Craig Charles’ Log

Over the years there has been a great many pieces of official Red Dwarf merchandise, including some high quality titles such as The Making of Red Dwarf, Red Dwarf VIII: The Official Book and The Official Red Dwarf Companion. However, The Log: A Dwarfer’s Guide to Everything – written by Craig Charles Russell Bell and published in 1997 – is neither official or even in the vague realm of high quality. It is completely and utterly shit.

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Look, everyone! Rob Grant’s Fat! Alright, that’s the last time we’ll use that joke, we promise. But you have to admit, he’s almost complicit in it with a title like that. Anyway, after a lengthy wait (although, to be honest, not as lengthy as some have made out – we’re not exactly talking Duke Nukem Forever or Chinese Democracy, here), Rob’s latest novel, Fat, is finally in shops. And after an almost as lengthy wait (fortuitous circumstances meant we were in a position to get a review of this book out for its release date; dire technical circumstances meant we failed to do so), the G&T verdict is here as well. So, what do we reckon?

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Red Dwarf: Beat The Geek

Beat The Geek was, to say the least, hyped. Not perhaps in that smelly outside world we all loathe and detest – but within the Red Dwarf fan community, it was widely anticipated, for a variety of reasons. The fact that the last eight series set new standards for sitcom DVD releases? Check. The fact that this release was something different? Check. The fact that this was new Red Dwarf? I WANT TO HAVE SOME FUN!

Ahem. So, does Beat The Geek stand up to the ridiculous weight of expectation foisted upon it?

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