The Name Game

Today, we are able to bring you two very good guides about the programme. What’s In A Name? details the alternate titles for episodes, and we’ve added a guide to the Supporting Characters for The End. Naturally, we’ll be doing the same for all the other characters in due course. Also, we’ve handily archived the older news articles, as this front page was becoming gargantuan. Have a nice bank holiday. We won’t. We’ll be working on this site. I hope you’re satisfied.

What’s in a Name?

“That which we call Gunmen of the Apocalypse by any other name would smell as sweet.” Shakespeare? Who’s Shakespeare? Throughout the history of Red Dwarf, many episodes have been subject to changes in title, for various reasons. This article lists all of these alterations, and gives our opinions on them. Oh, and we fully acknowledge […]

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Ian’s Newsround

Hello, and welcome to the first edition of my regular Saturday news column. I’m John Craven. Updating on Saturday has been chosen for two reasons – firstly, it means I can react to the news posted on the official site on the Friday, and secondly it gives me something to do now the football season is drawing to an end. The most exciting news this week is about new additions to the RPG – an AI screen and the Extra Bits Book. As the RPG head-honcho Todd Downing says, this supplement to the original game contains “an overwhelmingly disproportionate amount of content for its short page count”. Also in production at the moment is the Red Dwarf RPG Series Sourcebook, which aims to turn every single episode into playable elements of the game.

The RPG is turning into something amazing. These new plans, along with what I saw of other people’s books at Dimension Jump and my new job, have finally persuaded me to splash out on a copy of the book. I probably won’t play the game itself, but the book is lovingly prepared, well researched and brilliantly written. It simply serves as an excellent reference point for the various paraphinalia in the series, such as guns, ships and gadgets, etc.

Also on the official site this week is a new range of clothing in Australia. The long sleeve top, despite using the elongated Re-Mastered ship, looks fantastic, and I could well stride into next year’s Dimension Jump wearing it. The other news on the site is not so interesting – info about a band launch and Talkie Toaster talking to The Inquisitor Evidently, Mr. Flibble is on holiday.

No updates to this site today, but John and I are both hard at work. Coming this week, an article on the Movie, detailing how good it will be, guides to the alternate titles to the episodes and anomalies in the running order, and hopefully, more additions to our ever-expanding Books, Episodes and Documents sections. Don’t touch that dial…

A bloody Lego Starbug

We’ve been hard at work here at Ganymede & Titan, and the Episodes section is now starting to be brought back online. A Capsule, Reviews, and a Scene Summary for The End is now avaliable, and there are plenty of plans for other sections to follow. We hope to cover an episode a week. We really want to gather together a good selection of reviews for each episode, so if you have any to contribute (even if it’s only one), then get in contact. Thanks to Nik Horne for his great review.

None of which really matters at all, though, if you’ve glanced at the piccy on your right. Jon Palmer has announced on alt.tv.red-dwarf that he has created a foot-long version of Starbug in lego. This is possibly the coolest thing I’ve ever seen, and made even more so by the fact that he plans to do a similar model of Red Dwarf. There’s plenty of other great lego models on his site, so go have a look.

Meanwhile, the official site has updated, and Ian will bring you our view on the various bits of news tomorrow. There should also be some updates on the Books section. I’d also like to thank Annette, one of the original authors of the PIP, for giving her blessing to the PIP Addendum Project (or, as she suggests, PAP).

Finally, The Red Dwarf Zone has picked up on something rather interesting in their JMC News section, as they usually do – Blackstar.co.uk have got the Series III DVD listed – and it uses the same image as The R2 Project previewed. “Could it be the real deal?”, The Red Dwarf Zone ponders. Well, no. It’s an obvious fake (as our previous news item proves), and Blackstar have been taken in – hook, line, sinker, rod and copy of Angling Times. Tsk.

I’ve never read… a book

A new month, a new section on G&T, and this one is all about books. At the moment, we’ve got a review of the Radio Times Guide to Science Fiction, and in the coming weeks we’ll be updating with reviews of various Red Dwarf books, as well as more capsule reviews. Not only that, but there’s an article on the promotional discs that were given away to flog the DVDs, hot on the trail of the Series II Promo (pictured) that was released yesterday. Don’t miss tomorow’s update, in which the Episodes section will be relaunched. This site just gets better and better, eh?

Promotion Prospects

All three of the DVDs released so far have been promoted by giving away a free disc through a popular publication. Strangely, both of these free discs have been released after the actual DVD itself, and, not so strangely, both have featured a popular episode and a sneak preview of some of the extra features. […]

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Promotion Prospects – Series II

The Series II promo was free when you bought the Daily Mirror on Wednesday April 30th 2003, over two and half months since the DVD itself was released. It was part of a week-long promotion, which involved the Mirror, Woolworths and the BBC, in which a promo of a classic show was given away each […]

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Cast List

Just another really quick update – a Cast Listis now online, detailing every actor who has ever appeared in Red Dwarf ever. To compile this, I had to sit through 52 credit sequences of Red Dwarf, and if I ever hear that theme tune again I shall personally go and strangle Howard Goodall. Anyway, expect a similar crew list over Summer, once I’ve recovered.

There was supposed to be a proper update today, but things aren’t quite ready – so expect a bumper update tomorrow, including the launch of a new section of the site. I hope you’re all suitably on tenterhooks, and won’t be able to sleep tonight.