The White Hole to be closed

After much deliberation the decision has been made to put The White Hole out of its inactive misery and close the site down. I started in mid-2003 with the original intention to just flex my web design muscles for the first time, but it grew into something I loved doing: writing about Red Dwarf. It’ll be sad to see the gray old bastard fade out, but other things are afoot…

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Red Dwarf DVD – Series VIII Review

This is all starting to get predictable now, isn’t it? Does anyone reading this honestly think I’m going to turn around and rubbish this DVD to pieces? Anyone? No, I thought not. You know it’s going to be fantastic and you know what to expect. And as such, it’s with a very heavy heart I […]

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Wrinkles Clips

One day, when I’ve found all 12 episodes, listened to them and written all I can about them, I may actually shut up about Wrinkles. But, until then, I’m afraid I’m going to carry on being the one note dullard that I am. Sorry!

I received two new clips from the show a few days ago (many thanks to Mark James) and they’re really very excellent. Very, very excellent. Frustratingly, they’re just small snippets, but they work very well as individual sketches, non-the-less. They’re unofficially titled Secret Service Reunion and Dog Training and feature the characters Tom the Caretaker and Winston (played by Tom Mennard and Ballard Berkeley) – quite a sublime double act. Unfortunately, I haven’t got a clue which episode(s) they’re taken from, so anyone caring to shed light on the matterwould be great.

Anyway, download the clips now! DO IT. (5.9 MB)

As you may guess, my need to hear a show in full is growing by the day, so if anyone at all has any recordings of Wrinkles then do not hesitate to email me – I have plenty of downloaded rarities to swap for anything you might have.

Finally, in case you haven’t already seen it, the Observation Dome have launched DwarfWiki this week; an ambitious project designed to collate as much Red Dwarf data as humanly possible. It can be edited by anyone, so go forth and contribute and help us build it up into some rare and special. Especially this page.

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The Humour of Red Dwarf

Just what exactly is humour? The Macquarie Encyclopaedic Dictionary describes humour as, “one of the four chief bodily fluids, blood, choler or yellow bile, phlegm, and melancholy or black vile, regarded as determining, by their relative proportions in the system, a person’s physical and mental constitution.” Like the humours which make up our healthy body, […]

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Wrinkle Watch

The search for scraps (or even whole chunks) of Wrinkles information has hit upon something very interesting and maddeningly tantalising, indeed. The wholly excellent Adrian Fry, his keen ear, and disturbing childhood memories are to thank for this find:

At 11.30am today, BBC Radio 4 broadcast a show (presented by Tony Hawkes) about non or seldom appearing sitcom characters. Matron from Wrinkles was featured. Matron was ‘played’ by a violin to which the central character talked as if to a normally communicating person. They played a couple of short clips from this show which brought the horror of it back to me.

I was 11 years old at the time and an obsessive listener to radio (still am). Perhaps because of my age or lack of understanding of the material, I found Wrinkles deeply disturbing. Most of the characters seemed only capable of repeating one catchphrase, Matron was played by a musical instrument, someone had a terrible stammer and another inmate was only capable of shouting. Everyone seemed to be mentally ill or otherwise surreal except the central character of the handyman who seemed a rather old fashioned sort of Northern radio comedian, discursive and unruffled by what I found to be his terrifying predicament.

The section itself features the producer of the show, Mike Craig, briefly talking about how the show came about and his inspiration for the instrumental Matron. After the frankly disturbing Harmonica clip from Ronald Chesney, there’s two very good clips from a Wrinkles episode. I’m very encouraged.

Anyway, just for you delicious people, here’s the mp3 from the relevant section of the show, Absent Friends:

BBC Radio 4 – Absent Friends – Wrinkles – TX: 31/05/2005

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Wrinkles: A First Look

Before I get started I should point out that what you see here is severely truncated compared to my original plans (hence the rubbish title ‘A First Look’). For this article I have relied on one man to share with me his memories of this obscure radio show and that man was Rob Grant. I’ve […]

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Starbug Launching, thereFinally! Sorry about the downtime this week (to all 5 of you out there) but I took everything down thinking I was motivated enough to finish within a few days. Ha! As it turns out I am now at this mid-stange that I think is acceptable for launch.

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Comedy Connections Reflections

Red Dwarf may have had 52 successful episodes spanning over 8 series and 11 years but seldom has any documentary of any worth been produced to celebrate the show. Except the phenomenal documentaries currently being released with the Red Dwarf DVDs, proper mainstream analysis have been as rare as hen’s teeth. A few years ago […]

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