Netpricks, etc

Anyone want an example of the kind of fan mail G&T receives?

This issue did actually come up on our forums a couple of years ago – but we assumed this was just some bizarre music rights issue for Netflix in the US. Sadly, the change is now present on the version which reappeared on UK Netflix in June.

Let’s take a butchers, shall we?

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Exxxxxxxxxxxxxxcellent, etc

As reported seemingly everywhere: Brittas to return?

Well… maybe. In fact, the only thing the story actually confirms is that something is in development. Which is all very well, and matches stuff we’ve heard elsewhere – Chris Barrie’s site, for instance – but this is hardly a guarantee of anything actually making it to air. As ever, it’s slightly bizarre when it’s G&T which has to add a note of caution. BLAME MODERN JOURNALISM.

(What I’m finding odd is this idea there are 53 episodes of Brittas – something both the British Comedy Guide and The Mirror are reporting. There are 52 episodes. As ever, watch incorrect information spread across the media just because nobody could be bothered to look at an episode guide and count the number of episodes.)

On the plus side, the mention Richard Fegen being involved is highly promising. And there’s an interesting parallel here with Red Dwarf X, beyond the obvious. Whatever issues I had with that series, one thing it did was prove you can still have production ambition with audience sitcom.

The return of Brittas could well prove you can still do a pre-watershed sitcom which has a bit of fucking edge to it.

UPDATE (10/07/15): FFS.

Gold! Always Believe In the Integrity of Your Master Tapes (Updated: 15/07/15)

UK Gold ident from 1992 So, Red Dwarf is starting a repeat run on Gold from 10:20pm tonight.

Do I even need to write this article – an article which you could no doubt predict to the letter, given our recent publication of this? Not really. So let’s make this quick:

a) Referring to my comprehensive list of current UKTV edits, Series 1 suffers the least from any editing: a single “bastard” cut from Waiting for God. This means we’ll only find out whether they have sourced brand new copies or are showing the same ropy nonsense as always when that episode is shown, on Friday 10th. (Pre-watershed showing at 1pm, post-watershed showing at 10:20pm.)

b) As this consists mostly of pre-watershed and post-watershed repeats, then it’s an ideal way to see whether they have finally scheduled pre-watershed and post-watershed versions of the programme, or if they’re just sticking on manky pre-watershed edits for all showings willy-nilly.

c) I would also make the point that this is the first time the series has been shown on Gold for quite a while – and it is also a run from the very beginning. If I worked on Gold, I would take the time to check that what they were going to show are the correct versions. It is not an unreasonable thing to expect.

For anyone who thinks I’m banging on about this too much… of course I am. Welcome to Ganymede & Titan. But there is a reason why I’m doing it now, as opposed to the years when Red Dwarf was endlessly repeated by UKTV but not in active production. As soon as they decided to commission new episodes of the series, then the standards expected of them when it comes to repeats increase vastly.

If they want the audience figures, profit, and glory which come attached with Red Dwarf, then they can expect to be called out if they treat repeats of it like shite. Even if it makes every single person on the planet want to punch me full in the face for doing so.

UPDATE (15/07/15): Well, this is a turn up for the books. The pre-watershed showing of Waiting For God did indeed have the “bastard” cut – but the post-watershed showing had it intact! This was something I did not expect. (As evidenced by the fact it’s taken me five days to get round to checking it.)

Let’s hope this is the way things are for the rest of the run, then. The next check: the post-watershed showing of Kryten on Thursday 16th at 10:20pm. If edited, the cut dialogue will be the following in italics:

LISTER: “Mister Arnold” isn’t his name. His name’s “Rimmer.” Or “Smeghead.” Or “Dinosaur Breath” or “Molecule Mind.” [And on the very rare occasion when you want to be really mega-polite to him, Kryten, we’re talking MEGA-polite, in those exceptional circumstances, you can call him “Arsehole”.]

Oh, and: “Swivel on it, punk!” and the associated hand gesture. Here’s hoping this is the dawn of a new age in UKTV repeats of Dwarf, and not merely them lucking out on the scheduling of a single episode…

Crazy For You

In an unexpected move, it seems there’s a chance that a character from the worst series of Red Dwarf – the series that Back To Earth and X chose to completely ignore in the strongest possible terms – will be returning in Series XI or XII.

