Ian’s Newsround II – This Time It’s Personal

Welcome to the second of my weekly news columns. The fantastic news from the official site this week is about new interviewsthat have been recorded for the Series III and IV DVDs. Not only have the complete regular cast been interviewed (or will be soon), but they’ve also secured an interview with Peter Wragg – the king of model shots. This is utterly brilliant, and I can’t wait to hear what he has to say. Ed Bye is also taking part, and, excellent though the interview will be, if he’s available for interviews, why hasn’t he recorded a commentary? Another piece of good news on the interview front – Ruby Wax wasn’t available! Hooray!

Next Saturday, Chris Barrie will be hosting the SFX Reader Awards, at the ExCel Centre, London, and Robert Llewellyn and Norman Lovett will be appearing at the London Expo, next door. SFX, there; the magazine that says that Red Dwarf‘s time has passed. If so, why are they featuring three of its stars at the SFX Event? Also on the official site this week is an interview with Pauline Bailey, who played Marilyn Monroe in Meltdown, in which Mr. Flibble’s right hand, Andrew Ellard, refers to something he has seen in the rushes of the episode. This implies that he has already searched through the footage for deleted scenes. Hooray!

Site update time: we’ve added an About section, giving you details about our principles, our aims, the site history and biogs of John and I. More updates tomorow, and every day until the destruction of the planet.

Back to the Future (Echoes)

We’ve added the episode content for the second episode – Future Echoes, and what a marvellous episode it is. A Capsule, Reviews, a Scene Summary and Supporting Characters info has been made availiable. Our gratitude goes out to Curtis Threadgold for his reviews, and for his excellent name. We’ve updated the The End reviews with his contribution.

A bit of cast news for you – friend-of-the-website Karl Eisenhauer has pointed us towards this news story about Danny John-Jules’s new sit-com, although the article fails to mention Danny himself. Don’t miss my newsround tomorow, which will bring you our reaction to the latest news from the official site. I would react now, but I’m too excited about Peter Wragg…

ATVRD Section Launched

Yes, yet another section added to G&T; ATVRD, which contains documents pertaining to the alt.tv.red-dwarf newsgroup. I’ve taken over the Birthday List from Steve B, which as you can guess is a list of birthdays of readers and posters to the newsgroup. If you want to be added, get in contact with me at john@ofla.info. If you’ve never read the newsgroup before, have a look; me and Ian hang around on there, and it’s good fun.

Tomorrow’s update will include more stuff added to the Episodes section, about Future Echoes. Marvellous.

Mystery Solved, to an extent.

This bloody cover has been a thorn in our side since we first saw it at the beginning of April. If you’ve been following the story, you’ll know that we initially dismissed the cover as a fake, but then saw it crop up on various retailers over the last few days, with the explanation that it had been supplied by a distributor. ‘How could this be?’, we asked ourselves, and our investigations lead us to the top – Grant Naylor Productions. We contacted Andrew Ellard, the associate producer of the DVDs, and he told us this:

No, the DVD cover seen on the net is not real. It’s a fake, though I have no idea where from. I’m amazed anyone’s buying it – but, hey, if it helps the pre-sale, why not?

So, now we know that the cover is a total fake, and not a mock-up by GNP. We still don’t know how it got into the hands of distributors, or who is responsible for it. If the person who made it is reading this, get in touch. As much as your prank has confused us, we have to admire the way you’ve fooled so many people.

We at G&T are so fed up with the negative atmosphere surrounding the movie, that we’ve been forced to write an article about how the movie will be good. We’re using this article to launch yet another new section of the site – the aptly-named Movie section. We’ve also written an update to the Edit News feature that we uploaded on Monday, which contains a lot of info that we rather stupidly forgot to include then. Not only that, but we have revised the Links page. Expect another great update tomorow, obviously.

Series III Cover Mystery explained?

Well, no. Not exactly. Following the news that Blackstar.co.uk were using the fake Series III cover in their listing, we thought that it would be a good idea to get in touch with them and find out what the hell is going on. We got several very helpful replies back from Johnathan Hamill in their customer care department, and here’s what he had to say:

The cover scan that we have is that supplied by the distributor. This is the image that we do have to use and it will remain in place on the site until it is updated. However, we do have to rely on the distribution company to forward any updated material to us.

Rest assured that when we are supplied with the finalised cover scan this will be placed on site ASAP. This will probably be about the same time that the release date is officially relayed to us.

Of course, all of this is not the official stand on this – just Blackstar’s take on the situation. What makes this even more interesting is that DVD.CO.UK also now has an entry for the Series III DVD – again, using that same, fake cover. It is of course concievable that Grant Naylor Productions sent it out, but the dodgy editing on the black bar at the bottom of the cover seems to preclude this – along with the many other problems explained in previous news items. It would appear that a dodgy cover image is being passed around by at least one distribution company. We’re continuing our (admittedly, rather sad and pathetic) investigation, and we’ll keep you posted.

In more Series III DVD news – well you’ve got to hand it to them – although we spend ages putting together this site, The Red Dwarf Zone is often first with the scoop. Not only did they find out the DVD.co.uk entry above (which, incidentally, gives a release date of the 3rd November 2003 for the Region 2 release – the first time an exact date has been mentioned, though this is as yet unconfirmed by GNP), but they’ve also been rooting around on the BBFC site and found information on the first extra submitted for classification – Backwards Reversed. Running at 27 minutes 26 seconds, this would appear to be the entire episode backwards, rather than simply a few backwards scenes reversed. At first I thought this was just a ridiculous idea, but I’m quite warming to it now, because it’s a ridiculous idea. And we’ll get to see all backwards scenes reversed, rather than just the bits with funny dialogue. In other words: excellent.

