G&TV Special: Whatever You Want (13/05/2000) Features Posted by Ian Symes on 6th December 2023, 09:37 Way back at the turn of the century, three Red Dwarf fans competed for not one but two money-can’t-buy prizes. Whatever You Want was a Saturday night entertainment show, hosted by Gaby Roslin for four series between 1997 and 2000, and inexplicably not featuring Status Quo as the theme tune. It was part of a lineage of similar programmes, preceded by Jim’ll Fix It and followed by Tonight’s The Night with John Barrowman – Roslin definitely the most wholesome of those presenters – that strove to make ordinary people’s dreams come true through the magic of television. While there were smaller items throughout each show, the main focus was a game show element that pitted enthusiasts with a shared interest against each other for the biggest prize of the night. And on 13th May 2000, it was Red Dwarf‘s turn. The three superfans chosen to compete were called Vicky, Rob and Jane, the latter of whom later became the Chair of The Official Red Dwarf Fan Club. And the prizes were very special indeed. Firstly, a custom-built Starbug, made for the show by the legendary Bill Pearson, overseen by the equally legendary Jim Francis, both of whom had recently worked on Series VIII. Not only that, the lucky winner would also spend a full week on set, and have their name in the credits, of Red Dwarf: The Movie. This sets an ongoing world record for the longest delay between winning and receiving a competition prize. After airing over 23 years ago, the programme was never repeated or included on any commercial releases. As it was a few years too early for catch-up services or social media, it never resurfaced online, and has been pretty much considered lost media. But guess what? Gaby Roslin’s not the only one who can make Red Dwarf fans’ dreams come true… Here we have all the Red Dwarf related bits of the episode, which takes up a good third of the show’s running time. Within that, there’s just been one edit for YouTube Content ID purposes, where we’ve had to speed up a clip from Back To Reality to avoid the video being taken down. We’ll leave you to enjoy the full very-very-early-noughties aesthetics, and to ponder what the hell the end game has to do with being a Red Dwarf fan. We will just point out, however, that you can see former GNP supremo Helen Norman, along with a barely-out-of-short-trousers Andrew Ellard (then Fan Club mag editor, very soon to be website editor) behind Gaby during her opening link. Want some further reading? Here’s a scan of the relevant section of Better Than Life #33, with contemporary reports from all three contestants.