Actor and dancer Jake Wood tweeted:

Which wouldn’t be newsworthy in itself, were it not for this reply from Doug:


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Crimewatch Update

Crimewatch U.K. logo because I am doing a big funny Back in 2012, as the lead up to Red Dwarf X, those good folks at Dave showed an entire run of the first eight series. I took this as my cue to finally take a look at an issue which had been bugging me for years: the edited versions of the show Dave always insisted on showing. Here are the results of that investigation from 2012. It doesn’t make especially pleasant reading.

But no matter. Yesterday, Dave started a new run of repeats, starting from Series III. In the last three years, the channel has shown one brand new series of the programme, and commissioned two more. Surely by now, those shitty edited versions will have been replaced with the proper episodes?

I think you know what I’m going to say here. In fact, it’s so obvious, I don’t think I’m even going to say it.

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OFFICIAL: Two new series commissioned!

Breaking news from Dimension Jump. Doug Naylor – a surprise guest – has announced some very, very good news. TWO new series of Red Dwarf have been commissioned by Dave. All the main cast are on board for all twelve episodes. The two series will be shot back-to-back, starting later this year. The filming dates have also been confirmed as the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016 respectively, with a LIVE audience, shooting at PINEWOOD.  The broadcast dates are currently 2016 for Series XI and 2017 for Series XII, but that obviously could change.

As previous clues have suggested, both series will be a co-production with Baby Cow.  Doug says he’s written “most” of the new scripts and he’ll be returning as director, with Richard Naylor and Kerry Waddell producing.

We need some time to process this. Go ahead and comment to your heart’s content, and we’ll try and get our thoughts together in time for our post-DJ Dwarfcast.

EDIT: Official confirmation has now been TOSsed off along with an announcement trailer! Also, not yet officially confirmed, Doug says Craig had to choose between Red Dwarf and Corrie. He chose the former and has left the latter.

[Dimension] Jump For My Love

DJ2015Is it that time already? It only seems like yesterday that we were sleep-deprived and huddled in some poor bastard’s hotel room as the last convention came to an end. But apparently, that was two years ago, and so it’s time to do it all again, but this time in the East Midlands.

Due to various unfortunate scheduling conflicts, we won’t have full contingent of G&T team members in attendance this time – the only ones of us that are going are the ones that are also part of the Fan Club team and/or event crew. Consequently, our coverage might be somewhat restricted this time round, but we’ll aim to update our Twitter feed periodically, record our obligatory sleepy Dwarfcast, and if any major news breaks over the weekend, we’ll keep you posted as best we can.

If you’re attending, then please feel free to come and say hello! I’ll be the one behind the camera, Danny will be the one behind the sound desk, and Cappsy will just generally be behind.

Good luck, Nottingham. You won’t know what’s hit you…

RIP Keith Harris (1947-2015)

I was sad today to read about the death of Keith Harris; someone whose shows I genuinely enjoyed as a child. (I definitely saw him live once, and distinctly remember an animatronic Orville who sat on the stage by himself and sang.) For proof that Harris could be really fucking funny, look no further than this article, and read what Harris thinks of his upcoming Christmas special:

“It’s nice to think you’re in people’s homes at Christmas. And it’s a time when Cuddles gets a little friendlier towards Orville, I’m glad to say. Last year he gave Orville ten pounds. Of sage and onion.”

OK, OK, I can hear you say. What possible connection can there be with Red Dwarf and Keith Harris? Well, take a look at the following video, and the credits of Keith and Orville’s Quack Chat Show – the programme I remember Keith from best, with a theme tune I’d entirely forgotten until today. The show’s Scenic Designer is none other than… Paul Montague, production designer for Red Dwarf Series 1 and 2.

An extremely rare chance to see Paul Montague’s day-to-day design work – a person very important to Dwarf‘s early years.

And that’s how I managed to link together Red Dwarf and Keith Harris. Join me next week, when I attempt to link together Blackadder and Lolly Badcock.

Ask Hattie Hayridge Anything

Good news, everyone! We’re going to be interviewing Hattie Hayridge early next week, for a very special Dwarfcast. And we’re giving you the opportunity to ask her anything you like about Red Dwarf, her career, or anything else you feel she might want to talk about. Just leave a comment on this post, and we’ll put your question to Hattie. Unless it’s shit. You have until Monday morning.