Mucho activity on the fansites over the last couple of days, so we might as well start by detailing our own snivelly little updates. Following on from the Craig Charles interview, as reported on below, we’ve updated our Rumour Tracker and DVD & Movie FAQ documents. I might as well reveal now that this time next week there’ll be a new section on G&T, which we’ve been keeping under wraps for a while. We’ll give you a clue: it’s not about Red Dwarf…
MOVIE RUMBLINGS! Craig Charles has given an interview with Teletext’s TV Plus, revealing all kinds of juicy titbits – and another starting date for the production. It’s not usually G&T policy to cut and paste other site’s news articles; but Teletext seem to get rid of the stories on the site after a certain amount of time, so the full article is reproduced here:
Aaaaah, lots of lovely Dwarf news for you. Firstly, news of the next Memorabilia event (from the ever-wonderful Tracey Brennan), held this month on Saturday 23rd (10am – 5pm) and Sunday 24th (11am – 5pm) at the SECC in Glasgow. Adults are £5 and children are just £3.50, making it cheaper than the NEC event. The reason we’re telling you this of course is that Craig Charles and Chris Barrie are appearing there once more (again, Craig is there just for the Saturday). Me and Ian won’t be there, as we’ll be getting PISSED in MANCHESTER, but I heartily recommend you go – last time we wentwas our first time, and it’s bloody fantastic.
Yes, you’ve been waiting a long time. But fear not – we’ve got a bumper update of three entire capsules today! We can now bring you the concluding three episodes of Series I – Waiting For God, Confidence and Paranoia and Me²! This means that after we’ve done a couple of extra bits for Me², we can finally move onto Series II!
In other news, Red Dwarf has been nominated for the BBC’s Britain’s Best Sit-Com. This will be a worthwhile programme, and not just an excuse to show Del Boy falling through the bar again. Oh no. Anyway, viewers have to vote for a mere ten sit-coms, from a practically pre-determined and non-negotiable list of 100 (you can nominate only one of your own choosing that isn’t on the list. Woop-de-fucking-doo). Frankly, I can’t be arsed.
Also, Back in the Red have reported on Craig Charles’s latest short film, Ten Minutes. Despite its title, it actually lasts 17 minutes, but the synopsis does look interesting. It’s co-directed by Nick Mole, who you might recognise from his role as the UK producer of Takeshi’s Castle. The man’s obviously a Craig Charles fan.
Finally, a big ol’ thankyou to our pal Rob Sedgebeer, who has linked to G&T on the front page of NOTBBC. If you look to your left, you’ll see that we’ve returned the favour. Can you feel the love?
Fucking hell. Those quite remarkable people over at The Prop Store of London have added a new collection to their already impressive selection, and, as you’ve probably ascertained from the fact that we’re reporting on this site, it’s a bloody Red Dwarf collection. Amongst their new additions are such instantly recognisable and icon items as The A-Z Of Red Dwarf, as used in Me², a can of Leopard Lager and the jacket that The Cat gets killed in at the end of Out of Time. Shame about the huge prices, but they are surely worth it – just imagine having your own Red Dwarf Ship’s Issue strawberry yoghurt pot. Incidentally, why does a prop store in London give all its prices in dollars before pounds?
In a quite excellent update on the official site, a complete cast and crew list has been provided for Series I, II, III and IV. The detail is stunning – each page includes what must be a near-complete list of uncredited extras for each episode! This rather pisses on our own meagre effort, which is a bit of a shame. One minor gripe about this though – they should indicate which episode(s) each regular guest character appeared in, rather than just listing them for the whole series. OK, so we know all about the guest characters, but not everyone does.
One final piece of news – Series III is to be repeated on BBC TWO, starting on 21st August. In other words, it’s continuing on from the current run of Series II. This is clearly good news, although the series does deserve a slightly more prime-time slot than TEN TO BLOODY MIDNIGHT. Still, viewers can enjoy the Monday night line-up of Two Pints Of Shit and a Packet Of Shit, Dead Shit and Absolutely Shit instead. There’s also a two week gap in between Marooned and Polymorph. Presumably live coverage of the World Tiddlywinks Championship, or something.
One final bit of site news, the index to the Articles section has been jigged around a bit, as it was getting a bit cramped. Thankyou for reading Ian’s Newsround. We apologise for the delay. We should apologise for the headline. If anyone can identify which early-90s hip-hop tune it comes from, they win a coconut.
Next, an update on Craig Charles Fisticuffs News, nicked from Talkie on the BTLi forums. I’d be able to link directly to the story if Teletext’s TV Plus News had a way of accessing old news items. What a bloody stupid system. Anyway, check the forum thread for the full story; apparently, Darren Day has pulled out of the planned Celebrity Boxing show. Craig has refused to take on other opponents, “as people in the street said ‘Give him a slap for me'”, but he’s also complaining that “It would be funny if it wasn’t being done for charity. I was doing it for the Make-A-Wish Foundation for terminally ill kids” – you’d think if he cared that much, he’d be going ahead with it whoever his opponent was. Hmmm.
