Well, the site has been relaunched now for over a week, and we’re nearly at the stage where some of the site’s original content can go back online. Ahem. Anyway, firstly, we’d like to thank Back In The Red for giving us a nice mention, and to Groovetown for an excellent review. On a completely unrelated note, why not visit Groovetown’s forums, where me and Ian skulk about?
Anyway, on to site stuff. Ian’s Dimension Jump X Report is now online (WHY COULDN’T I GO? WHY? BOLLOCKS FUCK SHIT). Expect some piccies of the event to go up soon. Meanwhile, the DVD and Movie FAQ has been updated. The goss at DJ was that shooting is due to start on 15th September – bearing in mind the previous delays, we’re trying not to get too excited, but it really looks like it could be on this time…
UPDATE: There was due to be more updates today (the 13th), but seeing as I’m completely incompetent and fell asleep last night, there won’t be. Hopefully they’ll go up some time next week, but as I’ve got sporadic net access over Easter, you might have to wait until the week after. Oh, and thanks to friend-of-the-website Karl Eisenhauer for the piccy. You can see more of Karl and Snip’s pics here.
More updates to the official site today – including, as if by magic, a new DVD Details section for Series III and IV. They will have a slightly bigger budget compared to the I and II DVDs, and the science room, bunk room and Starbug’s hanger will probably feature as the menus. There will also be two more chapter points for each episode, bringing the total to nine, and (thankfully) the eggs will be hidden slightly better this time round – and there will be more of them. As for the cover art, Series III will obviously be of Starbug – with IV going back to Red Dwarf again. It’ll be interesting to see what they do for Series V, seeing as Blue Midget doesn’t make an appearance in that series; but what’s the betting they use it anyway? Not much has been said about the extras yet, although there are hints of a few new things in that area – and that Hattie’s DJ Video Diary is a definite feature. The Region 2 releases will be in November 2003 for Series III, and February 2004 for Series IV. The Region 1 release of both DVDs will occur in February 2004.
Other news stories on the site include an item on Craig Charles’s new short film Ten Minutes, intriguingly billed as “a black comedy set in real time”. It’s directed by Ben Mole, who also produced the English edit of Takeshi’s Castle with Craig. There’s also a new navigation feature, Launch Scouter. Last, but certainly not least, there’s a report on Dimension Jump X. Expect G&T’s DJX report, along with more site updates, tomorrow.
The R2 Project has got what they think is a preview of the Series III DVD Cover in its Rumour Control section. “We received the following picture in the mail this morning, hopefully it is the sleeve artwork for series III of Red Dwarf”, they say. Well, if it is, it’s a very bad quality version of it – poor washed-out colour, with the ship being nowhere near as detailed as on the I and II covers. Also, if you take a look at the Desktop Backgrounds section of the official site, you can see that the design is nothing like the DVD Starbugone. In other words, it looks exactly like a mock, done by some wag or another. But we’re willing to be proved wrong…
UPDATE (10/04/03): For the final (and blindingly obvious) proof, look at the bottom of the cover – and the dodgy editing work done on the black bar. Also, the green Starbug is… Blue Midget, tinted green (with a few minor modifications). Why the hell didn’t they use the official Starbug desktop background on the official site? Anyway, it looks like we’ll have to wait for some more DVD Details for cover news.
The official site was updated yesterday, with the best bit by far being Part 2 of Mr Flibble’s Paul Jackson interview. It’s truly fascinating, with quite a few things that we didn’t know about, including the fact that it was him who directed the show during the first abandoned rehearsals, and Ed Bye was only doing 2nd-unit stuff. Meanwhile, the Series II DVD finally gets its Region 4 release, with some interesting sales info figures in the article too. Robert Llewellyn’s Hollywood Science series (7:30pm on Wednesdays, BBC TWO), and Tony Hawks’ Lights, Camera, Accident (8:30pm on Sundays, C5) are also advertised, and we’ll try and bring you a review of those shortly – although the ever-excellent Groovetown covers both.
There’s also a mention of the new Red Dwarf poster, which should be avaliable in time for Dimension Jumpers this weekend. Unfortunately, it looks pretty crap. I prefer my pictures of the crew to be big and un-wibblified, and I’m getting sick and tired of merchandise that uses the Remastered/Series VIII versions of Red Dwarf and Blue Midget, despite the fact that the earlier model shots were far, far, far better. Give me a full-sized poster of the original Red Dwarf model, and I’d be extremely happy. Or maybe a copy of Lister’s London Jets poster. Anyway, I think I’ll stick to my poster of this for now…
As for this site, there’s been a few corrections to the articles – mainly spelling and grammar, as the site was rushed up for Dimension Jump. Thanks to Tanya Jones for going through it all. I’ll try and get the Episodes section and News Archive online tomorrow. I’ve also fixed a font size problem in IE, brought to my attention by Squidy and clarified by mongrel, from NOTBBC’s forums – the text size over-reacted to the Text Size settings. If anyone has any other accessibility problems with the site, let us know.
