Doug: “Lots of ideas, no scripts yet.” Budget needs to be finalised first. [source]
Doug, Series XI: “My feeling is that we’ll be shooting it in February.” [source] [source]
So Series XI not officially confirmed, but all seem sure it’ll go ahead. [source]
And in other almost as delightful news, Doug confirmed for Red Dwarf novels are being planned:
Doug promising more books: some written by him, and some from Rob! [source]
More information on his Q&A session, as well as all other goings on at Dimension Jump XVII can be heard in the upcoming Dwarfcast on Dimension Jump XVII, hosted by Ganymede and Titan. We’ll add a link to it here when it becomes available but you can find the Dwarfcast at www.ganymede.tv or subscribe via iTunes.
Sandy Denny once wrote and sang the song ‘Who Knows Where the Time Goes?’ and it’s a feeling that I can only sympathise with. Yes, our first anniversary has sneaked up on us somewhat and with Dwarf’s 25th last week we nearly missed it altogether. We’ve all been delighted that so many of you have taken an interest in the site and regularly visit it. When I started the site last February after a nudge from Seb Patrick and Andrew Ellard, I didn’t really think that it’d still be going one year on, especially as I found myself spending several hours every Sunday trawling the internet and press for a roundup of the week’s Dwarf news.
This would all have fallen apart fairly quickly of course were it not for James and Andrew, who’s work on the site has been invaluable from the moment they joined and improved our coverage of Series X greatly. Certainly, The Garbage Podcast wouldn’t exist without them on board, so I thank them both for their contributions and hope that you’ve appreciated their efforts too. Also, a massive thanks to Rich Lawden for the Series X logo we used in the run up to the series and Danny Stephenson for providing us with an updated logo and banner when we realised that we had accidentally ended up with something very similar to the prog band Gazpacho. Opps…
So thanks to all of you that keep coming back to the site and downloading the podcast. Having done this for a year now I can’t see us stopping anytime soon. It’s been really interesting to see how much interest and love there still is for Red Dwarf. It’s almost been as interesting as seeing how many people can’t spell Gazpacho, proving that we chose an EXCELLENT name for the site that made us easy to find. My sincere thanks to all of you that have read or linked to Gazpacho Soup or for that matter Gazspacho Soup, Gatspatso Soup, Gaspacho Soup, Gatpacho Soup or any other such variation. It all got back to us in the end. However, in the same way Seb and Andrew suggested to me last year, I would encourage fans out there to set up their own fan sites. With the show back on form this is there perfect time to do so and Red Dwarf fandom would certainly be improved by a greater range of fan voiced sites for people to visit.
Although most of our efforts are in keeping you abreast of the latest Red Dwarf news with our weekly roundups and more in depth news pieces, we do also like to bring you items from time to time that offer a bit more, so we thought we’d just leave you with a recap of some of the better things that we’ve done over the last year that you may have missed.
Series X It would be remiss of us not to talk about Series X of course, seeing as it’s provided us with so much to talk about. I’m highly pleased that a flick back through our news archive should be able to provide you with a look at the reactions to the twists and turns of the troubled post production on the series.
Aside from this though, James’ coverage of the overnight ratings for each episode and Andrew’s roundup of the post airing reactions on Twitter helped to provide a good sense of how each episode was going down with the public as the series progressed. Hopefully these little bits and pieces helped add to the excitement of the brand new series for you and rest assured, should another one be recorded you can be certain that we’ll be doing it all over again.
The Garbage Podcast The past year has seen a fantasic resurgence of Red Dwarf fan activity and one of the places this has been most noticible is in fan produced podcasts. The Dwarfcast and Scuttercast have continued with some excellent output while the The Red Dwarf Introcast has brought an intresting new format to Red Dwarf podcasts. We have been thrilled to oin alongside them with our own podcast, The Garbage Podcast, which may well be my favourite thing that we’ve done.
So far we’ve covered every minutia of Series X in our episode reviews, interviewed some of the cast in our retrospective and sounded worryingly like Alan Partridge in our opening episode. We are currently in the depths of our 25th anniversary series of commentaries for Series I and we hope you’re enjoying them. Here’s a roundup of all of the podcasts so far.
