Right so. There’s going to be a piece on Dwarf on Points of View this Sunday, 14th October at 5:10pm. You can watch the video here. It’s a great idea, but unfortunately, the video itself is a bit rubbish. It fails to mention the reason we’re all campaigning for a ninth series now – the “no longer interested in the audience” quote. It says “look at the viewing figures”… but doesn’t say what those figures were. Combined with the seemingly random images and bored-sounding delivery, I reckon it’ll do the cause more damage than good. But we can fix this…
I hereby appeal to all readers of G&T to contact Points of View, and urge the BBC to reconsider Red Dwarf. Yes, that’s all readers, even those outside the UK, as highlighting the international appeal of the show will give them yet more reasons. The more people who write in, the more screen time we’ll get in the programme. So email firstname.lastname@example.org, or ring 0870 908 3199 NOW. Don’t be rude or stroppy; we don’t want to come across as a bunch of whinging fan boys, even though we probably are. And make sure you get across in your message:
- The inherent wrongness of the BBC’s “no longer interested in the sort of audience Red Dwarf used to attract” reasoning, considering they’re a public service broadcaster
- The sci-fi/fantasy boom in TV at the moment – Doctor Who, Heroes, Life on Mars… even Hyperdrive
- Facts and figures – over 8 million viewers for VII and VIII, highest rated comedy ever on BBC2, DVD sales consistently in the Top 5 BBC releases each year
It’s naive to think that this will definitely make a difference to the chances of a Series IX, but it can’t do any harm. There are certain ways of going about this; starting online petitions, ranting about it in blogs (guilty as charged) and fanboy stropping will almost certainly do fuck all. But if as many of us as possible write in to the BBC… well, it’s a start.