Ian’s Newsround – Deleted Scenes!

Yes, folks – it’s that time of year again. Even though this has only happened once before, the feeling is unmistakable. We’ve got our first teasers as to the deleted scenes for Series III and IV, thanks to top workaholic Andrew Ellard’s news report. It’s a feeling of excitement, intrigue and sheer bafflement. Amongst the things we can look forward to are a rant from Cat about how many pointless games he could be playing, more stuff from Mellie, some interesting-sounding stuff with ‘Kochanski’ Camille, and “huge swathes” from Bodyswap. Also promised is a continuity fixing sequence from Backwards, but given that so much of the episode is illogical, that doesn’t really narrow it down. The most intriguing scene, though, is an exterior sequence from Justice, in which the location looks “so much like a park in London” on-screen. The Series IV Production page of Time Holereveals that the sequence will be in Justice World’s ornamental gardens, and will feature Lister being shat on. Excellent.

Other good news from the official site – Mr. Flibble is back from his holiday, and he’s brought Robert Llewellyn along as a souvenir! It’s a great interview, all about WomanWizard, which I still urge people to buy – see the review for details. Robert also gives further details about his next DVD, which will include two pieces of software – iSpin and iSci. Sounds fantastic. Finally on the official site this week, details about Norman Lovett’s forthcoming appearances. Everyone go and see him – he’s fantastic. Once again, we’ve got this review of his act. Yes, G&T can help you organise your life.

As for site updates today, the Episodes section has been bolstered by stuff about Waiting For God. We’ve got the Scene Summary and the Supporting Characters guide. The reviews will be up soon, as will the capsule. As you can probably imagine, a capsule takes a long time to compile, with shitloads of different sources being plundered. This is why we’ve only done three of the buggers so far. The next update will be on Sunday.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering why my newsround is a day early this week – I’m going to the real and actual Aigburth Arms tomorow, with some friend of the website Karl Eisenhauer, the excellently named Curtis Threadgold, some other buddies and Snip. Yes, I am going to play pool on the hallowed table. I may even order a Cinzano Bianco. Oh, one last thing – Jon Tickle to win BB4. Make it happen.

Some Sodding News

News! Thanks to Austin Ross, who pointed out to us this Cult 100 article on the BBC Cult site. TV Zone has just concluded a three-month poll to find out the best 100 cult shows of all time. The full listing is in this month’s issue (#164), but the top twenty is there in the report; and Red Dwarf comes in at number 14. Charmedwould appear to be ahead, which is an abomination, but never mind – it’s a perfectly respectable position.

On site news, I finally broke our “update every day” policy after 37 days. Damn. Still, it was getting increasingly harder to do, and frankly the quality was deteriorating somewhat, to the point where I accidentally slag off other sites in order to fill a news item. Ahem. So, it’ll be less frequent in the future, although there will definitely be something every 2-3 days – and every day, if there is news to report. Anyway, today’s update is an article about the book Best of the Britcoms, giving the entry for Red Dwarf, and a review of the book. Ian’s Newsround is due tomorrow.

No Sodding News

Still a news drought, I’m afraid. Back In The Red have posted what they say is the “first, well.. er…. kinda look at Chris Barrie in the latest Lara Croft adventure”, and given a link to a picture – a picture that The Red Dwarf Zone mentioned ages ago. Still, the difficult to spell Matt Drzymala has reminded us that Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life is due out in the UK on 22nd August. No doubt the film will have it’s knoc… oh, fuck it.

After two days of launching new sections, it’s a relatively quiet day here at G&T – just some brief info on the entry in the Penguin TV Companion about Red Dwarf. Expect a review of the book to be added soon. A more substantial update tomorrow.

Cunt Times

Just one update today to the site. The Schedule section has been added, giving details of Red Dwarf related broadcasts for TV and Radio for the next few days. Similar to the Dwarf Tracker on the official site; but that only gives Red Dwarfschedule details. We aim to give details on programmes that members of the cast are involved in as well. We intend to cover cable/digital channels; but for the UK only I’m afraid. Sorry to our worldwide readers, but we just don’t have the time for anything else. We’ll do our best to keep this section as updated and complete as possible, but we’ll obviously miss things from time to time; it’s certainly incomplete as it stands at the moment, but there will be daily updates. It’ll soon get up to speed.

Oh, and if you don’t get the title of this news update, believe me – it’s not worth it.

