Ooch-aye! Memorabilia!

Aaaaah, lots of lovely Dwarf news for you. Firstly, news of the next Memorabilia event (from the ever-wonderful Tracey Brennan), held this month on Saturday 23rd (10am – 5pm) and Sunday 24th (11am – 5pm) at the SECC in Glasgow. Adults are £5 and children are just £3.50, making it cheaper than the NEC event. The reason we’re telling you this of course is that Craig Charles and Chris Barrie are appearing there once more (again, Craig is there just for the Saturday). Me and Ian won’t be there, as we’ll be getting PISSED in MANCHESTER, but I heartily recommend you go – last time we wentwas our first time, and it’s bloody fantastic.

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Waiting For Capsules

Yes, you’ve been waiting a long time. But fear not – we’ve got a bumper update of three entire capsules today! We can now bring you the concluding three episodes of Series I – Waiting For God, Confidence and Paranoia and Me²! This means that after we’ve done a couple of extra bits for Me², we can finally move onto Series II!

In other news, Red Dwarf has been nominated for the BBC’s Britain’s Best Sit-Com. This will be a worthwhile programme, and not just an excuse to show Del Boy falling through the bar again. Oh no. Anyway, viewers have to vote for a mere ten sit-coms, from a practically pre-determined and non-negotiable list of 100 (you can nominate only one of your own choosing that isn’t on the list. Woop-de-fucking-doo). Frankly, I can’t be arsed.

Also, Back in the Red have reported on Craig Charles’s latest short film, Ten Minutes. Despite its title, it actually lasts 17 minutes, but the synopsis does look interesting. It’s co-directed by Nick Mole, who you might recognise from his role as the UK producer of Takeshi’s Castle. The man’s obviously a Craig Charles fan.

Finally, a big ol’ thankyou to our pal Rob Sedgebeer, who has linked to G&T on the front page of NOTBBC. If you look to your left, you’ll see that we’ve returned the favour. Can you feel the love?

Ian’s Newsround – I Got To Get My Props

Fucking hell. Those quite remarkable people over at The Prop Store of London have added a new collection to their already impressive selection, and, as you’ve probably ascertained from the fact that we’re reporting on this site, it’s a bloody Red Dwarf collection. Amongst their new additions are such instantly recognisable and icon items as The A-Z Of Red Dwarf, as used in Me², a can of Leopard Lager and the jacket that The Cat gets killed in at the end of Out of Time. Shame about the huge prices, but they are surely worth it – just imagine having your own Red Dwarf Ship’s Issue strawberry yoghurt pot. Incidentally, why does a prop store in London give all its prices in dollars before pounds?

In a quite excellent update on the official site, a complete cast and crew list has been provided for Series I, II, III and IV. The detail is stunning – each page includes what must be a near-complete list of uncredited extras for each episode! This rather pisses on our own meagre effort, which is a bit of a shame. One minor gripe about this though – they should indicate which episode(s) each regular guest character appeared in, rather than just listing them for the whole series. OK, so we know all about the guest characters, but not everyone does.

One final piece of news – Series III is to be repeated on BBC TWO, starting on 21st August. In other words, it’s continuing on from the current run of Series II. This is clearly good news, although the series does deserve a slightly more prime-time slot than TEN TO BLOODY MIDNIGHT. Still, viewers can enjoy the Monday night line-up of Two Pints Of Shit and a Packet Of Shit, Dead Shit and Absolutely Shit instead. There’s also a two week gap in between Marooned and Polymorph. Presumably live coverage of the World Tiddlywinks Championship, or something.

One final bit of site news, the index to the Articles section has been jigged around a bit, as it was getting a bit cramped. Thankyou for reading Ian’s Newsround. We apologise for the delay. We should apologise for the headline. If anyone can identify which early-90s hip-hop tune it comes from, they win a coconut.

Oh Danny Boy

Now, as you know, Danny John-Jules was on RI:SE a couple of days ago. The report on it started out as a news item, but grew far too big; so instead, read the article RI:SE and Shine. Hooray!

