DwarfCast 96 – Mac McDonald Interview Xtended

Last Friday morning – a mere twelve hours after Skipper had landed on UKTV Play – a DwarfCast splinter group consisting of Ian Symes, Danny Stephenson and Jo Sharples descended on returning guest star Mac McDonald’s house, and he foolishly decided to let us in, for the second time in as many years. Later that night, we played you a brief snippet during the Live DwarfCast, but our conversation was long and rambling, so here’s the full-length uncut version.

Our rambling chat touched upon all manner of Skipper-related topics, such as last-minute script amendments, the similarities between Mac and Hollister, the benefits of budget constraints, Doug’s approach as a director and what happened to Hollister after Series VIII. We also touched upon such diverse topics as lost luggage, being cast in Batman, Donald Trump, pornography, moustaches and tales from the rehearsals of the Red Dwarf Movie.

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DwarfCast 95 – Live Skipper Instant Reaction

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It’s the final live DwarfCast of the series, and this very special occasion is marked with an almost full set of G&Ters gathering in the same room at the same time. John Hoare, Tanya Jones, Danny Stephenson and Ian Symes, along with returning guest star Jo Sharples of the Red Dwarf Fan Club, came armed a whole heap of opinions on the series finale, and a few surprises up our sleeves, the most exciting of which is an exclusive interview with…

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DwarfCast 94 – Live M-Corp Instant Reaction

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In what is possibly a first for G&T, a consensus has been formed regarding the quality of a new episode, and it’s not negative. To document this momentous occasion, 80% of the team – namely Jonathan Capps, John Hoare, Tanya Jones and Ian Symes – congregated to explain exactly how this has come about, along with our excellent guests Jo Sharples and Shelley Smith, both of the Official Red Dwarf Fan Club.

Join us for noticeably jollier than average discussion about all things M-Corp, including perception filters, word counts, virtual worlds, puppetry, birthday presents, startup sounds, vibrators, radio jingles, and whether or not cats wank. We also round up Richard Naylor’s revelations on Mechocracy, find ourselves once again pondering the possibility of a Red Dwarf Movie, and look ahead to what appears to be a jam-packed series finale.

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DwarfCast 93 – Live Mechocracy Instant Reaction

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Dust off your rosettes and buff up your ballot box, it’s time for the strong and stable podcast that caters for the few, not the many. Mechocracy is this week’s political hot potato, but G&T failed to return a majority, so John Hoare and Ian Symes entered into a coalition of chaos with Joey Newsome and Carrie Parsons of the Fan Club, and independent member Curtis Threadgold.

Topics on the agenda include manipulative mopping, surprise re-appearances, how many times Rimmer has killed himself, smear campaigns, the women of Doncaster, and how many letters there are in the names of various colours. We also find time to squeeze in Some News, look ahead to M-Corp and end on an impromptu examination on how the Dave era is perceived.

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DwarfCast 92 – Live Timewave Instant Reaction

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Who’d have thought it: the episode about a place where criticism is illegal is the one that’s attracted more criticism than any other this series. Join John Hoare, Tanya Jones, Danny Stephenson, Ian Symes and the Fan Club’s Jo Sharples for a spot of criticising, castigating, chiding, blaming, harping, panning and scoffing at Timewave. It’s not pretty at times, but I’d like to think we at least covered the reasons why we reacted so badly to the episode, and we were aided by two fantastic guests – Shelley Smith and Dan Pendleton – to give their perspectives on some of the trickier topics.

The brilliant subjects that we really enjoyed discussing to death included the problematic portrayal of the Enconium’s crew, Cat’s problematic attitude to women, unresolved plots, repetitive jokes and speedy resolutions. Plus, for the second week in a row we discuss the word “clitoris” and Operation Yewtree, although not at the same time. On the plus side, there are positive comments at a rate of roughly one every twelve minutes, a brief preview of the next episode, and… well, the intro music’s pretty catchy this week.