The intension of the site has always been to be a resource for the sometimes overwhelming amount of Red Dwarf news, especially during the run up to and airing of Series X. However, we have tried from time to time to provide something a little more in depth too, whether it be an in depth roundup of facts and figures, a review or an essay on a particular aspect of the show. We have also been particularly pleased to shed some light on parts of the show in the case of Bill Pearson’s Red Dwarf Xmas, for which we once again thank Bill immensely for his help. Here’s a collection of the longer pieces of writting:
With nearly a year worth of information out there for Series X, it might be hard to keep up or even remember it all. Here, James presents a group of features that follow the production of Series X from the initial announcement in April to March 2012
One of the elements of Back to Earth that unexpectedly divided the fans was Rimmer’s dispatching of Katarina by pushing her in front of a bus. For many, it was a totally logical decision to have the character do this, but for others it was utterly out of keeping with the character they knew. Alex examines to what extent Rimmer is an irredeemably ruthless man of skewed morals, and to what extent is he a creature of circumstance?
The bunk scenes in Red Dwarf have often been referred to as the heart of the show, and will often come high on fans wish lists when asked what they’d like to see in a new series of the show. Alex examines if this wish is misplaced by looking at just how important the scenes are to show, and indeed if they ever really went away.
With the incredibly sad news of the death of Peter Wragg, Alex looks back at the life and work of a man that was a crucial element in the look and success of Red Dwarf as well as various other popular and influential shows.
For a bunch of guys that don’t do that much salvaging, they sure do a whole lot of salvaging. It’s amazing just how many ships are there 3 million years from Earth. Andrew takes an in depth look at all the ships encountered by the Red Dwarf crew and questions, just how advanced did the human race get? And how far into space are the boys really?
Through Red Dwarf we have seen the psychology of the characters analysed and twisted in ways that no other sci-fi series has ever attempted. James looks at some of the standout use of psychological exploration to tell a good story or to explore the characters in Red Dwarf.
Alex takes a look at the latest book from Jane Killick which documents the entire history of the show through interviews, behind the scenes stories and articles originally published in the like of the Smegazine.
Andrew takes a look at the DVD release of Series X and discusses both the show itself and the extras presented on the second disc, with particular attention given to the 2 hour documentary ‘We’re Smegged’.
Bill Pearson sheds some light on the origins of the Annihilator model used in The Beginning with details of his proposal for a Red Dwarf Christmas special. This curio includes the full script, the edited version that appeared in issue 33 of Better Than Life, model photos, design sketches and Bill’s pitch video.
With the show reaching it’s 25th anniversary, Alex takes a look back at the origins of the show. What is it about the show that’s made it endure? Where did Rob and Doug get their ideas? Will this article be answering any of these questions? Well, no, but we’ll make jokes about Jimmy Tarbuck and take great pleasure in seeing Grant Naylor’s little sci-fi comedy rightfully reach the quarter of a century mark.
There have been a few little things here and there that we have been quite pleased with. The reaction to our Gazpacho Soup Day competition took us all by surprise, though not as much as how many of you were taken in by our April Fool that Series X had been delayed so that Craig could film a reboot of Last of the Summer Wine. There are two things that we’ve been particularly pleased with though.
The first is the recording of Lunar City Seven that I rushed together last year which would go on to be massively useful in providing us with a theme tune for The Garbage Podcast. It seems surprising that the song Craig wanders around singing to himself in the early series of the show hadn’t been recorded or fleshed out before. However it was fun to put it together, even if it was done quickly on an iPad during a very boring train journey. I took certain liberties with the tune hummed by Craig, but tried to keep it relatively close to what people know. So on the off chance it’s of interest then fill your boots. It’s also worth having a look at this radically different version of the same song by G&T user HelloMabel.
You can view my recording below and it can be downloaded here.
And while we’re looking at videos, I also greatly enjoyed this very silly video that we did to promote The Garbage Podcast’s commentaries and mark Red Dwarf’s 25th anniversary. Our apologies to those of you that were annoyed to discover that it didn’t in fact feature Patrick Stewart, but if we’d made it obvious it would have spoiled the joke a bit. For those of you that enjoyed this slice of self indulgence though, my thanks.
