Craig Charles Live On Earth was released in 1995. Craig Charles’ Sickbag was released in 2000. You’d have thought he’d have come up with some new material in five years…
Despite having seen the first half of the series, I thought it would be a good idea to buy the second half. Would the concluding four episodes challenge my overall opinion of the series? Read on, review fans! The four episodes in question are: Sins Of The Father, Death Minister, The Lottery Experiment and The Broken Crystal.
Oh dear. This video was produced by Ross McGinley (now the producer of the Red Dwarf DVDs) and Mike Stephens (Brittas), and starred Chris Barrie. So what went wrong?
I’m sorry, but I’m absolutely livid about this. Comet Miniatures have listed two Corgi models, of Red Dwarf and Starbug. Both are due in September 2003, and both are the ‘Movie Version’. The minis themselves aren’t bad – I’ve always wanted a little Starbug, and they’re only a fiver each. The problem here is that it seems that the Movie will use a new version of the ship – similar to the Re-Mastered version, but even flatter. It looks shite, frankly. They’ve even made the front scoop much shorter, so it resembles a giant pencil more than ever before. John and I were both thrilled when we read that physical model shots would be used in the movie, but we wrongly assumed this would mean a return to the ship of Series I-V, which was really good. But no – like Series VIII, Red Dwarf is going to look fucking ugly. FUME!
Meanwhile, over on the official site, (which, incidentally, is yet to acknowledge these models, or the planned Java game), Andrew Ellard has written an excellent article about the use of Time as a plot device in the series. It’s full of Andrew’s pet theories, and makes a cracking read. Deck 5 is clearly the best part of the official site – holding Time Hole and Down Time, as well as links to the Mr. Flibble and news archives. Marvellous. The main news on the official site is about the cast DVDs, The Brittas Empire and WomanWizard, the progress of which have been reported here this week. This proves that Ganymede & Titan is better that the official site. Actually, come to think of it, it proves fuck all. Oh well.
As John mentioned yesterday, I’m off to see Norman Lovett later. Yippee! Expect a full report in the coming week.
Continuing our controversial theme of actually adding content when we update, we bring you this: an article all about Hattie Hayridge. Hattie is a lovely woman, and an extremely talented comedian. It seems a shame that she is so often overlooked by fans, so we aim to rectify this.
Fear not – we’ve also got some Brittas news! We spotted some menu shots on The R2 Project. The main menus on both discs contain a ‘Play All’ function. This suggests rather strongly that the series itself will be split onto two discs, rather than having the episodes on one disc and the extras on another. This is a baffling move. As my esteemed colleague said yesterday, Brittas’s master tapes should be in pretty good condition (like Red Dwarf, and unlike most Dr. Who releases). I can’t see a reason why it is necessary to limit each disc to one and a half hours. Also, the Extras menu suggests that no more extras will be added, although this is probably to do with the lack of footage availiable from the BBC. It’s the same with Red Dwarf – hardly anything exists from the early days. We can’t blame Eureka Video for this – they’re good guys, with a good track record. We’re grateful to them for releasing one of our favourite series onto shiny discs, and for their co-operation in our correspondance with them.
Hattie Hayridge is a blonde comedienne from North London. She appeared in Red Dwarf between 1988 and 1992, clocking up 19 episodes and even writing a book about her experiences. So why is she so frequently overlooked? As we all know, Norman Lovett left the show after two series. The official reason for this was […]
The deleted scenes from Series I are mostly rubbish. Let’s just sort that out straight away. But that doesn’t stop them from being absolutely fascinating. This document is a complete guide to all the scenes that were cut or trimmed from the first series, with an explanation, transcript and notes. For some scenes, the deleted […]
Welcome to the second of my weekly news columns. The fantastic news from the official site this week is about new interviewsthat have been recorded for the Series III and IV DVDs. Not only have the complete regular cast been interviewed (or will be soon), but they’ve also secured an interview with Peter Wragg – the king of model shots. This is utterly brilliant, and I can’t wait to hear what he has to say. Ed Bye is also taking part, and, excellent though the interview will be, if he’s available for interviews, why hasn’t he recorded a commentary? Another piece of good news on the interview front – Ruby Wax wasn’t available! Hooray!
Next Saturday, Chris Barrie will be hosting the SFX Reader Awards, at the ExCel Centre, London, and Robert Llewellyn and Norman Lovett will be appearing at the London Expo, next door. SFX, there; the magazine that says that Red Dwarf‘s time has passed. If so, why are they featuring three of its stars at the SFX Event? Also on the official site this week is an interview with Pauline Bailey, who played Marilyn Monroe in Meltdown, in which Mr. Flibble’s right hand, Andrew Ellard, refers to something he has seen in the rushes of the episode. This implies that he has already searched through the footage for deleted scenes. Hooray!
Site update time: we’ve added an About section, giving you details about our principles, our aims, the site history and biogs of John and I. More updates tomorow, and every day until the destruction of the planet.
We’ve added the episode content for the second episode – Future Echoes, and what a marvellous episode it is. A Capsule, Reviews, a Scene Summary and Supporting Characters info has been made availiable. Our gratitude goes out to Curtis Threadgold for his reviews, and for his excellent name. We’ve updated the The End reviews with his contribution.
A bit of cast news for you – friend-of-the-website Karl Eisenhauer has pointed us towards this news story about Danny John-Jules’s new sit-com, although the article fails to mention Danny himself. Don’t miss my newsround tomorow, which will bring you our reaction to the latest news from the official site. I would react now, but I’m too excited about Peter Wragg…
This bloody cover has been a thorn in our side since we first saw it at the beginning of April. If you’ve been following the story, you’ll know that we initially dismissed the cover as a fake, but then saw it crop up on various retailers over the last few days, with the explanation that it had been supplied by a distributor. ‘How could this be?’, we asked ourselves, and our investigations lead us to the top – Grant Naylor Productions. We contacted Andrew Ellard, the associate producer of the DVDs, and he told us this:
No, the DVD cover seen on the net is not real. It’s a fake, though I have no idea where from. I’m amazed anyone’s buying it – but, hey, if it helps the pre-sale, why not?
So, now we know that the cover is a total fake, and not a mock-up by GNP. We still don’t know how it got into the hands of distributors, or who is responsible for it. If the person who made it is reading this, get in touch. As much as your prank has confused us, we have to admire the way you’ve fooled so many people.
We at G&T are so fed up with the negative atmosphere surrounding the movie, that we’ve been forced to write an article about how the movie will be good. We’re using this article to launch yet another new section of the site – the aptly-named Movie section. We’ve also written an update to the Edit News feature that we uploaded on Monday, which contains a lot of info that we rather stupidly forgot to include then. Not only that, but we have revised the Links page. Expect another great update tomorow, obviously.