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  • in reply to: Would you sleep with the person who posted below you? #126022
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I NEED SEX

    YES

    in reply to: Dwarfian Moments #126004
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Excellent, Ben!

    in reply to: Misheard lines #125984
    John Hoare
    Participant

    The abbreviation of subtitles is especially a problem in comedy. Often, the thing that’s funny is completely removed from the lines – meaning it’s a translation of the literal meaning of words, but the actual humour is removed.

    It’s an impossible problem to solve. I get that lines have to be shortened – but when single words removed can wreck the humour in a line, I don’t know what you can do.

    in reply to: Sexual Attitudes are Opposite? #125955
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I’ve often thought that the episode felt a bit too damn obvious. Usually not something I mind, of course, but it feels slightly off here.

    Still, it probably works because Rimmer’s sexual politics are obvious and transparent too…

    in reply to: Slightly mad conspiracy theory #125929
    John Hoare
    Participant

    No, the VII shoot was way before the Remastered stuff. Haven’t got dates to hand – maybe Andrew knows roughly…

    in reply to: Men Behaving Badly #125895
    John Hoare
    Participant

    It’s just wondererful. One of my favourite sitcoms ever. And exactly the kind of post-watershed sitcom that the BBC seems to have forgotten how to produce.

    I wasn’t that keen on the last three specials, as far as I recall, but I’d like to go back and watch them again, to see if I enjoy them more the second time round.

    in reply to: Misheard lines #125889
    John Hoare
    Participant

    As I walked home today from work, I realised what the phrase “khazi-droids” meant in Quarantine.

    Before, I thought it was some weird corruption of “caucasian”…

    in reply to: TV spotting #125830
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Howard would have to be in Series 1 plinky-plonky mode for my life.

    in reply to: Star Trek- Remastered. #125731
    John Hoare
    Participant

    The differene between the Trek remastering and the Dwarf project, is that with Trek, they’re not trying to change the show – just improve the general look. Wheras with Dwarf, Doug was really trying to change a lot of things he didn’t like about the show. The Trek approach is a lot more faithful to the original source material.

    Obviously, there’s a crossover between the two approaches, and it’s not quite that black and white, but there is a difference.

    in reply to: Secret Messege in theme??? #125730
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Maybe Clare Grogan’s just got large flaps.

    in reply to: The Peter Serafinowicz Show #125648
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Thanks for the link, John. I absolutely loved that.

    “That’ll help me get a few answers correct.”

    in reply to: The Peter Serafinowicz Show #125647
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I think there’s definitely the charge that there’s too many running sketches. Some people are rather over-sensitive to them these days, because Little Britain ran theirs into the ground – but it’s important to remember that nobody complained when Harry Enfield did shitloads of them. (Mainly because they were all very funny.) But even I would question whether we really needed six Acting Masterclass sketches, or all the QVC parodies, and so on. Most obvious in this regard was the chatline sketches – the Basil Fawlty one was by *far* the funniest (“No riff-raff”), and the subsequent ones added absolutely nothing to the idea.

    On the other hand, there was plenty that *did* work each week – the “Let’s…” PIF parodies, and obviously Butterfield. The sketch I linked to above was the stand-out in the last episode, but also great was Complico, “Sexual Christmas Time”, and loads others. Even the weaker sketches had stuff to recommend them – I found Cannibal Island fairly dull, until the hilarious BBC FOUR reveal.

    I really really hope there’s a Series 2 – but it definitely needs more standalone sketches.

    in reply to: The Peter Serafinowicz Show #125643
    John Hoare
    Participant

    So, what did people think of the whole series then?

    As I suspected would happen, once I got into the whole world, I loved it. A few too many repeated sketches, certainly, but generally brilliant. Who Would Like To Win ?100? was fantastic.

    in reply to: The Greatest Pun Of All Time #125548
    John Hoare
    Participant

    THIS IS MY FAVOURITE THREAD EVER.

    in reply to: The Greatest Pun Of All Time #125546
    John Hoare
    Participant

    This is my favourite thread ever.

    in reply to: Dialogue in porn films that really puts you off #125523
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I’ve just downloaded some porn, and was just wanking off to it, when I realised that what can be heard on the telly in the background was… the first scene of Camille.

