DwarfCast 70 – Mac McDonald Interview

Somewhat foolishly, film star, comedy veteran and Space Corps captain Mac McDonald willingly allowed two members of the G&T team to enter his home. This is the resultant conversation, which takes in such topics as duetting with Dolly Parton, being terrified of Sean Connery, illicit sexual encounters during the filming of Series 1, cereal and fat jokes. Ian Symes is your host, and his posse consists of Danny Stephenson and Jo Sharples. An enormous thank you to Mac for his time, hospitality and pecan cake.

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DwarfCast 69 – Epideme & Nanarchy Commentary

You heard. It’s two for the price of one, although double nothing is still nothing. Danny Stephenson and Ian Symes continue their odyssey to watch the shit bits so that the rest of the team don’t have to, with occasional interjections from guests Jo Sharples of TORDFC, and Tom Pyott. We tackle the loose two-parter of Epideme and Nanarchy, discussing such diverse topics as the merits of Gary Martin, the practical applications of nanotechnology and recently proposed changes to disability benefits, as well as revealing the fate of the Epideme communicator prop, and proposing a new animated spin-off. We also get a lot of basic facts wrong, get confused about what’s happening on-screen and go quiet for a few moments at a time fairly frequently. So it’s not very good, but at least it gets another quarter of Series VII out the way.

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Not A Good Day

With Dwarf understandably going quiet since the last audience recording, maybe it’s time to check in on the world of Brittas. When we last “reported” on things, a revival was “in development”. Let’s hear what Chris Barrie has to say:

“Regarding the possible return of The Brittas Empire, which caused a moment or two of excitement last year, things have gone very quiet indeed – in fact totally silent. I believe a script was being developed with a view to recording a special or pilot at some stage. So if you are a journalist, don’t bother emailing me about an interview as I would prefer to wait until there is something concrete to talk about and that doesn’t look likely at the moment.”

Oh. Cock it.

Something to ponder: the BBC’s sitcom season this summer contains a number of revivals, which Brittas would have slipped neatly into. The fact that the project hasn’t managed to capitalise on this really isn’t promising, unfortunately.

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“An enormous amount of Krytens”

Those with slightly longer memories will recall that, at DJ last year, Doug mentioned that he was planning an episode where “everyone was Kryten” causing much excitement/hand-wringing/wailing and gnashing of teeth (delete as appropriate) from fandom. Now, in an interview conducted at MCM Liverpool, two chaps by the name of Robert Llewellyn and Danny John-Jules have pretty much confirmed that this episode exists. There’s no going back now…

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DwarfCast 68 – Red Dwarf XII – Episode 6 – Set Report

A potential final ever episode of Red Dwarf has been filmed for the 10th time in 28 years. G&T were there, represented by beardy Yorkshiremen Daniel Stephenson and Jonathan Capps. Join this duo, along with Tom Pyott and the Fan Club’s Jo Sharples and Mick Hayes as they attempt to summarise an exciting, confusing and slightly emotional recording. Oh, and apologies for the Brummie barging in half way through; he lives in the same house and there’s nothing we could do to stop him.

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John’s Newsround – 6/03/16

Ellie Crisell on the Newsround setYo. Welcome to the first John’s Newsround for very nearly five years. Let’s see if I can remember how to do this shit, shall we? Some of the stuff that’s happened over the past week:

THE LAST RECORDING: Last Sunday, Robert Llewellyn posted a little update about the final episode of Red Dwarf XII, in which he reveals that at the time of writing, the cast hadn’t actually seen a final script yet. (The readthrough ended up happening on Tuesday.) Speculation below then, as to whether this is an unusual state of affairs for Red Dwarf or not, although seeing as both The Last Day and Out of Time were late scripts, it’s also debatable whether it even matters. I’m far too busy wondering about why the update was posted on Robert’s Fully Charged site rather than his main blog. And where did his main website go, anyway? Face it: you’ve missed me talking about anything other than the main fucking point, haven’t you?

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Red Dwarf XII – Episode 5 – Set Report

A full episode of Red Dwarf has been recorded in front of a studio audience on a Friday for the last time this year. G&T weren’t there, but once again we’re delighted to present a bumper crop of testimonies from volunteers Stephen Abootman, Kris Carter, David Fisher, Andy Holland and Simon Peel. We sent them some questions, and their answers are provided in full below, repetition and contradiction included.

Before we get started, a couple of things to note. We did ask everyone if there was any further mention of the episode six postponement. We’ve omitted their replies, but just imagine the word “no” five times and you’ll get the gist. Also, yes, that is a picture of Kryten’s full make-up and costume, courtesy of naughty DoP Ed Moore. Consider the comments section of this post as your opportunity to discuss this unexpected spoiler. The vast majority of photos in this report come from Ed’s Instagram, so do give him a follow.

But with no further ado, let the Q&A commence…

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It’ll be an extra five days…

…until the last recording of Red Dwarf XII. Ticket holders for episode six have been sent the following message from Doug, via Lost In TV:

Smeg.

We’re so sorry to have to do this, but due to circumstances out of our control, we’re going to have to move the live audience recording of the final episode of Red Dwarf Series XII to Wednesday 9th March 2016.

Unfortunately 2 of our cast members suffered illnesses earlier in the filming block, meaning we lost 3 days of filming. There are so many elements to coordinate when filming a complicated show like Red Dwarf that it’s extremely difficult to pick up lost filming days within a schedule. As it’s transpired, because of availability of guest cast amongst a plethora of other reasons, the only way to bring all those elements back again and film the scenes we need to film, is to pick up those lost days on the 2nd-4th March; meaning we have to move the recording of the final show to the week after.

I know a lot of audience tickets have already been allocated for Friday 4th March, and I know many of you will be disappointed, but we hope that you can all join us on Wednesday 9th March instead. If you are unable to, we’ll make sure you’re absolutely first on the list for audience tickets for any future series. We’re so sorry to let you down, but we know you deserve two brilliant brand new series’, and in order to achieve that as best we can, we’ve had to make this difficult decision.

Yours Sincerely,
Doug Naylor

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Red Dwarf XII – Episode 4 – Set Report

A full episode of Red Dwarf has been filmed in front of an audience for the tenth time in fourteen weeks. To celebrate this occasion we have gathered what seems to be around half of that audience to give us their thoughts and feelings on what was filmed. Strap in everyone, because as part of THE WORLD’S GIANTEST SET REPORT we have detailed thoughts from the wonderful Stephen R. Fletcher, Alisdair Green, Dan Pendleton, Pete Martin, Jezz Harrison and Mel Stanley.

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It’s Been 3 Days…

…since we rounded up some sneaky set pictures that have been tweeted ahead of the studio audience recording of Red Dwarf XII episode four. Blimey, episode four of six, or ten of twelve overall – we’re past halfway on this particular series, and in the last quarter of this mega production block. As usual, information on this week’s installment is thin on the ground, other than the fact that behind-the-scenes documentarian Nathan Cubitt has been “on location” with his fat lens and focus marks.

We’re therefore grateful to Craig Charles for his increasingly lax attitude towards his non-disclosure agreement. Three more tiny set teasers have been tweeted forth since our last update, starting with a new look at something Craig originally tweeted back in November

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