No Sodding News

Still a news drought, I’m afraid. Back In The Red have posted what they say is the “first, well.. er…. kinda look at Chris Barrie in the latest Lara Croft adventure”, and given a link to a picture – a picture that The Red Dwarf Zone mentioned ages ago. Still, the difficult to spell Matt Drzymala has reminded us that Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life is due out in the UK on 22nd August. No doubt the film will have it’s knoc… oh, fuck it.

After two days of launching new sections, it’s a relatively quiet day here at G&T – just some brief info on the entry in the Penguin TV Companion about Red Dwarf. Expect a review of the book to be added soon. A more substantial update tomorrow.

The Penguin TV Companion

Cover: Paperback Pages: 704 pages ISBN: 0140514678 Release Date: 2 August, 2001 RED DWARF UK (Paul Jackson/Grant Naylor/BBC) Situation Comedy. BBC 2 1988-93; 1997- Arnold J. Rimmer, BSc SSC…………Chris Barrie Dave Lister…………………….Craig Charles Cat…………………………Danny John-Jules Holly………………………….Norman Lovett Hattie Hayridge Kryten……………………………David Ross Robert Llewellyn Christine/Kristine Kochanski….Clare/C.P. Grogan   Chloë Annett Capt. Hollister………………….Mac McDonald Creators: Rob Grant, […]

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Cunt Times

Just one update today to the site. The Schedule section has been added, giving details of Red Dwarf related broadcasts for TV and Radio for the next few days. Similar to the Dwarf Tracker on the official site; but that only gives Red Dwarfschedule details. We aim to give details on programmes that members of the cast are involved in as well. We intend to cover cable/digital channels; but for the UK only I’m afraid. Sorry to our worldwide readers, but we just don’t have the time for anything else. We’ll do our best to keep this section as updated and complete as possible, but we’ll obviously miss things from time to time; it’s certainly incomplete as it stands at the moment, but there will be daily updates. It’ll soon get up to speed.

Oh, and if you don’t get the title of this news update, believe me – it’s not worth it.

Eeeeeeeeexcellent

Yes, I’m back rather earlier than expected – my net access difficulties have all been sorted. Which means regular updates for the site – and rather better regular updates than the last few days, thank fuck. Finally, and despite an earlier news item claiming this had been launched (ahem), The Brittas Empire section is now online. Contained within is the existing Episode Guide, and the new DVD FAQ – containing all the latest information on the DVDs. Expect it to be updated regularly. More Brittasstuff to follow soon, including an in-depth review of the DVDs when they are released.

And last month’s news/updates items have been archived in the May 2003 section. More updates tomorrow, on some actual Dwarf stuff. Yay! And let’s hope some news appears at some point…

We’re rubbish

A very, very minor update today. The Cast Listhas had yet another revision; detailing Graham Chapman’s planned appearance in the show, and yet more uncredited actors from Series I. A companion Crew List is in preparation. Expect changes to more existing material in the next few weeks. In fact, a lot of changes are due over Summer, including some improvements to page layout and accessibility, and even some – gasp – more pictures. We do spoil you.

With all this self-indulgent look at our site, you might be forgiven for thinking that bugger all is happening in the outside world. Well, you’re right. www.reddwarf.co.uk has had it’s usual Friday update, so head on over there if you haven’t already – but there’s really not much happening at the moment. Ian will have his usual newsround tomorrow. It’s possible I may have to take a break from the news roundups for a while, as I may have sporadic net access over the next couple of weeks – although I’ll still be contributing articles. In which case, I’m leaving you in Ian’s safe hands. God help you.

Goooooooooooogle

It’s not news (which seems to be rather thin on the ground at the moment), but I’ve been doing some investigating. Take a look at this – the first mention of Red DwarfI can find on Google’s Usenet archive. Pity the quoted line:

“In fact, we’re going so fast that controlling the ship is a real brown-trouser job.”

is actually correctly:

“Look, we’re travelling faster than the speed of light. That means, by the time we see something, we’ve already passed through it. Even with an IQ of 6000, it’s still brown trousers time.”

I cuss you bad, Kev Holmes. Still, well done. For the record, it was posted on 20th October, 1988 – and the episode in question (Future Echoes) was broadcast 22nd February 1988. Have a look at some more early Red Dwarf posts – go backwards through them to get them in order. I’ve searched all the way to the end of 1989, so if you want to go further than that, you’ll need to change it.

In site updates, I’ve uploaded my reviews of Future Echoes and Balance Of Power. If you disagree with them, why not write a review yourself and send it in? The Edit News article has also been updated, to include a cut to Demons and Angels (see section 9). I only saw the episode recently on UK Gold, and realised I’d been watching the cut episode for years, and never heard the line before. Odd.

The BBC smell of poo

A new article for G&T today – a review of the Red Dwarf section of The Sitcom Story, BBC ONE’s version of the history of the sitcom. Bearing in mind the title of this news update, and the title of the article, you may be able to guess that we weren’t entirely convinced by the show.

In smaller updates to the site, the Cast List has undergone a major revision, with the uncredited cast being vastly expanded. The ATVRD Birthday List has also had an update. Finally, although Groovetown has been fairly slow with the updates recently, it has an interesting story on Ruby Wax’s new Radio 2 show on Saturday afternoons. Let’s hope the comic clips contained therein are better selected than The Sitcom Story

The Shit-Com Story

DYSWIDT? That joke was far better than anything Dawn French’s scriptwriters could come up with. On Monday 26th May 2003, Red Dwarf was featured on BBC ONE’s The Sitcom Story, which was a fantastic opportunity to see Del Boy falling through the bar, Basil Fawlty beating his car with a stick and Captain Mainwaring saying […]

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‘Back In The Red’ Relaunches

Well, I’m back from my dirty weekend, and ready to kick bottom. Sort of. First up, Matt’s Red Dwarf site Back In The Redhas relaunched after a short absence. Gone are the episode guides and character profiles, which you can find elsewhere anyway, and in place is some new, unique content. Hooray!

Friend of the website Karl Eisenhauer has also e-mailed us this interesting report on Danny John-Jules’s new sitcom, The Crouches. It’s set to premiere on BBC ONE this Autumn. Let’s hope it’s good – BBC ONE could really do with a decent sitcom…

Not much in the way of site updates today, although I’ve slightly updated the Links page. Expect something good tomorrow. In the meantime, take a look at the Red Dwarf section of Fingertip Fabrications – modelmaker Steve Howarth’s site. It gives you some real insights into the production of Series VIII, including some great stuff on the time wand. And it has a wonderful picture of the Loading Bay that just begs to be used as a wallpaper. Made to 1:25 scale, and it looks beautiful – and the Starbug crash was the best special effect Series VIII had by a long way. I’ll tell you what – the Wormholes section on www.reddwarf.co.uk is severely underrated…

Oh, and I saw an old Smith & Jones video over the weekend. Not only was it hilarious (I’d forgotten how good they were), but Robert Llewellyn turned up in a song about an Italian restaurant. Which, sadly enough, made my day.