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  • in reply to: Where the #### is the Wiki?? #124927
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    I’ve just realised how funny Ian’s pic is. You look like a small child on Christmas Day.

    in reply to: Father Ted 2007 DVD box set #124926
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    > Well I guess I?m about so get flamed

    *flame*

    in reply to: The Peter Serafinowicz Show #124925
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    > ?My girlfriend, Sarah Alexander

    Lucky fucker.

    in reply to: Identity #124881
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    THE MOVIE GAME! Wow, that takes me back. What a GREAT show. Jonathan Morris hosting. And I can’t believe it has never even occured to me that it was John Barrowman who hosted the last series or so. What a mad career that guy has had.

    in reply to: Kryten likes Hyperdrive! #124859
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    It is actually better than Red Dwarf.

    in reply to: Shaggy #124836
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    The most amazing thing was Ronnie Barker doing this in his Arkwright guise. Surely this was a time when he wasn’t doing anything comedy-wise?

    in reply to: Identity #124797
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    in reply to: QI is back #124789
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    > It?s a small price to pay.

    Fucker.

    in reply to: Identity #124745
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    > Not all contestants play it badly by all means?

    I know that, but it’s the sheer indifference of some of them that infuriates me. I don’t know how they can carry on living when they ‘no deal’ on anything over ?20,000 and then proceed to lose it all and they don’t even react. It’s a good job the audience actually do give the OTT reactions because it would be extremely boring without them.

    > I don?t like some of what he says, especially his obsession with ?courage?

    He really does egg them on in the name of great television (or should I say ‘shit television’, I do hate this show after all…). What gets me is that every single game is an ‘extraordinary’ or ‘amazing’ one.

    in reply to: Father Ted 2007 DVD box set #124744
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    > but it?s not even a patch on the second film, let alone the first.

    The second film is really bad. It doesn’t even have Roddy McDowell in it playing Cornelius. It’s complete insanity from start to finish. I’d say Escape is a lot better despite it being set in present Earth. I haven’t seen the other sequels but Conquest is supposed to be good.

    in reply to: Identity #124740
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    I haven’t watched it that much but I hate it when they reveal someone’s identity, the length of the pause with the music in the background, you just want to slap them round the face and scream ‘well are you the bloody belly dancer or WHAT?!?!???’

    And the forced Donny Osmond catchphrase – ‘Milkman…..deal…or no…er I mean is…that…your…IDENDIDDIDY??’ and then the cheesy scripted responses – ‘Two extra pints for you in the morning, Karen, yes I am your milkman!’ And what’s with the fucking ‘experts’ at the side advising them who to pick. For frak’s sake, the whole game could be over in 10 minutes if they didn’t have to listen to that load of babbling fuckwits and all the effing and jeffing over ‘sealing’ an identity. ‘Go ahead and seal that idendedy!’ seal your frakkin’ mouth maybe!

    Deal Or No Deal is shit – fact. 15-To-One is being repeated somewhere and it reminds you how it changed from 15 fairly intelligent people stood around answering questions to a load of gimps who can just about manage to open a fucking cardboard box and do prompted ‘shock’ reactions whenever it’s a red like performing fucking monkeys and Edmonds is the organ grinder. ‘See you after the break, I know you’ll be back’ How the frak do you know I’ll be back after the break, you cosmic-ordering cuntwit? HOW?? The ?250,000’s gone, the ?100,000’s gone, the ?75,000’s gone but the ‘contestant’ is always like ‘it’s alright, it’s alright’ and carries on like gimboid, you can guarantee if you turn over to it later on there’ll be just ?1,000 and ?1 left or something and they still don’t deal on ?300 or whatever they’re offered. Your like ‘you greedy ignorant CUNT, why are you even on there taking up game time from people who would be more than happy with the ?10,000 you were offered five phone calls ago! Get off my stage!!!’

    The end.

    in reply to: Father Ted 2007 DVD box set #124737
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    > I like Planet of the Apes 3

    Is that ‘Escape from the Planet of the Apes’? That’s been on TV soooo many times. I remember watching it as a kid and being absolutely horrified that they got shot at the end! It’s not actually that bad a film now I come to think of it.

    in reply to: Father Ted 2007 DVD box set #124725
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    Pretending to be someone you’re not, what fun, I’ll have to try it sometime… I’ve had the original ‘performingmonkey’ locked in my wardrobe for an age. There’s been no screaming for a while so he’s either found Narnia or ended up in Borgin & Burkes (or, perhaps, the Room of Requirement).

