We don’t normally watch Doctors, due to actually having things to do during the day, even if we don’t do them. However, we did see an episode on UK Gold on Monday night, as research for the following day’s episode. So you can rest easy in the knowledge that our opinions are informed.
Another excellent purchase at Dimension Jump was Hattie Hayridge’s 1997 autobiography, for which I’d been searching the bookshops of Great Britain for ages. The book tells the complete story of Hattie’s life, from birth as a suspected case of appendicitis to touring the world as a top stand up. Hattie chooses to portray significant periods of her life with a couple of good anecdotes each. She has funny stories to tell about her childhood, her adolescence, each of her jobs and each step towards fame.
Grant Naylor Productions have confirmed that the infamous movie poster, which Ganymede & Titan became the first Red Dwarf fan site to report on in February, is indeed genuine. They also tell us that Doug Naylor is currently on a recce in Australia, and that the snippet of the plot that we get in the poster is not the full story. Hmm. On Wednesday April 9th and Friday April 11th, the cast commentaries for the Series III and IV DVDs were recorded, in plenty of time for release in November this year and February 2004 respectively. The good news is that Robert Llewellyn and Hattie Hayridge were indeed present, which relieves an awful lot of irrational fears about the latter’s inclusion. Also on the official site this week is an interesting interviewwith Paul Alexander, who is in fact seven years old.
As for this site, we apologise for the lack of updates recently. This is due to the University of Teesside’s reluctance to allow John to live in the Learning Resource Centre over Easter. However, we’ve both been working hard, and we’ll be uploading an awful lot of new content on Wednesday, including book reviews and a guide to the deleted scenes.
In the meantime, you may be interested to hear that Ganymede & Titan’s biggest fan Andrew Ellard, who we are told is also in charge of the official site, Associate Producer of the DVDs and script editor on the movie, has written an episode of the daytime soap Doctors, which is been shown tomorrow (Tuesday) on BBC ONE at 2:05pm. Finally, on a sad note, Matt Dryzmala’s popular fan site Back in the Red has been closed down. The good news is that Matt is currently working two new sites, including the Rimmer-dedicated Git Central. So good luck to Matt, and hurry up with it, you Mancunian git.
Well, the site has been relaunched now for over a week, and we’re nearly at the stage where some of the site’s original content can go back online. Ahem. Anyway, firstly, we’d like to thank Back In The Red for giving us a nice mention, and to Groovetown for an excellent review. On a completely unrelated note, why not visit Groovetown’s forums, where me and Ian skulk about?
Anyway, on to site stuff. Ian’s Dimension Jump X Report is now online (WHY COULDN’T I GO? WHY? BOLLOCKS FUCK SHIT). Expect some piccies of the event to go up soon. Meanwhile, the DVD and Movie FAQ has been updated. The goss at DJ was that shooting is due to start on 15th September – bearing in mind the previous delays, we’re trying not to get too excited, but it really looks like it could be on this time…
UPDATE: There was due to be more updates today (the 13th), but seeing as I’m completely incompetent and fell asleep last night, there won’t be. Hopefully they’ll go up some time next week, but as I’ve got sporadic net access over Easter, you might have to wait until the week after. Oh, and thanks to friend-of-the-website Karl Eisenhauer for the piccy. You can see more of Karl and Snip’s pics here.
I simply cannot believe that it has been a whole week since the start of the convention. For three days, I entered a strange and parallel dimension (Coventry), where the normal laws of time and space do not apply. Anything before the 4th April 2003 is irrelevant, and everything since the 6th has been tedious. […]
More updates to the official site today – including, as if by magic, a new DVD Details section for Series III and IV. They will have a slightly bigger budget compared to the I and II DVDs, and the science room, bunk room and Starbug’s hanger will probably feature as the menus. There will also be two more chapter points for each episode, bringing the total to nine, and (thankfully) the eggs will be hidden slightly better this time round – and there will be more of them. As for the cover art, Series III will obviously be of Starbug – with IV going back to Red Dwarf again. It’ll be interesting to see what they do for Series V, seeing as Blue Midget doesn’t make an appearance in that series; but what’s the betting they use it anyway? Not much has been said about the extras yet, although there are hints of a few new things in that area – and that Hattie’s DJ Video Diary is a definite feature. The Region 2 releases will be in November 2003 for Series III, and February 2004 for Series IV. The Region 1 release of both DVDs will occur in February 2004.
