Oh Danny Boy

Now, as you know, Danny John-Jules was on RI:SE a couple of days ago. The report on it started out as a news item, but grew far too big; so instead, read the article RI:SE and Shine. Hooray!

Next, an update on Craig Charles Fisticuffs News, nicked from Talkie on the BTLi forums. I’d be able to link directly to the story if Teletext’s TV Plus News had a way of accessing old news items. What a bloody stupid system. Anyway, check the forum thread for the full story; apparently, Darren Day has pulled out of the planned Celebrity Boxing show. Craig has refused to take on other opponents, “as people in the street said ‘Give him a slap for me'”, but he’s also complaining that “It would be funny if it wasn’t being done for charity. I was doing it for the Make-A-Wish Foundation for terminally ill kids” – you’d think if he cared that much, he’d be going ahead with it whoever his opponent was. Hmmm.

Finally, an apology. Recently we said that a piccy on the front page of www.reddwarf.co.uk was a screengrab of a deleted scene from Bodyswap. This is completely false, as this news item on the official site shows; it’s a photograph by Paul Grant. Perhaps not that important in the grand scheme of things – indeed, it might seem bloody stupid that I’m actually apologising for it – but it does go to show how dangerous it can be to speculate about things if you don’t clearly mark it as speculation. Besides, the picture is in the Series III images on the Image Bank anyway, so it was just stupid. I’ve got rather a bugbear of getting the facts on G&T absolutely correct – get things wrong once too often, and you lose all credibility. So: sorry. We’ll try harder in future. Ian’s Newsround will be up later today.

RI:SE and Shine

On Thursday 7th August, Danny John-Jules appeared on RI:SE. Now, the irritating thing about RI:SE is that it should be very good. It’s really nicely produced; the music and titles are wonderful, and there’s some lovely ideas in it – the lovely Zora reads the news in front of the studio gallery, and then there’s […]

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Various Fansite SHITE

First of all, yes, Danny was on RI:SE this morning. I have the tape, but haven’t had chance to do a report on it yet; I’ll post one tomorrow. See Big Blake for a report in the meantime, but note that it isn’t true that “Danny said nothing about Red Dwarf – The Movie” – Danny said that the movie was looking to shoot towards the end of the year. Last we heard, it was due to start shooting late September. Whether those two remarks are compatible or not, we’ll leave it up to you to decide, but I would speculate it might have been put back again…

Today’s update is mainly plagiarised. Back In The Red has news on Tony Hawks stuff, and ace praise for us (which we really don’t deserve. I sound like I belong in a mental hospital.) The White Hole has also updated, with a Series I DVD Review, and a reminder of a lovely bit of Australian merchandise. Actually, looking at the Red Dwarf Shop Australia, I really need this Satchel Bag. Desperately. And finally, on our site, we have Stephen Fletcher’s review of Balance of Power.

Don’t forget that www.reddwarf.co.uk updates tomorrow; Ian’s newsround will be on Saturday. Watch out for a big content update on Monday.

No comment!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Well, we promised a bumper update, and here it is – the size of the site has increased twentyfold. Yes, whilst Ian was over at mine we recorded three commentaries; for The End, Future Echoes, and Balance of Power. How extrodinarily self-indulgent. And I sound like a camp idiot.

Onto other stuff. Back In The Red reports a rumour that Craig Charles might be playing Brendan Fearon in a dramatisation of the story of Tony Martin – Brendan was the intruder who wasn’t shot, and went to prison. Big Blake have noticed that www.normanlovett.co.uk now says “Coming Soon!” rather than “Appearing Here Very Soon” – another delay, by the looks of it. Bah. At least in the meantime Norman has signed his own head. And The White Hole now has it’s Downloads section back up, including vastly reduced size versions of the two USA pilots. Hooray!

And finally, in case you hadn’t noticed, take a look at this picture as shown on the front page of the offical site. Looks like a grab from a deleted scene from Bodyswap. Excellent.