There ain’t no place in the whole of cyber-space. G&T is a website dedicated to the BBC2 sci-fi comedy series Red Dwarf. And, if you needed the fact that Red Dwarf is a BBC2 sci-fi comedy series explaining to you, then you’ve come to the wrong place, frankly. The site is written, designed and maintained by two long-term Dwarf experts from Internetland, whose aim is to bring you up-to-date news, in-depth guides and strongly-worded opinion pieces. As well as eventually providing astonishingly detailed capsules for all 52 episodes, we also aim to be the web’s #1 resource for all information pertaining to the excellent DVDs and the forthcoming movie. Our favourite colour is orange.
We hope you enjoy reading the site, and that you’ll re-visit us regularly. If you have any comments to make on the site, then contact us. Only, try not to use the word smeg more than three times in the same sentence.
For those of you who used to browse the old site, most of the articles have been updated slightly, and the new ones are: Don’t Leave Us Hanging, Under Fire, and Alternate Personalities Featurette. The Red Dwarf DVD & Movie FAQ is also now hosted here. Expect updates at least weekly – with a report on Dimension Jump X next week.
This very website is featured in top Red Dwarf publication Better Than Life, in #44 that reached fan club members in the UK this morning. Internet Correspondant Debs gives the site four stars overall, and particularly praises the originality and in-depth content, adding: “if you have a list of Red Dwarf sites that you visit regularly, I definately recommend that you add this one to your list”. To read the full review, you’ll have to join the fan club, which you can do via their website.
Incidentally, in case you were wondering why updates have been irregular and sparse since the Series II DVD release, it’s because the site is soon to be relaunched, in collaboration with John Hoare, who some of you may know as ‘moss’. If John knows nothing else, (which he doesn’t), it’s Red Dwarf and computers, so exciting times are ahead for Ganymede & Titan fans!
The following article has appeared on AintItCool.com :
“Red Dwarf the movie is set in the distant future where Homo Sapienoids – a fearsome combination of flesh and machine – have taken over the Solar System and almost wiped out the human race. The only survivors are the crews of long-haul space freighters that left Earth before the conflict began. The Sapienoids send forth fleets of Death Ships to hunt them down.
One by one, the human ships fall, until only one remains.
It’s name – RED DWARF”
Frankly, I’ll believe it when I see it. If this is genuine, it’s a bit of a shock. What Doug Naylor is doing is taking the characters and placing them in a completely new situation. This will work if the characterisation is as good as it is from Series I-VI, but if it is like the last two series, it won’t be Red Dwarf at all. Naylor did warn us that the movie would be going in a completely different direction to the series. He wasn’t lying.
But is it just a very elaborate hoax?
* ‘Winchester Films presents…’ – The official site says the movie is to be made by Red Dwarf Films
* ‘KOCHANSKI: Lister’s dead girlfriend.’ How would this fit in with the new plot?
* Doug Naylor is stated as being the TV series director. While he did co-direct half an episode in Series V, this is not something you’d put on a poster.
* Chris Barrie has Blackadder III in the brackets after his name. Why would they include a tiny guest appearance, but not long-running series like The Brittas Empire, Robot Wars and Scrapheap?
* The fan club bit gives the wrong URL. The address changed about a year ago – there’s no way a poster that old would have only just been released.
* I can’t read much of the other stuff, but I can see that the release date of the American DVDs is wrong.
Whether this poster is genuine or not, this is a startling piece of news, and once again Ganymede and Titan is the first fan site to report it.
IT. IS. HERE.
Read my amazingly in-depth and detailed review of the Series II DVD here.
Well, I haven’t actually done anything to the website this week. This is an announcement that the follow up to the incredibly in-depth Series I DVD Review will be up at about 18:05 GMT on Monday. If this doesn’t come off, I’ll look pretty stupid. Those guys on the left will be here. Possibly.
A mere 16 days to go until the Series II DVD is released, and we’re still getting very exciting news through about the extras. The official site has a list of the deleted scenes . They sound brilliant, and I am now pants-wettingly excited about the DVD.
I managed to regain my composure in time to write the Balance of Power capsule . I’ve also written an article for the recently re-launched Back in the Red . I suggest you have a goosey.