The G&T Review of the Year 2015

As you’re reading this, 2015 is well in the process of getting definitively and entirely fucked off. In tribute to the year in which Marty McFly fell through the bar, we thought we’d take a look back at one of the most significant twelve months in the show’s long and smeg smeared history. So deck the halls with lack of Holly, queue up your favourite Christmassy booze and join us in our in depth inspection of G&T and Red Dwarf’s 2015.

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Red Dwarf XI – Episode 6 – Set Report

The final episode of Red Dwarf XI has been recorded in front of a studio audience, for the first time ever. G&T were there. Wary of the fact that not being able to give too much away could make these reports a bit repetitive, we were planning on using this week’s as an opportunity to wrap up any little details that had not yet been covered, only touching briefly on the specifics of this episode. But having seen it, I think we’d be doing a disservice to the efforts of the cast and crew if we didn’t give it our full attention. This then is more of a spoiler-free review of undoubtedly the finest episode of Red Dwarf that I’ve ever had the honour of witnessing first hand.

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It’s Been 35 Days…

…since Red Dwarf XI‘s first studio audience recording. Tonight sees its last. G&T will be there, and our set report will be along on Saturday. Literally nobody got in touch with requests for specific non-spoilery information, so speak now or forever stfu.

But what are we expecting from this final episode? Well, Doug says that they’ve “never had anything quite like this before”, and that one of the guest sets “runs the length of the studio”, while #happydp Ed Moore says that it’s “at its insanely-ambitious best”. This is very exciting – it sounds like we’re in for something special, one way or another.

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It’s the cockpit, dummy

It’s truly commendable how the hundreds of eager Red Dwarf fans who attend audience recordings every week manage to keep the show’s secrets safe, in compliance with their hero Doug Naylor’s wishes. The same cannot be said for the cast. In another tweet-that-may-soon-be-deleted, Robert Llewellyn has provided a picture of the cast and crew watching today’s rocket launch on the set:

It doesn’t take much guessing to figure out which particular set this is, particularly in conjunction with this tweet from Ed Moore. Frustratingly for us fans, but probably much to the relief of the production, it doesn’t show a great deal of detail, what with it being taken from an angle that’s unlikely to be used too often on-screen. But those are some lovely panels and instruments, eh?

Not sure about the product placement of that iPad, though – seems totally out of place in my opinion.

DwarfCast 65 – Red Dwarf XI – Episode 5 – Set Report

A full fifth episode of Red Dwarf has been recorded in front of a studio audience for the first time since 1998. G&T were there, in the manly form of Danny Stephenson, along with Jez Harrison of TORDFC. As soon as the episode finished, they raced back to G&T Towers to discuss their findings with Ian Symes, who sneakily recorded their every word. Yes, this week’s set report is in DwarfCast form. Listen now to discover why this recording was the longest one yet, how this episode does something that Red Dwarf has never done before, and get the full story behind the shocking fire alarm drama.

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It’s Still 2 Days…

…until Red Dwarf has its next studio audience recording, but a) nobody seems to give a shit about our Friday morning posts this time round, and b) quite a bit of interesting news has emerged in the last couple of days. Rest assured that our set report will be arriving on Saturday, hopefully a little earlier in the day than normal and possibly done slightly differently to normal. But in the meantime, an intriguing nugget has emerged from Robert Llewellyn’s latest Periscope (link only valid until Thursday morning, disposable media fans):

They’re on air next year. We spoke to someone from UKTV last night, so… the sort of September-ish of 2016, and then January-ish of 2017.

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Red Dwarf XI – Episode 4 – Set Report

A full episode of Red Dwarf has been has been recorded in front of a studio audience that included a G&T writer, for the first time since 2012. Despite G&T being there, it was only on a standby ticket, so we’d already asked our excellent long-time friend Kris Carter to do the honours. Ian’s brief thoughts are presented in a boxout, as are those of correspondent John Miller, but for now, over to you, Kris…

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It’s Been 21 Days…

…of having to think of things that it’s been a certain number of days since, and frankly it’s becoming a chore.

Yes, tonight’s the night of the fourth Red Dwarf XI recording over at Pinewood. What do we know about episode four? Well, the pre-records have been “bizarre sounding”, there might be a big chair, and they’ll be using microphones. Related to that last one, we learned that somebody on the production thinks Robert Llewellyn plays “Kryton”.

Hopefully, we’ll have slightly more information than that in our set report, which will be arriving on Saturday or Sunday. See you then…

COSTUME SPOILERS

Well, our spoiler policy states that if the cast post something dodgy on social media, it’s fair game. Earlier today, Danny John-Jules tweeted a series of images of each of the four main cast members displaying a little red badge, which reads “#Smileism”. Not many people will have seen these, as Danny posted them as replies to some guy, hence us only spotting them after ten hours. Now, I don’t know what #Smileism is, and frankly, I don’t much care. These pictures offer tiny glimpses of some of the main characters’ costumes for Series XI. There’s a high likelihood that they’ll be taken down at some point, so we’ve embedded the pictures below. So if you want to avoid all spoilers, look away now…

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Red Dwarf XI – Episode 3 – Set Report

A full episode of Red Dwarf has been recorded in front of a studio audience for the third time in as many weeks. G&T weren’t there, and it’s a combination of those two facts that has lead us to do things a little differently this time. We’ve already covered virtually everything we’re allowed to talk about in terms of specific details, and we can assume that if things were set up in a certain way for the first two weeks, then they’ll be the same in the third week. So let’s turn our attentions to the realm of the subjective.

At this early stage in the lifespan of Series XI – a time when thousands of people are desperate to learn about things that only a handful of people have seen – it’s easy to fixate on the limited range of individual opinions available, so we’ve recruited a whopping four correspondents to tell us what they thought of this week’s recording. They are Dan Pendleton, Jed Shepherd, Jo Sharples and Niki Hutchinson. This will be a longer read than the last couple of reports, as we’ll be presenting the full gamut of their reactions and opinions, as well as a briefer summary of this particular episode’s idiosyncrasies. There’ll be some overlap, some contradictions and possibly some confusion – it’s up to you to take the four varying accounts on board and make your own mind up. So, without further ado…

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