Having previously tackled the 80s, the 90s, Christmas telly and children’s telly, TV Years, Bauer Media’s excellent magazine that celebrates classic British television, is back with a new sci-fi themed edition, and naturally Red Dwarf features heavily. Comics writer and, it turns out, big Red Dwarf fan, James Roberts has interviewed (separately, before anyone gets any ideas) Rob Grant and Doug Naylor about the show’s development, for an in-depth feature that we’re reliably informed covers “how a lunch with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson informed Red Dwarf‘s opening scenes, and how an encounter with Richard Curtis profoundly affected how we would come to know the show”.

The magazine is out tomorrow (that’s Tuesday 6th August 2019 for anyone reading this in the future), but we’ve been kindly provided with a little extract, concerning the end of Rob and Doug’s writing partnership…

Doug: ‘Writing together was getting increasingly hard. Just really, really difficult.’

Rob: ‘We weren’t getting on at the time. I love series six – the ideas were still strong – but I didn’t know how much longer I’d have that enthusiasm for the show…’

Well, that certainly sounds a little juicier than we were expecting. We’re also told that Rob “reveals what his ambitions are today” for the show, which is intriguing to say the least. And look, they’ve even used the right fonts and everything:

Elsewhere in the issue, there’s another Red Dwarf connection to be found in an interview with Anthony Horowitz on the simultaneously interesting and terrible Crime Traveller, plus rediscovered “lost” Doctor Who interviews with Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker, Joanna Lumley and David McCallum on the 40th anniversary of Sapphire & Steel, the late Paul Darrow giving his last ever interview on Blake’s 7, Nicholas Young from off of The Tomorrow People and Jed Mercurio of Bodyguard and Line of Duty fame discussing his much less successful series Invasion:Earth. From what we’ve seen, we very much approve.

TV Years: Sci-Fi is on sale UK-wide from 6th August, in shops and online. Follow @tvyears on Twitter.

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  • Interesting that everyone seems to use the Dave-era publicity shots nowadays. I mean, it makes sense when they’re promoting a new run, but even for retrospective articles like these I’ve noticed they use more up-to-date shots rather than the usual “everyone in Starbug / the drive room / the bunk room” BBC shots. Do they get them from GNP, perhaps?

  • Looks like a real mix of eras based on the photos in that spread.

    I suspect that print-quality images may have something to do with it. Some of the old photos may not reproduce brilliantly at the size they’ve printed that Dave-era photo.

  • Nice piece. Couple of things, or perspectives of things, I wasn’t previously aware of. Which is quite something.

  • I love this magazine, the issue’s great again, and the Dwarf feature is welcome and brilliant, but I think the choice of issue theme is a huge mistake that will bite them on the arse. They’ve blown apart their USP by turning it into about four magazines that already exist, and alienated the not-we whose patronage the whole publication’s existence rests on. Also, if you do a very specific genre rather than an era or looser theme, then people who don’t like that genre have an alibi for jumping off as a reader. Everyone watched TV as a child or likes, say, comedy shows, but some people can’t bear scifi in any form whatsoever. I hope I’m wrong but it seems like such a fatal error and I want this thing to keep going.

  • Not sure if I care *quite* enough about this to specially order it online, but I appreciate the help. ^_^

  • I was hoping there would be a digital option as that’s how I read the SFX articles. Is there a digital option that I have just managed to mish?

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