When the Red Dwarf film was looking for finance the producers logically approached BBC Two in 2004. A former BBC employee who had held various senior management positions was used as a go-between by Red Dwarf Films to talk to the BBC. He passed the message back to GNP that the BBC were no longer interested in supporting the film or commissioning any more series of Red Dwarf as they were no longer interested in attracting the Red Dwarf audience. Without the support of Red Dwarf’s prime broadcaster the finance package dissolved and the film has still not been produced.
So, it was 2004 that they last approached the BBC, which while not quite “at least five years ago” is still quite some time ago. I don’t think the BBC are lying, and I definitely don’t think GNP are; the truth lies somewhere in the middle, and it seems to be a bit of a misunderstanding. The “former BBC reporter who had held senior management positions” bit is still a bit vague, and it’s feasible that this all went on without the Controller of Comedy being involved. I really don’t know what to make of this; I was expecting a TOS announcement to clarify the issue, and if anything it’s left it more cloudy. And the comment at the end that implies that it’s the BBC’s fault about the Movie funding… well, whether it’s true or not, my instant response was to raise an imaginary handbag to my chin and make the appropriate noises.
But the main aspect of this statement is that it’s been sent in to Points of View. So if they choose to acknowledge it, you’ll all be wanting to watch BBC ONE on Sunday 21st October at 5:15pm. Once again, we’ll have it captured and downloadable as soon as possible.
Personally, I blame Jane Root for all of this. No reason, I just hate her.
UPDATE (21/10/07): Absolutely bugger all mention of this on Points of View. Sigh.