After a break of just three weeks, Red Dwarf is back in production, with location filming for Series XII underway. More on that later, but first, LOOK AT THIS:
— Richard Naylor (@RichardDGNaylor) January 22, 2016
That, my friends, would appear to be an absolutely massive Red Dwarf ramscoop and nosecone. It’s easily taller than that man next to it – I don’t know who he is, but I think it’s inappropriate for him to be turning up to work in blackface. Anyway, Doug had previously mentioned that there’ll be a new Red Dwarf bigature (as well as a whole new Starbug model). This would be a kind of middle ground in scale between the existing bigature and the regular model, so it all makes sense, unless this ends up being part of a model that’s about eighty foot long.
Elsewhere, the first day of filming for Series XII took place on location on Wednesday. Robert said that it was for a particularly bizarre episode, and in a tweet that since been deleted, Richard also hinted that it would be one of the most expensive episodes ever. With that information in mind, Danny’s strangely-punctuated tweet about pulling on a head seems to suggest one thing – it’s the one where they’re all Kryten, isn’t it?
Location filming continued into the night, either for the same episode or another one, and Craig tweeted a very intriguing picture:
Late night shoot on board Red Dwarf. Freezing and boiling in equal measure pic.twitter.com/XePCb6YAW3
— Craig Charles (@CCfunkandsoul) January 20, 2016
That looks familiar. Very familiar. I can’t tell for sure, but if that’s not Sunbury Pumphouse, then it’s certainly got a similar aesthetic, as per the last set of locations. It’s unclear at this stage whether the flaming torches are set dressing, or just part of Craig’s rider in case his cigarette lighter breaks.
And now we’re less than a week away from the first studio date of the year. Do we know anyone who’s going, to this or any other dates? If so, do get in touch if you fancy contributing to our set reports.