Twentica

Lunchtime on a Friday has always been a traditional time to receive a weekly dose of Red Dwarf news, and it seems that the various Dwarf-affiliated Twitter accounts have decided to follow TOS’s lead. Today, @RedDwarfHQ, @Join_Dave and @babycowLtd have all tweeted variations of the following:

Twentica!  That’s an excellent sounding title. Now, I don’t know for sure, as the episode titles were not revealed to the audience at the time, but I’m pretty confident that this is one of the two episodes I saw recorded. And I wasn’t at the first recording session. While Series X stuck rigidly to the same order for recording and broadcast, it seems that they’re happy to jiggle things about this time round, a practice which took place more often than not in the old days. Either Doug, UKTV or both clearly think that this is the best episode to launch with… and without giving anything away, I can totally see why.

The pre-publicity machine is well and truly up and running now, and it’s growing ever closer. There are now somewhere between 55 and 85 days to go until the launch of Red Dwarf XI. Blimey.

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  1. Could you direct us to the relevant Set Report or is that too spoilery? I am excited!

  2. G&T Admin

    I was pondering linking to it, but no, I think it would make it too easy to put some of the pieces together. Feel free to guess and speculate, but I won’t confirm or deny.

  3. Cool.

    Wonder if we are getting a title a day for the next 5 Fridays.

  4. Just a guess, but Twentica = Twenty/America. Might be the alt-America one.

  5. Just a guess, but Twentica = Twenty/America. Might be the alt-America one.

    Agreed. I didn’t go to any of the XI recordings, but that thought occurred almost immediately. By all accounts, that ep is a pretty big and ambitious one, so would make sense to kick off with it as a series opener.

  6. I must say, I’m disappointed with the headline of this article. No puns or clever jokes, but just the episode title in question.
    Tut. Very lazy, Symes.

  7. “Chloe Annett’s Foaming Twentica”

  8. I could hazard a guess for the title of one of the episodes I saw, simply because it was a relevant and smart phrase to summarise the episode and it strangely wasn’t used in dialogue. I will smugly nod to myself if I’m correct, and congratulate myself on my twattishness.

  9. If it is the American ep, that’s VII and XI that have launched with an ep where the crew visit the USA. 7. 11. 7-11. Anyone?

  10. [Partridge]Twenticaaaaa[/Partridge]

  11. [Vic]Twentica-ka-ka-ka-ka-ka[/Bob]

  12. G&T Admin

    I’ve been pondering this for a while, and: I really don’t like this as an episode title. Maybe people can guess about the episode based on stuff in the XI synopsis – I’ve seen none of the episodes recorded, so I don’t know. But for a general audience, ‘Twentica’ doesn’t *mean* anything. It’s a made-up word which doesn’t throw any images into my head. It’s just… nothing.

    Trojan was a far more intriguing title. Hell, ‘The End’ as the first episode of your series – now THAT’S a title.

  13. Yeah I’m not hugely keen on it, but I don’t suppose it will have much bearing on the quality of the episode itself. Trying to think of other examples of made-up words as titles and struggling a bit. ‘Psirens’, ‘Polymorph/Polymorph 2: Emohawk’ , ‘Queeg (not technically made up but might as well be), ‘Nanarchy’, ‘Epideme’…probably a few more.

  14. R. Naylor: “The first show of #RedDwarfXI is complete. Just had a final, final, final, final, final review with @DougRDNaylor and @Cacklemeista .”

  15. Still not entirely sure how it’s supposed to be pronounced. Twenty-ca? Twen-tick-a? Twen-tee-ca?

  16. Delete my message if i go over the spoiler line in saying this, but I’m
    pretty sure its not said within the episode itself. (Which will be more likely know in fan circles after as …
    The one with *** *** ***.)

  17. Going off the set reports, it seems like XI could be shown in any order, like they’re all standalones. Of course, that may be total bollocks, but if there’s any continuing storyline it’s not been spoiled in anything I’ve seen.

    I’m glad I know very little so far. I’m even tempted not to look at anything else, trailer or promotional shots included… Though all of that stuff is part of the fun of having a new series, right?

  18. But for a general audience, ‘Twentica’ doesn’t *mean* anything. It’s a made-up word which doesn’t throw any images into my head. It’s just… nothing..

    Yeah, but a general audience probably won’t be paying attention to the title. I think if anything’s gonna grab people who aren’t familiar with the show it’s going to be the opening sequence.

  19. But for a general audience, ‘Twentica’ doesn’t *mean* anything. .

    It doesn’t sound particularly “Dwarfy”, I suppose, but the title *is* intriguing enough that it’s got everyone discussing it so job done. It was never going to mean that much until most of us see the episode first. At this point in the game a title is often just a disconnected word or phrase anyway, whether it’s made up or not.

  20. More importantly, though, what will this episode be called when it airs in Japan?

  21. G&T Admin

    Yeah, but a general audience probably won’t be paying attention to the title. I think if anything’s gonna grab people who aren’t familiar with the show it’s going to be the opening sequence.

    This is true. I always think a lot about the episode titles of any show, Dwarf or not, but I keep forgetting most people don’t!

    So yeah, what I’m really annoyed about is that it doesn’t draw *me* in any more.

  22. It’s probably just because we’re obsessed with Red Dwarf that we’ve memorised the episode titles. Most people would probably say the western one, the Father’s Day one or the one where they lose their memories.

  23. It’s kind of easy to forget that the actual fans of the show like us are a minority of the people who actually see the show when it airs.

  24. I’ve just remembered G & T’s complete guide has already neatly summarised the episodes in this way (Gary Cadey laugh).

  25. the one where they lose their memories.

    Which one’s that? I forget.

  26. G&T Admin

    It’s kind of easy to forget that the actual fans of the show like us are a minority of the people who actually see the show when it airs.

    Usually I’m the one banging that particular drum – in the grand scheme of things, EVERYONE who writes or posts here is unimportant – so it’s annoying that I forgot it there!

    Though like I say, it’s less about Dwarf, and more about how I view TV full stop. Episode titles I find endlessly interesting. (And I hate it when shows don’t have them.)

  27. Episode titles I find endlessly interesting. (And I hate it when shows don’t have them.)

    Shows like Community usually have very entertaining episode titles. From my own writing experience I find creative titling to eat up an absurd amount of time and result in a dozen candidates I’m equally happy with.

    Then I need to lay down and cry because I just spent an hour carefully tailoring puns.

  28. > Though like I say, it’s less about Dwarf, and more about how I view TV full stop. Episode titles I find endlessly interesting. (And I hate it when shows don’t have them.)

    What about series 1 of Brittas? Does it have episode titles or not? I believe it doesn’t, or maybe all of Brittas doesn’t, and all the titles are unofficial ones fans have given them?

  29. G&T Admin

    I genuinely cannot remember the situation with Brittas episode titles. I always found it a bit confusing. I’d really like to examine the official paperwork at some point…

  30. Then there’s shows like Goodnight Sweetheart and Torchwood, which give different episodes the same bloody titles.

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