New specials? Proper information? After all the rumours? Oh smeg yes.
reddwarf.co.uk has the facts. As announced by Robert Llewellyn for Grant Naylor Productions this week at the UKTV seasonal press launch, the project is a short series of brand new specials to celebrate the 21st birthday of Red Dwarf.
Doug Naylor will be masterminding the four half-hour installments, and the regular cast will all be reprising their iconic roles. They are being made by GNP for UKTV’s free-to-air channel, Dave - our new best friends!
Red Dwarf repeats on Dave - including an anniversary weekend run - have picked up remarkable numbers since the channel was reborn on Freeview, and it’s becoming clear to all concerned that the show is picking a new, third generation audience. With the usual involvement from Red Dwarf partners BBC Worldwide, you can also expect international broadcasts to follow (and, we’d imagine, a top-quality DVD release in the fullness of time).
“It’s very new news to me - I really only fully heard the details yesterday,” Robert told comedian/host Michael McIntyre. “We’re doing four new shows with the original cast. Two of them are going to be, like, proper episodes of Red Dwarf. One of them is so exciting I’ve been asked not to say anything about that because other people will steal the idea - and it is a great idea, quite challenging for us as performers. And the other one is a kind of behind-the-scenes-y… the truth. There’s been so many rumours and gossip about Red Dwarf, about whether there’s going to be a movie and whether we all get on, all those things… The downside for me, which is just dawning on me now, is I’ve got to do the ‘rubber’ thing again, which I haven’t done for ten years.”
For the record, and direct from the makers, the details of the four shows right now - while wholly subject to change - are:
Show One - The Making Of The Specials
A highly entertaining look at what goes on behind the scenes on a Red Dwarf production.
Show Two - Red Dwarf Special: Part One
The cast get back into character, and costume, a decade on…
Show Three - Red Dwarf Special: Part Two
The adventure continues…
Show Four - A Clip Show With a Serious Difference
The cast do it their way. Red Dwarf as you have never, ever seen it before!
The shows will broadcast sometime in 2009 and, if successful, could pave the way for further Red Dwarf TV projects. Thanks to movie and broadcaster wrangles, Grant Naylor haven’t been in a position to produce new Red Dwarf since Series VIII went out to audiences of over eight million in 1999. This exciting development suggests a new and shiny future for everyone’s favourite sci-fi comedy.
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The Boys from the Dwarf are back!
Mon Sep 22 2008 07:14:14 AM EST from flynnfx@uncnsrd (Uncensored)
Man, I haven't watched that show in ages. I could go with a good Red Dwarf now.
My all-time #1 favourite Red Dwarf clip:
Truth be told, I hear of more people turning from cable, to other avenues of *ahem* cultural programming.
Some turn to satallite, others to FIOS.
Cable seems to be too expensive for a lot of people.
I've got a friend (some of you may know him as WhiteOwl or TEO) who doesn't have cable, satellite, or even an antenna -- he and his family are going totally with television programming downloaded off the Internet (you'd be surprised at how much of it they make available) and with prerecorded videos (you'd be surprised how much the local library has available for free). They save a ton of money and don't really miss much.
I question the value of my library spending my tax dollars on acquiring many copies of "jackass II" but the fact is they do have it and I can borrow it for free.
They even have an online reservation system, so I just ask for the most obscure shit and they send me an email in a few days saying come pick it up at my place of choice.
And for this people pay blockbuster?
Ford: We love the library as well - great for *ahem* borrowing CD's...who just happen to mysteriously rip themselves onto certain computers!
The thing with the Rogers Video and Blockbusters is time. Most people want to see the new DVD's *right* now, and are not prepared to wait.
For the patient, the library works fine. But if you wanted to borrow the library's copy of Iron Man, I imagine your wait time would be upwards
of six months, right?
We have a similar system in Edmonton too, where you can reserve online, pickup at the library of your choice, which is awesome. I've managed
to watch all the Akira Kurosawa films at no cost, a lot of the other Criterion films as well - however, forthe newere movies, like the one mentioned
above, and say, if we want to get one of the new kids movies, it's easier to rent than wait six months or even a year for some ofthem.
Ice Age, when it came out, had a 72 week waiting list originally - so did Shrek 3.
So, for some things, the library isn't always the way to go.
We pretty much exclusively use the computer for all things tv-related.
The only downside is that when I'm using the computer as a tv for Kinneret's DVDs, I can't use the computer to work/surf etc.
I had a spare laptop (my mom's... I think it was a p-II) for that, but we don't have a place to put it really. And then my niece went away to boarding school and kind of needed a laptop...
I totally want to ditch the satellite.
What do you do about sports events? My husband likes wimbleton, MLB, golf, etc. So what do I do in those cases?
Get FTA (free to air) satellite. No cost other than the equipment, and fre signals.
However, you may need some basic cable to cover those exclusive sporting events.
The westchester library system lends anything to any other library and since they ALL buy at least one copy of everything, the wait isn't that long because there are so many copies to burn through.
Usually I hold 2 or 3 expecting one of them to be all scratched to hell.
Very soon, analog signals for television will no longer be transmitted in the United States, moving instead to digital signals.
This handy guide may help you make the conversion process easier.
1) Picture was crystal clear.
2) I didn't realize there were sub-stations, like 4.4, which is NBC Weather, all the time.
3) It even has a guide, much like cable....
4) It was impressive enough to *consider* dropping the $10 a month for local channels from DirecTV.
My only real problem with digital television is my inability to pick it up.
Nobody has a signal strong enough to reach me. I could get analog, but digital is just too weak.
I don't see this changing in Feb next year. I think, if I want to watch television, I would effectively be forced to use cable, which I refuse to do.
It's not as much a problem for me, personally, as I don't watch television anymore anyway (except for work-related stuff). But I suspect this is going to be a terrible problem for people who live far away from station towers who do not want to get sats.