Well, we feel slightly foolish now. We’ve been sat here waiting patiently for some Red Dwarf XI news to burst forth, and it seems all we had to do was ask the show’s producer nicely on Twitter. Yes, a chap called Chris Horner (possibly sat in a corner) has done just that to Naylor Minor, and extracted two salient pieces of information. Their exchange follows.
That bunch over at the Red Dwarf fan club, with their swanky ‘official’ title, need your help in a couple of areas. The team recently became one member (and about twenty stone) lighter, and so they are recruiting. So if you’ve ever fancied working directly with the fat hairy one from G&T and the slightly less fat, considerably less hairy one from Gayspacko Poop, now’s your chance. You’ve got just under a month to get your applications in, so do it. If you want to, like.
Also, it’s come to that exciting time when the fan club are thinking very seriously about the next Dimension Jump convention. And the first step in this process is to lazily farm out the production of an event logo to their feckless followers. On the plus side, the winning logo designer will receive a free pass to the next event, and the opportunity to own a t-shirt and/or mug with their design on it. Details and submission form are right here.
Right, now that I’ve finished whoring out prime real estate on my website for the benefit of my girlfriend’s organisation, maybe I can get a fucking cup of tea.
Well, the biscuit factory bit is pure speculation, but it would appear that Doug Naylor is cheating on us. He’s got a new sitcom in the works, for BBC One, of all things. The first indication came via Doug’s tweet on Monday 10th February:
Off for casting session with @RichardDGNaylor for new sit-com starring two guys with initials HD + NM for channel with initials BBC O.
We must admit, we kind of thought there’d be more news about Red Dwarf XI by now. When Doug appeared at Dimension Jump in May, he seemed to imply that an announcement wasn’t too far away. However, that was more than half a year ago, and all we’ve had since is a gun-jumping splutter from Bobby Llew. That is, until now. Sort of.
With thanks to Si Bromley for posting about this on our forum, it would appear that there’s a new boxset on the way! It’s available for pre-order on Amazon and Play, and is scheduled for release on 16th December (which, whilst technically in time for the Christmas market, is cutting it a bit bloody fine). Details are sketchy, but the British Comedy Guide notes that it will contain “every episode to date and out of this world extras”.
Oh, Robert Llewellyn. You are a one man gun-jumping machine. Of course, we’re all of us – production and fans alike – 99% sure that an eleventh series will happen. Doug wants to do it, the cast wants to do it and UKTV want to do it – Doug said as much at Dimension Jump back in May. But it’s at this point that we feel the need to clarify that nothing has been made official yet. And as usual, it’s a leaky cast member that’s made us clarify this.
Yes, this is clearly just a plug for a project that a couple of the G&T staff and many of our friends are involved in. If that offends you, look away now.
Still here? Good. Because we want you to go and download A Brief History of Time Travel, a radio-sit-com-but-on-the-internet, written by James Hunt and reddwarf.co.uk’s Seb Patrick. Starring Joanna Elliot, Jon Shaw, Henry Imbert and G&T’s very own Ian Symes, who is easily the best one in it. Furthermore, also on the credits are sound designer Danny Stephenson from G&T/Sweden, regular guest star Xander Newsome from off of Gazpacho Soup, and the extra special guest star, across all six episodes, is one Robert Llewellyn. He was in that old sitcom with the big spaceship and he had a funny head.
It’s available to buy now. I know that “paying for stuff” and “the internet” are often strange bedfellows, but this is worth it. It’s a completely independent venture (and how many audio sitcoms can you name that weren’t made by the BBC?), that’s been run to a professional standard throughout, and if we want independent voices to get themselves heard, this is exactly the type of project that deserves our support. Plus, it’s cheap as fuck. You can get the full series of 6x 30-40 minute episodes for £7, or you can get the complete package with a shedload of extras for £11. This includes a 20-odd minute audio spin-off for each episode (with deleted scenes, ramblings from the writers and interviews with the cast) and a massive 400-page book that’s packed with just about every single scrap of detail you could possibly want from the series.
Basically, we don’t ask you for much. But all of us at G&T really want this to be a success, so if you want to make us happy, you’ll go and give A Brief History Of Time Travel a try.
So, starting on the 4th August, YouTube will be launching Geek Week, spotlighting all manner of geeky things including, most notably, a one-off new episode of Knightmare which is sure to be good.
More pertinently for us, however, is that Kryten is to be unceremoniously ripped from the Red Dwarf universe and “will act as a daily host pointing viewers to new videos”. As far as I can tell there’s no word on who will be writing Kryten’s dialogue, but I imagine it will cover topics such as cleaning, cleaning and cleaning.
The whole thing is being produced by ChannelFlip, who have also been responsible Our Bobby’s web series Carpool and The MoWer.
EDIT: So this has all started now, and Kryten’s daily introduction videos have actually turned out to be quite good, as has Geek Week itself. As revealed in Seb’s big TOS on Friday these videos are written by Robert Llewellyn (The Joeys, The Corner House, Beyond a Joke) and directed (and presumably also co-written) by Doug Naylor (Pushing Up Daisies, Over to Bill, Beyond a Joke).
Here, have some handy fucking links why not:
And has been for nearly 24 hours now. Hey, what better time for G&T to go through one of its frequent periods of non-activity than during the biggest event in the Red Dwarf calendar – and the biggest DJ for bloody years?
Luckily, we’re not completely dead. Follow the G&T Twitter feed for as many updates from the convention as I can frantically tap out with my sweaty unpleasant fingers – and it’s also worth following the TORDFC Dimension Jump account. We should be doing a DwarfCast on Sunday to round up the convention, if we haven’t all done a Norman Wisdom. Can’t believe they let these two idiots anywhere near the running of the convention, though.
Anyway, must dasharoonie – there’s a blow-up doll doing the rounds. I believe it’s my turn.
Yes, the unbelievably long-overdue documentary about this very special piece of television history has finally been released on DVD!
Headed by Rich Lawden (known as P2P Productions around these parts) and Lesley Manning, the original director of Ghostwatch, Behind The Curtains is a 90-minute exploration of the Screen One drama that sparked a furore that spread through the BBC and beyond.
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