So that’s been our year. We hope you’ve enjoyed visiting the site and we’ll endeavour to keep up with whatever Red Dwarf related activity is thrown our way in the coming years.
Friday marks Red Dwarf’s 25th anniversary, and naturally we have something prepared for the event. The Garbage Podcast will be releasing commentaries for every episode of Series I on the anniversary of each episodes’ initial airing and we’ll be updating at midnight on Friday to give you all a chance to get to it before the live Dwarfcast from our friends at Ganymede & Titan, which we obviously recommend all of you listen to. The first edition will be an extended episode featuring our commentary for The End and an extra special introduction
In the meantime, picking up from his spot on Red Dwarf Night’s 10th anniversary celebrations, here’s Patrick Stewart to outline our plans and share some of his thoughts on the show 15 years on.*
(*Video may not actually contain Patrick Stewart.)
It’s November 25th and that means it’s Gazpacho Soup day. To celebrate the event that this site takes it’s name from, we are having a one day competition to win a few little prizes. Up for grabs we have two copies of the Red Dwarf X DVD, both the HMV steelbook editionand a copy of the regular edition. Why two? Well aside from both being lovely in their own right, our regular edition has been very kindly signed for us by Chris Barrie, Danny John Jules and Robert Llewelyn. But all good competitions give away a cuddly toy, so we are also including this soft toy of The Cat in classic Series IV getup that Alex has knocked up for something a bit different to give away that you can’t get elsewhere.
To enter, all you need to do is send an email marked ‘Gazpacho Soup Day Giveaway’ to GazpachoSoupRD@gmail.com and prove that you’re both a human and in possession of some Red Dwarf knowledge (or at least an ability to google) by ansering the question, ‘which actor played Hogey the Roguey in the last epsiode of Series X?’
Apologies to our overseas readers, but the competition is only open to UK residents. For the rest of you, the competition closes at midnight tonight, so be sure to get your entry in quickly if you want to be in with a chance!
The overnight ratings are in for the final episode of the new series. ‘The Beginning’ was viewed by 975k people across Dave and Dave Ja Vu in its initial airing. This is down 0.2m on last week. Not including Dave Ja Vu it clocks in as Dave’s eighth highest overnight rating behind 6 new episodes of Red Dwarf (‘Back to Earth’ Episode 1 and 3, ‘Trojan’, ‘Fathers and Suns’, ‘Lemons’ and ‘Dear Dave’ as well as a repeat of ‘Gunmen of the Apocalypse’).
At the same time competition was much higher than last week. It was the toughest competition new Red Dwarf has faced on Dave.
BBC One drama flop Hunted fell even further from last week from 3.08m to 2.59m.
ITV1 drama DCI Banks achieved 3.69m.
Big competition came from the premier of The Inbetweeners Movie which achieved 2.78m.
BBC Two had a strong performance with their documentary Great Continental Railway Journeys. It recorded 2.55m viewers in the 9pm hour.
Russell Howard’s Good News was nearly 0.3m down on the previous week to 0.653m viewers in the 9pm hour. This is one of the lowest ratings ever for Good News.
The Europa League was strong competition too. Over the 6 hours and a half as Liverpool and Tottenham played, 1.27m watched ITV4.
Series Overnight Ratings
Below is a chart with the ratings for the first showing on Dave and Dave Ja Vu. The Dave Ja Vu ratings for ‘Dear Dave’ have not been released.
At an average of over 1.1m, Red Dwarf X has proved incredibly strong for Dave. The share of the audience also shows a strong following for Red Dwarf. Compare the average share of 5.15% to the average audience share for Dave and Dave Ja Vu for September and October 2012 (1.2% for both) to see just how strong Red Dwarf X is compared with the normal Dave line-up.
The final consolidated figures for ‘Entangled’ have not been released by the BARB.
The overnight ratings are in for Episode 5 of the new series. ‘Dear Dave’ was viewed by 1.082m people across Dave and Dave Ja Vu in its initial airing. This is up nearly 0.1m on last week. Not including Dave Ja Vu it clocks in as Dave’s fifth highest overnight rating behind 4 new episodes of Red Dwarf (‘Back to Earth’ Episode 1, ‘Trojan’, ‘Fathers and Suns’ and ‘Lemons’).
