly done slightly differently to normal. But in the meantime, an intriguing detail has emerged from Robert Llewellyn’s latest Periscope (link only valid until Thursday morning, disposable media fans):
They’re on air next year. We spoke to someone from UKTV last night, so… the sort of September-ish of 2016, and then January-ish of 2017.
Now. It seems from this that Series XI and XII will air approximately four months apart, which seems a way too short a gap. Robert could have misspoken, and meant January-ish of 2018 – a plausible thing to have happened, but an approximate sixteen month gap seems a bit too long. We’ve all been assuming they’d both be airing in consecutive years, at around the same time of year as X, which started on the 4th October, which I’d class as “September-ish”. But now it seems that either way, XII will break this pattern.
So which will it be, of the two options? My money’s on the longer gap, because it would seem daft for UKTV to spend all this money to get those four guys in a studio for possibly the last time ever… and then spunk all the results so quickly. There’s a strong possibility that these twelve episodes will be the last twelve episodes, so they’re too valuable a commodity to resist holding on to. On the other hand, maybe it makes commercial sense to make them available for download/DVD/Bluray as soon as possible. And there’s a further possibility that Robert Llewellyn is talking out of his arse, which isn’t unprecedented, so we’ll hold tight before booking any time off work.
In other news, a small feature on the forthcoming series appears in the current issue of SFX, which you should all definitely buy from all good newsagents, rather than just looking at this tweet. It’s an interview with Doug Naylor, in which he discusses the pressures of making two series back-to-back, Rimmer’s character development (or lack thereof), and this interesting nugget:
They’re all self-contained episodes. There are [overall] story things but not a real arc because we don’t know yet which will be the six episodes that go out in XI and which will go out in XII.
Interesting. However, GNP’s Head of Smugness Seb Patrick has provided updated information on the TOS forum:
It’s worth pointing out that due to lead times and such, that interview will likely have taken place before filming started. It could well be that before production began they didn’t know which would be in which, but by the time production began they may well have settled on it.
Without any insider knowledge, I hasten to add, I personally believe that everything shot this year will be XI, and everything next will be XII. But it’s very possible that broadcast order will differ from production order, as it did on every previous series apart from X!
So make of it what you will. Personally, I’d be slightly disappointed if there wasn’t some kind of story thread or cliffhanger carrying over from XI to XII, as it would be a shame to waste the opportunity to do such a thing in the certain knowledge that the resolution would actually take place. I guess we’ll find out in January 2017. Or January 2018.