Next, an update on Craig Charles Fisticuffs News, nicked from Talkie on the BTLi forums. I’d be able to link directly to the story if Teletext’s TV Plus News had a way of accessing old news items. What a bloody stupid system. Anyway, check the forum thread for the full story; apparently, Darren Day has pulled out of the planned Celebrity Boxing show. Craig has refused to take on other opponents, “as people in the street said ‘Give him a slap for me'”, but he’s also complaining that “It would be funny if it wasn’t being done for charity. I was doing it for the Make-A-Wish Foundation for terminally ill kids” – you’d think if he cared that much, he’d be going ahead with it whoever his opponent was. Hmmm.

Finally, an apology. Recently we said that a piccy on the front page of www.reddwarf.co.uk was a screengrab of a deleted scene from Bodyswap. This is completely false, as this news item on the official site shows; it’s a photograph by Paul Grant. Perhaps not that important in the grand scheme of things – indeed, it might seem bloody stupid that I’m actually apologising for it – but it does go to show how dangerous it can be to speculate about things if you don’t clearly mark it as speculation. Besides, the picture is in the Series III images on the Image Bank anyway, so it was just stupid. I’ve got rather a bugbear of getting the facts on G&T absolutely correct – get things wrong once too often, and you lose all credibility. So: sorry. We’ll try harder in future. Ian’s Newsround will be up later today.

RI:SE and Shine

On Thursday 7th August, Danny John-Jules appeared on RI:SE. Now, the irritating thing about RI:SE is that it should be very good. It’s really nicely produced; the music and titles are wonderful, and there’s some lovely ideas in it – the lovely Zora reads the news in front of the studio gallery, and then there’s […]

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Various Fansite SHITE

First of all, yes, Danny was on RI:SE this morning. I have the tape, but haven’t had chance to do a report on it yet; I’ll post one tomorrow. See Big Blake for a report in the meantime, but note that it isn’t true that “Danny said nothing about Red Dwarf – The Movie” – Danny said that the movie was looking to shoot towards the end of the year. Last we heard, it was due to start shooting late September. Whether those two remarks are compatible or not, we’ll leave it up to you to decide, but I would speculate it might have been put back again…

Today’s update is mainly plagiarised. Back In The Red has news on Tony Hawks stuff, and ace praise for us (which we really don’t deserve. I sound like I belong in a mental hospital.) The White Hole has also updated, with a Series I DVD Review, and a reminder of a lovely bit of Australian merchandise. Actually, looking at the Red Dwarf Shop Australia, I really need this Satchel Bag. Desperately. And finally, on our site, we have Stephen Fletcher’s review of Balance of Power.

Don’t forget that www.reddwarf.co.uk updates tomorrow; Ian’s newsround will be on Saturday. Watch out for a big content update on Monday.

No comment!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Well, we promised a bumper update, and here it is – the size of the site has increased twentyfold. Yes, whilst Ian was over at mine we recorded three commentaries; for The End, Future Echoes, and Balance of Power. How extrodinarily self-indulgent. And I sound like a camp idiot.

Onto other stuff. Back In The Red reports a rumour that Craig Charles might be playing Brendan Fearon in a dramatisation of the story of Tony Martin – Brendan was the intruder who wasn’t shot, and went to prison. Big Blake have noticed that www.normanlovett.co.uk now says “Coming Soon!” rather than “Appearing Here Very Soon” – another delay, by the looks of it. Bah. At least in the meantime Norman has signed his own head. And The White Hole now has it’s Downloads section back up, including vastly reduced size versions of the two USA pilots. Hooray!

And finally, in case you hadn’t noticed, take a look at this picture as shown on the front page of the offical site. Looks like a grab from a deleted scene from Bodyswap. Excellent.

Darkside of the Dwarf: Red Dwarf Fan Spasms

Well maybe not a dark side as such, probably an ‘off-white side’ may be a better description, but here goes anyway. Being one the ‘Older’ fans I have loved Dwarf from the start, the Characters, situations and above all, Humour has been there from the very beginning. Series 1 and 2 were excellent and to […]

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