    I’m not sure the future of The Man Of Steel is 100% confirmed but Bryan Singer has talked about it. The budget will be cut considerably compared with Returns (surely most of the money for that went on the plane sequence). But surely a lot of effects work done on Returns can simply be carried forward. The ‘flying’ rigs and CG can be used again.

    in reply to: Onto the matter now of Star Trek TOS if you will #124720
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    > I personally feel they could have left the show as it was originally broadcast, effects and all

    Well they already have, which is why there hasn’t been a big backlash, we already have the original series untouched on DVD. Also, the new high-def remastering of episodes is basically replacing effects shots (a lot of the original effects shots will look far worse in HD) and NOT fucking up the show in any way, unlike Dwarf remastered where some episodes were fucked with. Trek fans have very little to whine about. For fuck’s sake, there’s a Spock movie coming out next Christmas. With Leonard Nimoy in it. What the fuck else do you want, blood?

    in reply to: Father Ted 2007 DVD box set #124671
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    The Superman sequel is still happening as of now under the title The Man Of Steel, slated for May 2009 (they are quite insane going up against Avatar). I’m guessing the Ultimate ULTIMATE Star Wars HD saga set will arrive late next year, but who knows. I really hope Lucas uses this release to put the series to bed once and for all, including every last scrap of unreleased material. Also, the prequel trilogy needs to be messed with a little to make it…better. We already know they’ve been improving the CG on Phantom Menace.

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    > People *are* assured of a warm welcome on here, just as long as they?re not twats.

    Surely that’s being a little twatist? Twattage is practiced by a great many, you know. Twat.

    in reply to: Father Ted 2007 DVD box set #124657
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    Many people think deleted scenes are instantly a bad idea, after all, they were cut for a reason. Often the filmmakers themselves don’t want them included, and even when they ARE on a release you can almost guarantee that they left off a few really shite moments. Father Ted cut scenes/gags would be interesting to me and a few others but it wouldn’t be a feature that sold the set to most people.

    in reply to: Father Ted 2007 DVD box set #124634
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    Wow, series 3 commentary! And with Arthur! What joy that will be. I don’t mind buying this set because I don’t even have series 3 or series 2 pt 2 anymore (for reasons so boring that even not typing about them is starting to bore me)

    Too bad deleted scenes and outtakes aren’t there. That’s probably because someone would have to do some work to put them together. Outtakes do exist, I’m sure there have been a couple on *insert endless number of ITV outtake shows*. It’s a good job the (great) Ted Comedy Connections episode is on there because otherwise there would be no doco, no interviews at all. Of course, Dermot’s untimely death (which I still can’t get over…the DAY after finishing series 3, unbelievable) makes it harder for others to talk about the show, I would guess. Graham gets a bit emotional, I think, when he’s talking about him in one of the series commentaries.

    However, as has been said time and time again, we are so used to being spoiled totally rotten by the wonderful Red Dwarf DVDs. We should be thankful that the set has ANY extras on it.

    in reply to: Scrapheap thrown on the… well… #124620
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    So it’s not been officially axed. That’s great.

    in reply to: What was the first episode of Red Dwarf you saw? #124611
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    I doubt he uses much brain power penning those.

    in reply to: What was the first episode of Red Dwarf you saw? #124601
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    A word to the wise – don’t drink and post. Things that seem funny after you’ve had a few quite frankly aren’t.

    in reply to: What was the first episode of Red Dwarf you saw? #124595
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    Well, VII ‘spoke’ to me all right. Tikka was the first episode of Dwarf I saw on original broadcast. Oh how I had hyped up this collosal erection event in my mind. The expectations for The Phantom Menace were nothing in comparison. I remember thinking the Kennedy stuff was absolutely awful, that it was NOT Red Dwarf. That didn’t stop me watching it about six times in two days though. You know when something is bad but you keep I ate out your mother watching it, hoping to glean more from it? You can immediately see why I would paint a picket fence hate VII and a more casual viewer would just masturbation for the nation accept it or even like it. As a fan you’re gonna compare compare equal rights for monkeys compare. As a casual you’re licking your cat’s balls not thinking ‘what the fuck??’ every second. A casual is like an impartial jury who have no knowledge of the accused’s previous convictions.

    in reply to: What was the first episode of Red Dwarf you saw? #124585
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    > Ouroboros Xtended was the first one I saw.

    Woah, not the best introduction to Dwarf! I always wonder whether I would have stuck with Dwarf if I had seen VII or VIII first. Obviously LOADS of people have.

    in reply to: What was the first episode of Red Dwarf you saw? #124572
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    I’m gonna admit something now. There was one episode I had NEVER seen until the DVD release… Anyone care to hazard a guess at which it was? Didn’t think so, it was Confidence & Paranoia. It had gained mythical status in my mind over the years, one episode of Red Dwarf I had not seen! Oh the joy at finally watching it. I didn’t come but it was close (it was Confidence & Paranoia after all…)

    in reply to: What was the first episode of Red Dwarf you saw? #124537
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    It was definitely the original broadcast of The End. I clearly remember, at 5-years-old, being sucked in by the whole ‘Steptoe in space’ vibe and… OK, that’s a lie…

    I got into it properly, bizarrely, through watching the Smeg Ups video. My mate had it, for whatever reason, in the middle of a load of One Foot In The Grave, Young Ones and *yes* Who videos, all of which we also devoured. I remember at the time being annoyed that it was just outtakes and not actual episodes, but it definitely got me interested. Luckily there was a series 2 video around, so Kryten was the first episode I actually sat and watched. It’s not a wonder that series 2 is still my favourite, it’s the only one I knew for quite a while, but god I watched it a heck of a lot of times.

    in reply to: Doctor Who II #124541
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    Rose is great in the first series, crap in the second (although she’s still severely screwable…)

    in reply to: Doctor Who II #124534
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    Seems like Peter Davison may be appearing in a Children In Need special. I’m guessing Tennant will be in it too, but what it will be about only fuck knows. Apparently Moffat is writing it!

    in reply to: So NBC’s importing The IT Crowd?… #124517
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    > and have read Heat

    You rebel!

    in reply to: So NBC’s importing The IT Crowd?… #124510
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    Been rewatching the first series. For some reason the line ‘here’s me with a graph’ has me in stitches every time. I think it’s partly because I remember doing bullshit presentations like that (which thankfuckly I don’t have to do anymore) and feeling like a dick stood in front of graphs and figures as though it actually meant anything of any importance. Here’s me with a graph…that’s it. Yes, I hate work. Or at least I used to.

