DwarfCast 103 – Rob Grant & Andrew Marshall Interview

No, really. Ahead of their new sketch show pilot The Nether Regions airing on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 24th October at 11pm, Rob Grant and Andrew Marshall invited your intrepid DwarfCast team of Ian Symes, Danny Stephenson and Jo Sharples for a big old chat at Rob’s kitchen table. We touched upon the “terrifying” experience of performing in front of an audience, the intricacies of their writing process, the sketches and characters that didn’t make the final cut, their “bloody magnificent” producer Gordon Kennedy, and also got the latest on Quanderhorn Series 2. And yes, we also discussed another show that Rob co-created, covering his experiences at Dimension Jump, being back on set for the first time since the 90s, and the possibility of him ever writing for Red Dwarf again.

All this, plus 2point4 Children, Son of Cliché, Strange, Week Ending and how Rob’s The Strangerers caused unexpected problems for one of Andrew’s series. We also grill Andrew about his connection to Marvin The Paranoid Android, get Rob’s thoughts on the proposed return of Spitting Image, his friendship with Martin Kemp, and how he pissed off Billy Ocean when they were both on Top of the Pops. A huge, huge thank you to Rob and Andrew for their candid, thoughtful and hilarious interview.

DwarfCast 103 – Rob Grant & Andrew Marshall Interview (84.2MB)

Don’t forget to listen to The Nether Regions on Thursday 24th October at 11pm on Radio 4, or thereafter on the website or BBC Sounds.

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  1. Bloody hell!

    I am saving the recent Dwarfcasts for a long coach journey next Wednesday. You just raised the stakes.

  2. Rob Grant clearly would like to write some new Red Dwarf. it’s unfortunate he isn’t involved with the new shows.

    I do think its interesting the likeliness of a new Red Dwarf novel written by Rob is still a big possibility. If Rob does one i hope he does it fairly soon.

    What does the reissue of the Novels mean?

  3. Amazon has the reprints’ expected publication date as February 6th 2020 with no covers yet (currently satisfyingly calling the first one ‘Red Dwarf’, I don’t know if that’ll stick).

    Did the novels ever disappear from bookshops? (I don’t live in UK). Nice that they’ll be more accessible again, probably with new ebooks, which people have said are scarce. I imagine they’ll get new, inoffensive covers that work together as a matching set. They’ve resisted using cast photos so far (if they’re even allowed to do that), so hopefully not going to be covered in monstrously wrong XI/XII promo pics. “As Seen on Dave!”

    P.S. Great interview.

  4. THURSDAY MAN, a film project initially developed for Walter Matthau. The film would be set in London after an ecological disaster in the U.S. has displaced millions of people to England. In order to control the population’s movements, people are only allowed out of their houses one day a week. The protagonist of the story is only allowed out on Thursdays, hence the title. Grant and Naylor hope that the project will go into production soon.

    – Imagi-Movies Vol. 1, No. 1 (Fall 1993)

  5. Is that real?

  6. Great stuff. Very entertaining, interesting and, shockingly, informative.

    I’ve got another (THE other?) pop single that Rob & Doug wrote, ‘The Worst Song Ever’, by The Boss Squad on 7″. So that’s interesting, isn’t it?

    Something I’ve noticed is that Rob (and Doug) pronounce ‘Red Dwarf’ differently to how I (and most of us, I think) do. They put the emphasis on ‘Red’, and it almost runs like one word – REDdwarf – as opposed to the ‘Red *Dwarf*’ I tend to say (it’s difficult to explain sound in text form).

    All of that’s something that’s probably been discussed on here somewhere else, so I’ll shut up.

  7. Oh nice one, looking forward to this!

    > Don’t forget to listen to The Nether Regions on Tuesday 24th October

    Psst that’s this Thursday’s date.

  8. What a coup.

    Well done all involved

  9. “As you can see, he was really thrilled to meet me” – Danny Stephenson, 2019

  10. G&T Admin

    Something I’ve noticed is that Rob (and Doug) pronounce ‘Red Dwarf’ differently to how I (and most of us, I think) do. They put the emphasis on ‘Red’, and it almost runs like one word – REDdwarf – as opposed to the ‘Red *Dwarf*’ I tend to say (it’s difficult to explain sound in text form)..

    It’s very odd isn’t it? I’m not sure why they do that.

  11. I guess I’m the only one who pronounces it “Red Dwarf”.

  12. This is a cracking interview, y’all. 👏
    Funny, informative and… just a little bit lovely.

  13. I thought it was pronounced ‘Reg Wharf’

  14. Didn’t Rob pronounce it both Reddwarf (the Doug way) and Red Dwarf (the correct way) in the interview? I could have sworn I heard him say both.

    Anyway yes, lovely interview! I should definitely give the first series of Quanderhorn a listen.

    I’d love to watch Strange again, I remember loving it at the time.

  15. I am reminded of how Americans keep saying to her face that JK Rowling pronounces her name wrong.

  16. Saying it RED Dwarf reminds me of Patrick Stewart or the “proper actor” guest star of the week stumbling over the technobabble in Star Trek and putting emphasis in all the wrong places

  17. I first heard ‘Reddwarf’ when they said it like that on Buffy. I wasn’t aware it was the standard Americanization at the time, I took it as the actor not knowing the reference and it broke my suspension of disbelief. He sounds genuine to me now though. Apart from the Doctor Who bit, obviously.

  18. I now want to know when that episode aired and if all Doctor Who episodes were in fact out on DVD by that point, I don’t think they were. Do you think he watched the reconstructions as well?

  19. Aired 20th November 2001 in US, Red Dwarf DVDs came out from 2002, and were indeed eagerly awaited and felt overdue, especially since the videos had been deleted and a lot of the series wasn’t even commercially available any more. It was such a satisfying reference at the time that I’d rather just let the Doctor Who bit go (I was aware there were missing episodes even as a non-fan back then, because of the Gatiss/Walliams/Davison Doctor Who Night sketch).

  20. It’s a much more satisfying reference than the one we would hey over a decade later on The Big Bang Theory, since they actually make a semi-humorous gag out of it and aren’t just doing the “LOOK! Something you recognise!!” style of reference which seems more popular these days

  21. All the unreleased 60s DW episodes were widely bootlegged by then and the missing ones were available either on VHS mail order from Loose Cannon or on C90s doing the rounds.

    I seem to recall Sheldon in TBBT mentioning owning and watching X on DVD before it had even been on TV. I could never work out if it was futureproofing or a mistake.

  22. (Spoiler) I just realised that one of those characters’ deaths is more tragic, as he didn’t get to watch the Red Dwarf DVDs after all. Series 1 had come out on Region 2 the previous week, but since they were lying low as fugitives, and preoccupied with summoning primordial evil and stuff, they probably didn’t get around to importing it. Region 1 wouldn’t be in the shops for a few more months. :(

  23. On the bright side, he never saw Ace Rimmer: A Life In Lamé.

  24. > I seem to recall Sheldon in TBBT mentioning owning and watching X on DVD before it had even been on TV. I could never work out if it was futureproofing or a mistake.

    I think that episode was recorded and went out between filming and broadcast, so I presumed someone looked up how many episodes there were and found a count that included the as-yet unbroadcast ones.

  25. I seem to recall it just being him holding up a classic-looking dvd and mentioning the show, does he mention series X specifically?

    On a possibly unrelated note, for people who say BtE isn’t Series XI, how many series of Red Dwarf are there? 11?

  26. I say BTE isn’t Series XI. That would be Series XI.

    It might be Series IX though.

  27. Get your roman numerals right Ben, there’s a bag of chips in it for ya

  28. I don’t know why I find XI and IX so easy to mess up, lol

    Also it was a dumb question, pretend I never asked

  29. I seem to recall it just being him holding up a classic-looking dvd and mentioning the show, does he mention series X specifically?

    He says “all 61 episodes” whilst holding up what appears to be the Region 1 I-VIII boxset. I definitely think that was written by someone not familiar with the show who looked up the number of episodes somewhere and found a count that included the as-yet unbroadcast X.

  30. Wikipedia was updated before Series X had even finished filming IIRC. I dare say they just looked up Wikipedia.

  31. G&T Admin

    Similarly, I noticed the other day that Doug has updated his Twitter bio to mention “all 74 episodes”.

  32. Great interview, thanks very much. Played the actual Nether Regions pilot straight afterwards, and really liked that too.

    Sorry, bland praise is my new jam.

  33. I enjoyed the Alan Bennett stuff and the fun they had with Rob’s announcement of the show title. Speedy box sets a great runner if it goes to series.

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