    Seriously.

    Argh.

    in reply to: The Greatest Pun Of All Time #125515
    John Hoare
    Participant

    What?s the difference between a nun and a woman in the bath?

    One has hope in her soul?

    Danny wins.

    in reply to: Dialogue in porn films that really puts you off #125508
    John Hoare
    Participant

    That’s either fucking hilarious if it’s fake, or genuine abuse if it’s real.

    Hopefully it’s fake…

    in reply to: Dialogue in porn films that really puts you off #125505
    John Hoare
    Participant

    The best porn I have ever seen is the Kimberly Johnson video. It truly is epic.

    MPGS PLZ

    in reply to: Young ones 25th year DVD box set #125342
    John Hoare
    Participant

    i?ll have a look later tonight and reveal all?

    :-o

    in reply to: Favourite Smeg-Up? #125337
    John Hoare
    Participant
    in reply to: Favourite Smeg-Up? #125335
    John Hoare
    Participant

    “Anything else coming, Mr. Cat?”

    in reply to: Young ones 25th year DVD box set #125324
    John Hoare
    Participant

    “That’s white man’s electricity you’re burning…”

    in reply to: Favourite Smeg-Up? #125322
    John Hoare
    Participant

    There are so many… but the bazookoid getting stuck in the door from Out Of Time is right up there.

    Also, the cast turning to camera and doing stupid faces from The Inquisitor. Especially Jack Docherty returning the two fingers.

    in reply to: Misheard lines #125321
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Bloody hell! I never noticed that either! The proof.

    What always gets me about that scene is that out of Lister with his appalling flirting, and Rimmer with what I genuinely think would be an interesting photo collection of 20th century telegraph poles… I’d rather spend the time with Rimmer.

    in reply to: Misheard lines #125290
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Indeed.

    in reply to: Misheard lines #125287
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I thought that Lister’s Father’s dog was called ‘Hammer’ until the other day.

    in reply to: Young ones 25th year DVD box set #125273
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Ta for that, Jonsmad. Sounds well worth getting, despite the obvious flaws.

    And: a Paul Jackson commentary! Blimey.

    in reply to: Brave New Words – One of which is, of course, “Smeg” #125267
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Sort out the clocks John, there?s a bag of chips in it for ya?

    You have to do it manually for now – go to your account settings, and there’s a timezone section. Sorry. I think there’s a module that does it automatically – I’ll look into it when I upgrade the site.

    I absolutely LOVE that US BTL cover. Far better than the UK one. I suppose it is a bit generic, and maybe it doesn’t reflect the book as well as the UK version… but it just looks so damn COOL.

    in reply to: Red Dwarf Audios #125266
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Big-Finish-style audios would DEFINITELY be something I’m interested in too.

    You could get an audience in too!

    in reply to: Where the #### is the Wiki?? #125265
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Excellent!

    When I get the Wiki back online, we can all have a chat on here as to how to proceed with it.

    in reply to: Brilliant ad-libs #125264
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I didn’t mean charming as such – when I say charm, I more mean just being really likable.

    in reply to: Brilliant ad-libs #125235
    John Hoare
    Participant

    From what I’ve seen of McCoy – and I admit that I’ve only seen Remembrance and Ghost Light – I like him as the Doctor… but he gets away with it more on charm than acting ability.

    I’m more than willing to change my mind when I see more of his stuff, though. I desperately want Fenric, as I’ve heard great things about it.

    in reply to: Brilliant ad-libs #125220
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I should try and speak to him at some point to tell him I saw TUI as a six-year-old?

    Bah. Our house was DOCTOR WHO FREE when I was growing up. I have no idea why, as I would have loved it. Bastard parents.

    in reply to: Back to the Smegma #125216
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I’m sure I’ll love it, because I’m pretty much the same now as I was when I was 15. Only my wank fantasies are more informed.

    in reply to: Misheard lines #125209
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Although, forgetting that:

    Does it sound like our Dave would put up with this? While the future Cat, Rimmer, (unsurprisingly) and Kryten all seem to revel in the luxury, Lister’s dialogue is more subdued. Is it possible that this Lister, inanimate and trapped in a glass jar, is being forced to witness a lifestyle he would otherwise despise? And if so – who is responsible for leaving Lister in this state? Could it be he was reduced to a body-less brain by members of his own crew…?

