DwarfCast 65 – Red Dwarf XI – Episode 5 – Set Report

A full fifth episode of Red Dwarf has been recorded in front of a studio audience for the first time since 1998. G&T were there, in the manly form of Danny Stephenson, along with Jez Harrison of TORDFC. As soon as the episode finished, they raced back to G&T Towers to discuss their findings with Ian Symes, who sneakily recorded their every word. Yes, this week’s set report is in DwarfCast form. Listen now to discover why this recording was the longest one yet, how this episode does something that Red Dwarf has never done before, and get the full story behind the shocking fire alarm drama.

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It’s Still 2 Days…

…until Red Dwarf has its next studio audience recording, but a) nobody seems to give a shit about our Friday morning posts this time round, and b) quite a bit of interesting news has emerged in the last couple of days. Rest assured that our set report will be arriving on Saturday, hopefully a little earlier in the day than normal and possibly done slightly differently to normal. But in the meantime, an intriguing nugget has emerged from Robert Llewellyn’s latest Periscope (link only valid until Thursday morning, disposable media fans):

They’re on air next year. We spoke to someone from UKTV last night, so… the sort of September-ish of 2016, and then January-ish of 2017.

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Well, our spoiler policy states that if the cast post something dodgy on social media, it’s fair game. Earlier today, Danny John-Jules tweeted a series of images of each of the four main cast members displaying a little red badge, which reads “#Smileism”. Not many people will have seen these, as Danny posted them as replies to some guy, hence us only spotting them after ten hours. Now, I don’t know what #Smileism is, and frankly, I don’t much care. These pictures offer tiny glimpses of some of the main characters’ costumes for Series XI. There’s a high likelihood that they’ll be taken down at some point, so we’ve embedded the pictures below. So if you want to avoid all spoilers, look away now…

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Red Dwarf XI – Episode 3 – Set Report

A full episode of Red Dwarf has been recorded in front of a studio audience for the third time in as many weeks. G&T weren’t there, and it’s a combination of those two facts that has lead us to do things a little differently this time. We’ve already covered virtually everything we’re allowed to talk about in terms of specific details, and we can assume that if things were set up in a certain way for the first two weeks, then they’ll be the same in the third week. So let’s turn our attentions to the realm of the subjective.

At this early stage in the lifespan of Series XI – a time when thousands of people are desperate to learn about things that only a handful of people have seen – it’s easy to fixate on the limited range of individual opinions available, so we’ve recruited a whopping four correspondents to tell us what they thought of this week’s recording. They are Dan Pendleton, Jed Shepherd, Jo Sharples and Niki Hutchinson. This will be a longer read than the last couple of reports, as we’ll be presenting the full gamut of their reactions and opinions, as well as a briefer summary of this particular episode’s idiosyncrasies. There’ll be some overlap, some contradictions and possibly some confusion – it’s up to you to take the four varying accounts on board and make your own mind up. So, without further ado…

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Craig Charles: “it’s gone brilliantly well”

This weekend, Craig Charles brought The Madness House of Fun Weekender to a close with his Funk & Soul Show. G&T regular Jonathan ‘Jonsmad’ Young was there, and shared a backstage area with Craig. At 1am on Sunday night/Monday morning, he was able to interrupt Craig’s search for cigarettes for seventy-six seconds in order to conduct a very brief interview about Red Dwarf XI so far. A huge thank you to Jonsmad for sharing this with us. Over to you…

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Red Dwarf XI – Episode 2 – Set Report

A full episode of Red Dwarf has been recorded in front of a studio audience for the first time since last week. As will be the case more often than not for these two series, G&T weren’t there. But you’re in safe hands for this set report, as we’ve called in the professionals. To guide you through this studio comedy production, please welcome comedian Phil Pagett and television director Alex Scott, both of whom were kind enough to answer our probing questions about the second episode of the eleventh series.

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It’s Been 1,428 Days…

…since a second episode in a series of Red Dwarf had a studio audience recording. Well, they’re back at it from 6pm tonight.

We were going to use these weekly posts as a way of rounding up all the Dwarf-related titbits from the past seven days, but, well, there’s not been much. Maybe the cast and crew have been asked to rein the teasers in, or maybe they’re all just too busy, as moaned about by Robert Llewellyn. If you spot anything interesting, or if there’s something we’ve missed, do post it in the comments on this piece. Standard spoiler policy reminder goes here.

Still, Robert did find time to write a short blog post, on Google Plus of all fucking places, so there’s that. Plus, there’s a Guardian article about the show in general, which despite confusing the novels and the show, and neglecting to acknowledge the existence of anything made after 1999, is actually quite good. The tone is genuinely enthusiastic and positive, and they go to great lengths to emphasise that the laughter was not canned, which makes a pleasant change.

But anyway, yes – Red Dwarf XI episode two is being recording tonight. We’ll have another cobbled together set report over the weekend, thanks to our two top secret ticket-wielding agents. We’re covered for this week, but are you going to one of the other ten? If so, please get in touch if you’d like to help document a very minor piece of history.

Red Dwarf XI – Episode 1 – Set Report

A full episode of Red Dwarf has been recorded in front of a studio audience for the first time since 2012. G&T weren’t there, which as you might expect has had a slight impact on our coverage. But fear not, because we had some top secret special agents in the audience, namely Jo Sharples and Shelley Smith, both of The Official Red Dwarf Fan Club. We sent them a few questions, and they were kind enough to jot down their observations and opinions. So allow them to be your guides as we document their experiences of the first of twelve new episodes…

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It’s Been 1,386 Days…

…since Red Dwarf had a studio audience recording. Well, they’re back at it from 6pm tonight.

This time, G&T won’t be there, despite being part of a shady cabal that secretly controls the world of Red Dwarf, but thanks to some secret agents in the field, we’re hoping to have some form of cobbled together set report up over the weekend. Until then, please use the comments on this article to post any interesting tit-bits you’ve spotted on social media, whilst of course remaining mindful of the spoiler policy.

By the way, are you or someone you know going to this recording? Or any other recording? If so, and if you wouldn’t mind jotting down a few thoughts over the weekend afterwards, do get in touch.

In other, wholly unrelated, news, we noticed that our YouTube channel was far too barren to justify its new shiny button, but we liked the button, so we’ve chucked all the videos from our dusty Downloads section into a handful of playlists. All hail the button.

You know what? It’s weird. Despite all the official confirmation, the unofficial social media teasers, and the fact that everyone’s been banging on about audience tickets for two months now, Red Dwarf XI and XII still don’t feel real. They don’t feel tangible. I’ve a feeling that will all change within the next 24 hours…

Sets and ‘Bugs and Acting Roles

Welcome to the latest installment of “Embedding A Load Of Tweets And Over-Analysing The Contents”, which looks set to become a long-running series indeed. As production on Red Dwarf XI steams ahead prior to Friday’s audience recording, studio-based rehearsals and pre-records are now taking place. Several members of the cast and crew are documenting every little step of the process on Twitter, meaning we have access to tantalising behind-the-scenes secrets, such as the time Craig Charles spilled some coffee during a readthrough.

Admittedly, this doesn’t seem like much. But if you open up the full-sized picture, there are a lot of interesting names to read…

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