The write-up mentions that the production team weren’t happy with the way things were working without the laugh track. It took them a bit bloody long to notice, no? Regardless, apparently the “finest collection of smeggies” were shown the episodes a couple of Saturdays ago, and a laugh track was recorded. Erm, was anyone from here invited? I assume some pretty hefty non-disclosure forms were involved, otherwise we’d have heard about it by now. Although, can I ask you one thing? Why the fuck did you have to whoop so much when Carbug came on screen?
To be honest… I can’t see this working. I love plenty of sitcoms with audiences, and I love plenty without. But it’s always a massive problem when laugh tracks are used when it doesn’t suit the style of the show (and indeed vice versa). All along, we’ve heard nothing but how dark and cinematic and unlike any previous sitcom these specials are. But to be frank, even the lighter moments used in the trailer sound shit with laughter over the top. It just doesn’t sound natural, and the rhythm of the scene just doesn’t allow for it. They say that the editing is still ongoing, but… well, it’s going to need an incredible amount of work to make this sound good.
UPDATE: Yeah, it was an April Fools joke, obviously. We’d have thought you lot might have played along a bit rather than smugly blowing the gag straight away, though. Mind you, someone posted it on reddwarfforum.com as real news, so it was all worthwhile. The direct Youtube link to the amusing video is here, if you’re interested.