Meanwhile, we have more G&T updates for you. Firstly, the Book Plot Inconsistencies Project is now online here. Written by Annette McIntosh, the last version of this was in the middle of 1996. It covers all four novels very well, and as we’re currently busy producing the PIP Addendum, and, indeed, haven’t got anything to add to the BPIP, we aren’t going to produce an addendum document for it at the moment. We may well do at some point though, when we’ve reread the novels.

Also online is the Directives document, which details all Space Corps Directives, Rimmer Directives, All Nations Agreements, and Articles mentioned in Red Dwarf. It’s also possibly the most anal thing I’ve ever done. Also, the contact page has been updated with a handy form, to make it easier to contact us. Also added is a new e-mail address: news@ganymede-titan.info. I think you can guess what we want you to send to that address. As well as pointing out news that perhaps we’ve missed, you can also send us information about anything Red Dwarf related you’ve been up to, and we’ll cover it. As long as it’s newsworthy. Taking a piss whilst wearing your Red Dwarf baseball cap doesn’t count, for instance.

More updates tomorrow, naturally. Until the end of time itself.

Dreaded Edits

For today’s update, feast your eyes on this: an article detailing all of the edits, censorships and scheduling anomalies pertaining to Red Dwarf. We were hoping to bring you more updates today, but John couldn’t get online (fuck off Bank Holiday fuck). Tomorrow will be a big update, it will.

The Name Game

Today, we are able to bring you two very good guides about the programme. What’s In A Name? details the alternate titles for episodes, and we’ve added a guide to the Supporting Characters for The End. Naturally, we’ll be doing the same for all the other characters in due course. Also, we’ve handily archived the older news articles, as this front page was becoming gargantuan. Have a nice bank holiday. We won’t. We’ll be working on this site. I hope you’re satisfied.

Ian’s Newsround

Hello, and welcome to the first edition of my regular Saturday news column. I’m John Craven. Updating on Saturday has been chosen for two reasons – firstly, it means I can react to the news posted on the official site on the Friday, and secondly it gives me something to do now the football season is drawing to an end. The most exciting news this week is about new additions to the RPG – an AI screen and the Extra Bits Book. As the RPG head-honcho Todd Downing says, this supplement to the original game contains “an overwhelmingly disproportionate amount of content for its short page count”. Also in production at the moment is the Red Dwarf RPG Series Sourcebook, which aims to turn every single episode into playable elements of the game.

The RPG is turning into something amazing. These new plans, along with what I saw of other people’s books at Dimension Jump and my new job, have finally persuaded me to splash out on a copy of the book. I probably won’t play the game itself, but the book is lovingly prepared, well researched and brilliantly written. It simply serves as an excellent reference point for the various paraphinalia in the series, such as guns, ships and gadgets, etc.

Also on the official site this week is a new range of clothing in Australia. The long sleeve top, despite using the elongated Re-Mastered ship, looks fantastic, and I could well stride into next year’s Dimension Jump wearing it. The other news on the site is not so interesting – info about a band launch and Talkie Toaster talking to The Inquisitor Evidently, Mr. Flibble is on holiday.

No updates to this site today, but John and I are both hard at work. Coming this week, an article on the Movie, detailing how good it will be, guides to the alternate titles to the episodes and anomalies in the running order, and hopefully, more additions to our ever-expanding Books, Episodes and Documents sections. Don’t touch that dial…

A bloody Lego Starbug

We’ve been hard at work here at Ganymede & Titan, and the Episodes section is now starting to be brought back online. A Capsule, Reviews, and a Scene Summary for The End is now avaliable, and there are plenty of plans for other sections to follow. We hope to cover an episode a week. We really want to gather together a good selection of reviews for each episode, so if you have any to contribute (even if it’s only one), then get in contact. Thanks to Nik Horne for his great review.

None of which really matters at all, though, if you’ve glanced at the piccy on your right. Jon Palmer has announced on alt.tv.red-dwarf that he has created a foot-long version of Starbug in lego. This is possibly the coolest thing I’ve ever seen, and made even more so by the fact that he plans to do a similar model of Red Dwarf. There’s plenty of other great lego models on his site, so go have a look.

Meanwhile, the official site has updated, and Ian will bring you our view on the various bits of news tomorrow. There should also be some updates on the Books section. I’d also like to thank Annette, one of the original authors of the PIP, for giving her blessing to the PIP Addendum Project (or, as she suggests, PAP).

Finally, The Red Dwarf Zone has picked up on something rather interesting in their JMC News section, as they usually do – Blackstar.co.uk have got the Series III DVD listed – and it uses the same image as The R2 Project previewed. “Could it be the real deal?”, The Red Dwarf Zone ponders. Well, no. It’s an obvious fake (as our previous news item proves), and Blackstar have been taken in – hook, line, sinker, rod and copy of Angling Times. Tsk.

I’ve never read… a book

A new month, a new section on G&T, and this one is all about books. At the moment, we’ve got a review of the Radio Times Guide to Science Fiction, and in the coming weeks we’ll be updating with reviews of various Red Dwarf books, as well as more capsule reviews. Not only that, but there’s an article on the promotional discs that were given away to flog the DVDs, hot on the trail of the Series II Promo (pictured) that was released yesterday. Don’t miss tomorow’s update, in which the Episodes section will be relaunched. This site just gets better and better, eh?