    Annnnyway, watching the episodes back it seems like only a couple of them are really successful. Like Linehan says in the commentary, some of them feel like ‘Frankenstein’s monsters’ with stuff lashed together like the Meccanno gimboids they are. But I like the attitude he had going into the series, not planning it too much, just seeing what happens, with humour at the forefront and nothing else. It had some downsides though. The way he wrote Jen reminded me a little of Doug writing for Kochanski. She’s written sort of like the ‘token’ woman. Whether you actually need to ‘get’ women (or, obviously, BE a woman) to write a good female character I don’t know, but when you’re doing storylines about shoes and periods, there’s only so far that can go.

    in reply to: Doctor Who II #124498
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    Just thank the gods she isn’t wearing the same red jacket she wore for like every fucking episode of series 3 (I know perfectly well that she didn’t wear it EVERY episode but at this hour in the morning all I can muster, unfortunately, is a crammed comment of that nature, so piss off ;) )

    She looks hot anyway. Too bad she isn’t going to be getting any in the series due to little kids perhaps watching it and being horrified (like they’re not going to be affected by Owen’s antics which I doubt will change in series 2, along with the suggestion that Jack and Ianto ‘comfort’ each other…)

    in reply to: Doctor Who II #124488
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    Check this out.

    She looks like she fits in with the team.

    in reply to: So NBC’s importing The IT Crowd?… #124484
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    What I mean is that in order for the Xtended to work the pauses for laughter need to be cut. I wish they’d done the whole of VII with no laughter. The phrase ‘all or nothing’ springs to mind. I mean, it’s not as though there’s much to laugh at anyway.

    in reply to: So NBC’s importing The IT Crowd?… #124480
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    > I suppose they?ll go back and add in the pauses

    Surely that’s better than the cast messing up their flow by leaving forced space for laughter. The pauses in the Xtended Tikka are fucking excruciating.

    in reply to: So NBC’s importing The IT Crowd?… #124474
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    Linehan is fantastic at cut-to jokes. See Father Ted for details – something that never fails to crack me up is Dougal looking out of the window for the bishops coming saying ‘there’s no sign of them yet, Ted’ and Ted saying ‘Dougal…’ cut-to the three bishops sitting in the room ‘Dougal, they’re here’. I’m laughing just thinking about it. The other one is when it cuts to the funeral ‘Dougal’s doing a funeral! You let Dougal do a funeral?!?!!’ Brilliant.

    in reply to: So NBC’s importing The IT Crowd?… #124471
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    > the location one is the best episode of sitcom I?ve seen this decade, by a hell of a long way

    Wow, quite a bold statement. Now you’ve got me even more hyped!

    in reply to: Doctor Who II #124468
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    > No idea what they?d do for the fifth, though

    My guess is that they’ll bring back the Cybermen, but this time it will be the real Cybermen as seen in Earthshock, Revenge etc.

    Regarding the Daleks, I think they’d be foolish not to use them one more time, especially seeing as there’s huge potential for a Davros story. What I DON’T want to see is millions of Daleks flying over 2008 London. That was the good thing about the Evolution of the Daleks 2-parter, we only had four. Saying that, watching Parting of the Ways the other day made me realise it IS possible to have loads of Daleks and make it great. The dialogue in that episode is top-notch, RTD, and Eccleston for that matter, at his very best (‘doesn’t it just burn when you face me…’)

    What I would like to see in the series 4 finale is the Doctor in the same situation as POTW where he has the opportunity to wipe out the Daleks but also everyone else around, only this time he isn’t the ‘coward’, he goes and does it (later we find out in a cop-out that Martha managed to rescue the people just before the Doctor blew everything to hell, she then goes down to the planet’s surface and sees the charred remains of the 10th Doctor (perhaps he’s just a bit burnt, this is family viewing after all) in a parallel to series 3 she demands that he regenerates but he just wants to slip away, suddenly Rose steps out of the shower…er, I mean shadows and she takes his blackened hand in hers, he immediately regenerates (into Rupert Penry-Jones from Spooks) thus giving Martha a massive jealousy complex that boringly drives the series 5 narrative, then Martha slits Rose’s throat, the end.

    in reply to: So NBC’s importing The IT Crowd?… #124466
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    > and I?ve already seen half of them?

    Was there much pre-recorded location stuff?

    in reply to: So NBC’s importing The IT Crowd?… #124460
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    So the 2nd series is coming then, next Friday (August 24th). Just in case you didn’t know.

