As you are no doubt aware, as of Monday 28th full production on Red Dwarf X is HAPPENING, so we’ve got a few things you’ve probably already seen to round up into a pen.
First up, Bobby Tweeted about yesterday’s schedule, which apparently included readthroughs:
Just finished 1st read through on #RDX. Very funny stuff. Nerve wracking though. And yes, there are Range Rover issues. Ho hum.
Later, we got a nice little blog update.
We are making 6 new episodes to go out on Dave in 2012.
Yeah, yeah, only stupid people don’t know that already, AND WE ARE MAINLY UNSTUPID, BOBBY.
It’s very likely, if not definite, they will also be shown in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand too.
But I hate these countries!
All the original cast are appearing, Craig, Chris Danny and myself as Lister, Rimmer, Cat and Kryten. Other casting and roles not yet known.
And here we have the first proper confirmation (along with the picture posted on the official Red Dwarf Facebook page* and in this very article) that we’re unlikely to see Holly this series, at least not in the episodes they were reading for yesterday and it seems unlikely that Holly would only be in a few episodes. Poor Hattie.
We all gathered at Shepperton Studio’s today, had a read through of the first 2 scripts, had a look around the sets in the cavernous studio we’ll be working in for the next 9 weeks or so, had a bit of lunch, then worked through the first script in detail.
Right, so, it’s a safe assumption that these two episodes will be the ones filmed on the 16th and 23rd of December. Doug had previously Tweeted saying he wasn’t sure on the recording order so we’re not sure where these will sit in the series, but I imagine one of them will be episode 1 since it’s likely that was the first one to be written.
Now, to avoid quoting the whole bloody blog, I’ll spin on:
I’m obviously not going to say anything about the storylines, no spoilers, but I can safely say they are seriously funny.
Comforting words about the funniness of the scripts from Beyond a Joke’s Robert Llewellyn, there.
Meanwhile, in techy land, a nice chap by the name of Ed Moore has the honour of providing us the fist images from the set in the shape of some cables that are definitely exciting. A few days ago, he also posted a picture of a steadicam they’re testing for the show. Is that a RED, then? Also, some wood.
And that only leaves today’s heartless and terrifying trolling by Danny John-Jules:
Baby Duane’s passport photo. I am not at liberty to say anymore.
- Possibility 1 – This is real, the teeth selected for ‘Young Duane’ are deliberately too big, Danny was either given permission to post the picture or went rogue and we’re all fucked.
- Possibility 2 – He’s pissing about his son and an old pair of Duane teeth.
I’m currently not *entirely* convinced this isn’t Possibility 1, but it’s almost certainly 2, and for that we should be eternally thankful.
That’s yer lot for now, then. We’ll be keeping an eye on things and report anything interesting here, but in reality we’ll probably just end up feeding like leeches from your posts on the Forums.
* Oh yeah, Red Dwarf has an official Facebook page now.
EDIT: As SoundableObject so rightly points out, I forgot about Doug! On Twitter he’s described the sets as “Retro Season 5 feel but probably best look ever” and that it’s “Ingenious the way it fits together.”. when asked whether the series will be set on Red Dwarf or Starbug, he replied “both”.
Very exciting and encouraging comments, there. It’s nice that the series will have the mobility that Starbug provides. I think the series set on both crafts have the best set up, with the possibility of an episode just milling about the ship, or going out to DO SOME BIG ADVENTURES. I’m really looking forward to seeing how all the sets fit together at the recordings and I hope Starbug gets one to itself, even if it’s just the cockpit area.