Darkside of the Dwarf: Red Dwarf Fan Spasms

Well maybe not a dark side as such, probably an ‘off-white side’ may be a better description, but here goes anyway. Being one the ‘Older’ fans I have loved Dwarf from the start, the Characters, situations and above all, Humour has been there from the very beginning. Series 1 and 2 were excellent and to […]

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Darkside of the Dwarf: Doomed Survivors

Despite having debuted at around the same time as Have I Got News For You, Red Dwarf has been rather less successful. While the former has been promoted to a BBC One favourite and created a widely-recognised approach, Red Dwarf continues to languish in obscurity, unnoticed except by a small number of hard-core enthusiasts. The […]

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Ian’s Newsround – It’s The Final Countdown

Der-der-deeer-der. Diddle der-der-der. And so on. With three months and three days to go before the Series III DVD arrives, the official site have published a full listof extras. We knew damn near all of this before, but it still makes impressive reading. Three hours it’ll take us to get through all those. Three damn hours. Plus, there’s three hours’ worth of commentary to listen to, so that means we’ll all have to book 3rd November off work in order to get through it. (Personally speaking, I’ve already booked a fortnight off, just so I can concentrate on reporting it sufficiently).

Interesting to read that the trailers were “only archived by dedicated fans on VHS”. Does this indicate that the BBC got rid of them, and GNP had to take the footage from a fourteen-year-old off-air recording? If so, that’s pretty impressive. Hopefully, they’ve also got some of the original continuity announcements, which could be used as Easter Eggs. Of course, our ideal pair of secret Easter Eggs would be a set of continuity announcements and some footage direct from the rushes – The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy DVD sets the precedent for this. Also, we’re hugely impressed by the phrase “mighty collection”, in reference to the stills gallery. Here’s hoping they’re all from the right series this time…

Also on the official site this week, some pictures of the Stamp Centre‘s bottlestoppers. Now, the Kryten one, which was available at Memorabilia is excellent, and the Starbug one also looks good. However, for some reason, The Stamp Centre have chosen to base the third design on that of a huge pencil. This is seriously getting on our tits now. Would someone please listen to the fans (not just us, we hasten to add; just look around some other fansites) – THE RE-MASTERED RED DWARF SHIP LOOKED HORRIBLE. WE DO NOT WANT IT TO APPEAR ON ANY MERCHANDISE, OR INDEED THE MOVIE. Once again, it’s time to dig out our Model Behaviour article. Let’s hope we won’t have to do that again, eh?

In other news, Tazzy has informed us that Craig Bierko, the steroid-pumping American version of Lister, is to star in Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, a movie which is set to be released in America on 5th September. No word yet on a UK release, but we hope it won’t be too long. Craig was quite good in Red Dwarf USA, even though he didn’t suit the role at all. We’re quite keen to see him in something that has an adequate casting schedule, in order to see him at his full potential.

After somehow managing to update seven times in the last five days, we’re now going to have to leave you without any new G&T stuff until Sunday. I’m off to Nottingham to see John, so we should get a load of stuff done. If we manage to resist the urge to sit on our arses watching Red Dwarf non-stop all weekend, that is.

“Holly, put a trace on movie rumours…”

Right, here comes something for our Movie section that we mentioned ages ago; the Rumour Tracker. Expect it to be added to as fresh ones come in. Bear in mind that it only carries rumours that have circulated since G&T has been online; digging up old ones would be time-consuming, and almost certainly pointless. Madonna my arse. Get in contactif you spot any we haven’t seen.

Bad news on the laser etched Starbugs front. The lovely Tracey Brennan got in contact with us to say that she talked to The Stamp Centre at Memorabilia, and they aren’t yet for sale, despite being listed on the website. Apparently there are licensing problems. Grrrr. Let’s hope they’re sorted out soon; and we’ll let you know what happens, as we desperately want them ourselves…

Don’t forget to vote for Slashdot’s current poll: “Favorite Sci-Fi Curse?”. You’ll be delighted to know that Smeg is winning by a considerable margin. “what the smegging smeg is going on?” indeed. Meanwhile, all the July 2003 news articles have been archived; check them out if you haven’t visited for a bit, as we’ve been updating quite a lot recently. Ian’s newsround will follow later today.

And finally: IT. IS. HERE. The full, accurate, finalised Series III DVD Cover. A pure work of art.