    And it looks like Ch4 are gonna trail the fuck out of it (god, aren’t they simply the best at doing that, surely the number of times Skins has been plugged must break some sort of record??). And look at the nice timeslot they’ve given it – 9.30pm, between the two Big Brother shows, that pretty much guarantees a respectable viewership for the first episode.

    Can’t wait. Can’t FUCKING wait, in fact! I already like the jokes in the trailers. Raise your hand if you’ve ever cleaned your teeth in the bath.

    in reply to: Doctor Who II #124458
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    I take it everyone knows about the supposed casting of Ben Kingsley as Davros? Also, they are going to shoot an episode at the Italian studios where Rome (or should I say ‘the bloody fantastic Rome’) was shot. Great news. Kingsley would be the perfect choice for Davros.

    They should definitely do an episode about him before he’s in the wheelchair and deformed, then in the finale he should return as the fuckup we all know and love. In the earlier episode the Doctor shouldn’t know that Ben Kingsley’s character is Davros, and unwittingly he sets him on his way to becoming the Daleks’ creator. Then when they meet again in the finale Davros recognises the 10th Doctor and realises that all along his arch-enemy, his nemesis, was his creator. This sends him insane. I’m guessing we will see Dalek Caan finding and rescuing Davros. Perhaps we will see the FINAL DESTRUCTION of the Daleks. Perhaps Paul McGann will step out of the shower and say ‘fuck me, is there a Time War going on or something?’

    in reply to: Regarding AJ’s Uniform worn in series 3,4 and 5 #124457
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    > There is clearly some faggotry occuring in this thread.

    Fuck you.

    Now THAT would be faggotry.

    in reply to: Young ones 25th year DVD box set #124445
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    The first series contains a couple of the most surreal sitcom episodes you’ll see.

    in reply to: Podcast- host info? #124431
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    You can use Sound Forge for that. Although it’s definitely possible to do a podcast just using the crappy Sound Recorder with Windows. You can edit stuff out with that.

    in reply to: Podcast- host info? #124413
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    Check these guys out.

    in reply to: London Drinkies? #124412
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    This would be like the Inklings group, right? As long as no-questions-asked blindfolded sexual rituals are performed alongside lively literary discussion, I’m there.

    in reply to: Young ones 25th year DVD box set #124411
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    I have the Young Ones book ‘Bachelor Boys’. I remember it uses the phrase ‘Smeg-face’ as an insult in it (this was written in 1984, yet another pre-Dwarf use of the word). I’ll have to dig it out again, it’s funnier than most TV tie-in books. Now you’re lucky if you get actual content in them.

    in reply to: Young ones 25th year DVD box set #124402
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    > Will this new box set feature the uncut versions?

    There’s a thought. Who knows how much they’d have to fork out to use the songs they had to cut. They might not bother. Is there other cut material?

    in reply to: Young ones 25th year DVD box set #124382
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    > Sounds like ?Summer Holiday? to me?

    My guess is that it was ‘Interesting’.

    in reply to: Young ones 25th year DVD box set #124388
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    > I saw one episode of The Young Ones and I didn?t like it.

    Can you remember which one it was or what it was about?

    in reply to: Young ones 25th year DVD box set #124386
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    I CANNOT WAIT for this release!

    Just think of all the people they could have for those docos. A who’s who of ’80s comedy, anyone?? Even if Chris or Norman aren’t interviewed I’m sure they’ll get a mention. And it says they’re doing cast commentaries which should be interesting. Thank god this FANTASTIC and OFTEN CRIMINALLY OVERLOOKED IN BEST SITCOM POLLS series is getting a set that it deserves.

    in reply to: Doctor Who II #124372
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    I watched Father’s Day again the other day when it was on BBC3.

    Even though I’m an utter dick because all I can think about when watching it is inane stuff like the fact that Eccleston was half-dying of a cold when they were doing the church scenes, and picturing the crew running around with those boom cameras to get those cheesy monster overhead shots, and the fact that the CG was so much poorer than it got by series 3 (AND the fact that they blatantly reused the Reaper CG for the Krillitane(sp) in School Reunion), I admit that the episode still brings me to tears like the pussy fuck I truly am.

    You’ve got to admit it’s one of the best episodes. Right now I can’t think of a better one. Yeah yeah there are contenders (Girl In The Fireplace, Dalek, Human Nature), but as far as single episodes go, this IMO is the best out of the three series’. Eccleston and Piper are on fire, and the guy who plays Pete Tyler (Shaun something, dammit I’ve forgotten) who is like the opposite to Jackie in that he plays it naturally unlike Camille Courdoi (or whatever it is) who hams up every line she delivers.

