The End: Re-Mastered

This document is a comprehensive guide to all the changes that took place to create the Re-Mastered version of the episode. As it happens, The End has just about the most alterations made to it, and was previewed on BBC TWO on Friday 13th February 1998, two days short of a decade since the original […]

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Ian’s Newsround – Deleted Scenes!

Yes, folks – it’s that time of year again. Even though this has only happened once before, the feeling is unmistakable. We’ve got our first teasers as to the deleted scenes for Series III and IV, thanks to top workaholic Andrew Ellard’s news report. It’s a feeling of excitement, intrigue and sheer bafflement. Amongst the things we can look forward to are a rant from Cat about how many pointless games he could be playing, more stuff from Mellie, some interesting-sounding stuff with ‘Kochanski’ Camille, and “huge swathes” from Bodyswap. Also promised is a continuity fixing sequence from Backwards, but given that so much of the episode is illogical, that doesn’t really narrow it down. The most intriguing scene, though, is an exterior sequence from Justice, in which the location looks “so much like a park in London” on-screen. The Series IV Production page of Time Holereveals that the sequence will be in Justice World’s ornamental gardens, and will feature Lister being shat on. Excellent.

Other good news from the official site – Mr. Flibble is back from his holiday, and he’s brought Robert Llewellyn along as a souvenir! It’s a great interview, all about WomanWizard, which I still urge people to buy – see the review for details. Robert also gives further details about his next DVD, which will include two pieces of software – iSpin and iSci. Sounds fantastic. Finally on the official site this week, details about Norman Lovett’s forthcoming appearances. Everyone go and see him – he’s fantastic. Once again, we’ve got this review of his act. Yes, G&T can help you organise your life.

As for site updates today, the Episodes section has been bolstered by stuff about Waiting For God. We’ve got the Scene Summary and the Supporting Characters guide. The reviews will be up soon, as will the capsule. As you can probably imagine, a capsule takes a long time to compile, with shitloads of different sources being plundered. This is why we’ve only done three of the buggers so far. The next update will be on Sunday.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering why my newsround is a day early this week – I’m going to the real and actual Aigburth Arms tomorow, with some friend of the website Karl Eisenhauer, the excellently named Curtis Threadgold, some other buddies and Snip. Yes, I am going to play pool on the hallowed table. I may even order a Cinzano Bianco. Oh, one last thing – Jon Tickle to win BB4. Make it happen.

The Shit-Com Story

DYSWIDT? That joke was far better than anything Dawn French’s scriptwriters could come up with. On Monday 26th May 2003, Red Dwarf was featured on BBC ONE’s The Sitcom Story, which was a fantastic opportunity to see Del Boy falling through the bar, Basil Fawlty beating his car with a stick and Captain Mainwaring saying […]

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I like it when they say ‘smeg’.

A snivelly little update today, but a much needed boost to our DVD section. As part of our quest to cover every single extra in some way, we’ve written a guide to the Series I Smeg Ups. Just to reiterate past news, Crime Traveller was released today (I still don’t have my copy. Curse you, Play.com), and be sure to watch The Sitcom Story tonight, BBC ONE, 10:50pm. I think I’ve coped pretty well while John’s been away having constant sex with that Jones woman…

Series I Smeg Ups

The Smeg Ups on the DVDs were rather disappointing for us long-term fans. Not only had we seen them before, on the 1995 Smeg Outs video, the Series I compilation even included out-takes from Series II. This was a darned shame, as the DVDs are near perfect in most other respects. We’ve (or rather, Ian […]

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BoP – what a marvellous acronym.

Today, we’ve been hard at work in the Episodes section, and the Balance of Power stuff is now finished. We’ve now got Supporting Characters details, and a couple of Reviews. Thanks again to the excellently-named Curtis Threadgold for his contribution. Also, apologies to the difficult to spell Matt Drzymala, for spelling his name wrong yesterday. Well, at least that proves the epithet was correct. Don’t forget to watch The Sitcom Story tomorow – the BBC are going to acknowledge its finest comedy series ever. We’re not going to make the same mistake we made with Top Gear again…

Ian’s Newsround – G&T in foot-shooting incident

In yesterday’s official site update, they reported that the Red Dwarf Shop (UK) was open for business. We apologise for reporting this on Thursday, thus knackering up this newsround. This happened last week with the Brittas DVDs, and this sort of thing really can put a crimp in your update. Also on the official site is the news that Little Shop of Horrors, which featured a young Danny John-Jules, is out on DVD. Interestingly, it is stated that Mr. Flibble is on holiday in Australia. I’m sure you don’t need me to point out the relevance here, but I will anyway, as it makes me feel superior: that’s where the Movie is going to be filmed. Ooooh. Perhaps young Ellard is busying himself with that and the DVDs, and an interview every other week is a small price to pay, I’m sure you’ll agree.

