It’s Been 1,375 Days…

…since Red Dwarf had a studio audience recording. Well, they’re back at it from 6pm tonight. And it’s undoubtedly the biggest, most important thing happening in the UK right now.

We noticed when looking back at some old “it’s been x days” posts that this is a pretty similar gap to the one between X and XI’s studio dates, coming in at just nine days shorter. What is unique, however, is that this will be the first time that only part of an episode is being shot in a single audience session, barring oddities like Dear Dave‘s incompleteness, or the extra dates to pick up material for The End and Back In The Red. This Friday 13th date was initially supposed to be the concluding session for the Special of course, until the original first date was pushed back until the new year. We’d assume that tonight’s audience will see what will roughly amount to the first half of the final episode in order, although they might need to mix it up for whatever reason, and the percentages might change depending on the proportion of pre-recorded and live scenes.

Either way, we’ll have a spy in the audience, and so we’ll let you know everything our recently updated Spoiler Policy allows us to with one of our patented set reports over the weekend. We expect there’ll be some action on social media and TOS today too, so keep an eye out.

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  1. It’s a shame I haven’t got tickets. I could do with a laugh today.

  2. This is all very exciting though.

  3. Fuck me the years fly by, don’t they.

  4. Finally managed to get tickets to see the show recorded – so excited! My brother also got tickets for the same night, so it’s nice to be able to all go together. We’ve both wanted to see the show live on the night since the ’90s, so this is a dream come true for us…! = )

  5. Wish I could have got tickets to one of these. Hope those that go enjoy it.

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    A lot of people who applied for standby tickets yesterday were given guaranteed entry tickets instead. They must have had an unexpected amount of cancellations or non-confirmations. Well worth giving it a go next time, especially considering the rearranged date may have scuppered some people’s plans.

  7. Thanks for the heads up, but I don’t think I could make it at such short notice if it’s only the day before that you can apply.

  8. Kudos for the revised spoiler policy by the way. Very sensible considering you spent two years being ground down by the big gobs of Ray Peacock, Norman Lovett and an incalcitrant clapperboard.

  9. Kudos for the revised spoiler policy by the way. Very sensible considering you spent two years being ground down by the big gobs of Ray Peacock, Norman Lovett and an incalcitrant clapperboard.

    I’m half expecting Robert Llewellyn to livestream it on Twatter or something.

  10. Thanks Ian. I’m avoiding social media for the next couple of days in order to preserve my own sanity, so I’ll keep an eye on this thread for any Dwarf related updates. If anyone needs me, I’ll be on fucking Pinterest, or something.

  11. Got an email from Lost in TV offering tickets to tonight’s recording with just 85 minutes’ notice. How incredibly frustrating!

  12. Hopefully Danny’s erection was kept at bay during the show.

  13. I guess the recording is over. So was it as good as Timewave?

  14. I guess the recording is over. So was it as good as Timewave?

    SPOILERS (I expect.)

  15. Early twitter reactions seem very positive (to be expected I suppose but good to hear anyway).

  16. Never trusting an initial audience impression again after Timewave got through without complaint.

  17. Is that Prometheus bed still for sale? Have they bought it back? It was on Propstore from the end of XII.

  18. Thank fuck, Timewave that was not.

    Story went in a direction I did not expect (but in a good way). I have er… thoughts and opinions about some of the gags, but I think I’ll have to wait until broadcast to discuss ’em.

    Part One feels like a natural extension of XI and XII, but a bit bigger in scope. Sets are mostly unchanged, but I much prefer the lighting. Think the opening sleeping quarters scene of Siliconia.

    Felt like a 70/30 split of VT to live recording to me.

    Oh and crucially, Rimmer’s chunky red phone from the AA and s still in the Starbug cockpit.

    An excellent night. Bobby really knew his lines, fair play!

  19. A relative straight fuck.

    One of the opening (studio) gags felt a bit tone-deaf for 2019/20, and while it led to some “safer” jokes that were good, I’m not sure it was worth the effort of the slightly dodgy set-up. I was a bit concerned it was where the plot was heading, and I simply don’t trust the show to be able to do that without veering into Timewave levels of offence. Fortunately, it just seems to be a throwaway thing. (It probably could do with being thrown away).