    The pacing of the episode is perfect (why can they only get this right once in a blue moon?) as is the writing. The image/idea I like most is the car appearing and disappearing on the corner, ‘waiting’ for Pete to step in front of it in order to put things right. Perhaps it’s a sketchy sci-fi idea but it’s handled VERY well. What’s good is that the Doctor looks at the car and obviously knows what needs to happen but doesn’t say anything. Paul Cornell seems to be really into humanizing the Doctor. He subtley references his own story, Human Nature, in this by having the Doctor longing for a ‘normal’ life. Maybe they always knew he was going to eventually adapt his book.

    in reply to: Regarding mellowness in Series 3 #124371
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    It’d be interesting to see what peak ratings a BBC2 Dwarf return would get. Probably around 4-5 million I’d say, then it would drop to 3 for the second episode (not because the first was crap but because it was plugged). If the hyped-as-hell Gervais can only get around 3 million for Extras then this seems realistic enough. There’s no way Dwarf’s fanbase would push the figure up to 7 or 8 million again. People are too obsessed with their phones to watch TV anymore. And I have officially turned into an old man by saying that.

    in reply to: Regarding mellowness in Series 3 #124344
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    III is a bloody amazing series, though perhaps not my favourite. I (currently) rate the series’ in this order –

    II
    V
    III
    I
    IV
    VI
    VIII
    VII

    Perhaps III it’s the most consistently good of all 8 series’. I prefer V even though it’s a little inconsistent in comparison. Surprisingly (maybe) Back To Reality is one of my least favourite episodes from V. I prefer The Last Day and Timeslides to Marooned and Polymorph. It makes me think, which are the episodes that are generally seen to be the best? At one time I thought it was obvious, but when you realise there’s people who prefer some VII and VIII episodes to stuff like Meltdown and Demons & Angels…you’ve got to wonder.

    We need ratings for all 52 episodes.

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    > ?once again, you?ve made me look a complete idiot in front of REAL people? Thank you so much??

    That’s the perfect line to say to your girlfriend after a night out.

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    > ?Hey, you monkeys eat off the floor? ain?t you got no style or sophistication??

    Thankyou for bringing Red Dwarf back into this thread!

    Incidentally, don’t assume I actually condone the training of monkeys for use in monkey theatre. Training them to play tennis though is a worthwhile and considerably rewarding pastime. Also, teaching them to wank you off (someone really did that, I remember reading about it). Anyway, Red Dwarf…

    in reply to: Original Broadcast vs Extended #124298
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    The ‘meccano gimboid’ line in that extended part makes me laugh a lot, which is more than can be said for the rest of VII. The way Chris says it and Robert’s reaction to it is what always made Dwarf great.

    in reply to: Original Broadcast vs Extended #124307
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    100% canon. Although some really dumb people don’t consider anything post-VI to be canon.

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    > I want to know the story behind the avatar

    Here partway down.

    in reply to: Regarding AJ’s Uniform worn in series 3,4 and 5 #124305
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    > I don?t need to believe that Kryten rebuilt Starbug?s interior over 200 years to enjoy Series VI

    You also don’t need to believe in the Tooth Fairy to find money under your pillow, but it makes it all that more satisfying.

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    > I vaguely remember you doing – but can?t remember what?

    It was probably ‘overmydeadbody’ which I used to use on various forums. ‘performingmonkey’ is a stupid pseudonym I’ve used for recordings/writings that I don’t want my actual name on.

    in reply to: Regarding mellowness in Series 3 #124272
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    I see it as the natural development of the character. Where they went in III, particularly Marooned, is a progression from series 2 episodes like Thanks For The Memory where we see more of Rimmer and Lister’s characters. Making him more of an arse in series IV was a good idea though, and obviously a conscious decision with the first two episodes set to be Meltdown and Dimension Jump. He needed to be a less-sympathetic character for those episodes to work.

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    I was just trying to be funny and failing miserably as always, making myself out to be someone who sucks at life. Now, unless my girlfriend’s real first name is ‘Life’, I know I don’t suck at it.

    Incidentally, I’ve just realised, this very moment, I kid you not, how simply idiotic it is that my name is ‘performingmonkey’. I mean, how sad’s that?

    in reply to: Regarding AJ’s Uniform worn in series 3,4 and 5 #124269
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    > we know that other holograms have it by default, just look at the interview scene for dead crew members.

    It’s simply to emphasise that they’re Rimmer’s replacements.

    > So what is it; a generic hologram uniform stating status of being a projection; a higher, perhaps ceremonial space core officer?s uniform?

    D’you know, I couldn’t give a rat’s ass.

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    > Dark ages? Are you being serious?

    Serious? Do you mean Sirius Black?

    in reply to: Would you sleep with the person who posted above you? #124247
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    You realise you just shagged yourself, Austin.

    And damn I just fucked you! Me no like this game……….

    in reply to: Would you sleep with the person who posted above you? #124243
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    I best get in while there’s a member of the opposite sex above me. And yes I certainly would. With Mr Hoare sat in the corner taking notes.

    Bwahahaha!!!!

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    Probably VIII would have fucking been set in the fucking Dark Ages or some shit.

    > the boys from the dwarf would indeed find their mothership

    Don’t know about a mothership, maybe a motherfucker. That would have been better.

    in reply to: Replacement header pic #124240
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    > I forgot about the Ellard rebuttal

    I think I’ve just found a name for my new band – The Ellard Rebuttal!

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    > What were they thinking including that line in, it?s about as funny as a Men behaving badly episode.

    Yeah, I think it’s time we faced facts – Rob and Doug obviously couldn’t write for toffee. Simon Nye pissed all over them (now THAT would make an interesting television show…).

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    > I concur.

    You’re brimming over with wrongability.

