Doc Trails (woo-hoo) News Posted by Ian Symes on 23rd July 2020, 10:42 It is now precisely two weeks until the first of three episodes of Red Dwarf: The First Three Million Years airs on Dave, and so I suppose it’s high time for a trailer. Expect to see this approximately a thousand times over the next fortnight if, like me, you’re trapped watching Dave’s nightly repeats of all episodes of Taskmaster ever on a loop, or here it is on Twitter: A look back at the comedy phenomenon three million years in the making.#RedDwarf The First Three Million Years, starts 6th of August on Dave. (@DougRDNaylor @CCfunkandsoul @bobbyllew @DannyJohnJules @RichardDGNaylor @RedDwarfHQ @NorthOneTV) pic.twitter.com/Otb42tg783 — Dave (@davechannel) July 23, 2020 Our initial thoughts, then: Is there a logistical reason why all the episode clips are from the Dave era? You’d think they’d want to illustrate as much of the last 32 years as possible, so maybe there’s something contractual about using BBC footage in trails. All four of the main cast present and correct in interviews on set of The Promised Land, both individually and as a group from the looks of things. Good. Ooh, those old black-and-white shots from the Series 1 rehearsals. From the ones used in the trailer, at least we can guarantee some small presence of Rob Grant and Ed Bye in the docs. I think I’m right in saying that all the “exclusive behind-the-scenes footage” glimpsed here has been seen before in Nathan Cubitt’s DVD/Bluray documentaries. That’s not to say that there won’t be any previously-unseen-even-by-us-nerds stuff across the series (especially considering there wasn’t such wide scale BTS shooting for the BBC years), but we’re not holding our breath at this stage. I mean it’s fine – this stuff will be all-new to a more casual audience, but then again is it a casual audience that’s going to be tuning in to three hours’ worth of documentary about a sci-fi sitcom? I could be completely wrong here, but that model shot towards the start, the push into the ship… has that been cleaned up, or re-composited or something? The footage itself is familiar, but it just looks crisper and smoother than usual. There is a strong chance I’m talking shit, but I just thought I’d mention it. Overall, it’s a strong trailer to entice the not-quite-so-hardcore-as-us fans, which is what’s required given that people like us are going to watch it regardless. I worry that there’s not going to be a huge amount for the likes of us to learn – Robert’s protestations that Red Dwarf is too popular to be a cult were first aired in 1998’s Red Dwarf A-Z, and jokes about his make-up regime compared to Chris’s have been made since approximately 5th September 1989 – but it’s still going to be nice to have all that stuff in one place. Thirty two years of behind-the-scenes stories consolidated into three manageable chunks. Here’s hoping, anyway.