It’s October, the month in which Red Dwarf XII hits Dave, after having hit UKTV Play a week earlier. You can count the number of days to go on one hand, which means it’s about time we prepared ourselves as much as possible to receive, process and dissect six brand new episodes. Last year, Series XI hit us like no other series had before, and lessons have been learned this time around, so we’re making a few little changes to our plans. We’ve also taken the opportunity to make some small but significant changes to the site’s structure, so allow us to talk you through it all.
I really don’t feel I should be bringing this to your attention, but here goes. Earlier today, the UKTV press office tweeted a picture of the latest issue of SciFiNow, which features an interview with the four main cast. I couldn’t find the magazine in any of the shops I passed on my way home, but just from opening up the picture in that tweet, I can see that the very first paragraph contains some pretty massive spoilers for the first episode.
Honestly, I was at the recording, and the two moments that Craig gives away were undoubtedly the biggest comedy moments of the episode. If an audience member had posted this online, they’d be lynched, but we’re reproducing it here because it’s been printed in a fucking nationally-distributed magazine, and UKTV’s act of tweeting about it implies that they’re happy to draw attention to it. I sincerely advise that you do not read this article any further. It would be much better to wait eight days and watch these jokes unfold before you, but if you’re morbidly impatient, were at the recording or the premiere, or are just a fucking idiot, read on.
Just as we were all getting over the first teaser, news emerged today that a special preview would air on Dave during Taskmaster, foreshadowing the handover of the “most popular show on Dave” mantle, due to take place in just over three weeks’ time. The “preview” terminology left us a little unsure what to expect, but we’re definitely in full-blown trailer territory here – forty seconds long, loads of previously unseen clips, a classic rock soundtrack and even a specially-created graphics package in the middle.
Having aired once more during another Dave original, Porters, the trailer then turned up online, albeit in optimised-for-social-media format, with subtitles and big chunky borders to make it square. Worse still, there’s a fairly substantial change to the soundtrack, which we’ll come to later. There’s no sign of a nice official 16:9 version yet, so the screengrabs below are taken from a slightly inferior-quality TV rip. (UPDATE:UKTV have uploaded a lovely high-quality YouTube version. All screengrabs have therefore been upgraded.) Let’s take our customary closer look…
You know you’re getting close to a new series when there’s enough news happening that we need to dust off this old format. Here’s a handy round-up of everything that’s happened since our last news update on Friday lunchtime, in order of how-much-we-have-to-say-on-the-topic.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE WOMAN, SHE’S SFX MAD – Today saw the latest issue of SFX hit the newsstands, featuring on its cover a photograph of four really familiar-looking men. It was never going to be as prolific as last year’s coverage, so there’s no little booklet this time round, but there is an eight page feature on the show with contributions from all four cast members and both Naylors. The bulk is taken up by the cast answering fans’ questions, most of which will be familiar to convention-goers, and are more often about the show’s past instead of the upcoming series. The only new information of note comes in this answer to a question about whether they’d like to see the Cat people return:
With just over a month until Red Dwarf XII debuts on Dave (and most likely just under a month until it debuts on UKTV Play), what the world needs right now is another discussion about Series VII. Luckily, we’ve picked one of the better episodes of that particular run as the subject for our latest commentary. Get ready to update your spreadsheets at home, and tick off Stoke Me A Clipper.
Join Cappsy, Danny, Ian and the Fan Club’s Jo Sharples (who, by the way, has recently announced the dates for the next Dimension Jump), as we discuss such diverse topics as the perils of a cold opening for a small child, Craig Charles’s secret past as a Leeds United supporter, the similarities between Ace Rimmer and Ford Prefect, another early role on Red Dwarf for Richard Naylor, plastikkrokodil and why Lister’s tie is so shiny. Plus, we offer up a possible solution to a plot hole that’s been bugging Cappsy for over twenty years.
We’ve only just realised that our humble Forum is now over ten years old. Having cultivated a small but dedicated discussion community through our article comments, and following the previously-discussed closure of Observation Dome, we opened the floodgates by launching a dedicated place for the assorted freaks and arseholes we call our friends to set their own agenda, free to discuss any old nonsense they see fit, Red Dwarf related or otherwise. The very first thread was started by an man announcing he was having a wank, and that pretty much set the tone.
Of course, Red Dwarf had been off-air for eight years when the Forum launched, and what a turbulent and surprising decade in the show’s history it has witnessed. But regardless of how many fourth-wall-breaking specials, brand new series, Bluray releases, spin-off games and curries-launched-into-space we’ve seen, the Forum will always be dominated by two things: 1) tedious discussions about whether Series VII and VIII are any good; and 2) extreme silliness, intentionally or otherwise, laced with a very specific and esoteric sense of humour.
It’s the latter that we’re celebrating today. At some point over the last decade, a meme started whereby long-standing members of the community – more often than not Phil Reed, initially – would nominate certain threads for a mythical “Hall of Fame”, which they’d do by simply posting “I nominate this thread for Hall of Fame status”, or variations thereof. This was sometimes a badge of honour, awarded to topics that were particularly funny or informative, and sometimes an ironic accolade, doled out to a failed troll or exceptionally dull post. It seems apt to commemorate both types of thread now, as we turn this mythical Hall of Fame into an actual Hall of Fame.
It can’t have escaped anyone’s attention that things have been a bit slow on the old DwarfCast front of late. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to get sufficient numbers of us together in the same room, but we managed to gather three on a Friday night last month. And how did we mark this rare and joyous occasion? By watching the fourth worst Red Dwarf episode of all time. You’re welcome.
So join Jonathan Capps, Danny Stephenson, Ian Symes and the Fan Club’s Jo Sharples as we discuss mostly the bad bits of Only The Good…, covering such diverse topics as how to amuse yourself in prison, multiple piss-poor fonts, Danny John-Jules’s cracking set of pins, having it off with Hollister, what the opposite of lemon is, and Richard Naylor’s first producer job.
Honestly, you wait a whole week for the next bit of Red Dwarf XII news, and then three come along at once. And they’re three pretty substantial ones too, each of which could probably have carried the traditional Friday lunchtime news slot on its own. A more specific TX date! The traditional four-shot publicity photo! The series synopsis! The first two of these were initially covered in a single tweet: