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  • #3076
    SkyAndSun
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    Just about to read this: http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2009/mar/16/craig-charles-interview-red-dwarf

    Apparently CC talks about drugs and his return to Red Dwarf.

    #93918
    Dax101
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    damn! no one should have to pay thousands for new teeth

    #93919
    Seb Patrick
    Keymaster

    Good piece, and the teeth bit made me chuckle.

    #93920
    SkyAndSun
    Participant

    I was interested in his reluctance to return to RD until he read the scripts. Red Dwarf was of its time, etc. Wonder if that reluctance would affect a future series?

    #93922
    thomasaevans
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    That was a good piece. So theres a book on the way?

    #93924
    si
    Participant

    > becoming a household name by starring in the BBC2 sci-fi drama Red Dwarf

    Drama? Makes it sound almost sophisticated.

    #93946
    John Hoare
    Participant

    That *is* a surprisingly good interview. I’d argue with the “low-budget sets and ironic pastiche” stuff, but then I always do, and it’s at least phrased slightly less irritatingly than most.

    Weird to think that Craig thought Dwarf was “of its time and place”, though. Not quite sure what he means by that. I can’t see much of the good stuff in the show that irrevocably links it to the 80s/90s. The same scripts would work now, with very, very few changes to the pop culture references. Or does he mean something else?

    #93948
    pfm
    Participant

    > Or does he mean something else?

    I definitely think it’s c) something else, in this case. More like it’s “of it’s time and place” in his head. It’s a show that’s in his past as opposed to being something current. The stuff he did for the DVDs probably pushed it further into his past, and with the movie being a no go it’s likely he thought that was it for Dwarf, finito. Maybe his attitude was that it should be left alone because they could never be as good as they were in those days. Doug obviously persuaded him differently.

    As far as Dwarf beyond BTE is concerned, I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that BTE will end with Lister either dead or, more likely, left behind somewhere, leaving open the option of new episodes without Craig. This would be due to his Corrie commitments, of course. Maybe if they did a 6 part series Craig could do the last two of them, or something. They find Lister towards the end of the series. Yes, Red Dwarf is massively about Lister, but if they were struggling to make it due to Craig’s schedule, I would say they should try and go for it without him, as long as it wasn’t a permanent exit for Lister.

    #93949
    peas_and_corn
    Participant

    That sounds like a prettty good idea there, have a series around them finding/rescuing lister or just leaving him somewhere for whatever reason.

    #93953
    Dax101
    Participant

    as alot of storys were centered around lister, i dont think red dwarf would work without him, it barely worked without Rimmer

    a replacement character would be added and fans wouldnt be happy.

    i honestly cant see a series 9 happening, if anything they will just be more specials for when craig gets time off corrie

    #93957
    ChrisM
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    Nice Metro article clip in the news section.(thanks for posting it Seb.)

    Chris Barrie: “This could be the beginning of the rekindling of our adventures in space.”

    I know that future Dwarf is a consideration (depending on how the specials fare of course.) but after Craig’s mention of Dwarf, ‘being of it’s time’, it was nice to read something more optimistic.

    #93961
    Carlito
    Participant

    I wouldn’t want to commit to wanting more Dwarf until April 12th, no matter how the episode ends. It’s about quality not quantity. If these episodes are mad good, then I’d say 1000% I’d love more. If we end up getting a pale shadow of the show we loved, especially after we’ve had cast, crew and writer all raving about it for months, then I’d say it’s time has passed.

    Most (not ALL) comedy people have a finite shelf life of funniness, inventiness and relevance. When that time has passed them by, it’s very very hard to recapture the humour and perspective that once made them so good.

    I’m sure everyone can name a comedian or writer or comedy performer they once loved, whose prime body of work still stands up today, yet of whom they often ask the question “when did you stop being funny?”

    #93962
    Carlito
    Participant

    As for future episodes, if BtE is amazing and more are on the horizon, I think they should schedule it around Craig Charles if they need to. As long as Craig hasn’t quit outright, Lister is as vital to the show as Rimmer. Theirs is the main, show driving dynamic.

    The whole is better than the sum of the parts. RD without Rimmer, didn’t work. RD without Lister, won’t work.

    #93964
    hummingbird
    Participant

    > RD without Rimmer, didn?t work. RD without Lister, won?t work.

    This.

    #93968
    SkyAndSun
    Participant

    Have to agree. They need Lister and Rimmer. Hopefully CC still wants to do it and he’s able to do it; assuming BTE is good and someone (Dave, BBC, someone else) wants to pay for more.

    #93980
    si
    Participant

    I tried to post that Metro thing yesterday evening (better quality too – taken from the e-metro ;P), and nothing happened. Boo.

    #93990
    Stabbim the Skutter
    Participant

    > “Twenty grand teeth. That’s weird. So where was I?”

    I can’t believe I only just got that! :O

    #93992
    Danny Stephenson
    Keymaster

    I still dont get it.

    #93999
    Jo
    Participant

    http://www.myparkmag.co.uk/articles/television/craig-charles-blames-corrie-.html

    “Craig Charles has blamed ‘Coronation Street’ for making him a drug addict.”

    I think that’s a bit of a leap!!

    #94000
    ChrisM
    Participant

    Agreed. I read the article and I didn’t interpret it that way.

    I got the impression that the strain of working on Coronation Street, coupled with the death of his father was part of the reason he turned to coke, but to interpret that as blaming the soap is indeed taking it too far. There are other ways to deal with stress after all.

    Classic example of journalists taking something small from a statement and putting a whole other slant on it.

    #94001
    Jo
    Participant

    And as ever the Daily Star can be relied on to jump on the bandwagon…

    “CORRIE TURNED ME INTO A CRACKHEAD”
    http://tinyurl.com/dailyshit

    #94005
    Tarka Dal
    Participant

    Ah well. So Corrie fires him. What’s he going to do then? If only there was some old hit show he could fall back on. Hmm.

    #94007
    si
    Participant

    >I can?t believe I only just got that! :O

    I only got that this morning as well. Shocking.

    #94009
    Pete Part Three
    Participant

    I had to google it.

    #94011
    clem
    Participant

    > ?Twenty grand teeth. That?s weird. So where was I??

    I can’t get this either. Somebody explain please.

    #94013
    si
    Participant

    Featured interview/Tenth Doctor’s first words.

    I kicked myself.

    #94018
    pfm
    Participant

    ‘Barcemolar’

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