    That is brilliant. And I never noticed it, but you’re right – his dialogue and performance *are* more subdued than the rest of them…

    in reply to: Brilliant ad-libs #125208
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Yeah, that’s the one.

    Was it recorded in any way at the time?

    in reply to: Misheard lines #125207
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Oh, thanks for the reminder on the Terrorform news item, John:

    ?The part of you that lusts after meaningless sex?

    For years, to me, this was:

    ?The part of you that lusts after mean, English sex.?

    Reclaiming England?s sexual reputation!

    You might want to take another look at this Time Hole article…

    in reply to: Back to the Smegma #125200
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I’ve seen bits here and there, and got the general gist – it’s pretty much impossible not to have done that. But I never used to be much of a film person, really. You can attribute that to the fact that I’m really more of a telly obessive than a film obsessive… and the fact that I used to have a rather shorter attention span than I do now.

    I’m a lot more interested in film now, though. But it means that I’ve got loads of stuff to catch up on…

    in reply to: Back to the Smegma #125194
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I have never seen Back to the Future.

    That is all.

    in reply to: MGM-Dwarf!! #125179
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Yeah, I agree with the problem with Mitchell and Webb. But I also agree that it would still have been better than what they ended up with.

    Mitchell as Arthur, and someone else as Ford would definitely have worked, though.

    in reply to: MGM-Dwarf!! #125166
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Mitchell and Webb should have been Arthur and Ford. I know it’s been said a million times before, but it’s worth repeating again.

    in reply to: New BBC comedy comedy guide #125151
    John Hoare
    Participant

    It’s really, really bloody irritating. I used that guide nearly every day! True, I’ve got it on the bookshelf here, but it’s so useful it being online.

    Why the hell couldn’t it have at least been left up until the new guide was online? To say nothing about the fact that if the new guide is ANYTHING like as comprehensive as the old one, I’ll be fucking surprised.

    in reply to: MGM-Dwarf!! #125150
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I did like the film, but I still prefer the old TV series.

    The radio series is my favourite incarnation of HHGTTG… but the TV series comes second, way above the books. I love it – it’s just got a really lovely feeling to it. The last shot of the series, with Arthur and Ford walking away into the distance, tears me up every time.

    Such a shame Douglas and the director Alan Bell didn’t get on, and so we didn’t get a second series…

    in reply to: Red Dwarf used for a pile of shit ‘spoof’ article #125089
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Not a spoof article, but: this is pretty dreadful. The odd factual error (“Jack Bullet”?) – but its main fault is just being dull, Dull, DULL.

    in reply to: Young ones 25th year DVD box set #125083
    John Hoare
    Participant

    That’s a great set of documentaries.

    I’m really, *really* hoping the rumoured commentaries are going to be on there…

    in reply to: sci-fi nerd style red dwarf thred – beware! #125053
    John Hoare
    Participant

    At uni I once pissed in a Pringles tube and stuck it in my cupboard, because I couldn’t be arsed going to the toilet.

    Unfortunately, my housemates found it when I was out.

    in reply to: sci-fi nerd style red dwarf thred – beware! #125049
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Maybe it’s a backup system, to keep propulsion in case there’s a problem with the ram scoop?

    in reply to: Brilliant pictures from pre-watershed sitcoms #125030
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Another great line from George & Mildred:

    MILDRED: Honestly George, I think you must be going soft in the head [glances down at his groin] …as well.

    Me and Tanya audibly went “Oooooh!” at that, which is probably why you should NEVER EVER WATCH A SITCOM WITH US. But it’s a pretty risque line for a pre-watershed sitcom, isn’t it? I suppose it ties in with what Andrew says about the grey areas around the watershed at that time compared to now.

    in reply to: Brilliant pictures from pre-watershed sitcoms #125023
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Never the Twain and Home To Roost I can’t really get into – although they’ve at least got a likable atmosphere. And the theme to Home To Roost is brilliant – and John Thaw is never less than great too.

