Bleh. Articles, you say? Up today? Fuck off, I’ve been sleeping. Ahem. Luckily, Ian caught the following in the Daily Mirror, so here’s some “excellent” news. As it’s from the Mirror, I’d take it with a pinch of salt, though; even the article itself says that it isn’t confirmed.
Good news, everyone! “I am very excited”, Robert tells us (and specifically us, definitely not his mailing list which is open to anyone, honest.) “One of my biggest ambitions has finally been achieved. Bypassing the multi national companies, the TV stations, the media machine that governs what we see, I have struck out alone with a new project. Over at www.llew.co.uk the DVD of my recent one man show is finally released.”
You will have already noticed today’s new addition to G&T – the quick news summary above. One of the problems with G&T updating every day and using the front page as a combined news/updates/rants section is that important news stories tend to get pushed aside by minor site updates – hopefully the news summary will help rectify this. Your commentsare welcome, including ideas for further improvements to the site.
Meanwhile, thanks to Barrabus on NOTBBC’s forums for pointing us towards the BBFC’s report on the upcoming Brittas Empire DVD. I hope we do get some extras, although I’ve got an awful feeling it’s unlikely. Either way, let’s hope this much maligned and underrated sitcom gets a reassessment by certain people – for what it’s worth, after Dwarf, it’s probably my favourite ever sitcom. We hope eventually to cover The Brittas Empire in our Parallel Universe section; and not just a quick review of the DVD either.
On the site updates front expect a good update tomorrow, with an article on the deleted scenes on the Series I DVD that has been in preperation for quite a while. (Or, more accurately, Ian wrote it ages ago, and it’s been sitting on my hard drive mournfully ever since, whining.) And on a final note, it’s interesting that Blackstar got back to us regarding our investigation of the fake Series III DVD cover in about 20 minutes, wheras DVD.CO.UK still hasn’t got back to us after several days, and never even acknowledged our e-mail. Guess which company I’d recommend to you all for good customer service?
Welcome to the second of my weekly news columns. The fantastic news from the official site this week is about new interviewsthat have been recorded for the Series III and IV DVDs. Not only have the complete regular cast been interviewed (or will be soon), but they’ve also secured an interview with Peter Wragg – the king of model shots. This is utterly brilliant, and I can’t wait to hear what he has to say. Ed Bye is also taking part, and, excellent though the interview will be, if he’s available for interviews, why hasn’t he recorded a commentary? Another piece of good news on the interview front – Ruby Wax wasn’t available! Hooray!
Next Saturday, Chris Barrie will be hosting the SFX Reader Awards, at the ExCel Centre, London, and Robert Llewellyn and Norman Lovett will be appearing at the London Expo, next door. SFX, there; the magazine that says that Red Dwarf‘s time has passed. If so, why are they featuring three of its stars at the SFX Event? Also on the official site this week is an interview with Pauline Bailey, who played Marilyn Monroe in Meltdown, in which Mr. Flibble’s right hand, Andrew Ellard, refers to something he has seen in the rushes of the episode. This implies that he has already searched through the footage for deleted scenes. Hooray!
Site update time: we’ve added an About section, giving you details about our principles, our aims, the site history and biogs of John and I. More updates tomorow, and every day until the destruction of the planet.
We’ve added the episode content for the second episode – Future Echoes, and what a marvellous episode it is. A Capsule, Reviews, a Scene Summary and Supporting Characters info has been made availiable. Our gratitude goes out to Curtis Threadgold for his reviews, and for his excellent name. We’ve updated the The End reviews with his contribution.
A bit of cast news for you – friend-of-the-website Karl Eisenhauer has pointed us towards this news story about Danny John-Jules’s new sit-com, although the article fails to mention Danny himself. Don’t miss my newsround tomorow, which will bring you our reaction to the latest news from the official site. I would react now, but I’m too excited about Peter Wragg…
Yes, yet another section added to G&T; ATVRD, which contains documents pertaining to the alt.tv.red-dwarf newsgroup. I’ve taken over the Birthday List from Steve B, which as you can guess is a list of birthdays of readers and posters to the newsgroup. If you want to be added, get in contact with me at email@example.com. If you’ve never read the newsgroup before, have a look; me and Ian hang around on there, and it’s good fun.
Tomorrow’s update will include more stuff added to the Episodes section, about Future Echoes. Marvellous.
This bloody cover has been a thorn in our side since we first saw it at the beginning of April. If you’ve been following the story, you’ll know that we initially dismissed the cover as a fake, but then saw it crop up on various retailers over the last few days, with the explanation that it had been supplied by a distributor. ‘How could this be?’, we asked ourselves, and our investigations lead us to the top – Grant Naylor Productions. We contacted Andrew Ellard, the associate producer of the DVDs, and he told us this:
No, the DVD cover seen on the net is not real. It’s a fake, though I have no idea where from. I’m amazed anyone’s buying it – but, hey, if it helps the pre-sale, why not?
So, now we know that the cover is a total fake, and not a mock-up by GNP. We still don’t know how it got into the hands of distributors, or who is responsible for it. If the person who made it is reading this, get in touch. As much as your prank has confused us, we have to admire the way you’ve fooled so many people.
We at G&T are so fed up with the negative atmosphere surrounding the movie, that we’ve been forced to write an article about how the movie will be good. We’re using this article to launch yet another new section of the site – the aptly-named Movie section. We’ve also written an update to the Edit News feature that we uploaded on Monday, which contains a lot of info that we rather stupidly forgot to include then. Not only that, but we have revised the Links page. Expect another great update tomorow, obviously.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
For today’s update, feast your eyes on this: an article detailing all of the edits, censorships and scheduling anomalies pertaining to Red Dwarf. We were hoping to bring you more updates today, but John couldn’t get online (fuck off Bank Holiday fuck). Tomorrow will be a big update, it will.
Today, we are able to bring you two very good guides about the programme. What’s In A Name? details the alternate titles for episodes, and we’ve added a guide to the Supporting Characters for The End. Naturally, we’ll be doing the same for all the other characters in due course. Also, we’ve handily archived the older news articles, as this front page was becoming gargantuan. Have a nice bank holiday. We won’t. We’ll be working on this site. I hope you’re satisfied.