Join a luxuriously big hotel room full of very tired but very happy people, as we pick through the booze-soaked remains of the very latest and very greatest official Red Dwarf convention – Dimension Jump XVIII, held 1st-3rd May 2015 in Nottingham. Your hosts for this bleary-eyed Sunday night missive are G&T’s Jonathan Capps, Danny Stephenson and Ian Symes, along with TORDFC team members Joey Cannon, Jez Harrison, Mick Hayes, Alex Newsome, Carrie Parsons, Jo Sharples and Shelley Smith, DJ helpers Kiran Parsons and Melissa Stanley, and attendees/friends Aimi Brear, Simon Peel and Danny Pendleton. Phew.
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Breaking news from Dimension Jump. Doug Naylor – a surprise guest – has announced some very, very good news. TWO new series of Red Dwarf have been commissioned by Dave. All the main cast are on board for all twelve episodes. The two series will be shot back-to-back, starting later this year. The filming dates have also been confirmed as the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016 respectively, with a LIVE audience, shooting at PINEWOOD. The broadcast dates are currently 2016 for Series XI and 2017 for Series XII, but that obviously could change.
As previous clues have suggested, both series will be a co-production with Baby Cow. Doug says he’s written “most” of the new scripts and he’ll be returning as director, with Richard Naylor and Kerry Waddell producing.
We need some time to process this. Go ahead and comment to your heart’s content, and we’ll try and get our thoughts together in time for our post-DJ Dwarfcast.
EDIT: Official confirmation has now been TOSsed off along with an announcement trailer! Also, not yet officially confirmed, Doug says Craig had to choose between Red Dwarf and Corrie. He chose the former and has left the latter.
Is it that time already? It only seems like yesterday that we were sleep-deprived and huddled in some poor bastard’s hotel room as the last convention came to an end. But apparently, that was two years ago, and so it’s time to do it all again, but this time in the East Midlands.
Due to various unfortunate scheduling conflicts, we won’t have full contingent of G&T team members in attendance this time – the only ones of us that are going are the ones that are also part of the Fan Club team and/or event crew. Consequently, our coverage might be somewhat restricted this time round, but we’ll aim to update our Twitter feed periodically, record our obligatory sleepy Dwarfcast, and if any major news breaks over the weekend, we’ll keep you posted as best we can.
If you’re attending, then please feel free to come and say hello! I’ll be the one behind the camera, Danny will be the one behind the sound desk, and Cappsy will just generally be behind.
Good luck, Nottingham. You won’t know what’s hit you…
That bunch over at the Red Dwarf fan club, with their swanky ‘official’ title, need your help in a couple of areas. The team recently became one member (and about twenty stone) lighter, and so they are recruiting. So if you’ve ever fancied working directly with the fat hairy one from G&T and the slightly less fat, considerably less hairy one from Gayspacko Poop, now’s your chance. You’ve got just under a month to get your applications in, so do it. If you want to, like.
Also, it’s come to that exciting time when the fan club are thinking very seriously about the next Dimension Jump convention. And the first step in this process is to lazily farm out the production of an event logo to their feckless followers. On the plus side, the winning logo designer will receive a free pass to the next event, and the opportunity to own a t-shirt and/or mug with their design on it. Details and submission form are right here.
Right, now that I’ve finished whoring out prime real estate on my website for the benefit of my girlfriend’s organisation, maybe I can get a fucking cup of tea.