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DwarfCast 91 – Live Siliconia Instant Reaction

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Whose idea was it to do a live DwarfCast on Friday 13th? This was supposed to be the first glorious coming together of the entire G&T team this series, but while Jonathan Capps and Danny Stephenson successfully dialled in to join Ian Symes and “guest” Jo Sharples at G&T Towers, John Hoare and Tanya Jones were stuck in traffic as a result of a local stabbing. Would they make it to Broadcunting House in time to discuss all things The One Where Everyone’s Kryten with us?

Tune in to find out, as well as discovering which side of the “best episode in years”/”worst episode in years” axis we all sit, the implications of Rimmer’s dream of being a fish, the difference between a MILF and a clitoris, and the origins of Baby Don’t Be Ovulating Tonight. Plus, we round up all the latest news we’ve neglected to write about properly, give our thoughts on the latest UKTV Play controversy, and do a live audio-only taste-test of some actual Leopard Lager.

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DwarfCast 90 – Live Cured Instant Reaction

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The long wait is finally over. Red Dwarf is BACK and so are our LIVE DwarfCasts – in a change from Series XI, these are now happening at UKTV pace, meaning they’re back to being (almost) Instant Reactions. First up, a rather under-strength G&T team was represented by Ian Symes, joined by a trio of guests: Jo Sharples of The Official Red Dwarf Fan Club fame, Helena Raymonde of hanging round car parks with Robert Llewellyn fame, and Clayton Hickman of actual fame.

Yes, the former editor of Doctor Who Magazine and writer for The Sarah Jane Adventures and Wizards vs Aliens popped round to G&T Towers to chat all things Cured. Topics included Hitler, wheelchair ramps, shooting someone in the face, UKTV Originals branding, Hitler again, Stalin’s lookalikes, the quality of Series XII’s special effects, the quality of Series XII’s episode titles, more Hitler, and whether or not Lister should just fuck off.

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DwarfCast 89 – Stoke Me A Clipper Commentary

With just over a month until Red Dwarf XII debuts on Dave (and most likely just under a month until it debuts on UKTV Play), what the world needs right now is another discussion about Series VII. Luckily, we’ve picked one of the better episodes of that particular run as the subject for our latest commentary. Get ready to update your spreadsheets at home, and tick off Stoke Me A Clipper.

Join Cappsy, Danny, Ian and the Fan Club’s Jo Sharples (who, by the way, has recently announced the dates for the next Dimension Jump), as we discuss such diverse topics as the perils of a cold opening for a small child, Craig Charles’s secret past as a Leeds United supporter, the similarities between Ace Rimmer and Ford Prefect, another early role on Red Dwarf for Richard Naylor, plastikkrokodil and why Lister’s tie is so shiny. Plus, we offer up a possible solution to a plot hole that’s been bugging Cappsy for over twenty years.

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DwarfCast 88 – Only The Good… Commentary

It can’t have escaped anyone’s attention that things have been a bit slow on the old DwarfCast front of late. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to get sufficient numbers of us together in the same room, but we managed to gather three on a Friday night last month. And how did we mark this rare and joyous occasion? By watching the fourth worst Red Dwarf episode of all time. You’re welcome.

So join Jonathan Capps, Danny Stephenson, Ian Symes and the Fan Club’s Jo Sharples as we discuss mostly the bad bits of Only The Good…, covering such diverse topics as how to amuse yourself in prison, multiple piss-poor fonts, Danny John-Jules’s cracking set of pins, having it off with Hollister, what the opposite of lemon is, and Richard Naylor’s first producer job.

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DwarfCast 87 – Dimension Jump XIX Special

It has now been a full seven days since the start of The Official Red Dwarf Fan Club’s nineteenth convention, but the feeling of elation is yet to wear off, along with the taste of the booze and the total physical and mental exhaustion. To preserve the memories for years to come, as well as to fill in those who were unable to attend, a merry band of extremely tired people congregated in a hotel room on the Sunday night to record the traditional post-DJ DwarfCast.

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