Ian’s Newsround – Look Who’s Talking Too

Further proof that the Series III and IV DVDs will be the best things ever, even though we’d have been more than happy with the standard set by I and II. But GNP aren’t the type to rest on their laurels, and they’ve ensured that quality will improve further by securing some great behind-the-scenes names for interviews. As well as the previous interviewees, including Sir Peter Wragg (FUCKING YES!), top workaholic Andrew Ellard has now asked questions to Howard Burden, Andrea Finch (aka Pennell), Gordon Kennedy and Tony Hawks, as well as finally getting Danny John-Jules and Craig Charles to sit still for half an hour. The article also mentions that somewhere on one of the DVDs there will be a tribute to dead genius Mel Bibby, pictured right. A little montage of his finest triumphs, with his photo and dates at the end, would be perfect.

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Noel Edmonds!

What have we here? A new article? We really do spoil you. This one is about Smeg Ups, in all their various incarnations, and is well worth a read. Especially if you don’t like them, as you’re completely wrong. Bloody “almost amusing” my arse. Howarth and Lyons should be shot.

There’s also a plethora of minor site updates. The ATVRD section has had a spring clean; posts there have picked up a bit recently, so why not pop along and have a chat? The Links page has had yet another overhaul too, and the DVD and Movie FAQ has had another update.

On the news front, www.reddwarf.co.uk has had it’s usual Friday update – Ian’ll be here with his Newsround tomorrow, and we’ll have a further content update on Sunday. And yet again, RDZ notice something interesting; www.normanlovett.co.uk is now resolving; with a message that says it’ll launch at the end of June. If it’s anything like Robert’s site, we’re in for a treat.

Revenge of the Hamster

Today on G&T, the first in a series of documents, detailing every minute difference between the original series and the re-mastered edition. We’ve spent hours compiling the one for The End, which holds the record for number of changes. Be grateful. We’ve also cobbled together a few reviews for Waiting For God. Thanks again to the excellently named Curtis Threadgold, who will soon be our tour guide for the Red Dwarf locations in Manchester. Hooray!

Revision

Or, rather, not much new stuff, but various little site additions to make your world that bit more pleasant. They are:

  • A new desktop background, Name, in the Downloads, section. It shows the Red Dwarf marking on the side of the ship. Hooray!
  • A vastly revised Schedule page. One that isn’t hugely fucking out of date, for instance.
  • A new version of the DVD & Movie FAQ, including the Series III and IV Deleted Scenes info.
  • An expanded Links page. The White Hole has an excellent new feature called Notable Mentions, detailing mentions of Dwarf on other TV shows.

Meanwhile, you can read Ian’s account of the Aigburth Arms visit on this forum thread. He can seriously fuck right the fuck off.

Ian’s Newsround – Deleted Scenes!

Yes, folks – it’s that time of year again. Even though this has only happened once before, the feeling is unmistakable. We’ve got our first teasers as to the deleted scenes for Series III and IV, thanks to top workaholic Andrew Ellard’s news report. It’s a feeling of excitement, intrigue and sheer bafflement. Amongst the things we can look forward to are a rant from Cat about how many pointless games he could be playing, more stuff from Mellie, some interesting-sounding stuff with ‘Kochanski’ Camille, and “huge swathes” from Bodyswap. Also promised is a continuity fixing sequence from Backwards, but given that so much of the episode is illogical, that doesn’t really narrow it down. The most intriguing scene, though, is an exterior sequence from Justice, in which the location looks “so much like a park in London” on-screen. The Series IV Production page of Time Holereveals that the sequence will be in Justice World’s ornamental gardens, and will feature Lister being shat on. Excellent.

