Series III Cover Mystery explained?

Well, no. Not exactly. Following the news that Blackstar.co.uk were using the fake Series III cover in their listing, we thought that it would be a good idea to get in touch with them and find out what the hell is going on. We got several very helpful replies back from Johnathan Hamill in their customer care department, and here’s what he had to say:

The cover scan that we have is that supplied by the distributor. This is the image that we do have to use and it will remain in place on the site until it is updated. However, we do have to rely on the distribution company to forward any updated material to us.

Rest assured that when we are supplied with the finalised cover scan this will be placed on site ASAP. This will probably be about the same time that the release date is officially relayed to us.

Of course, all of this is not the official stand on this – just Blackstar’s take on the situation. What makes this even more interesting is that DVD.CO.UK also now has an entry for the Series III DVD – again, using that same, fake cover. It is of course concievable that Grant Naylor Productions sent it out, but the dodgy editing on the black bar at the bottom of the cover seems to preclude this – along with the many other problems explained in previous news items. It would appear that a dodgy cover image is being passed around by at least one distribution company. We’re continuing our (admittedly, rather sad and pathetic) investigation, and we’ll keep you posted.

In more Series III DVD news – well you’ve got to hand it to them – although we spend ages putting together this site, The Red Dwarf Zone is often first with the scoop. Not only did they find out the DVD.co.uk entry above (which, incidentally, gives a release date of the 3rd November 2003 for the Region 2 release – the first time an exact date has been mentioned, though this is as yet unconfirmed by GNP), but they’ve also been rooting around on the BBFC site and found information on the first extra submitted for classification – Backwards Reversed. Running at 27 minutes 26 seconds, this would appear to be the entire episode backwards, rather than simply a few backwards scenes reversed. At first I thought this was just a ridiculous idea, but I’m quite warming to it now, because it’s a ridiculous idea. And we’ll get to see all backwards scenes reversed, rather than just the bits with funny dialogue. In other words: excellent.

Meanwhile, we have more G&T updates for you. Firstly, the Book Plot Inconsistencies Project is now online here. Written by Annette McIntosh, the last version of this was in the middle of 1996. It covers all four novels very well, and as we’re currently busy producing the PIP Addendum, and, indeed, haven’t got anything to add to the BPIP, we aren’t going to produce an addendum document for it at the moment. We may well do at some point though, when we’ve reread the novels.

Also online is the Directives document, which details all Space Corps Directives, Rimmer Directives, All Nations Agreements, and Articles mentioned in Red Dwarf. It’s also possibly the most anal thing I’ve ever done. Also, the contact page has been updated with a handy form, to make it easier to contact us. Also added is a new e-mail address: news@ganymede-titan.info. I think you can guess what we want you to send to that address. As well as pointing out news that perhaps we’ve missed, you can also send us information about anything Red Dwarf related you’ve been up to, and we’ll cover it. As long as it’s newsworthy. Taking a piss whilst wearing your Red Dwarf baseball cap doesn’t count, for instance.

More updates tomorrow, naturally. Until the end of time itself.

Directives

What follows is a complete list of all Space Corps Directives, Rimmer Directives, All Nations Agreements, and Articles mentioned in Red Dwarf. The widely distributed document by Charles Daniels was used as a useful reference, but this document was written from scratch. Incidentally, this document is also guaranteed to suck out any humour in the […]

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A bloody Lego Starbug

We’ve been hard at work here at Ganymede & Titan, and the Episodes section is now starting to be brought back online. A Capsule, Reviews, and a Scene Summary for The End is now avaliable, and there are plenty of plans for other sections to follow. We hope to cover an episode a week. We really want to gather together a good selection of reviews for each episode, so if you have any to contribute (even if it’s only one), then get in contact. Thanks to Nik Horne for his great review.

None of which really matters at all, though, if you’ve glanced at the piccy on your right. Jon Palmer has announced on alt.tv.red-dwarf that he has created a foot-long version of Starbug in lego. This is possibly the coolest thing I’ve ever seen, and made even more so by the fact that he plans to do a similar model of Red Dwarf. There’s plenty of other great lego models on his site, so go have a look.