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    The ‘plan’ stuff makes me cringe a little, but fucking hell I think we can forgive them for it seeing as it’s in the first episode. I think the problem is it’s one of those moments where they make Lister seem genuinely stupid and thus annoying. Thank god Rob and Doug got over that hurdle

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    > ?Your type isn?t Kochanski, Listy. It?s someone called ?Tiffany?. It?s
    someone who drinks Campari and soda and wears orange crotchless panties;
    someone who thinks Deely-boppers are funny; someone who says ?sumfink?
    instead of something.? This is great writing

    It’s all right but, like most of the later series’ jokes, it’s over-egged. The first line (which is definitely funny, especially said by Chris) is enough, or perhaps the second line too, but there’s absolutely no need for ‘Deely-boppers’ and ‘sumfink’. I’m convinced that copious script editing could have seriously improved VII & VIII episodes. Of course, once I’d finished with them the episodes would only be 5 minutes long, which kind of poses a different problem…

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    I think the sets managed to match each series perfectly. Sure, the sheer greyness of the series 1 sets and the, let’s face it, crapness of the props don’t make the show particularly appealing to a viewer, but the strength of the show shines through in that you soon get sucked in and forget about these things. The episodes worked very much like dialogue-driven two/three-handers which could have been performed on a stage with a black cloth background and it would still have been great.

    The funniest sets are in series 2 where it’s basically the grey 1 sets but with various bits of COLOUR (in capital letters) thrown on. Also, the Observation Dome set…classic. It reminds you of dodgy ’80s BBC chroma key, which can only be a good thing.

    What you have to keep reminding yourself is that this is a SITCOM! The sets were amazing for a sitcom, especially when they brought the corridor in (which to me never seems like they’re running up and down the same one)

    in reply to: Pete – Part 2: The Good Bits #124044
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    > I?d have advised splitting the episode -do a ?Kochanski arrives? plot and a ?Lister discovers his past? plot.

    YES! The Lister stuff is dealt with in such a slap-dash fashion, it could have made a great episode if it had been focussed on and reworked a little. It would have made a better series 2 or 3 episode when character stuff actually mattered. OK OK there’s character stuff in VII but it doesn’t feel natural enough for me. That’s one reason I love the early series’, particularly series 2 where there are a lot more character gags and development. I’ll never stop banging on about series 2. It’s easily my favourite.

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    Well, they don’t want to bang on too much about the fact that Rimmer killed all those people. We are meant to laugh at him after all. Name me another comedy character who has that many deaths under his belt…oh yes, a certain leisure centre manager springs to mind, and what do you know he’s played by the same actor! Surely only Schwarzenegger has been responsible for more onscreen deaths!

    in reply to: Pete – Part 2: The Good Bits #124033
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    I’m not a fan of the whole Lister-is-his-own-father loop thing. The episode does very little for me. Duct Soup is a lot better, despite the annoying Kochanski stuff and the fact that the whole thing hinges on Kryten being jealous of her. The worst thing is the lack of the laughter track in the Xtended version. It’s particularly disturbing when Kryten is doing what I like to call the Miss Piggy voice. When he does it and there’s no laughter it just seems so…wrong.

    I’ll say it again, I don’t know WHAT the audiences for the VII/VIII episodes were on. Nitrous oxide must have been pumped into the studio. Surely they must do this for the recording of something like My Hero.

    in reply to: Doctor Who II #124028
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    > and John Culshaw is SO annoying

    Yeah, really he only does about two good impressions, Tom Baker and Patrick Moore. Oh, and the Ozzy Osbourne one. OK, his Gervais one is alright too, but it’s not hard to do, it’s grinning all the time like a monkey (I know monkeys don’t neccessarily grin but…you know what I mean) and saying ‘yeah, I’m Ricky Gervais, obviously, yeah’. The impression isn’t even of Gervais, it’s of Gervais in character. His Blair is just a sort of camp voice with the Blair mannerisms. His Bush is just a generic American accent.

    And yes, Dead Ringers is written so BADLY. Can anyone actually write for shit anymore? BBC comedy shows are filled with episode after episode of mediocre to shit writing. My guess is that the second series of Saxondale will be the only BBC comedy this year that actually comes close to being good. Sadly, I don’t hold out much hope for the Peter Serafanowicz show, or the Omid Djalili (damn these comedian/actors and their hard-to-spell names!) sketch show for that matter, but I’ll certainly give them a chance.

    in reply to: Pete – Part 2: The Good Bits #124015
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    I know that I could watch all the episodes from series’ 1-5 over and over again and enjoy them every single time. The same applies for choice episodes in VI (Rimmerworld does my head in apart from one line, you can probably guess which). But I can hardly get through VII/VIII episodes without wishing I’d decided to put something else on. At least now we’ve got the commentaries, which are much more interesting and funny to listen to than the dialogue.

    Pete Pt. 2? Mac is good in it. There’s no way it’s the worst episode of Dwarf. I fucking despise Nanarchy, and that’s swearing. The individual episodes of BITR are also worse.

    Problems first arose in VI IMO. The show became too self-aware in VI. This happened no doubt due to the popularity of the show blowing up. You can’t go off doing U.S. pilots and then come back and write/produce the show the same way (it happens loads when writers, instead of just writing their show as they normally do, start writing in a way that they think the audience perceives the show to be. RULE NO. 1 for writers – do NOT pander to the audience. The ultimate example of this, IMHO, is Return Of The Jedi.).