    I’ve never actually seen Love Thy Neighbour. I must hunt it out.

    in reply to: Brilliant pictures from pre-watershed sitcoms #125021
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Speaking of old sitcoms – if you ever get a chance, watch the first episode of Three Up Two Down. It stars Michael Elphick – and it’s PAINFULLY obvious that he’s pissed throughout the entire recording. Really, really disturbing, considering what he died of, but also fascinating to watch. It’s so bad that I’m surprised they didn’t reshoot. Oddly enough, he’s fine throughout the rest of the series – presumably he was really nervous because it was the first one…

    Actually, Three Up Two Down is well worth hunting down. Irritatingly, Playback released the first two series, and then haven’t released any more as presumably it didn’t sell well enough – so I don’t get to see the other two series. Which is really, REALLY annoying.

    in reply to: Jokes it took me fucking years to get #125016
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I never got that either! I’m sure a lot of people don’t – the final “Leave it” sounds like the end of the sentence, so you’re not expecting him to finish anything off.

    in reply to: Where the #### is the Wiki?? #125014
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Well, I still want to keep the Wiki as completely factual, non-opinion based. But it’s clear that there is interest in getting the thing back up and running in whatever form.

    I’m off work at the start of November, and I intend to do a full upgrade of the backend system of the site then (and actually doing it PROPERLY using a second copy of the site, rather than lazily taking this one offline and then fucking it up as usual). So I’ll do it then.

    in reply to: Brilliant pictures from pre-watershed sitcoms #125013
    John Hoare
    Participant

    It’s so, *so* good. I’ve only got into it recently, but – along with Man About The House – it’s become one of my favourite ever sitcoms.

    George muttering gleefully “That’s disgusting” as he reads that is just fabulous.

    in reply to: They were gonna sort that out in the dub #125009
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Incidentally, was that the only piece of test footage shot for the film?

    Andrew, on the Webboard recently:

    “I’ve only ever encountered two pieces of vis-FX text footage for the movie. One of which didn’t impress, and the other being worth sharing and thus showing on the Bodysnatcher DVD.”

    When I asked whether it was physical models or CGI, he replied:

    “CGI. A company tried out for the job with a Starbug test – but instead of making it fly, they hung it in space and rotated the camera around it. Which gives you no sense of
    their ability to do movement.”

    in reply to: Son of Cliche MP3s? #125004
    John Hoare
    Participant

    And I got to sneer at Howarth and Lyons

    Speaking of which – in one edition of the Programme Guide, when they “review” the Smeg Ups release, they state that the actual cut ending of Out of Time – the Margarita/foam moustache scene – wasn’t actually included on the Smeg Ups tape as promised. But, erm, it was – my copy certainly includes it.

    Did a preview copy of the tape not include the scene? Are they getting confused with the “Smeg! I’m a hero!” scene, which wasn’t included on the Smeg Ups tape, and made its first appearance on the VI DVD? Did the first batch of tapes not include the scene by mistake, but the second duplication did? Or – and not for the first time – were Howarth and Lyons just talking bollocks full stop?

    in reply to: They were gonna sort that out in the dub #125002
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Oooh, I FUCKING FORGOT about that one!

    There’s so much on these DVDs I keep forgetting about stuff. Like when I was writing about the full content list, and had forgotten that the script extracts had a commentary track as well…

    in reply to: They were gonna sort that out in the dub #125000
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Back to the original question: Rimmer-as-Lister’s line “I was like an animal!” in Bodyswap isn’t bad as such… but it’s blatantly clear that Craig Charles spoke the line far too quickly on the set.

    in reply to: They were gonna sort that out in the dub #124999
    John Hoare
    Participant

    The books typically took their cue from the show (hence the grey bunks in Infinity despite the writer?s dislike to the set), so the excellent description of the ship – ?a big, red, red, big clenched fist? – really only interprets what the show was already doing, regardless of anyone?s opinion of the model itself.

    This is interesting – because I’ve always read the book (and seen Rob and Doug talk about it) as being a way of correcting all this mistakes they felt they made in the first two series (such as it being Lister’s grandson, not son, who dies). And yet, yeah, they mention they grey sets, which they never liked… and change in the very next series made after the book was published!

    It makes me wonder why they didn’t just change *everything* they didn’t like.

    I?ll never get how the new version can de described as ?sleek? when it?s still all clunky, heavy angles.

