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  • in reply to: Red Dwarf DVD commentaries #268863
    Stilianides
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    Norman was indeed the best thing about the Series VIII commentaries, but they had too many people which leads to them talking over each other sometimes.

    I have a nostalgia for the Series 1 commentaries simply because it was exciting to buy the DVD back in those days.

    Rob and Doug’s commentaries on the Bodysnatcher DVD are pretty great and it’s a shame that’s all we got.

    The lockdown commentaries were wonderful as well.

    in reply to: Will Meltdown disappear from streaming? #268544
    Stilianides
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    Very sad to read this news, but the episode should still be broadcast in its original form imo.

    There are plenty of great movies and TV shows that unfortunately have featured a criminal in a minor role, and I don’t think they should be hidden away.

    Stilianides
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    Doug mentioned The Thursday Man in an interview a couple of years ago and said that Jeff Goldblum wanted to be in it at the time and Steve Martin was also interested.

    Walter Matthau, the person Rob and Doug actually wrote it for, hated it.

    in reply to: Worst episodes of series 3-5? #260014
    Stilianides
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    I think Timeslides is an excellent ep with many classic moments, so I can’t agree with that one.

    Demons and Angels doesn’t quite work as a whole for me and, perhaps this is hindsight talking, but it feels a little clunky and disjointed. That makes sense due to the production problems.

    Meltdown has some great moments, but it is basically people in silly costumes messing around in a field. It doesn’t exactly look like another world.

    Bodyswap was filmed without an audience and the atmosphere feels a little restrained. I admire the ambition of the idea, but the execution is less than perfect.

    in reply to: The John Belushi Conundrum #259364
    Stilianides
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    In a fantasy world…I would say John Candy as Lister, Tom Hanks as Rimmer with Eugene Levy as Holly.

    I may or may nor have watched Splash Reunited Apart recently…

    David Hyde Pierce was a great earlier suggestion though.

    in reply to: Red Dwarf: The First Three Million Years #259181
    Stilianides
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    Nice. I look forward to it.

    Hopefully Rob, Ed and Paul will all be involved too.

    Celebrity fans? James O’Brien I presume. ;)

    in reply to: Doug’s Thoughts On More Dwarf #259073
    Stilianides
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    Robert said only today that he and the rest of the cast would still all love to do a stage play…but he doesn’t know how they’d do it.

    in reply to: Loose Ends #258908
    Stilianides
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    > I didn’t know he’d talked about that so recently. This is a lot of speculation but there was an interview in Starburst shortly before X aired where he said the last two episodes were dropped because they required location filming, which they couldn’t afford. Kochanski was meant to be in at least one of those episodes, and I wondered why she wasn’t in XI or XII.

    Well, I think the full quote from 2017 was along the lines of…it’s possible that we’ll make that Kochanski episode, but that character isn’t part of the show anymore.

    So possible rather than probable perhaps.

    in reply to: Loose Ends #258904
    Stilianides
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    In an interview in 2017 Doug was asked about Ace Rimmer and said, “almost certainly we’ll bring him back”. But that he also knows that some fans will whinge about repeating old ideas.

    He also said that filming the unused Kochanski script from Series X is a possibility at some point…

    in reply to: Bill Pearson RIP #258231
    Stilianides
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    Very sad news.

    I enjoyed hearing his contributions to the DVDs and I appreciate all of the work that he did on the show.

    in reply to: Nostalgia : TV theme tunes from your early childhood #213634
    Stilianides
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    in reply to: Nostalgia : TV theme tunes from your early childhood #213618
    Stilianides
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    An obvious choice:

    Stilianides
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    Bruce Campbell

    in reply to: 'Back in the Red' – The 38 minute version #210295
    Stilianides
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    Plus scenes like Kryten`s conversation with Kochanski could have gone. Any scene not containing either Rimmer or Lister basically should be omitted.

    Kochanski`s crying scene is painful.

    in reply to: 'Back in the Red' – The 38 minute version #210294
    Stilianides
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    Despite all of the cuts, this still seems overlong. Things like the lemonade gag and Yes, Mr Shouty should have been cut if possible. And the Cat`s examination should also have been left out.

    in reply to: GUEST STARS FOR RDXI ? #203204
    Stilianides
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    > Would anyone have said Mark Dexter, Rebecca Blackstone or James Baxter ahead of Series X?

    Would anyone have wanted James Baxter? Not if they had any sense…

    in reply to: Twitter never ceases to amaze me… #203125
    Stilianides
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    > The budget, maybe, but the others? I’d like to see an example of where he ‘blames’ Rob…

    As I said, I`m sure most of the things Doug says are true such as `Rob didn`t want to re-write The End` or `It was Rob`s idea to do Waiting for God`. Doug`s comments on the Series II DVD about, `Rob always said that we should forget about continuity if we can improve the show` are ironic though as in his episode of Carpool Rob Grant says the exact opposite.

    Again though I`m not trying to be negative about Doug because he is clearly a good guy but it is a trait that I picked up from the DVDs that he does seem sensitive to criticism. The only time I can remember him taking responsibility for something was the two additional Skutters in the remastered. As Series VII, VIII and BTE have received a lot of criticism that makes sense and I completely understand why he might be defensive. It also shows why the comments about Rob leaving may have touched a nerve though.

    > Rob has slagged VII in the past (can’t for the life of me remember when or in what context) and he said he didn’t even watch VIII. IMO that makes it alright for Doug to comment on Rob’s series’ (which, afaik, he never has up until now, though someone else might know different).

    I do think that context is everything here.

    Rob was asked in a radio interview what he thought about Series VII and VIII and so answered.

    Doug didn`t have to comment at all here and has no connection to Dark Ages/The Strangerers (whereas Rob will always have a connection to the characters that he co-created).

    in reply to: GUEST STARS FOR RDXI ? #203118
    Stilianides
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    > An I think it being the 25 yr will attract some big names!

    Asking for a new series for next year might be pushing it a bit.

    And big names would want to be paid whether it was an anniversary or not.

    in reply to: Twitter never ceases to amaze me… #203115
    Stilianides
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    > Afterall Doug Naylor isn’t the sort to try and pretend he has never made mistakes, he has always been quite open about errors and poor choices so it seems like a bit of a pointless arguement

    Much as I admire Doug and happily say that he seems like a really nice guy, I`m not sure he is so open about mistakes he has made. He does seem sensitive to criticism (understandably) and in the documentaries very often blames Rob/the director/the budget/the BBC/Chloe etc. rather than admitting any mistakes. Often I`m sure these are accurate though. In his recent comments about the movie he also blames other people for telling him to ask for too big a budget rather than taking any responsibility himself. I digress anyway…

    I can understand again Doug getting involved in this but as so many genuine fans must ask him questions about the show it`s a shame that he would waste his time with a troll. The references to Rob`s solo work are a little unfortunate too.

    in reply to: GUEST STARS FOR RDXI ? #203111
    Stilianides
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    After Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson`s recent fall out maybe there`s not so much chance of that…

    If the nest series is like this one then guest stars will presumably be the best they can get who are unknown and therefore cheap anyway.

    in reply to: Richard Ridings #202972
    Stilianides
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    He has been in loads of cracking stuff including the Reginald Perrin spin-off Fairly Secret Army with Geoffrey Palmer.

    He was also in the finest TV adaptation of Enid Blyton`s work, The Castle of Adventure.

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