    The change from Back To Reality to Psirens is actually quite staggering. To me, the start of Psirens feels like a reboot for a bigger, dumber audience. The series is a parody of itself in places. The saving grace, of course, is the out-and-out classic Gunmen.

    in reply to: It is not too late for the cast? #123988
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    > Does this make me stupid?

    Very.

    in reply to: It is not too late for the cast? #123984
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    The main difference with series 1 is the production and the fact that no-one really knew the characters or show format by then (by ‘no-one’ I mean audience, cast AND writers) although as the production went on you can tell things slotted into place, Future Echoes being a prime example (despite it being episode 2 it was shot later in the production, was it not? and it’s balance of humour and sci-fi is pretty much bang on). And this surely must explain why a lot of The End was of a much better quality than Balance Of Power and Waiting For God, considering what we know about the reshoots.

    By the way, I only mentioned Ideal because it’s Vegas slobbing around his flat, probably how Lister would have been if he’d not been on the Dwarf. As for him being unlikeable, surely Lister COULD have been downright unlikeable. The cheekiness that Craig brings to it makes you side with Lister in the first series against the stuck-up Rimmer, but if it had been done wrong he could have been plain annoying, and then you’ve got two annoying characters, an annoying ship’s computer, a crazy Cat man that often only feels like a bit-player. Craig’s Lister playing off Chris’s Rimmer is the main thing that kept the show together in the first series. A 40-odd-year-old slob at that point would have been shit. Now Craig will HAVE to be a 40-odd-year-old slob if the movie happens!

    in reply to: Doctor Who II #123960
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    The Rose Time Vortex stuff is so tame compared with the Dark Materials ripoff in Doomsday and everyone thinking one word in Last Of The Time Lords. The moment that defines Russell T Davies’s reign surely is the Doctor floating through the air saying ‘I’m so sorry’. It seems to me Russell is actually saying he’s sorry to the audience! It’s like ‘I’m sorry, I’m so sorry I couldn’t come up with anything else, don’t hit me!’

    in reply to: Downloads #123929
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    I often find myself turning the contrast and brightness down on my monitor to save my eyes.

    in reply to: It is not too late for the cast? #123893
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    > Paul Alexander is wrong about Men Behaving Badly. I reckon the last few series were the best.

    The last series was a piece of shit, as were the last special episodes. There comes a point where a show is far too self-aware due to it being immersed in public conciousness.

    If you watch Ideal you’ll know that Johnny Vegas would have made a decent Lister

    > People don?t stop being funny as soon as they hit 40.

    True, but that isn’t the reason to be concerned about the cast’s age. OK, it wouldn’t matter one jot for a series, but for the film definitely, especially considering it was supposedly going to retell the crew being wiped out, stasis, Cat etc. With them all being (let’s face it) middle-aged….right, Harrison Ford is mid-60s and he still looks like Indiana Jones and is making the fourth Indy film. So it isn’t impossible. But he, like Stallone as Rocky Balboa, is a classic film character.

    in reply to: It is not too late for the cast? #123878
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    Everyone should just forget about ‘what’s an iguana?’ It’s clearly the worst line in all 52 episodes.

    in reply to: It is not too late for the cast? #123860
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    I always thought that one way of doing the movie and fitting it in with series continuity would be to have a young cast to start with up to the everybody’s dead scene and meeting Rimmer and the Cat (this would only be the first 10 minutes of the film), then cutting forward 20 years or something and have the proper cast.

    in reply to: Smegupoly – The Red Dwarf Boardgame. #123859
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    You accidentally devolve Cat with the Time Wand. Pay ?20 for milk and Whiskas supplies.

    You left a light on…3 million years ago. Pay all your money to Norweb.

    You sell your photograph of Chloe Annett’s foaming twat. Collect ?200.

    By the way, does anyone else hate it when people insist on playing stupid made-up rules in Monopoly? Like, if you land directly on Go you get ?400 instead of ?200. And I can’t count on both hands the number of arguments that have cropped up over whether you can collect rent when you’re in jail and buy property when others decline to when they land on it. What about the supposed ‘short game’ where all the cards are dealt out at the beginning. It just leads to loads of mad deals in order to get sets. You can also always guarantee that someone will smash the board up when they get bored.

    I once saw a game being played with real money. They used the game notes but the deal was that you gambled your starting money, which is ?1500 (I’m not joking, they actually did play with that amount of their own money). There was a time limit of 3 hours. My cousin lost fifteen-hundred fucking quid, the idiot twat. Some other guy walked away with around ?6000.

    in reply to: Fan Funding for the movie… #123841
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    If you don’t own the DVDs you’re not a fan, end of.

    in reply to: Doctor Who II #123825
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    They’ve already got to know each other so there won’t be like an annoying/hate relationship going on. However, I get the feeling that she might be dragged reluctantly into an adventure because at the end of TRB she obviously didn’t want to be part of that world. Unless they get trapped AWAY from Earth, or at least early 21st Century Earth (several fanboys may openly weep with joy at that prospect) why wouldn’t he just drop her off again?