In other news, as this is supposed to be a newsround, Crime Traveller II is out on DVD on Monday. It’s an utterly misleading title – there was only ever one series of Crime Traveller. This is merely the second set of episodes to be released. I’ve ordered my copy, and will be reviewing it when it arrives. Well, not straight away, obviously. I’m going to watch it first. It would be a pretty shit review otherwise. In the meantime, here’s the first review to whet your appetite.

In website news, Tanya Jones has sent me a list of spelling corrections for our recent updates. Tanya has the patience of a saint – not only does she read all the shite we upload, she’s shagging John as well! Although presumably, she doesn’t do these things at the same time. Also, I can exclusively reveal that the difficult to spell Matt Dryzmala is planning on relaunching Back in the Red at some point soon. Hopefully, it’ll last longer than three months this time. Good luck, Matt.

The Real and Actual Series III Cover

Odd. The Red Dwarf Shop UK was launched last Friday, but went unreported on the official site. Goodness knows why. The most exciting product there is, of course, the Series III DVD. They have a tiny, tiny picture of the cover, which features a picture of Lister and Rimmer from Maroonedon the front, and Hattie as Holly on the side. Interestingly, the writing on the logo on the site will be black; for some reason I’d imagined a white one. They also give the date of release – the 3rd November, precisely twelve months since Series I came out. I’ve already booked the day off college.

In site news, we’ve launched yet another section – all about The Brittas Empire. At the moment, the section consists of a rather nice Episode Guide, featuring the original Radio Times synopsi. Obviously, we don’t know as much about Brittas as we do about Red Dwarf, so we are appealing for Brittas fans everywhere to contact us, with additions, corrections, and anything else you might like to add.

As reported yesterday, Red Dwarf is featured on a BBC compilation called More Great Comedy Moments. This is clearly a technique specifically designed to make ME buy the DVD, and I have done. The clip is of Kryten learning to lie and swear in Camille, and it’s a good choice. I love that scene. Chris Barrie features in three clips, which explains his prescence on the cover. Aside from the Dwarf one, there’s a scene from The Brittas Empire (of Carole smashing up Brittas’s car in Back from the Dead) and a Blankety Blank spoof from Filthy, Rich and Catflap, where Chris plays an exasperated director. There are some good clips on the DVD, but why are they releasing compilations like this instead of bringing out the series in full? There’s a great Fry & Laurie sketch on there, but I’d rather see The Complete A Bit Of Fry & Laurie on the shelves.

And finally, everybody wish John a happy birthday for tomorow. Bless him.

Auntie’s Woofers

Bah. The BBC are FORCING us to purchase their latest ‘Greatest Comedy Moments’ collection, which was released on Monday (see how up to date we are?). They’ve teasingly placed a picture of Rimmer, c. Series I, on the front. According to Blackstar, the DVD features “Red Dwarf’s Kryten as he painfully tries to learn to lie”. A scene that doesn’t involve Rimmer, particularly not in his Series I uniform, there. Still, it’s not like the BBC to feature the wrong publicity photos on a DVD. (SATIRE) Unless, of course, there’s another RD clip. I’ll find out when I buy it, which will be when I get paid.

Meanwhile, Robert Llewellyn’s WomanWizard DVD arrived this morning, so I’ve written a review of that. Also included in the package was a little note from Rob, in which he reveals he is “presently planning a new DVD, to promote an even better software package called iSpin. The idea behind this product is that in an ever increasing world of confusion, we need help in developing rapid political opinions on any subject. iSpin will give you a one click opinion solution.” Sounds promising; Robert is officially a workaholic.

Oh, and I’ve finally done the Norman Lovett review. What a bastard I am.