    I think it’s certainly sleek in comparison to the original design, which is perhaps where that description comes from. And regardless of the angles, it’s longer than a lot of ships too, which adds to the sleek impression. But anyway, I agree with your comments about the original design totally.

    I’m looking forward to seeing the new design PROPERLY on the DVD, anyway, as it’ll be easier to judge it with a proper model shot. But it’ll still be difficult to judge it properly, when all we’ve got is that overhead shot, rather than a normal flying-through-space one.

    in reply to: Would you sleep with the person who posted below you? #124992
    John Hoare
    Participant

    :-(

    in reply to: Son of Cliche MP3s? #124991
    John Hoare
    Participant

    But it didn?t feel like that at the time.

    It did to me?

    It’s fair to say that I was a lot younger then, and not as critical of that kind of stuff.

    Certainly, I can’t imagine GNP doing tke same thing now.

    in reply to: They were gonna sort that out in the dub #124990
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I agree. Forgetting about the CGI for the moment – I don’t like the actual design either. I like Red Dwarf as a giant hulk of a mining ship (the descriptions in IWCD sum it up) – it shouldn’t be as sleek as the Remastered design. And yeah, the bloody boosters are awful.

    There’s *two* asteroids built into the side of the Remastered ship… but “built in” are the operative words. They look deliberately placed there, rather than just having crashed into the ship, and don’t look nearly as good, or make nearly as much sense.

    It’s true that whilst the original intentions of a production are interesting and valuable… ultimately, you have to judge the material as to what it *is*, rather than what they wanted it to be. Maybe the production team did envisage the original ship to me more like the Remastered version – and that’s interesting in itself. But that means nothing when it comes to judging the actual episodes, and which I prefer. The same goes with judging the sets.

    in reply to: Son of Cliche MP3s? #124981
    John Hoare
    Participant

    The Six of the Best release is pretty canny. It’s a perfect introduction to new fans of the series because it’s the best episodes, but it’s also got something of value for the hardcore fans with the CD – and then the hologram is for the collectors…

    Canny, perhaps bordering on rip-off, if you’re a huge fan who just wants the CD. But it didn’t feel like that at the time.

    in reply to: They were gonna sort that out in the dub #124980
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Well, surely the idea is that the Polymorph is trying to provoke the biggest reaction possible, so not only is Mrs Rimmer a slag (which seems true enough), she no longer ?acts? the part of the prim, proper and austere woman that Rimmer has been harping on about. And she shags Lister.

    I wondered that. But the thing is… if it wasn’t realistic in the slightest, then Rimmer wouldn’t be annoyed. It has to be convincing for him to get upset.

    Back on topic; The Cat?s line about the ION storm in White Hole STILL jars with me.

    I really, *really* want a copy of the original White Hole script, to see if that line was in the original script, or just added in post-production…

    in reply to: The Peter Serafinowicz Show #124979
    John Hoare
    Participant

    The Dickens sketch is a great example of a sketch I didn’t find that funny… until the final punchline (“Can I have some more… jam?, followed by Dickens’ FACE)… where it immediately transformed into one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a long time.

    in reply to: They were gonna sort that out in the dub #124970
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I had twigged… but it’s very, very strange, isn’t it? But Rob and Doug were heavily involved with the production at that time, so her performance in Polymorph has to be deliberate.

    Just one of Rob and Doug’s famous continuity changes, I guess. You can’t really judge from the Remastered, because the fact it’s dubbed puts you off – but I’m sure the lines wouldn’t have been as funny in her later incarnation. “I honestly thought my false teeth were going to fall out” is one of my favourite lines in the episode…

    in reply to: Son of Cliche MP3s? #124968
    John Hoare
    Participant

    The first laserdisc commentary was for the 1933 King Kong on laserdisc, in 1984. Wikipedia has more.

