You heard. We’re now into the week of Red Dwarf‘s thirtieth anniversary, and it’s about time we disclosed our full plans to mark the event. Clear your diaries for Thursday, because we’ve got lots of lovely treats in store, and hopefully you’ll want to join us. The morning will see the long-awaited results of our Pearl Poll published – the ideal start to your anniversary day – before we congregate for a very special LIVE DwarfCast in the evening. It’ll be a jam-packed show, and here’s how it’ll go down:

8:30pm – Now! Something Something Something Music – We start with an extended musical warm-up, featuring specially selected hits from right across the last three decades.

9:00pm – Poll To Poll – The show proper kicks off with an in-depth discussion of the Pearl Poll results, including a look at the G&T team’s combined rankings.

9:30pm – The End Commentary – Our first ever live episode commentary! We’ll be watching and talking over the broadcast version from 1988, not the Original Assembly or Re-Mastered or Japanese edition. If all goes to plan, you’ll be able to sync up with us and watch at the same time, so get your copy of the episode ready beforehand.

10:00pm – Ganymede & Titan Unplanned – In which you, the listeners, set the agenda. We want you to provide the talking points, which can be anything even vaguely Red Dwarf related from the last thirty years, preferably things that we don’t talk about very often. There are many ways to get involved – you can leave a comment on this post, you can tweet us @ganymedetitan, and you can join us in the Spreaker chat on the night.

But most excitingly, this section of the show will be a phone-in free-for-all. Anyone can call up and say what they like to us via Skype – just add ‘ianiansymes’ between now and Thursday night, and listen to the show for instructions on when to call. This will go on until we run out of callers/topics, or fall off air, whichever comes first.

So, start suggesting topics, dust off your Series 1 DVD, add us on Skype and remember to head over to our Spreaker page at 8:30pm on Thursday, ready for the chat to begin at 9pm. We hope as many of you as possible will join us, to help give Red Dwarf the celebration it deserves.

32 comments on “Live 30th Anniversary DwarfCast! Thursday 15th February, 9pm

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  • Sounds great!

    I assume this Dwarfcast won’t buck convention and will be available to download and listen to in a not-live fashion afterwards? Assuming that’s the case, will the commentary segment end up as a separate Dwarfcast or just go out in its original context?

  • Part of me’s hoping that every second call will be Jawscvmcdia reciting every single question they’ve posed on this site.

    7am local time. I may or may not join dependent on whether I’ll wake up that early.

  • Sounds like a great evening, wish the Beeb were highlighting this milestone. only Dave have ‘Dwarf on that night. will the podcast be the whole evening from 2030 til the end or selected highlights due to space?

  • Sorry guys, I have been given the day off on Thursday and so I will be calling in. Don’t think I can top Pecospete from 5 years ago though.

  • As if Valentine’s Day wasn’t going to be lonely enough, we now have to spend it waiting for this.

    Very cruel indeed.

  • There will indeed be a regular podcast version for those who can’t listen live, and it will include everything but the half hour of music, as that would push our “cheeky” attitude towards copyright into full on piss-taking. You will be able to stream or download this bit directly from Spreaker at any time, though.

    We can put the commentary bit out separately too if people want us to, providing it goes vaguely to plan…

  • The idea of solo podcast of The End (along with it in the Special 30th Anniversary one) would be good, for those who wished to just episode commentary’s.

  • Cool, thanks for clarifying.

    I’m happy either way with regards to the commentary, but releasing it separately (as you said, if it goes to plan) could be helpful to people who discover the podcast in the future and end up trawling the archives. As most Dwarfcasts are just commentaries as a whole, they might not think to look for one in the middle of a live anniversary celebration episode.

  • I’m going to knock on every door on the street to make sure nobody else is using the internet on that evening, as I’ve been struggling to get even YouTube working lately. Providing I can get it to stream, I will be joining with much excitement.

  • The End: Original Assembly [Dwarfcast] (we’re just too cool for the broadcast version) Jonathan Capps July 2012


  • The whole endeavor starts at roughly the same time as I’ll be bundling myself into a Lyft and heading over to the LAX Marriott for Gallifrey One, but I might try and call in later once I’m into my hotel room.

  • Looking forward to listening in on Thursday. In terms of a discussion topic it may be interesting to know how people gravitated to Red Dwarf, what was the wow moment and what kept them loyal for so long.

    I was 23 when I started watching and I’m now 53. Back in 1988 there were very few TV channels to choose from relative to now, games and consoles were an immature technology and there was no internet as such. Sci-fi on TV was sparse and largely American imports shown early evening. I saw a trailer with a red spaceship and that was the sole simple reason I tuned in. My first impression was that it was trying to be the Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy with canned laughter. HHGttG was a huge influence in my teens that ran into my 20s. I wasn’t immediately smitten with Red Dwarf but thought it had potential and kept watching as it was essential to seize the rare opportunity for homegrown sci-fi. Incredible to believe nowadays but it was spoken word of mouth spreading good vibes about Red Dwarf but I fully expected there’d not be a second series. I was glad to be wrong. The outstanding for the time opening shots of the Nova 5 in Kryten was quite exciting in 1988 as it demonstrated immediately the show was different to the first series and it was the line “are you sure? I’ve only been gone 2 minutes” that changed my life. The day after broadcast for every episode of series 2 everyone in the office I worked in spent the first 20 minutes discussing it instead of working.

    Initially I associated with Lister and the situation of being lost, light years from where I wanted to be. There was an appeal to being part of a small group drifting in space having adventures. The Dwarf became my sanctuary from reality, a safe place that kept me afloat in bad times and accentuated the good times. Thirty minutes of self indulgent pleasure I totally associated with and was widely identified with. At one point in the mid 90s the only way I could cope with aspects of my life was to get up at 430am and watch 3 episodes before going to work. I began to see little bits of my personality in all the main characters but it was after a marathon session watching every episode from series 1 to 8 was when I realised I was so very much like Kryten, the go to guy for information at work and centre of domestic duties at home. I realised too my close circle of friends consisted of a Lister, a Rimmer, a Holly and a Cat. It took me 45 years to find the very best friend I’ve ever had, the aforementioned Lister, and that was through the official Red Dwarf website.

    I could not have imagined on 15th February 1988 that The End would be the beginning of what would be an immense influence in my life and 30 years later the allure and passion remains undiminished. It still makes me laugh out loud after 3 decades, old and new episodes alike, which is quite incredible. I’ve been to 10 Dimension Jumps, was in the audience for screenings of 3 episodes of series 7, a live recording for series 8, influenced my kids love of Red Dwarf and took them to some DJ’s, named two of my dogs Lister and Kryten and taught my eldest granddaughter to say Smeg as one of her first words with the youngest granddaughter already on the learning curve.

  • I’ll still be at work so I won’t be able to listen live, but I’ll check it out later. Mainly, though, I’m excited about the Pearl Poll results!

  • Apologies for my repetitive silent calling, it was an awful time to discover that my laptop’s mic is broken. By the time I switched to my other laptop the show was wrapping up. All I was gonna do was make an Alan Partridge joke and take my leave so it’s not like I would’ve added anything to the discussion.

    But yeah, great show all around!

  • I had had to turn off before you got to the Smegazine discussion so you missed me shouting about it on the feed, but: yes, the Ace of the Rovers strip was drawn by Barrie Mitchell, the ROTR artist of the time. I’d love to know who actually wrote it, though, since it was credited only as “Billy Dane”, a gag reference to Billy’s Boots.

  • Only just caught up belatedly, shame I couldn’t make it live and join in (real life’s a bugger) but you’ve kept me happy during the morning grind. Thanks to you all for everything you’ve done over the past 15 years – G&T is as big a part of loving Red Dwarf for me as the television show is.

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