No, I’m not talking about Dark Ages!!!!!1 This is Rob Grant’s latest novel, which is not due for release until December. However, under the cover of Darkness (I disguised myself by dressing as Justin Hawkins), I managed to break into Rob’s house, being careful not to disturb Doug’s snoozing, satisfied wife, and swipe a proof copy for myself. Okay, I bought it on eBay. It was much easier that way. Anyway, the upshot of all of these exploits is this: a preview. Rest assured, there are no major spoilers, so you are safe to dive in willy-nilly.
On the surface, this is good news. Chris Barrie is to appear at the London Expo on the 18th and 19th of October. This is yet another chance for the fans to chat to their rival, and get another piece of their merchandise signed. Marvellous. However, as Chief Winged News Monkey Tracy Brennan points out, the last we heardon the Movie was that it will start shooting in Australia in October. Admittedly, we didn’t get an exact date, but the 18th is a little too close for comfort. We hope to God that Chris will fly out pretty soon after his appearance at the Expo, but if not… well, it doesn’t bare thinking about. The consequences could be dreadful.
Yes, as every website under the sun (well, Big Blake and RDZ) has reported, the Starbug Playsets are now ready to pre-order! It’s at Galaxy 4 for a very reasonable £29.99. However, Galaxy 4 lose marks for the following: they won’t allow you to register with an e-mail address that ends in .info and they think that ‘Crighton’ is a Red Dwarfcharacter. But enough snideyness – the Playset is excellent. It looks to be a very nice piece of merchandise, and I can’t wait to see which sounds from the series will be used.
The Red Dwarf Zone does it again – they’ve noticed that The Red Dwarf Shop UK now have the Red Dwarf IV DVD listed – with a preview of the cover art for Regions 2 and 4. RDZ have pointed out the interesting fact that it says “The Entire Fourth Series” rather than “Original” at the bottom of the cover, as there was no Re-mastering of the fourth series. They have also noticed that the logo appears in full colour, rather than silver as in the previous DVDs. There was plenty of speculation on the Official Webboard when it was announced that the Series IV cover would not revert back to Red Dwarflike Series I after all – one of the more popular suggestions was that it could be of Ace Rimmer’s ship, although this was refuted by Andrew Ellard on the webboard a while back. It’s impossible to tell whether the cover works or not from a small image – I absolutely love the idea, but I’m not sure it’s quite as clean and stylish as the previous covers; it looks slightly messy. But I’ll reserve judgement until I see a bigger version. The shop also indicated that a specific release date for the IV DVD has not yet been set; it’s still “sometime in February 2004”. Andrew Ellard has said on the Official Webboard that there will be a new DVD Details article on the III and IV covers next week.
“We present Son of Cliché, written by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor. Starring Christopher Barrie, Nick Maloney and Nick Wilton. Music by Peter Brewis. The series was produced by Alan Nixon.”
Yes, hail the launch of our brand new section, on Son of Cliché – a Rob and Doug Radio 4 sketch show, the first broadcast of which was 20 years ago to the day. Enjoy our in-depth sketch-by-sketch episode guide, and expect plenty more soon; including an article detailing jokes and ideas that were later recycled in Red Dwarf, trivia notes, transcripts, and loads more.
Another update tomorrow. Blimey, we’re doing well, recently…
John’s Newsround? Yes. Whilst Ian was fitting a DVD-ROM drive to his computer today, he, erm, managed to break something. Therefore, he’s not on the net, and it’s left to me to do this week’s newsround. I’d laugh my head off and spend ages slagging him off, but I’m on my backup computer at the moment as I broke my computer last week by poking out the reset button with a screwdriver. WE ARE COMPETENT, HONEST.
A bit of movie news, from our esteemed winged-news-monkey-in-chief, Tracey Brennan. Today’s Daily Mail contains the following short item:
Will the Red Dwarf movie be as popular as the hit BBC series? Chris Barrie, aka pompous hologram Rimmer, believes so. He tells me: ‘All the cast from the TV series will be in it, but there will be a fresh storyline for people who aren’t aware of the programme. There’s no shortage of ideas, so I don’t see why there can’t be a series of films – though obviously it depends on how popular the first one is.’
Nothing we don’t already know, of course – but at this point, with no information coming from GNP and production apparently so close to starting, we’ll take anything we can get. It’s yet more confirmation that things are happening, which is good.
The only other bit of news tonight is about Back In The Red; it continues its run of updates. I also forgot to mention yesterday that The White Hole has promised that “something big is brewing”, but “that’s all I’m saying for now”. Cun… I mean, we look forward to it. Ian’s Newsround is tomorrow (which will also include a new addition to our sadly recently-neglected DVD section) – and remember, our new section is launching Saturday…
Sorry to keep droning on about this, but what about – THE LASER ETCHED STARBUGS! Eddie, from The Stamp Centre kindly got in touch to inform us that the large one, as pictured, is now in stock. It costs £24.95, and it looks worth every penny. The illuminated keyring version, costing £7.95, still has licensing problems – it will be avaliable in about 6-8 weeks. Also, there will be a large Red Dwarf etched piece avaliable, hopefully at the end of the month – we’ll bring you news of that when it’s avaliable. Excellent – The Stamp Centre really does make some beautiful stuff. Our only problem with their range is the new model of Red Dwarf they use, but that happens, irritatingly, everywhere you go now.
News, here. More Red Dwarf items are being added to The Prop Store of London. New items for sale since the article on the official site include: Cat’s costume from Meltdown, the book “How To Get More Girls By Hypnosis” from Parallel Universe, Rimmer’s swimming certificate as used in the bunkroom between Series III-V, the pop-up Karma Sutra from Me², an amazing item confusingly or amusingly (depending on your viewpoint) named Rimmer World, which is the actual model dome used at the start of Dimension Jump (and again in The Inquisitor), Bongo’s uniform, also from Dimension Jump, and Rimmer’s costume from Ouroboros. Mr Flibble’s interview with Stephen Laneof the Prop Store makes it clear there is plenty more to come, so keep checking back. Even if, like us, you have nowhere near enough money to buy anything, there’s still masses of trivia in the description of the items to keep you interested. And aroused.
Mucho activity on the fansites over the last couple of days, so we might as well start by detailing our own snivelly little updates. Following on from the Craig Charles interview, as reported on below, we’ve updated our Rumour Tracker and DVD & Movie FAQ documents. I might as well reveal now that this time next week there’ll be a new section on G&T, which we’ve been keeping under wraps for a while. We’ll give you a clue: it’s not about Red Dwarf…