BFI Screening Report & Red Dwarf Prequel news! Features Posted by Abigail Brady on 5th November 2023, 20:52 Brace yourself for a bit of shock. G&T regular evilmorwen went along to the BFI screening of Backwards, complete with commentary and Q&A from Rob Grant, Ed Bye and Paul Jackson. They were kind enough to provide a full report, containing news that blew our minds. Rob Grant has been busy. Read on… As previously reported, the BFI Southbank saw, on Sunday, as part of a time travel strand, a screening of the episode Backwards, along with the first episode of ITV2’s time travel comedy Timewasters. Your correspondent had not previously seen Timewasters – a sitcom which posits the question “What if Goodnight Sweetheart except Nicholas Lyndhurst was a jazz quartet, and they’d gone back to the 1920s?” The answer is: quite good, and your correspondent will be watching more of it on Prime later. But I wasn’t there for that, and neither are you. We’re here for Red Dwarf. Rob Grant, Paul Jackson and Ed Bye – the old Quarantine Commentary team – were there to provide reactions, which they did sitting on the second row of the screen, providing a sort of MST3K-like silhouette. The commentary itself was rather restrained. It, as they pointed out, not being not possible for the audience to mix the audio, they largely sat back, pointed out favourite bits; occasional details about which bits were reversed, dubbed, and such, with the sort of joking familiarity we’ve seen before. Following the screening was a short discussion with critic Anna Smith. A new-to-me anecdote was told, in that apparently the schoolmate called Rimmer that the character is named for got in contact with them around 1991. He was a fighter pilot in the Gulf War – a real Ace Rimmer. After the episode of Timewasters and a similar discussion – this time with Smith and series creator and star Daniel Lawrence Taylor, they were joined by Rob, Paul and Ed for a short Q&A session. After this came the real surprise, when we were cautioned to definitely turn off any naughtily left-on recording devices – a short sizzle reel was screened, for a project to be called Red Dwarf: Titan, written by Rob Grant and Andrew Marshall – Rob’s recent writing partner on Quanderhorn and The Nether Regions. This would be a prequel to Red Dwarf, apparently featuring Young Rimmer and Young Lister, named for Saturn’s moon of Titan. It felt like it would occupy a similar space of the first section of Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers while perhaps being a little more adventure-focused. No further information was provided. It’s not even clear whether it would be a TV series or perhaps a radio thing. It could even be a book or a comic. In itself this isn’t News news. Sizzle reels are made in a very early stage of development, to drum up interest – a pilot script may not exist, it’s unlikely any big money is behind it, and certainly there is not yet a commission. But now we know a little bit more about what Rob Grant wants to do with Red Dwarf. And I’m there for it.