Red Dwarf X title sequence analysis

With each new series, comes a new and exciting title sequence. From Series III onwards, we’ve been treated to a fast-cut montage of model shots, funny faces, explosions and intriguing teases, and Series X is no exception. Now that we’ve got the final sequence at our disposal, with five full episodes remaining unseen, let’s take a little look at each of the twenty-three individual shots, analyse and annotate them where possible, and speculate wildly about the rest…

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Red Dwarf X: Trojan Review

For the first time in my life, I’m sitting down and writing a review for a brand new episode of Red Dwarf. Three years ago we all watched Back to Earth, the first new Red Dwarf in 10 years, but soon after Series X was properly announced it was clear that it would be more of a true continuation of the show. A full 6 part series of 30 minute episodes is a much, much bigger prospect than a mini-series that was essentially one special anniversary show, and so it feels much more important and a much better indicator of what Doug and the cast and crew can really do with the show.

It turns out, in my own humble opinion, they can still do Red Dwarf real good. Real good indeed.

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DwarfCast 36 – Trojan: Instant Reaction

This is Dwarfcast 36 – or Live Dwarfcast 1 – our instant reaction to Trojan. Present are G&T staffers Ian Symes, Jonathan Capps and Danny Stephenson, along with Jo Sharples and Jezzmund Tutu from the Official Red Dwarf Fan Club. As well as discussing all aspects of the first episode of Series X in excruciating detail, we’ve got interviews with Bill Pearson, Craig Charles and Doug Naylor direct from the red carpet at Wednesday’s premiere. There’s also comments from our excellent community and a preview of next week’s episode.

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1.46m Red Dwarf fans can’t be wrong

The ratings are in… and it’s very good news indeed. Trojan averaged out at 1.46 million, or a 6.3% share of the total television audience. And that’s just the overnights – it doesn’t factor in Dave Ja Vu,  same-week repeats and PVR viewings. It beat BBC Four, BBC Three, ITV2 and CHANNEL 4 in its timeslot. It’s the second highest rated UKTV programme of all time, behind Back To Earth. The fact that it’s slightly down onBTE shouldn’t concern us – bank holiday weekend ratings are always higher than a standard mid-week slot, and Series X has six episodes worth of total viewings to gather.

Coming up later today – a proper Dwarfcast version of our Trojan Instant Reaction. We haven’t quite managed to fix all of the sound problems (although they are improved), but at least we’ve taken out the 20 minutes of dead air in the middle. We’ll also be posted our massive written review of the episode either later today or early tomorrow. Please don’t break our website again in the meantime.

Let’s Talk About Trojan

The first episode of the new series of Red Dwarf is being broadcast on British television tonight. It is 2012. Did you ever think this would happen?

Please use this post as the repository for all your Trojan-related comments, before during and after broadcast. Some of your comments may be read out during tonight’s live Dwarfcast, the link for which will appear here at 9:40pm, ready for the show to start at 10pm.

Brace yourself. We’re giving you ample bracing time.

LIVE DwarfCast TONIGHT, fabulous interviews to be heard

As you all well know last night saw the fan première of Trojan.  It was a great night and the audience were, shall we say, incredibly receptive to the episode.  The whole shebang was very ably presided over by Paul Ross (who at one point inexplicably referenced Jim Reaper!  Either this man is a proper fan, or he’s very good at researching what he’s talking about) and we were treated to a very nice Q&A with Robert, Craig, Chris and Doug in what I can only imagine was a slightly sozzled state.  We’ll probably be covering this a little more once we’re able, but for now we have something a bit more pressing to attend to…

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DVDetails, and other TOS pieces

The cover art for the Red Dwarf X DVD has been released, and with it, of course, the confirmed list of extras. The art itself is decent, if a little underwhelming compared to previous releases. I don’t like that publicity shot and the awful Photoshop filters that have been applied to it, but it does at least scream THIS IS RED DWARF to the casual HMV browser.

As for the extras, well, given that we’re getting a two-hour documentary for a three-hour series, it would be churlish and petty to complain about the extras, right?

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Ian’s Newsround – ONE WEEK TO GO

Yes, it’s been nearly three and a half years since Back To Earth and over nine months since that first audience record, and now we can finally say that today is the last Thursday without new Red Dwarf for some considerable time. Let’s have a look at some of the things that have happened over the last couple of days, while we’ve all been distracted by whether or not Chris Barrie is wearing a wig. These include new clips, new interviews, a new podcast and a new way for me to plug something I first told you about months ago.

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