    I love the CD too – I bought SOTB at the time, mainly for the CD (I’d recorded all the eps off telly), and it was worth the cost price alone. And I got to sneer at Howarth and Lyons stating in the programme guide that the included hologram was stuck to the side of the box, wheras in fact there’s a second one inside the box. Proving that they didn’t ACTUALLY pick up the release for themselves, and just made up what they were writing.

    in reply to: They were gonna sort that out in the dub #124962
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Actually, I didn’t know the longer version of the ship was the original intention. Where was that stated?

    in reply to: Son of Cliche MP3s? #124960
    John Hoare
    Participant

    It was recorded in 1996, for release in 1997. And it’s only one CD, so whilst I haven’t got the exact length to hand, it’s under 80 minutes…

    I’ve always been intrigued by the CD, as it’s the last Red Dwarf-related thing that Rob and Doug did together before Bodysnatcher. (And how I love those last two words.) And it happened after the Rob/Doug split, which occured during The 10%ers. And yet it all sounds very amicable on the CD…

    in reply to: Son of Cliche MP3s? #124955
    John Hoare
    Participant

    The CD was meant as just that – a discussion CD, to listen to separately. It was never designed to be a commentary.

    Apart from The End (which really discusses the genesis of the series, rather than the episode itself), there’s not half an hour’s worth of discussion on each selected episode – only five minutes or so. So it wouldn’t work as a commentary for the rest at all.

    in reply to: They were gonna sort that out in the dub #124951
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I suspect – although maybe we’ll get a bit more detail on The Bodysnatcher Collection – that they didn’t think the common voice was right for the character. She’s supposed to be “prim, proper, almost austere”. But who cares? It’s very, VERY funny.

    But maybe it was an odd choice to make when making the original episode. Is the idea that Rimmer was lying about his mum? Or was it just done because that voice was funnier in context than a posh one?

    in reply to: They were gonna sort that out in the dub #124948
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I suppose we should also include Rimmer’s mum in Polymorph Remastered.

    Forgetting what it’s like technically – it manages to sap out every last bit of comedy from a very funny scene.

    in reply to: The Peter Serafinowicz Show #124945
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Yes, I had a problem with the Beatles sketch, for exactly the reason you mention. And I had a similar problem with the QVC stuff – wonderfully produced, but where were the jokes?

    But there was plenty to laugh at, for me – the Butterfield stuff, and especially the second “You’re a C**t” sketch (gleeful in its obviousness) were particular highlights.

    in reply to: The Peter Serafinowicz Show #124943
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Tonight’s was the first one I’ve seen – slightly patchier than I’d have expected, but still masses of great stuff, and marvellously produced. They were definitely right to drop the laugh track, I think (although the Bond sketch had me wondering about the decision, the rest of the show vindicated it).

    The Fawlty sketch was my favourite, somewhat predictably.

    in reply to: What is going on? The (RD) internet is broken #124939
    John Hoare
    Participant

    And Chris’s site is back up.

    But still not updated…

    in reply to: Son of Cliche MP3s? #124915
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I think nearly all of the Six of the Best CD was used on the DVDs in the end – the bonus commentary for The End, and then the animated eggs, used practically all of it. I haven’t got my CD here to check, but maybe Andrew knows if there were any little bits that weren’t used…

    The White Hole, which merged into this site, used to host MP3s of Son of Cliche – but someone (we have no idea who) complained about them, and Cappsy was ordered to take them down by his hosting company. Due to the fact they’ve been complained about once, we’re loathe to put them up for download again at the moment… but also, there is still the slim possibility that the BBC might want to release them properly (I think they’re more commercially viable than Wrinkles), and so we’re holding back for now.

    At some point, if we pursue it and the BBC still show no sign of wanting to release it, we might chance it and put them back up for download. Same goes for Cliche, which we’ve got all six episodes of – including the episode that wasn’t transmitted on the BBC 7 repeats a few years back.

    in reply to: Where the #### is the Wiki?? #124914
    John Hoare
    Participant

    To be honest, I don’t think opinion stuff on the Wiki would work. I want to include some better ways of including opinion stuff on G&T – the Episode Reviews Database *will* happen at some point – but I think allowing opinion stuff on the Wiki spreads its net too wide, amongst other problems.

    I don’t think we need to restrict ourselves to strict Wikipedia standards – but I think keeping opinion out of it is probably for the best.

    in reply to: Where the #### is the Wiki?? #124909
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Well, I didn’t mean *everything* has to be cited, certainly – but yes, controversial and not-well-known stuff needs it, and there’s virtually nothing there cited at the moment.

