You retouched my logo!

I’ll just get straight to the point here. The logo for Red Dwarf XI has been revealed and it’s old school. Like, 80s old school.

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We’ve been firmly in the land of serifs for many, many years now so seeing that the logo is so directly harking back to the original feels incredibly refreshing. It’s the best version, after all, and the addition of the circular halo around the whole thing just caps it off. It’s beautiful, it’s simple and it makes sense to give the new series such a striking connection to the past.  Around these parts we’re usually of the opinion that the show should keep evolving and moving on, but for details like this, frankly, the more pleasing references to older series the better.

It’s as yet unclear whether this will also carry over to Red Dwarf XII. Some of me would enjoy a visual distinction between the two, but most of me just wants this logo to be the one forever.

Tucker’s Luck

bazookoidI bring great news. Yesterday, Richard Naylor tweeted a couple of pictures showing bazookoid props in various stages of construction. This in itself was good news, considering how brilliant the props looked, and how close to the classic design aesthetic from the early days they seemed. Today, we know why the props are so good. They were made by The Model Unit.

Yes, Mike Tucker’s company today posted three bazookoid pictures to their Facebook page – one the same as Richard’s, and two new ones. They accompanying caption reads:

These photos might give some hint as to the nature of our current project…

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I’ve never readthrough… a script

Pre-production on the two new series of Red Dwarf is most definitely underway, with cast and crew having convened in Pinewood Studios on Monday for the first script readthrough. Thanks to the fact that we’re living in the future, this crucial and fascinating first step has been well documented on the popular social media service Twitter. Three quarters of the cast and one half of the production companies involved posted photos, which you’ve probably all seen by now. But there are some intriguing details that you may have missed. Let’s indulge ourselves…
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I want names, I want places, I want dates

DOUG NAYLOR, PINEWOOD STUDIOS, NOVEMBER 2015 TO MARCH 2016.

Yes, the tickets for XI and XII are now available, and as we previously reported, it’s being done as a ballot, rather than first come first served. Register your interest here, but calm the fuck down, as you’ve got two weeks to get your name on the list, and just as much chance of success if you do it now or at 5:59pm on Friday 25th September. Best not leave it quite that long, though.

Lost in TV’s servers seem to be holding up so far, and we’ve managed to glean a few more pertinent details from the accompanying TOS article:

  • Series XI will record on consecutive Fridays from 13th November to 18th December.
  • Then they’ll have a nice little break for Christmas and the New Year, with Series XII’s studio dates being consecutive Fridays from 29th January to 4th March.
  • As with last time, you’ll be able to apply for up to four tickets per person.
  • You just need to put your name down at this stage, rather than selecting a date – if you’re successful, you’ll pick your date in the week commencing 28th September.
  • The faces of three fifths of the G&T team are currently on TOS’s most important update for ages. This is amusing.

Right then, good luck everyone. Let’s meet back here in two weeks to discuss how we got on…

A fortnight. Fourteen days! Two weeks.

It has become clear that audience tickets for Series XI and XII will be released tomorrow (Friday 11th September). We’ve already been told to brace ourselves for an imminent announcement on TOS, but in the last couple of hours, Doug Naylor has decided to go into a little more detail:

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A night on the town with Spare Head Three!

There have been recent rumblings about an exciting Red Dwarf related competition taking place on Twitter tomorrow. But now, with this Facebook post, Dave have let slip about the prize…

Always dreamed of appearing in Red Dwarf? Now you can.

Head over to our Twitter page: https://twitter.com/Join_Dave tomorrow at 10am for a once in a lifetime competition!

That pretty much says it all, but in presumably related news, UKTV are hosting a press event on Tuesday morning, and a G&T representative will be there in case there’s anything Dwarfy to report. So keep an eye on our Twitter feed as well as theirs – we’ll bring you all the news if there is any. And if there isn’t, we’ll just tweet about how annoyed we are, so it’ll be entertaining either way.

Red Dwarf: The Complete Guide To Almost Everything

Do you remember a time, a few years either side of the turn of the century, when the internet was mostly comprised of auto-playing midi files and non-HD porn? Back then, if you searched Yahoo, or Alta Vista, or Lycos, you could find tonnes of Geocities-hosted web pages for each and every one of your favourite TV shows, which invariably featured the same handful of low-res jpegs, lists of quotes, episode guides and those ubiquitous auto-playing midi files. Then blogging came along, and we all realised that we could just write about our opinions on our favourite shows, rather than trying to provide a comprehensive mine of information, given that new-fangled things like Google and Wikipedia could do that much better.

So things like episode guides disappeared from fansites. Not entirely, but they were no longer an essential component. It was only recently that we realised that G&T had nothing even resembling such a guide – not even a list of episodes anywhere. When we started, in 2002, we launched an ambitious project of producing detailed “capsules” for every episode, but, well, you can see how that went. We got to thinking that it might be fun to try and write an episode guide now, and see where it ended up. As it turns out, it kind of got out of hand…

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Tickets! Music! Quashed Rumours!

Doug has been busy on Twitter this morning. Previously on the subject of Series XI and XII, we learned the following:

Lovely to see all that info in one place, but Doug wasn’t finished there…

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This isn’t happening. It’s a nightmare.

UK Gold pre-launch caption Last time, we left you with a cliffhanger. Would Gold show the original version of Marooned in its current repeat run, or would it show the crappy old Remastered version instead? (In case you need reminding: this is the “Remastered” version which is so terrible it shoves in a new CGI shot of the ship at the beginning of the episode, and then cuts to the existing model shot of the cargo bay doors opening… covered in film dirt. Encapsulating the warped priorities of the Remastered project in a nutshell.)

Sadly, despite Gold continuing to show both pre-watershed and post-watershed edits of the show for the most part – which is far better than Dave managed on their last repeat run – both showings of Marooned this time round resolutely remained the Remastered version instead of the original.

It’s truly bizarre, really. If the whole of the first three series was shown like this, that’d be one thing – not a great thing to do, but at least somewhat consistent. But for it simply to be one episode has to be the result of some dodgy paperwork somewhere down the line. It’s difficult to have respect for a channel when they clearly don’t know what the hell they’re broadcasting. For nobody at UKTV to even query why Marooned looks completely different to every other episode in the series for years on end is complete madness. I mean, you can tell it’s the wrong version from the opening titles, let alone anything else.

Still, as a continuation of a years-long issue, I must admit there’s a certain amount of glee in seeing exactly how long this can go on for. I won’t bore you with regular updates on this issue any more – but let’s see whether this version is still being shown in five years, shall we?

I’ll leave you with one final thought. Marooned was the episode which pushed the video of release of Red Dwarf III – Byte One up to a 15. Even with the DVD release, the episode was rated 12. All because of Lister admitting he had sex at the age of 12 on a golf course. Gold cuts out many PG-related “bastards”, V-signs, and general rudery – but the version of Marooned they play pre-watershed is exactly the same as the post-watershed version. (Two adult men wanking off over Lolita and all.)

It’s hardly the first time there’s a disparity between what the BBFC and what broadcasters will worry over – but that doesn’t stop it being hugely interesting. I must admit, I’m on the BBFC’s side – whilst I wouldn’t have ever rated it 15, I think Lister fucking someone when he was 12 is dodgier than all the cut bastards too. But that requires more of a judgement call, whereas mild bad language is easy to put on a checklist of disallowed things.

And Red Dwarf edited by checklist isn’t really a very appealing thought.