Finally, an apology. Recently we said that a piccy on the front page of www.reddwarf.co.uk was a screengrab of a deleted scene from Bodyswap. This is completely false, as this news item on the official site shows; it’s a photograph by Paul Grant. Perhaps not that important in the grand scheme of things – indeed, it might seem bloody stupid that I’m actually apologising for it – but it does go to show how dangerous it can be to speculate about things if you don’t clearly mark it as speculation. Besides, the picture is in the Series III images on the Image Bank anyway, so it was just stupid. I’ve got rather a bugbear of getting the facts on G&T absolutely correct – get things wrong once too often, and you lose all credibility. So: sorry. We’ll try harder in future. Ian’s Newsround will be up later today.
First of all, yes, Danny was on RI:SE this morning. I have the tape, but haven’t had chance to do a report on it yet; I’ll post one tomorrow. See Big Blake for a report in the meantime, but note that it isn’t true that “Danny said nothing about Red Dwarf – The Movie” – Danny said that the movie was looking to shoot towards the end of the year. Last we heard, it was due to start shooting late September. Whether those two remarks are compatible or not, we’ll leave it up to you to decide, but I would speculate it might have been put back again…
Today’s update is mainly plagiarised. Back In The Red has news on Tony Hawks stuff, and ace praise for us (which we really don’t deserve. I sound like I belong in a mental hospital.) The White Hole has also updated, with a Series I DVD Review, and a reminder of a lovely bit of Australian merchandise. Actually, looking at the Red Dwarf Shop Australia, I really need this Satchel Bag. Desperately. And finally, on our site, we have Stephen Fletcher’s review of Balance of Power.
Don’t forget that www.reddwarf.co.uk updates tomorrow; Ian’s newsround will be on Saturday. Watch out for a big content update on Monday.
Yes, we’re striving for perfection once again, as we update three of our existing pages. Firstly, and perhaps most excitingly, it’s the Don’t Leave Us Hangingarticle. Having just taken delivery of a complete set of Trading Cards, I discovered that five of them include the fucking script for one of the alternate endings to Series VIII. Excellent.
Well, we promised a bumper update, and here it is – the size of the site has increased twentyfold. Yes, whilst Ian was over at mine we recorded three commentaries; for The End, Future Echoes, and Balance of Power. How extrodinarily self-indulgent. And I sound like a camp idiot.
Onto other stuff. Back In The Red reports a rumour that Craig Charles might be playing Brendan Fearon in a dramatisation of the story of Tony Martin – Brendan was the intruder who wasn’t shot, and went to prison. Big Blake have noticed that www.normanlovett.co.uk now says “Coming Soon!” rather than “Appearing Here Very Soon” – another delay, by the looks of it. Bah. At least in the meantime Norman has signed his own head. And The White Hole now has it’s Downloads section back up, including vastly reduced size versions of the two USA pilots. Hooray!
Der-der-deeer-der. Diddle der-der-der. And so on. With three months and three days to go before the Series III DVD arrives, the official site have published a full listof extras. We knew damn near all of this before, but it still makes impressive reading. Three hours it’ll take us to get through all those. Three damn hours. Plus, there’s three hours’ worth of commentary to listen to, so that means we’ll all have to book 3rd November off work in order to get through it. (Personally speaking, I’ve already booked a fortnight off, just so I can concentrate on reporting it sufficiently).
Interesting to read that the trailers were “only archived by dedicated fans on VHS”. Does this indicate that the BBC got rid of them, and GNP had to take the footage from a fourteen-year-old off-air recording? If so, that’s pretty impressive. Hopefully, they’ve also got some of the original continuity announcements, which could be used as Easter Eggs. Of course, our ideal pair of secret Easter Eggs would be a set of continuity announcements and some footage direct from the rushes – The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy DVD sets the precedent for this. Also, we’re hugely impressed by the phrase “mighty collection”, in reference to the stills gallery. Here’s hoping they’re all from the right series this time…
Also on the official site this week, some pictures of the Stamp Centre‘s bottlestoppers. Now, the Kryten one, which was available at Memorabilia is excellent, and the Starbug one also looks good. However, for some reason, The Stamp Centre have chosen to base the third design on that of a huge pencil. This is seriously getting on our tits now. Would someone please listen to the fans (not just us, we hasten to add; just look around some other fansites) – THE RE-MASTERED RED DWARF SHIP LOOKED HORRIBLE. WE DO NOT WANT IT TO APPEAR ON ANY MERCHANDISE, OR INDEED THE MOVIE. Once again, it’s time to dig out our Model Behaviour article. Let’s hope we won’t have to do that again, eh?
In other news, Tazzy has informed us that Craig Bierko, the steroid-pumping American version of Lister, is to star in Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, a movie which is set to be released in America on 5th September. No word yet on a UK release, but we hope it won’t be too long. Craig was quite good in Red Dwarf USA, even though he didn’t suit the role at all. We’re quite keen to see him in something that has an adequate casting schedule, in order to see him at his full potential.
After somehow managing to update seven times in the last five days, we’re now going to have to leave you without any new G&T stuff until Sunday. I’m off to Nottingham to see John, so we should get a load of stuff done. If we manage to resist the urge to sit on our arses watching Red Dwarf non-stop all weekend, that is.