Meanwhile, the official site has updated, and Ian will bring you our view on the various bits of news tomorrow. There should also be some updates on the Books section. I’d also like to thank Annette, one of the original authors of the PIP, for giving her blessing to the PIP Addendum Project (or, as she suggests, PAP).

Finally, The Red Dwarf Zone has picked up on something rather interesting in their JMC News section, as they usually do – Blackstar.co.uk have got the Series III DVD listed – and it uses the same image as The R2 Project previewed. “Could it be the real deal?”, The Red Dwarf Zone ponders. Well, no. It’s an obvious fake (as our previous news item proves), and Blackstar have been taken in – hook, line, sinker, rod and copy of Angling Times. Tsk.

Cast List

Just another really quick update – a Cast Listis now online, detailing every actor who has ever appeared in Red Dwarf ever. To compile this, I had to sit through 52 credit sequences of Red Dwarf, and if I ever hear that theme tune again I shall personally go and strangle Howard Goodall. Anyway, expect a similar crew list over Summer, once I’ve recovered.

There was supposed to be a proper update today, but things aren’t quite ready – so expect a bumper update tomorrow, including the launch of a new section of the site. I hope you’re all suitably on tenterhooks, and won’t be able to sleep tonight.

Plot Inconsistencies Project

Just a quick update today. The final official version of the Plot Inconsistencies Project (7.1) by Damone and Annette has now found a permanent home here (as far as I can tell, it’s freely distributable amongst electronic sites). But as the document is frozen, we’ve also announced the PIP Addendum project, to cover problems that are not covered in the original document. See the page for full details.

Check tomorrow for another update – rather than have long periods without updates, and then a lot of content uploaded at once, we’re going to try and have a small update every day. It’s an utterly ridiculous aim, but we’ll do our best.

Movie Bollocks

Always first with the latest info, G&T have spotted something posted on Ain’t It Cool News – last week. Ahem. You may remember that they posted the article on the teaser poster back in February, which turned out to be completely genuine. Well, they’ve finished gloating about that (yes, we were the site who pointed out the mistakes – and they were mistakes, no matter how many quotation marks you put around the word), and have come up with some rather interesting stuff:

“I have info on 2 things, since you mentioned Red Dwarf recently I thought I’d let you know that while I was working on an Aussie TV film at Pinewood Studios, I bumped into the Chris Barrie double this month during pickup shots for Tomb Raider 2. He said he was about to work on Red Dwarf when Tomb Raider finishes – again as Chris Barrie’s double and they are to film at a derelict refinery complex in Oxford towards the west side of the city, which will be the exterior shots of a huge crash site. There will also be filming at a military armoury somewhere in Hampshire that was also used for the last Bond movie.”

So, is it true? Well, it’s not from the same contributor as last time, so the previous news being right means very little. It certainly goes against everything we know about – for a start, the movie is being shot in Australia, not Britain – but as it’s only not being shot in Britain because the studios aren’t avaliable, this doesn’t mean that location work could not be filmed here. And it’s unlikely that they would tell anyone where they planned to film location work, to stop thousands of fans turning up on their doorstep. However, we know that shooting in Australia is scheduled to start at the beginning of October – doing location shooting straight after Tomb Raider 2 wraps seems rather too soon.

Personally, I think it’s rather dubious – there’s no good reason to believe it, and until then you have to take such rumours with a pinch of salt. But I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

As for this site, there will be a proper update tomorrow. And following on from the Takeshi’s Castle article, we’re hunting for people to write stuff for us, on any aspect of Red Dwarf, either factual, or opinion pieces – or even just reviews of episodes. Please, just contact us with your ideas. We’re also interested to see what you think of the site, and whether there is any way it could be improved (although if you mention trying to get news items up that are less than a week out of date, I’ll tell you to fuck off). There’s a sad lack of decent fan stuff on the net – we want to change that, what with the movie coming up…

Site Updates

Well, the site has been relaunched now for over a week, and we’re nearly at the stage where some of the site’s original content can go back online. Ahem. Anyway, firstly, we’d like to thank Back In The Red for giving us a nice mention, and to Groovetown for an excellent review. On a completely unrelated note, why not visit Groovetown’s forums, where me and Ian skulk about?

