I promise I won’t let this become and almost exclusive ‘Red Dwarf’ blog but you will have to indulge me a little for a while.
I got an e-mail today from a lovely man at UKTV with a press release and accompanying photo for the new two part Red Dwarf special.
I went all giddy.
Don’t worry though, I’ve finally pulled myself together and have decided I’m in need of an all night Red Dwarf marathon – the DVDs will be coming out tonight.
But until then I’m going to share some bits and pieces about the new specials with you.
This is the New Red Dwarf logo
It’s called ‘Red Dwarf: Return to Earth’ which I’m hoping doesn’t mean an end to the show – I’m hoping the boys will find some worm hole that takes them back to earth but it later turns out to be the nostril of a space dwelling slug who sucked them in because he had a cold and needed to prevent the snot from leaving.
But that’s just me.
Lets get back to the press release – the two episodes kick off on Friday 10 April at 9pm on everyones favourite channel – Dave.
I LOVE Dave for a number of reasons – 1) because it has some of the best television shows ever made and shows them regularly and b) because they’re making the leap and commissioning original programming – something I’ve been calling on the digital channels to do for a long time.
I moved to Jersey about ten years ago – in fact it will be ten years ago this coming October and its also about ten years since we last saw the crew of the Dwarf – not one of the best series but still better than a lot of other things on TV.
In the last ten years I’ve god married, had three children, started working for the BBC and failed to finish writing my comedy novel, my geek guide and launched and forgotten about a dozen blogs and podcasts.
But what’s happened to Kryten, Lister, Rimmer and Cat in the intervening decade?
Well apparently while the crew are older “they’re still none the wiser.”
The press release sets the scene of the two part special for us:
When Lister’s busy day of annoying Rimmer is interrupted by a monstrous attack, it’s pretty much business as usual – until a shock development throws Rimmer, Lister, Cat and Kryten back to planet Earth…
But where is the big space slug and its snotty nostrils?
Anyway – part of the running premise of Red Dwarf for eight series (52 episodes) was Dave Lister wanting to get home to Earth.
Now it looks like that is exactly what’s going to happen – and everything seems to be going forward as well.
The specials are written and directed by Doug Naylor and it will feature Chris Barrie as Rimmer, Craig Charles as Lister, Danny John-Jules as Cat and Robert Llewellyn as Kryten – no news on Holly though.
They start shooting for the specials in the middle of February with a whole weekend of the Dwarf coming up over the Easter Weekend on Dave.
The whole thing starts with the new two part series on Good Friday followed by a couple of interesting features.
The first is Red Dwarf Unplugged – this is seriously going to test the talents of the main four – it is a “no holds barred episode that delivers the cast of Red Dwarf as they’ve never been seen before.”
That basically means: “no sets, no effects…and no autocue!”
The weekend finishes with a behind the scenes production of the specials shown a few days earlier.
As I’ve already mentioned once or twice – this is on Dave. Although the channel has a couple of pretty good original shows – none are scripted (in the fictional sense) shows.
This is the first. And they’re going all out online to make sure everybody knows all about it – sending a press release to a blogger was a nice start – thanks
On their website at joindave.co.uk they will have news updates on the series, competitions, podcasts from the stars of the series (can’t wait for that one) and other behind the scenes bits and pieces.
They’re also taking a leaf out of the BBC Doctor Who websites book and will be posting weekly behind the scenes snippets of news from the production set – coming Wednesdays at Noon.
So set your browsers to Dave and get ready to set your Sky+ box to record – oh and avoid space snails with a mucus problem.