SFX’s relationship with Red Dwarf has been up and down over the years, but in recent years they’ve been treating the show very well, devoting a good amount of space to preview Back To Earth (not to mention the special cover created for the show). The November edition (November? You stupid fuckers) carries a substantial four page interview with Chris, Craig and Robert and it’s really very pleasant indeed. Edited highlights follow, but I also encourage you to buy the mag when it’s released on Wednesday, if for no other reason than to keep SFX’s lawyers off my substantial arse.
Red Dwarf is back, and in better shape than ever. Rob Power talks Series X with [snip]
ROB POWER. ROB. POWER.
The long awaited 10th season is – almost – here. And it has the look and feel of vintage Dwarf, thanks in no small part to the live audience and set design that harks back to the show’s early ’90s peak.
All good points, ROB POWER, but it’s also worth pointing out that the similarities to the classic era is more than just the superficial details. I know this has been said before, but it’s worth restating that this series is so much more than VIII’s own similarities to the old series, which went no further than a studio audience and sometimes having Rimmer and Lister talking to each in a bunk room.
Are you still in love with Red Dwarf after all these years?
Chris Barrie: Most definitely.
Craig Charles: It’s one of those things that people say to me: ‘Do you ever worry about getting typecast as Dave Lister?’ And you just think, if you’re gonna get typecast as anyone…
It’s lovely to hear the cast talk so fondly about Red Dwarf as it’s no secret that Chris and Craig especially haven’t exactly been free of wobbles in the past. I think it helps immensely that in the years since VIII, they’ve all had so much freedom to pursue personal projects that clearly make them happy. In the past you may have got the impression that Red Dwarf was a bit of an albatross around Craig’s neck, but a very successful career as a DJ and soap actor has clearly given him a different perspective.
Back in the day we used to rehearse five days a week and then film on the weekends. But the thing is, you notice in a lot of the old series Lister’s sitting down… cos you were rehearsing five days a week! So you were like ‘I think I’ll sit here, yes!’
I may be wrong about this, but I think Craig’s memory is playing tricks with him here. I always thought the norm back in the day was rehearsals Monday to Wednesday, pre-records and final rehearsals on Thursday and the audience day on Friday, which pretty much matches what we know about Series X’s schedule.
Now, are you a hardcore fan? Yes? Well, Craig Charles has been talking about you behind your back:
Craig Charles: The reaction from the hardcore fans has been brilliant as well, I mean some of them haven’t really liked Red Dwarf since series six.
I think my ears are burning. He has got this spot on, though. It’s true that all the reaction from fans so far have only been based on the highly charged atmosphere of audience recordings, but the general feeling is very positive and it’s nice that they’ve seen the positive stuff that’s been said about everyone’s work on this series. However…
Robert Llewellyn: No, series two! I’ve saved the tweets! ‘You’ve ruined Red Dwarf!’ From series three!
… if you are one of these people (and I know you’re out there, you insufferable cunts) then please do this for me: go to your bathroom, look at yourself in the mirror, scream “I AM AN IDIOT” and punch yourself in the face until you lose consciousness. Then, when you wake up, DO IT AGAIN.
Finally, if you need any further reassurances regarding the title of episode 6 and whether or not it’s a sign of the show coming to an end, this should help:
We know the last episode of this series is called “The Beginning” and fans are speculating that this could be a reference to the first ever episode “The End”. Do you see Series X as a rebirth or a swan song?
Chris Barrie: More of a rebirth.
Craig Charles: A rebirth, yeah. We’re all very comfortable in our skin, and it was very important that the legacy wasn’t affected by it. Cos it’s actually quite cool, Red Dwarf, and we didn’t want anything like that ‘Grumpy old men in space, you’ve really fucking lost it now’. And I don’t think that comes across in this series. This one’s excellently written and the guys are on their game, so there’s no reason why we shouldn’t do more.
Hehe, Craig Charles did a swear. Anyway, yeah, it seems that if the opportunity is there a new series will be definitely on the cards. Comments from both Doug and the cast suggest as much, so I guess at this point we just need to rely on Dave to recommission.
The November issue of SFX is released this Wednesday if you want to pick it up and read through the whole interview. It’s a really nice piece with some excellent accompanying pictures taken during rehearsals and it’s definitely worth picking up a copy to read the whole thing.
Thank you to Si Bromley for bringing our attention to the piece and providing us with the necessary scans. Please don’t be mad at me, ROB POWER, I promise I’ll buy a copy on Wednesday.