Eeeeeeeeexcellent

Yes, I’m back rather earlier than expected – my net access difficulties have all been sorted. Which means regular updates for the site – and rather better regular updates than the last few days, thank fuck. Finally, and despite an earlier news item claiming this had been launched (ahem), The Brittas Empire section is now online. Contained within is the existing Episode Guide, and the new DVD FAQ – containing all the latest information on the DVDs. Expect it to be updated regularly. More Brittasstuff to follow soon, including an in-depth review of the DVDs when they are released.

And last month’s news/updates items have been archived in the May 2003 section. More updates tomorrow, on some actual Dwarf stuff. Yay! And let’s hope some news appears at some point…

We’re rubbish

A very, very minor update today. The Cast Listhas had yet another revision; detailing Graham Chapman’s planned appearance in the show, and yet more uncredited actors from Series I. A companion Crew List is in preparation. Expect changes to more existing material in the next few weeks. In fact, a lot of changes are due over Summer, including some improvements to page layout and accessibility, and even some – gasp – more pictures. We do spoil you.

With all this self-indulgent look at our site, you might be forgiven for thinking that bugger all is happening in the outside world. Well, you’re right. www.reddwarf.co.uk has had it’s usual Friday update, so head on over there if you haven’t already – but there’s really not much happening at the moment. Ian will have his usual newsround tomorrow. It’s possible I may have to take a break from the news roundups for a while, as I may have sporadic net access over the next couple of weeks – although I’ll still be contributing articles. In which case, I’m leaving you in Ian’s safe hands. God help you.

Goooooooooooogle

It’s not news (which seems to be rather thin on the ground at the moment), but I’ve been doing some investigating. Take a look at this – the first mention of Red DwarfI can find on Google’s Usenet archive. Pity the quoted line:

“In fact, we’re going so fast that controlling the ship is a real brown-trouser job.”

is actually correctly:

“Look, we’re travelling faster than the speed of light. That means, by the time we see something, we’ve already passed through it. Even with an IQ of 6000, it’s still brown trousers time.”

I cuss you bad, Kev Holmes. Still, well done. For the record, it was posted on 20th October, 1988 – and the episode in question (Future Echoes) was broadcast 22nd February 1988. Have a look at some more early Red Dwarf posts – go backwards through them to get them in order. I’ve searched all the way to the end of 1989, so if you want to go further than that, you’ll need to change it.

In site updates, I’ve uploaded my reviews of Future Echoes and Balance Of Power. If you disagree with them, why not write a review yourself and send it in? The Edit News article has also been updated, to include a cut to Demons and Angels (see section 9). I only saw the episode recently on UK Gold, and realised I’d been watching the cut episode for years, and never heard the line before. Odd.

The BBC smell of poo

A new article for G&T today – a review of the Red Dwarf section of The Sitcom Story, BBC ONE’s version of the history of the sitcom. Bearing in mind the title of this news update, and the title of the article, you may be able to guess that we weren’t entirely convinced by the show.

In smaller updates to the site, the Cast List has undergone a major revision, with the uncredited cast being vastly expanded. The ATVRD Birthday List has also had an update. Finally, although Groovetown has been fairly slow with the updates recently, it has an interesting story on Ruby Wax’s new Radio 2 show on Saturday afternoons. Let’s hope the comic clips contained therein are better selected than The Sitcom Story

‘Back In The Red’ Relaunches

Well, I’m back from my dirty weekend, and ready to kick bottom. Sort of. First up, Matt’s Red Dwarf site Back In The Redhas relaunched after a short absence. Gone are the episode guides and character profiles, which you can find elsewhere anyway, and in place is some new, unique content. Hooray!

Friend of the website Karl Eisenhauer has also e-mailed us this interesting report on Danny John-Jules’s new sitcom, The Crouches. It’s set to premiere on BBC ONE this Autumn. Let’s hope it’s good – BBC ONE could really do with a decent sitcom…

Not much in the way of site updates today, although I’ve slightly updated the Links page. Expect something good tomorrow. In the meantime, take a look at the Red Dwarf section of Fingertip Fabrications – modelmaker Steve Howarth’s site. It gives you some real insights into the production of Series VIII, including some great stuff on the time wand. And it has a wonderful picture of the Loading Bay that just begs to be used as a wallpaper. Made to 1:25 scale, and it looks beautiful – and the Starbug crash was the best special effect Series VIII had by a long way. I’ll tell you what – the Wormholes section on www.reddwarf.co.uk is severely underrated…

Oh, and I saw an old Smith & Jones video over the weekend. Not only was it hilarious (I’d forgotten how good they were), but Robert Llewellyn turned up in a song about an Italian restaurant. Which, sadly enough, made my day.