If the title of this story means anything to you, you’ve been visiting this site for around nine years. Haha, now you feel old. Wait, that means I’m old. Shit.
SEB PATRICK IS A SETS PEST – Now this is just lovely. Former winner of the Sixth-Best-G&T-Team-Member Award 2006-2011 Seb Patrick has managed to get his teeth into a lengthy analysis piece on TOS, running through the various set designs on Dwarf‘s three main ships over the years. As well as some lovely pictures (including an angle of the Series VI Starbug cockpit that I’m not sure we’ve seen before), there’s a great deal of both in-universe and real-world theorising. It had never occurred to me before that the Drive Room/Science Room in Series 1 and 2 were supposed to be different places; I assumed the Series 2 one was just a redressed Drive Room that they couldn’t be bothered to explain.
CUNTBOX – A nice little piece on the forthcoming series from Ian McArdell on Cultbox. Despite perpetuating the myth that Series III onwards had a significantly higher budget than the first two series, and the customary derision of Back To Earth (which you may fully agree with, it’s just that I’m sick of having to defend it every time someone initiates a conversation about Red Dwarf with me), it’s hard to disagree with much of the writer’s hopes and dreams for the new series. And without addressing the specifics, based on the episodes I’ve seen recorded, I think he’ll be happy with the outcome.
HAHA, “WOOD”. HAHA, “HORN”. – There’s an exhibition of sci-fi memorabilia, including costumes from Dwarf and other things from inferior shows, running at the Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland until September. Good.
GOOD OL’ RELIABLE NATHAN – Just to point out that if you’re not already following him, you should really follow Behind The Scenes director and fellow hairy man Nathan Cubitt on Twitter. While the main production has now wrapped, he’s one of those shady post-production types who’s still lurking in the corridors of Shepperton, and he’s posting some lovely pictures to pass the time. Recent highlights include the now empty K stage, his sexy EX3 set up, and a man called Dan getting stuck in to the edit. Despite having applied what Nathan refers to as “the special G&T filter” to the photo, you can clearly make out that that’s RIMMER on SOME SORT OF SET.
WE BUILT THE PYRAMIDS – Just because we’ve not linked to it on the front page yet, here’s that clip of Red Dwarf being referenced on The Big Bang Theory. My favourite thing about this was the people who were trying to claim that the reference to “61 episodes” was a piece of future-proofing rather than a mistake, despite the fact that Sheldon’s holding a boxset that doesn’t even have episodes 53-55 in it, let alone Series X.
That’s it for now, join me for the next Newsround, which, based on the current rate, should be with you by around 2016. We’ll be discussing the shock ending to Series XII, which revealed that it was Lister that died in the radiation leak, not Rimmer, and that the preceding 72 episodes were just an elaborate ruse from Holly (now played by Simon Gregson).