As we ramp up inevitably towards September, there’s probably some news we should be reporting. Like, for instance, this early screening at Edinburgh of the first episode of XI on the 24th August. (With a strict embargo on spoilers, and it ruining the first watch of the show as a shared experience, it’s not really worth it for us even if we could wheedle ourselves in.) Or as noticed in our forums, it seems the DVD for XI has a provisional release date of the 8th November in Region 1. (We deliberately haven’t reported on Craig Charles’s foot injury, because nobody needs a tedious stream of Thanks for the Memory quotes.)
Anyway, we don’t care about all that. What interests us is the repeats of Series III, which started on Gold last night. Which is perhaps a bit of an odd thing in itself. If UKTV are trying to cement Dwarf as a Dave show, how does it make sense to start a repeat run on Gold? If it confuses hardcore fans, however dumb we are, surely it’s also confusing to the more casual viewer? I can’t help but feel this repeat run would be far better suited to just being on Dave.
Still, Dave, Gold, whatever – a repeat of Series III on a UKTV channel means only one thing: the never-ending game of Marooned Remastered. We previously reported on this last year – with the inevitable disappointment – but we’ve been talking about it for years. (Bonus points to anyone who can be arsed going through G&T’s archives and finding out when we first talked about it.)
Well, Marooned has its latest repeat showing tonight at 11:30pm, and whilst it’s possible that the correct version of the episode may be shown, past experience shows that this is exceedingly unlikely. Which means more wailing from us, more gnashing of teeth, more abusing our genitals in dismay, and PRECISELY NOTHING CHANGING.
There may, however, be a way we can use the upcoming Red Dwarf XI to our advantage. With a bit of luck, there’s perhaps a bit more of an eye on us from UKTV than is usual. So instead of hiding the problem behind arsey articles which assume a certain level of knowledge, instead let’s do a public service announcement.
There you go. It’s unlikely to have any impact on tonight’s showing of the episode – if by some miracle it’s the original version of the episode, it will have been ready to air long before today – but maybe somewhere, somebody will notice this article, and get it corrected for the next repeat run. We can only hope.
Never let anyone tell you that G&T isn’t trying to make life better for everyone. Although to be fair, never let anyone tell you we aren’t a bunch of absolute arseholes, either.
UPDATE (25/07/15): Well, here’s a turn-up, and no mistake. It seems things are happening with this behind the scenes. Zoe Clapp – Chief Marketing & Communications Officer of UKTV – has been in in touch with us, and it seems a rogue tape has been identified.
Many thanks to Zoe for taking the time to look for us, and also thanks to Graham Kibble-White for putting us in touch. We have nothing more on this for now, but let’s keep our fingers crossed for the next repeat…