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.
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.
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…
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.
A snivelly little update today, but a much needed boost to our DVD section. As part of our quest to cover every single extra in some way, we’ve written a guide to the Series I Smeg Ups. Just to reiterate past news, Crime Traveller was released today (I still don’t have my copy. Curse you, Play.com), and be sure to watch The Sitcom Story tonight, BBC ONE, 10:50pm. I think I’ve coped pretty well while John’s been away having constant sex with that Jones woman…
Today, we’ve been hard at work in the Episodes section, and the Balance of Power stuff is now finished. We’ve now got Supporting Characters details, and a couple of Reviews. Thanks again to the excellently-named Curtis Threadgold for his contribution. Also, apologies to the difficult to spell Matt Drzymala, for spelling his name wrong yesterday. Well, at least that proves the epithet was correct. Don’t forget to watch The Sitcom Story tomorow – the BBC are going to acknowledge its finest comedy series ever. We’re not going to make the same mistake we made with Top Gear again…
In yesterday’s official site update, they reported that the Red Dwarf Shop (UK) was open for business. We apologise for reporting this on Thursday, thus knackering up this newsround. This happened last week with the Brittas DVDs, and this sort of thing really can put a crimp in your update. Also on the official site is the news that Little Shop of Horrors, which featured a young Danny John-Jules, is out on DVD. Interestingly, it is stated that Mr. Flibble is on holiday in Australia. I’m sure you don’t need me to point out the relevance here, but I will anyway, as it makes me feel superior: that’s where the Movie is going to be filmed. Ooooh. Perhaps young Ellard is busying himself with that and the DVDs, and an interview every other week is a small price to pay, I’m sure you’ll agree.
In other news, as this is supposed to be a newsround, Crime Traveller II is out on DVD on Monday. It’s an utterly misleading title – there was only ever one series of Crime Traveller. This is merely the second set of episodes to be released. I’ve ordered my copy, and will be reviewing it when it arrives. Well, not straight away, obviously. I’m going to watch it first. It would be a pretty shit review otherwise. In the meantime, here’s the first review to whet your appetite.
In website news, Tanya Jones has sent me a list of spelling corrections for our recent updates. Tanya has the patience of a saint – not only does she read all the shite we upload, she’s shagging John as well! Although presumably, she doesn’t do these things at the same time. Also, I can exclusively reveal that the difficult to spell Matt Dryzmala is planning on relaunching Back in the Red at some point soon. Hopefully, it’ll last longer than three months this time. Good luck, Matt.
Before the update, I just have to bring your attention to this on the Red Dwarf Shop (UK). It’s absolutely beautiful. I tend to moan when I think the merchandise is crap; it’s only fair to enthuse when something lovely is produced. It’s wonderful, and I’ll definitely be buying one. Or seven. Oh, and for any of you watching State Of Play on BBC ONE, did you notice the Producer was Hilary Bevan-Jones, who also produced Red Dwarf V? And Sunbury Pumphouse, the location which doubled for Justice World, was used on a sex education show shown on the Learning Zone on BBC TWO a couple of nights ago. I’m not sure which aspect of that anecdote is more worrying, though. Perhaps it’s the fact that I’d call it an “anecdote”.
Anyway, two quick updates for you today – both Red Dwarf References Lists (Book and TV) are online. Written by the prolific Annette McIntosh, they were last updated in 1996 – we plan to produce addendum documents (especially for the TV list, as it only covers up to Series VI), but that can wait until we have the PIP Addendum up and running. Incidentally, the lists aren’t fully HTMLized – it’s a bloody nightmare of a job, but I’ll try and sort it next week. I’m just left reeling at how comprehensive they are.
I expect the official site will be updated later today – Ian will report on this tomorrow. I’m off to have some employment of time in a profitless and non-practical way. Yay!
Odd. The Red Dwarf Shop UK was launched last Friday, but went unreported on the official site. Goodness knows why. The most exciting product there is, of course, the Series III DVD. They have a tiny, tiny picture of the cover, which features a picture of Lister and Rimmer from Maroonedon the front, and Hattie as Holly on the side. Interestingly, the writing on the logo on the site will be black; for some reason I’d imagined a white one. They also give the date of release – the 3rd November, precisely twelve months since Series I came out. I’ve already booked the day off college.
In site news, we’ve launched yet another section – all about The Brittas Empire. At the moment, the section consists of a rather nice Episode Guide, featuring the original Radio Times synopsi. Obviously, we don’t know as much about Brittas as we do about Red Dwarf, so we are appealing for Brittas fans everywhere to contact us, with additions, corrections, and anything else you might like to add.
As reported yesterday, Red Dwarf is featured on a BBC compilation called More Great Comedy Moments. This is clearly a technique specifically designed to make ME buy the DVD, and I have done. The clip is of Kryten learning to lie and swear in Camille, and it’s a good choice. I love that scene. Chris Barrie features in three clips, which explains his prescence on the cover. Aside from the Dwarf one, there’s a scene from The Brittas Empire (of Carole smashing up Brittas’s car in Back from the Dead) and a Blankety Blank spoof from Filthy, Rich and Catflap, where Chris plays an exasperated director. There are some good clips on the DVD, but why are they releasing compilations like this instead of bringing out the series in full? There’s a great Fry & Laurie sketch on there, but I’d rather see The Complete A Bit Of Fry & Laurie on the shelves.
And finally, everybody wish John a happy birthday for tomorow. Bless him.
Bah. The BBC are FORCING us to purchase their latest ‘Greatest Comedy Moments’ collection, which was released on Monday (see how up to date we are?). They’ve teasingly placed a picture of Rimmer, c. Series I, on the front. According to Blackstar, the DVD features “Red Dwarf’s Kryten as he painfully tries to learn to lie”. A scene that doesn’t involve Rimmer, particularly not in his Series I uniform, there. Still, it’s not like the BBC to feature the wrong publicity photos on a DVD. (SATIRE) Unless, of course, there’s another RD clip. I’ll find out when I buy it, which will be when I get paid.
Meanwhile, Robert Llewellyn’s WomanWizard DVD arrived this morning, so I’ve written a review of that. Also included in the package was a little note from Rob, in which he reveals he is “presently planning a new DVD, to promote an even better software package called iSpin. The idea behind this product is that in an ever increasing world of confusion, we need help in developing rapid political opinions on any subject. iSpin will give you a one click opinion solution.” Sounds promising; Robert is officially a workaholic.
Oh, and I’ve finally done the Norman Lovett review. What a bastard I am.