Other news stories on the site include an item on Craig Charles’s new short film Ten Minutes, intriguingly billed as “a black comedy set in real time”. It’s directed by Ben Mole, who also produced the English edit of Takeshi’s Castle with Craig. There’s also a new navigation feature, Launch Scouter. Last, but certainly not least, there’s a report on Dimension Jump X. Expect G&T’s DJX report, along with more site updates, tomorrow.
The R2 Project has got what they think is a preview of the Series III DVD Cover in its Rumour Control section. “We received the following picture in the mail this morning, hopefully it is the sleeve artwork for series III of Red Dwarf”, they say. Well, if it is, it’s a very bad quality version of it – poor washed-out colour, with the ship being nowhere near as detailed as on the I and II covers. Also, if you take a look at the Desktop Backgrounds section of the official site, you can see that the design is nothing like the DVD Starbugone. In other words, it looks exactly like a mock, done by some wag or another. But we’re willing to be proved wrong…
UPDATE (10/04/03): For the final (and blindingly obvious) proof, look at the bottom of the cover – and the dodgy editing work done on the black bar. Also, the green Starbug is… Blue Midget, tinted green (with a few minor modifications). Why the hell didn’t they use the official Starbug desktop background on the official site? Anyway, it looks like we’ll have to wait for some more DVD Details for cover news.
The official site was updated yesterday, with the best bit by far being Part 2 of Mr Flibble’s Paul Jackson interview. It’s truly fascinating, with quite a few things that we didn’t know about, including the fact that it was him who directed the show during the first abandoned rehearsals, and Ed Bye was only doing 2nd-unit stuff. Meanwhile, the Series II DVD finally gets its Region 4 release, with some interesting sales info figures in the article too. Robert Llewellyn’s Hollywood Science series (7:30pm on Wednesdays, BBC TWO), and Tony Hawks’ Lights, Camera, Accident (8:30pm on Sundays, C5) are also advertised, and we’ll try and bring you a review of those shortly – although the ever-excellent Groovetown covers both.
There’s also a mention of the new Red Dwarf poster, which should be avaliable in time for Dimension Jumpers this weekend. Unfortunately, it looks pretty crap. I prefer my pictures of the crew to be big and un-wibblified, and I’m getting sick and tired of merchandise that uses the Remastered/Series VIII versions of Red Dwarf and Blue Midget, despite the fact that the earlier model shots were far, far, far better. Give me a full-sized poster of the original Red Dwarf model, and I’d be extremely happy. Or maybe a copy of Lister’s London Jets poster. Anyway, I think I’ll stick to my poster of this for now…
As for this site, there’s been a few corrections to the articles – mainly spelling and grammar, as the site was rushed up for Dimension Jump. Thanks to Tanya Jones for going through it all. I’ll try and get the Episodes section and News Archive online tomorrow. I’ve also fixed a font size problem in IE, brought to my attention by Squidy and clarified by mongrel, from NOTBBC’s forums – the text size over-reacted to the Text Size settings. If anyone has any other accessibility problems with the site, let us know.
Cliffhangers have played an important role in Red Dwarf, from the first series through to the eighth. However, they’ve not always been executed very well. Here, we look back on all the cliffhangers, and their resolutions, over the years. 1. Lister’s exam results. (Balance of Power/Waiting for God) CLIFFHANGER:LISTER: How did I do, Mr. Lister, […]
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For those of you who used to browse the old site, most of the articles have been updated slightly, and the new ones are: Don’t Leave Us Hanging, Under Fire, and Alternate Personalities Featurette. The Red Dwarf DVD & Movie FAQ is also now hosted here. Expect updates at least weekly – with a report on Dimension Jump X next week.