You know how there’s a long and ignoble history of things like synopses, titles and even whole episodes of new Red Dwarf accidentally getting released before they’re supposed to? Well, we’d been reliably informed that the title of the upcoming Special would be revealed on Monday March 16th, presumably with some degree of fanfare attached, and yet for some reason it’s already out there online through official sources. And while none of the proper PR channels have drawn attention to it, it’s pretty easy to stumble across completely accidentally, as evidenced in the comments on today’s teaser article.
This presents us with somewhat of a dilemma – we don’t want to scupper anyone’s plans, but it’s not our fault it’s out there, and Red Dwarf fans are already talking about it, even on this very website. We’re also aware that not everyone will want to know the title in advance for fear of spoilers, so we’re hiding it behind the jump. [EDIT: You’re free to mention it in the comments on this post, but nowhere else on the site until there’s been a proper announcement, if you’d be so kind. Dave have now tweeted the title, so it’s all official now and any comment restrictions are now lifted.] So if you don’t want to know the score, look away now.
Red Dwarf has returned to lead us to Fuchal, The Promised Land. Yes, the title of the special, with its plot that harks back to the early days of the show’s mythology, is a reference to dialogue found in the very first episode. That’s very neat.
How do we know this? Well, there’s a pre-order listing for the DVD on a site called Simply Home Entertainment, although they seem to think it stars someone called Christ Barrie, so we’re not sure if they’re to be trusted. But don’t take their word for it, it’s also on Dave’s own bloody website, handily linked to from the index of all their shows. That’s what you get for listing it separately to the rest of the series. There’s even a subpage for ‘Episodes’, which reveals the existence of a “2-Part VOD Only Version”; the non-consumer-friendly description suggesting this wasn’t really intended for public consumption at this stage. And because a certain on demand service just has to get there early with Red Dwarf, it’s listed on UKTV Play too. It does specify that “this programme is not currently available on demand”, which is something at least.
I dunno. It’s no skin off our nose to have details like this revealed in a fun online treasure hunt fashion, but I do feel for the poor buggers in PR and marketing who are presumably having to alter their plans for coming days. I sympathise, but while we do our absolute best to police any extremely-rare leaks that come from our fellow fans, we can’t ignore what people are already talking about, when all we’re doing is pointing out what’s on your website.