Yo. Welcome to the first John’s Newsround for very nearly five years. Let’s see if I can remember how to do this shit, shall we? Some of the stuff that’s happened over the past week:
THE LAST RECORDING: Last Sunday, Robert Llewellyn posted a little update about the final episode of Red Dwarf XII, in which he reveals that at the time of writing, the cast hadn’t actually seen a final script yet. (The readthrough ended up happening on Tuesday.) Speculation below then, as to whether this is an unusual state of affairs for Red Dwarf or not, although seeing as both The Last Day and Out of Time were late scripts, it’s also debatable whether it even matters. I’m far too busy wondering about why the update was posted on Robert’s Fully Charged site rather than his main blog. And where did his main website go, anyway? Face it: you’ve missed me talking about anything other than the main fucking point, haven’t you?
What does seem certain is that this seems to be a Very Special Episode; Llewellyn has said that it’s “brilliant, baffling, creative and challenging for a knackered cast/crew”, and Andrew is even more excited, saying “they’re doing things lifelong fans like me would go silly over”. If it’s not an Yvonne McGruder/Arlene Rimmer/Kochanski Camille threesome, I’m not interested.
THE POMPH: Now, this is peculiar. It seems from a tweet from Ed Moore that John Pomphrey – lighting director for the first six series of Dwarf – has been interviewed for the XI/XII DVD/Blu-ray extras. Which is an unusual choice of interviewee to say the least, but obviously MASSIVELY WELCOME. And if you can’t wait that long, then check out my interview with him back in 2004. I’ll be in the corner, crying over the fact I’ve been doing this shit for over ten years.
Incidentally, Ed Moore has also posted these lovely two behind-the-scenes pictures. Having not been to any of the recordings myself, it makes me realise just how many nice pictures have come out of this production… without me actually having any idea about what the hell the show is going to be. Good – if incredibly annoying – work, everyone.
DON’T BE BLUE, RAY: As reported by TOS on Friday, there is a Zavvi-exclusive Red Dwarf X Blu-ray steelbook coming on April 11th, with pre-orders apparently being taken from 6pm today. It seems a strange time to re-release a series which is already three and a bit years old, but that will cease to be the latest series in a few months time, but WOTEVES. It’s nice to know there’s still a market for this kind of thing in this wild age of digital downloads that you view on your fucking watch, or something.
And that’s your lot. Our set report for the final episode will be forthcoming, of course, and then we fully expect everything to go quiet from the Dwarf production office for a bit. Just time for us to start publishing a load of nonsense. Do I hear the inevitable return of High & Low on the distant horizon?
I mean, as cliffhangers go, I admit it’s not the most enticing. But I thought a history of Ganymede & Titan logos would excite you all just a bit too much.