    The reason I lost interest in the Wiki *personally* is that I hate writing stuff that’s just factual – I like putting my own opinions in there too, which is totally unsuitable for a Wiki. But there’s clearly a lot of people who want to read that kind of stuff without my dumb opinions there, so as long as we can get a good team together, then I’ll de-spamify it and get it back online.

    in reply to: Where the #### is the Wiki?? #124904
    John Hoare
    Participant

    It was in an absolute state before – we let it run a bit wild. Spam everywhere. I can clean it up and install anti-spam stuff, so that’s no problem. But it ideally needs most edits checking every day (it doesn’t have to be one person doing this – it could be a team) to make sure they’re well-written and correct, and non-POV. This would be pretty easy to start with, but once momentum picks up and the number of edits increases, then it could become more tricky.

    The harder job is reviewing existing content – as I recall, there is lots of stuff than needs fixing here and there to become more wiki-ish. Also, we also need to do a far, *far* better job with citations – there’s pretty much none in there at all. That’s a *major* job.

    in reply to: Where the #### is the Wiki?? #124902
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I keep meaning to do an announcement on this, but… well, haven’t got round to it. Put simply – we haven’t got time to run it. So either it’s going to disappear, or we need offers to take over its administration – and it needs to be someone who is willing to put the work in, and will do a decent job of it.

    Is anyone interested?

    in reply to: What is going on? The (RD) internet is broken #124899
    John Hoare
    Participant

    it2i2 is now back up – but Chris Barrie’s is still offline…

    in reply to: The Peter Serafinowicz Show #124890
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I missed it, but I’ll find a copy and watch it tomorrow, as I have very high hopes for it.

    Here’s something interesting though – it’s completely pre-recorded, but they had a laugh track recorded for some episodes, in the same way that Red Dwarf VII did. But they dropped it, and cancelled the last audience recording session.

    Which is fascinating. I don’t think this is a production getting scared of laugh tracks – I think they just felt that, with a lot of TV spoofs, it would work better without one. But it’s interesting that they got so far as to actually recording some of them before dropping it.

    Hopefully the eventual DVD will have a second audio track on at least one of the episodes, so we can hear what it sounded like…

    in reply to: Jokes it took me fucking years to get #124866
    John Hoare
    Participant

    The reaction from the studio audience is a bit weird too, as I recall – slightly delayed, as you can tell that some people don’t get it.

    in reply to: Jokes it took me fucking years to get #124863
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Yeah, I always thought it was a suggestion that ladies wearing dresses or skirts shouldn?t be allowed to spread their legs too much to accommodate the extra wide cello. Or something.

    THIS IS CORRECT.

    It?s really not all that funny when you think about. Just slightly arousing.

    It never made me laugh much at the time. But the other day, I saw a woman playing the cello on telly, and the joke came back into my head and made me giggle like an idiot, when confronted with the HARSH REALITY.

    in reply to: Deliberate Red Dwarf References in Star Trek #124862
    John Hoare
    Participant

    There’s also this one, which is ABSOLUTELY DIABOLICAL apart from one stage direction:

    [Fade back to Enterprise, The Red Dwarf is now fully through the time hole, and
    is making the Enterprise look slightly small.]

    in reply to: Deliberate Red Dwarf References in Star Trek #124852
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I did not know that!

    That is because it is a BIG LIE.

    in reply to: Kryten likes Hyperdrive! #124838
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Damn fool.

    in reply to: Shaggy #124835
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Ah, interesting – I didn’t know it came after VIII. Any ideas where it was actually shot?

    in reply to: Shaggy #124833
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Ah, I remember this from the time! Completely forgotten about it, though. Yeah, it’s just a celebratory thing, really, in much the same way Perfect Day was.

    That is a really, really weird set they’re on, isn’t it? The VIII bunkroom set, but… not. At all. Why the fuck would they change it? Was the proper set not completed at the time, or something?

    in reply to: Sev Dwarf #124820
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Saved for “posterity”:

    That is… bad.

    in reply to: What is going on? The (RD) internet is broken #124812
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Christ. That’s just embarassing, for both sites. If you’re down due to server problems, that’s one thing – but letting a domain expire for a commercial project, or not paying your bills, just makes you look really silly.

    in reply to: QI is back #124801
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Yep, that’s the fucker.

