i remember as a kid (probably not understanding sarcasm or understated humour that well) I had an idea, from something I had read, that Grant and Naylor were very reclusive to an unusual level. Like they were never photographed or interviewed and no fan had ever seen them or spoke to them. One of the Red Dwarf related books I read had a blurry photo of them with hoods up looking away and a funny caption like “they don’t post for photographs and don’t like to chat” or something similar.
You might get that impression if you didn’t see them interviewed on TV/Smegazine and were basing things on their book introductions, where they liked to make shit up to keep some of the series’ origins enigmatic, maybe not realising how many of their fans were young and/or gullible and wouldn’t realise they were joking.
Their Red Dwarf Companion introduction narrates a fictional story about a prefect named Rimmer, but I think they did go to school with a (male) Kochanski? The original beer mat™ in the Omnibus book isn’t real. I wonder if their favourite colour’s even orange.
When I first saw Back To Earth, I thought the Creator character was legitimately played by Doug Naylor and that this was the actual creator of Red Dwarf since I had never seen him before. Imagine my shock when I saw the real Doug Naylor on the documentary and he was just a friendly bald man rather than some psycho with safety goggles and a stupid coat
The first time I saw a photo of Doug was in the Last Human hardback book cover, when I was surprised to see a friendly looking man in a nice shirt. For some reason (those various magazine comments etc) I thought they were like real life Dibbleys and wore thick glasses and wooly hats all the time and never smiled.
However, even a a kid I figured out the “beer mat” was a joke, because it implied they had created Doctor Who and Bill n’ Ted.
> Their Red Dwarf Companion introduction narrates a fictional story about a prefect named Rimmer, but I think they did go to school with a (male) Kochanski?
Can’t remember where but I think they’ve claimed a few of the original crew were named after people they went to school with, possibly including Lister and Rimmer, and Kochanski was the school bully.
Incidentally, I noticed the other day that in the first novel Kochanski has a book called Learn Japanese by Dr P. Brewis. Rob and Doug worked with the composer Peter Brewis on Spitting Image and Son of Cliché. We all know about Gwenlyn. Anyone know of any other examples of this kind of in-jokey stuff?
There’s photos of them in that book about making Gunmen which I had as a child so I never got that impression
My dad told me a story of when he was at a convention and asked one of the cast members where another one of the cast members was and they replied “down by the toilets where they belong” and I thought for years that that wasn’t a joke and that they’d all had a viscious falling out