Hi. Remember us? We’re the people that inundate you with news, reviews and podcasts every time there’s new episodes of Red Dwarf, and then we tire ourselves out and have a little sleep in between series. We’ve been patiently waiting for the Series XII publicity juggernaut to trundle into view and snap us out of it, and that glorious day has finally arrived. Look, there’s a new logo and everything!
Eagle-eyed viewers may have noticed a striking similarity to the previous logo. They hosed it down and gave it an I. But this is of course absolutely fine – with the latest two series being made back-to-back, they’ll share a similar aesthetic, so it’s only appropriate that this consistency is reflected in the graphics. Incidentally, when the logo was posted to Facebook, it came with the unsurprising confirmation that the series will air in “Autumn”. Whether this is Smegtember, Smegtober or perhaps even Smegvember remains to be seen.
Meanwhile on TOS, there’s news that, as per Series XI, the first episode of XII will get a preview screening in Scotland’s fashionable Edinburgh. That will be attended by Messers Naylor, Charles and Llewellyn, and will be fucking expensive unless there’s a similar event-specific ticketing scheme to last year. The article notes that this first episode is yet to be officially named – although it might well be Here No Evil if the steelbook clusterfuck is anything to go by – and that the series will “land on Dave and UKTV Play in the normal way”. We’re guessing that “normal” means “like last time”, ie with the episodes premiering online a week in advance of their TV broadcast. Considering the commercial success of this approach, it would make sense for them to repeat this strategy, despite the detrimental effect it has on the fan community. Ah well. We’re fighting a losing battle here, so we’ll concentrate on making the best out of it, and try to make improvements to our coverage to compensate.
And finally, there remains one small matter from Red Dwarf XI to settle – the final two levels of The Game. On that topic, Ian GameDigits has tweeted that “exciting” news will be “revealed soon”. It’s now been over three months since the last episode – our resident games correspondent has had a baby in the meantime – so they’re going to have to pick up the pace if they want to reach Can of Worms before XII starts. Whether we’ll be getting an equivalent game for the new series remains to be seen, but our fingers remain crossed.
Ah, this feels good. We promise not to be as shit in the second half of 2017 as we were in the first. Brand new Red Dwarf is coming back, and so are we…