    The hissing where Jen’s bra is burning in the office (“MY TITS ARE ON FIRE!”) was dubbed on in the edit. Making the scene rather more disturbing than when I was watching it recorded…

    in reply to: QI is back #124799
    John Hoare
    Participant

    It was a great show on Friday – one I saw recorded. Loads of wonderful moments and lines.

    But I can’t quite shake the feeling that the series as a whole isn’t as good as last year’s (bar the first episode, which is the best one they’ve ever done). Which makes the critical acclaim Series 2 seems to be garnering from some people as “much better than last year’s” all the more bemusing.

    in reply to: Identity #124798
    John Hoare
    Participant

    Knightmare is one of the best shows ever made, full-stop.

    And the worst thing is – it’s EXACTLY the kind of show that just wouldn’t be made nowadays. Nobody really wants to fund much programming aimed at the kind of audience Knightmare was aimed at (older kids) – and especially stuff as ground-breaking (ie. untested) and expensive as Knightmare. Indeed, the reasons Knightmare was cancelled are much the same reasons why it would never be made today, only more so.

    in reply to: Identity #124785
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I hate Dead Or No Deal so much. The implication that there is any skill involved is laughable.

    The skill is weighing up the risk as to whether to go on or not. Half of the interest in the show is examining people’s attitude towards risk and reward.

    The other half is all the interaction between Noel, the Banker, the contestant, and the other players – the jokes, the banter, and getting to know people… and also the psychological game between the player and the banker, which also has an impact on the offers (and another reason why it’s FAR more than just luck). It’s why those things on YouTube where they edit the show down to a minute and a half COMPELTELY miss the point – they edit out all the stuff that is actually interesting about the show.

    The bilge at the beginning with Dead Aunty Annie?s photo and lucky numbers.

    I find that stuff fascinating. Not because I agree with any of it – what the boxes contain is purely a matter of luck (not the game itself – just what’s in the boxes), and you’d be better off boning up on your stats knowledge than bigging up photos of your dead grandma – but again, it’s people’s attitudes towards that kind of thing that I find interesting.

    What happened to quiz shows with questions in?

    They’re still out there! Although yes, I’d like a few more really good ones. But I don’t see why a show based on statistics can’t be fascinating – why does it always have to be questions? There’s room for everything.

    But then, I wouldn’t call Deal or no Deal a quiz show. I’d call it a game show. And one of the funniest, best-produced, most interesting game shows on telly – or any show full-stop, for that matter.

    in reply to: That review you did of the rushed-for-Xmas guidebook #124743
    John Hoare
    Participant

    http://www.ganymede.tv/indepth/the-official-red-dwarf-companion

    To be fair, the navigation on this version of the site is pretty crap in all honesty – something I need to sort out. And ganymede-titan.info should have been closed down ages ago, and proper redirects set up. Problem is, it’s always last on the list of things to do…

    in reply to: Identity #124742
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I don’t think the shock reactions are prompted at all – certainly, that’s not the impression people I know who have been to recordings have got. You’ve got to remember that those people live together in a hotel the entire time they’re on the show, and really get to know and care for each other. The reactions are completely genuine.

    As for how the contestants behave – I think you’re talking rubbish! Not all contestants play it badly by all means…

    I certainly think Noel has his faults as a presenter of the show – I don’t like some of what he says, especially his obsession with “courage” – but he does so much else right, including making me laugh hysterically throughout each episode, that I can forgive his faults.

    in reply to: Identity #124738
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I’ve never actually seen Identity. I’ll give it a watch.

    I’m desperately waiting for Andrea’s game on DOND. I’ve usually got one or two BIRDS on the go at once.

    in reply to: Identity #124735
    John Hoare
    Participant

    I’m still addicted to Deal or No Deal.

    It’s just a fantastically produced programme. And Noel Edmonds is still one of the best presenters around.

    in reply to: Regarding the origin of John Hoare’s avatar #124718
    John Hoare
    Participant

    It’s the previous Radio 1 logo. Not my girlfriend’s CUNT LIPS.

    I much prefer to the current logo – I like how stylised it is.

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