    I like the idea that SHE was the one that picked up the ring and is now posessed by The Master (or she’s become The Rani). That would merit bringing her back. It would be unexpected for her to turn out evil. It’d also explain why Martha needs to come back into it at all, she could be the one to figure out Donna’s evil (I’m sure you all CAN’T WAIT for the episode she returns and we get loads of jealous bitching like in School Reunion except this time it will be littered with Catherine Tate catchphrases, when Martha sees the Doctor’s taken another companion so quickly she’ll be like ‘what a fuckin’ liberty!’ the Doctor will say ‘well if it bothers you so much…’ and she’ll say ‘Look at my face, I AIN’T BOVVERED!!’ Or she’ll say she’s been hanging out with the Face of Boe (i.e. Jack in Torchwood) and the Doctor will say ‘Face…bovvered?’

    in reply to: Smegupoly – The Red Dwarf Boardgame. #123824
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    I think you might be better off having the property as various locations/ships seen in the series rather than just confined to the Dwarf. Community Chest cards could be called Garbage Pod and Chance could be Future Echoes (the idea being that you pay for stuff that happens to you in the future, e.g. you end up as a brain in a jar pay ?200 medical bill) actually that’s a bit crap but you could have a laugh thinking up the cards.

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    The thing is, on something like Voyager, or any Trek series, it’s understandable that the infamous reset button would have to be pressed regularly. Otherwise you just couldn’t get through a 20+ episode season with the same sets and contracted cast. But on Who it’s easier for big changes to be made without the show dying.

    Unfortunately, Russell keeps writing himself into a corner with these big *OMG look millions of Insert Enemies!* moments, because we already know that the reset button HAS to be pushed because we know he won’t leave the Earth in a fucked up state. If it happened on another planet, for example, there would be no problem with leaving it devastated. Moffat proved that you can do an ‘everybody lives!’ ending without it feeling like a flimsy reset button moment.

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    Right right I KNOW that deus ex machina is where something in the story just appears out of nowhere as a get-out clause. I should have said reset button, I always just lump the two together. Maybe an example of Who using a deus ex machina is in the Cybermen 2-parter where the Doctor gets out of the cliffhanger by conveniently being able to blast the Cybes with the Tardis power cell, something pretty much out of the blue.

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    I didn’t like Bad Wolf at first (mainly because Big Brother, Trinny and Susannah etc. were pretty fucking jarring to be in the series) but now it’s one of my favourites. Eccleston is just brilliant in it, as is Barrowman (pity Russell couldn’t think of anything for Jack to do in his series 3 episodes, apart from bringing about the Deus Ex Machina time reverse ending that is (and the stupid FUCKING reveal of who/what he becomes…). Also, Lynda-with-a-‘y’…why do the gorgeous ones always have to die??

    in reply to: So, the Bodysnatcher Collection, and then…. What? #123752
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    The fact is that if there was a new series/special and it was plugged a little people would definitely watch it even if they weren’t big Dwarf fans. Bodysnatcher, however, is something pretty-much for fans only. I know people that like Dwarf and have watched the episodes on DVD but couldn’t give two stool samples about the extras.

    in reply to: So, the Bodysnatcher Collection, and then…. What? #123750
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    That would be an amazing DVD. Animated would certainly be a big deal, but storyboarded would be absolutely fine, especially with a full cast recording (if the guys can get together in a room with Ed for SOMETHING then I’m sure they’d be up for that, that’s if that wasn’t what they were actually doing….*deludes self knowing full well Andrew said it had nothing to do with GNP*)

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    Yeah, I suppose that The Master is like Zaphod Beeblebrox in that looking into the Vortex makes him think of himself as the most important being in the universe.

    in reply to: So, the Bodysnatcher Collection, and then…. What? #123745
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    > dredged the depths for the extras

    That makes it sounds like the extras are a bit desperate, which they AREN’T! Surely they’re the best set of extras we’ve ever had. Rob and Doug commentary? The End assembly? Proper series 1 and 2 docos? Bodysnatcher? Does anyone have a bucket so I can unleash copious quantities of creamy ejaculate?

    As for the post-DVD comedown. Remind yourself that all good things must come to an end and we must think ourselves EXTREMELY LUCKY that such amazing effort was put into the DVDs in the first place. Also, Doug has said he isn’t done with Red Dwarf yet, so perhaps we may yet be blessed with a television comeback of some sort.

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    Has teh Ellard ever explained about this book? Was it going to be about the making of the movie?

    in reply to: Doctor Who II #123719
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    ‘Talons’ is bloody brilliant, definitely in the top five classics I’ve seen. It’s the ultimate period Who story IMO.

    in reply to: BTL #123703
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    No.

    in reply to: Doctor Who II #123697
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    I…AM…TEH MASTER

    in reply to: Doctor Who II #123682
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    I know people are raving about the episode but, despite it being good, I don’t think it beat Moffat’s previous efforts. Saying that, it proves that a ‘Doctor-lite’ episode can be as brilliant as they come rather than just a filler (I liked Love & Monsters but this was much better).

    Sally Sparrow…yet another in a long line of, let’s face it, AMAZING girls to grace new Who episodes and who you wished were permanent fixtures.

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