…until the last recording of Red Dwarf XII. Ticket holders for episode six have been sent the following message from Doug, via Lost In TV:
We’re so sorry to have to do this, but due to circumstances out of our control, we’re going to have to move the live audience recording of the final episode of Red Dwarf Series XII to Wednesday 9th March 2016.
Unfortunately 2 of our cast members suffered illnesses earlier in the filming block, meaning we lost 3 days of filming. There are so many elements to coordinate when filming a complicated show like Red Dwarf that it’s extremely difficult to pick up lost filming days within a schedule. As it’s transpired, because of availability of guest cast amongst a plethora of other reasons, the only way to bring all those elements back again and film the scenes we need to film, is to pick up those lost days on the 2nd-4th March; meaning we have to move the recording of the final show to the week after.
I know a lot of audience tickets have already been allocated for Friday 4th March, and I know many of you will be disappointed, but we hope that you can all join us on Wednesday 9th March instead. If you are unable to, we’ll make sure you’re absolutely first on the list for audience tickets for any future series. We’re so sorry to let you down, but we know you deserve two brilliant brand new series’, and in order to achieve that as best we can, we’ve had to make this difficult decision.
Oh smeg indeed, matey. This seems like an absolute nightmare scenario for the production team, after what had seemed to be a long run of uncharacteristically smooth sailing. It’s not clear whether the lost filming days were all for the same episode, or whether pick-ups for multiple episodes will take place next week. There have been reports of a few scenes here and there being missing so far, but not to Dear Dave standards.
We can only hope that the majority of those who had tickets for next Friday can make the following Wednesday. I know I can’t, which is a bit of a disappointment. But as Doug says, it’s all for the good of the show, and there’s no way they would have taken this drastic step if there was a viable alternative.
Perhaps things will become clearer after the episode five record, which will take place as planned on Friday night. Preparations have been dominated by an ultimately failed attempt to win a Twitter poll against a fellow Baby Cow sitcom, but there is this video of three quarters of the cast on a pink golf buggy, which is nice. Our set report will be along this weekend.