Anyway, on to site stuff. Ian’s Dimension Jump X Report is now online (WHY COULDN’T I GO? WHY? BOLLOCKS FUCK SHIT). Expect some piccies of the event to go up soon. Meanwhile, the DVD and Movie FAQ has been updated. The goss at DJ was that shooting is due to start on 15th September – bearing in mind the previous delays, we’re trying not to get too excited, but it really looks like it could be on this time…

UPDATE: There was due to be more updates today (the 13th), but seeing as I’m completely incompetent and fell asleep last night, there won’t be. Hopefully they’ll go up some time next week, but as I’ve got sporadic net access over Easter, you might have to wait until the week after. Oh, and thanks to friend-of-the-website Karl Eisenhauer for the piccy. You can see more of Karl and Snip’s pics here.

Real III and IV DVD Details Released

More updates to the official site today – including, as if by magic, a new DVD Details section for Series III and IV. They will have a slightly bigger budget compared to the I and II DVDs, and the science room, bunk room and Starbug’s hanger will probably feature as the menus. There will also be two more chapter points for each episode, bringing the total to nine, and (thankfully) the eggs will be hidden slightly better this time round – and there will be more of them. As for the cover art, Series III will obviously be of Starbug – with IV going back to Red Dwarf again. It’ll be interesting to see what they do for Series V, seeing as Blue Midget doesn’t make an appearance in that series; but what’s the betting they use it anyway? Not much has been said about the extras yet, although there are hints of a few new things in that area – and that Hattie’s DJ Video Diary is a definite feature. The Region 2 releases will be in November 2003 for Series III, and February 2004 for Series IV. The Region 1 release of both DVDs will occur in February 2004.

Other news stories on the site include an item on Craig Charles’s new short film Ten Minutes, intriguingly billed as “a black comedy set in real time”. It’s directed by Ben Mole, who also produced the English edit of Takeshi’s Castle with Craig. There’s also a new navigation feature, Launch Scouter. Last, but certainly not least, there’s a report on Dimension Jump X. Expect G&T’s DJX report, along with more site updates, tomorrow.

www.reddwarf.co.uk Updated

The official site was updated yesterday, with the best bit by far being Part 2 of Mr Flibble’s Paul Jackson interview. It’s truly fascinating, with quite a few things that we didn’t know about, including the fact that it was him who directed the show during the first abandoned rehearsals, and Ed Bye was only doing 2nd-unit stuff. Meanwhile, the Series II DVD finally gets its Region 4 release, with some interesting sales info figures in the article too. Robert Llewellyn’s Hollywood Science series (7:30pm on Wednesdays, BBC TWO), and Tony Hawks’ Lights, Camera, Accident (8:30pm on Sundays, C5) are also advertised, and we’ll try and bring you a review of those shortly – although the ever-excellent Groovetown covers both.

There’s also a mention of the new Red Dwarf poster, which should be avaliable in time for Dimension Jumpers this weekend. Unfortunately, it looks pretty crap. I prefer my pictures of the crew to be big and un-wibblified, and I’m getting sick and tired of merchandise that uses the Remastered/Series VIII versions of Red Dwarf and Blue Midget, despite the fact that the earlier model shots were far, far, far better. Give me a full-sized poster of the original Red Dwarf model, and I’d be extremely happy. Or maybe a copy of Lister’s London Jets poster. Anyway, I think I’ll stick to my poster of this for now…

As for this site, there’s been a few corrections to the articles – mainly spelling and grammar, as the site was rushed up for Dimension Jump. Thanks to Tanya Jones for going through it all. I’ll try and get the Episodes section and News Archive online tomorrow. I’ve also fixed a font size problem in IE, brought to my attention by Squidy and clarified by mongrel, from NOTBBC’s forums – the text size over-reacted to the Text Size settings. If anyone has any other accessibility problems with the site, let us know.