I’ve posted a rough outline of what the episodes are going to be about, when they’re on and a bit of background HERE.
Sorry about the god awful over exuberant and excessively punctuated headline but I’m a little bit giddy with excitement.
Let me start by sharing my Twitter post I sent straight after first finding out about the news – must log in to twitter more often.
“Bouncing around the room with a grin on my face like a small child in a room full of chocolate and cookies. NEW RED DWARF. Love @bobbyllew”
I should explain.
Robert Llewellyn one of the first of the British celebrity geeks to discover the wonderful world of Twitter, has confirmed that he will once again be donning the oddly shaped prosthetic head.
He confirmed on his twitter stream that Red Dwarf will be returning to our screens for a four part series this coming Easter – it seems filming has already begun.
He posted this yesterday evening “I love Twitter. Been tweeting about new RD for past 2 months. We are making 4 new eps start shooting next week.”
And then this in response to a question: “Yes, it’s a new UK series of RD”
And then this: “They will be shown on channel Dave at Easter. Don’t know exact dates yet.”
Um…. wait DAVE? The home of Top Gear DAVE?
Yup it will be shown on Dave this coming Easter which is fanastic – the channel is half owned by the BBC and is already building a reputation for creating pretty good original programming.
I’m a big fan of Argumental and don’t mind watching the odd episode of Batteries Not Included either.
Anyway back to Twitter.
Robert then got into the gritty and nitty of the filming: “Up early. Had a wet shave ready for mask. Long day ahead.”
Followed by: “Now at Pinewood studios. Doubtful I will be able to reveal anything other than you are so going to love it.”
He then teased further with: “Red Dwarf read through and makeup test V successful. trying to get permission to post a few pics. Amazing to be together again after so long.”
The most recent posts have been further confirmations of it being on Dave and on this coming Easter as well as a bit of a defense of his and Lister (Craig Charles) weight.
I, like many a geek of my generation have been a fan of the boys from the Dwarf since my teenage years – I grew up with it – I joined the fan club – I knew all the lines – I had the sound files on my old Amiga 600 – I was a fan.
I have all the vanilla DVDs AND the box sets sitting on my shelf in pride of place right now.
The question is – can a show filmed for Dave live up to the expectations of a dedicated and loyal fan base that have been waiting on a movie for over ten years?
Oh and I now know (thanks to a post on the TV Forum) that this was actually announced back in September 2008 on the official reddwarf.com website – just goes to show how much attention I’ve been paying doesn’t it?
I’m not a big fan of official websites as they involve me going to yet another website every day – I personally prefer the quick hit nature of Twitter and message boards – but will add Red Dwarf to my morning routine – at least until the new episodes air.
What I have found out from reading the site though is that it is actually just two new ‘adventures’ but a four part series that will include a making of and a clip show – still better than nothing AND if it inspires the BBC or Dave to commission a full series – all the better.
Oh and if you can’t wait until Easter, have re-watched the Dwarf to death and want something new (that isn’t Corrie) why not head over to Channel Flip and see Robert Llewellyn in fine form talking machines on MoWer – his show for the online male video network.