    There’s A LOT of ideas in this. There’s something in there that plays on current trends, that I’m sure is going to be picked up on Part 2….at least, I hope it is, as on its own, it’s just a weird little sequence that will be just be *there*. The main plot has me a little worried as it brings to mind another episode of Dave Dwarf that I’m less than keen on. Nothing in the VTs convinced me otherwise, sadly. The studio bits were far stronger in terms of comedy, and the second studio scene was belly-laughs all the way.

    On the flip-side, one of the cast is quite obviously ill, and I’m going to be awful and say it was clearly impacting his performance.

  20. How would you say the acting of the main four was overall?

  21. Really, genuinely excited for Dear Dave Part II: The Slag Strikes Back. I hope we all get to argue about it until we’re blue in the faces.

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    Damn it, this is about the fourth time I’ve been in the same room as Pete but had no idea until the next day.

  23. Take a hint, Ian

  24. So all I really want to know is how they reintroduced Holly, whether they remembered why Holly wasn’t working properly or whether He was just ‘on’

  25. So all I really want to know is how they reintroduced Holly, whether they remembered why Holly wasn’t working properly or whether He was just ‘on’

    Holly’s prior absence isn’t forgotten, and his presence is definitely addressed but I think that’s all we can say.

  26. Aslong as it isn’t they just forgot to plug him in. which does seem like a very Dave era joke.

  27. Dax is reviewing his own jokes again.

  28. Thats how low my expectations are, after the last 3 seasons you kinda start to see a pattern with the style of jokes.

    If i am wrong, thats a good thing. prove me wrong Doug. i have very little faith at this point. PLEASE PROVE ME WRONG!!! *cries*

  29. I mean if Pete Part Three of all people managed to laugh at what he saw, that has to count for something.

  30. Does it seem to be on a bigger scale like a TV Movie/Special or is it a long episode?

  31. So all I really want to know is how they reintroduced Holly, whether they remembered why Holly wasn’t working properly or whether He was just ‘on’

    Holly’s prior absence isn’t forgotten, and his presence is definitely addressed but I think that’s all we can say.

    Good , at least it wasn’t a ‘forgot to plug him in’ throwaway gag . Especially since the Dwarfers went through the reboot from M-Corp

  32. >Damn it, this is about the fourth time I’ve been in the same room as Pete but had no idea until the next day.

    :-( The only person I recognised was Pendo, but I didn’t get to say hello to him as he was ushered out before our bank of seats. Only checked Twitter when I got home, and figured you’d been there when I saw the G+T tweet about that bloody ditch/road outside the studios.

    >I mean if Pete Part Three of all people managed to laugh at what he saw, that has to count for something.

    [Nods] I am a miserable cunt.

  33. It was an incredible evening. Also great to meet so many people from the forum.

    As Pete mentions above, the gags at the opening had us wincing on the front row as we were anticipating where it was heading. I had in mind an episode of a Star Trek spin-off. But it was just to set up a few jokes between two characters and then give another a punchline. I think the interplay and punchline that comes from it is worth that initial unease but we shall see when it airs.

    I’d disagree about the VT scenes. From the getgo, there were some real huge laughs. A few very early prop/visual gags really set the night up wonderfully (very silly BUT very funny).

    The tone was XI/XII but upped in scale. It feels like it was being made just a few months after XII. Perhaps a little more visual humour than XI/XII.

    Norman was sick but he was a good trooper. I particularly enjoyed Norman saying from one side of the studio “I’m 73 years old, you know” and Craig Charles all the way on the other side saying “he’s reached the age where he tells you his age” and Norman replied “It’ll happen to you too… in a year”.

  34. > one of the cast is quite obviously ill, and I’m going to be awful and say it was clearly impacting his performance.

    Right, we know this is about Norman now. I guess if his performance is affected too badly there’s a chance they’ll redo some of his bits at a later date? Relatively straightforward compared to the others. Or maybe not, as the set report intriguingly says Holly got some unusual stuff to do.

  35. Possibly (I guess they did it for Remastered), although obviously it will involving junking the first Holly material they’ve ever shot directly in front of an audience. By the last take, his head didn’t even seem to be in frame properly so maybe they knew it was going to have to be a pick-up.

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