Other good news from the official site – Mr. Flibble is back from his holiday, and he’s brought Robert Llewellyn along as a souvenir! It’s a great interview, all about WomanWizard, which I still urge people to buy – see the review for details. Robert also gives further details about his next DVD, which will include two pieces of software – iSpin and iSci. Sounds fantastic. Finally on the official site this week, details about Norman Lovett’s forthcoming appearances. Everyone go and see him – he’s fantastic. Once again, we’ve got this review of his act. Yes, G&T can help you organise your life.

As for site updates today, the Episodes section has been bolstered by stuff about Waiting For God. We’ve got the Scene Summary and the Supporting Characters guide. The reviews will be up soon, as will the capsule. As you can probably imagine, a capsule takes a long time to compile, with shitloads of different sources being plundered. This is why we’ve only done three of the buggers so far. The next update will be on Sunday.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering why my newsround is a day early this week – I’m going to the real and actual Aigburth Arms tomorow, with some friend of the website Karl Eisenhauer, the excellently named Curtis Threadgold, some other buddies and Snip. Yes, I am going to play pool on the hallowed table. I may even order a Cinzano Bianco. Oh, one last thing – Jon Tickle to win BB4. Make it happen.

Some Sodding News

News! Thanks to Austin Ross, who pointed out to us this Cult 100 article on the BBC Cult site. TV Zone has just concluded a three-month poll to find out the best 100 cult shows of all time. The full listing is in this month’s issue (#164), but the top twenty is there in the report; and Red Dwarf comes in at number 14. Charmedwould appear to be ahead, which is an abomination, but never mind – it’s a perfectly respectable position.

On site news, I finally broke our “update every day” policy after 37 days. Damn. Still, it was getting increasingly harder to do, and frankly the quality was deteriorating somewhat, to the point where I accidentally slag off other sites in order to fill a news item. Ahem. So, it’ll be less frequent in the future, although there will definitely be something every 2-3 days – and every day, if there is news to report. Anyway, today’s update is an article about the book Best of the Britcoms, giving the entry for Red Dwarf, and a review of the book. Ian’s Newsround is due tomorrow.

No Sodding News

Still a news drought, I’m afraid. Back In The Red have posted what they say is the “first, well.. er…. kinda look at Chris Barrie in the latest Lara Croft adventure”, and given a link to a picture – a picture that The Red Dwarf Zone mentioned ages ago. Still, the difficult to spell Matt Drzymala has reminded us that Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life is due out in the UK on 22nd August. No doubt the film will have it’s knoc… oh, fuck it.

After two days of launching new sections, it’s a relatively quiet day here at G&T – just some brief info on the entry in the Penguin TV Companion about Red Dwarf. Expect a review of the book to be added soon. A more substantial update tomorrow.

Cunt Times

Just one update today to the site. The Schedule section has been added, giving details of Red Dwarf related broadcasts for TV and Radio for the next few days. Similar to the Dwarf Tracker on the official site; but that only gives Red Dwarfschedule details. We aim to give details on programmes that members of the cast are involved in as well. We intend to cover cable/digital channels; but for the UK only I’m afraid. Sorry to our worldwide readers, but we just don’t have the time for anything else. We’ll do our best to keep this section as updated and complete as possible, but we’ll obviously miss things from time to time; it’s certainly incomplete as it stands at the moment, but there will be daily updates. It’ll soon get up to speed.

Oh, and if you don’t get the title of this news update, believe me – it’s not worth it.

Eeeeeeeeexcellent

Yes, I’m back rather earlier than expected – my net access difficulties have all been sorted. Which means regular updates for the site – and rather better regular updates than the last few days, thank fuck. Finally, and despite an earlier news item claiming this had been launched (ahem), The Brittas Empire section is now online. Contained within is the existing Episode Guide, and the new DVD FAQ – containing all the latest information on the DVDs. Expect it to be updated regularly. More Brittasstuff to follow soon, including an in-depth review of the DVDs when they are released.

And last month’s news/updates items have been archived in the May 2003 section. More updates tomorrow, on some actual Dwarf stuff. Yay! And let’s hope some news appears at some point…