At the same time competition was lower than last week.
BBC One drama Hunted fell even further from last week from 3.22m to 3.08m.
ITV1 drama Homefront clocked in yet another poor primetime rating for ITV with just 2.46m at the 9pm hour, though this is a good third of a million up on last week.
BBC Two had a strong performance with their new documentary series Operation Iceberg. It recorded 2.71m viewers in the 9pm hour.
Russell Howard’s Good News was over 0.2m up on the previous week to 0.925m viewers in the 9pm hour.
Lemons Consolidated Ratings
Several of the consolidated figures for ‘Lemons’ are in.
The first Dave airing on Thursday at 9pm achieved 1.16m on the overnight. This risen nearly 0.4m to 1.519m in the final consolidated figure.
The Dave Ja Vu airing on Thursday at 10pm had an overnight of 0.068m. This risen to 0.106m in the final consolidated figure.
The second Dave airing on Thursday at 11:40pm achieved a consolidated figure of 0.457m. This is another impressive figure for such a late night slot.
The third Dave airing on Saturday at 10pm achieved a consolidated figure of 0.487m.
Adding the available consolidated figures together shows that 2.57m people have viewed Red Dwarf in some form across the multiple airings.
The overnight ratings are in for Episode 4 of the new series. ‘Entangled’ was viewed by 1.002m people across Dave and Dave Ja Vu in its initial airing. This is down around 200k on last week. Not including Dave Ja Vu it clocks in as Dave’s seventh highest overnight rating behind 5 new episodes of Red Dwarf (‘Back to Earth’ Episode 1 and 3, ‘Trojan’, ‘Fathers and Suns’ and ‘Lemons’) and a repeat of ‘Gunmen of the Apocalypse’ which followed ‘Back to Earth’ Episode 1 originally airing.
At the same time competition was higher than last week.
BBC One drama Hunted was slightly down from last week from 3.44m to 3.22m.
ITV1 drama Homefront clocked in yet another poor primetime rating for ITV with just 2.1m at the 9pm hour, even further down on last week.
BBC Two had a strong performance with their documentary series The Choir. It recorded 2.92m viewers in the 9pm hour, up slightly on last week.
Biggest competition was from the Europa League on ITV4. Over 2 million Liverpool fans elected to watch something much rarer than a new episode of Red Dwarf, a Stewart Downing goal, as Liverpool beat Anzhi Makhachkala. The Europa League powered ITV4 to its highest ever share of audience in the channel’s history.
Russell Howard’s Good News was down 0.72m viewers in the 9pm hour, damaged by a head to head airing with Red Dwarf and the Europa League.
Fathers and Suns Consolidated Ratings
Several of the consolidated figures for ‘Fathers and Suns’ are in.
The first Dave airing on Thursday at 9pm achieved 1.1m on the overnight. This risen over 0.4m to 1.567m in the final consolidated figure.
The Dave Ja Vu airing on Thursday at 10pm had an overnight of 0.034m. This risen to 0.078m in the final consolidated figure.
The second Dave airing on Thursday at 11:40pm achieved a consolidated figure of 0.459m. This is another impressive figure for such a late night slot.
The third Dave airing on Saturday at 10pm achieved a consolidated figure of 0.489m.
Adding the available consolidated figures together shows that 2.64m people have viewed Red Dwarf in some form across the multiple airings.
The overnight ratings are in for Episode 3 of the new series. ‘Lemons’ was viewed by 1.23m people across Dave and Dave Ja Vu in its initial airing. This is up 0.1m on ‘Fathers and Suns’. It takes ‘Fathers and Suns’ place as being the third highest overnight for Dave in its history.
More good news comes in the form of demographic skew. ‘Lemons’ had a 3.7 ratings in the 16-34 demographic. A 3.7 ratings puts it above a good amount of ITV’s best rating programming. It also rated very well in the ABC1 demographic. It skewed 58% in the ABC1 demographic which is way above the normal for any programming on TV, on BBC or ITV. More information on the ABC1 demographic can be found here.
At the same time competition was relatively lower than last week.
BBC One drama Hunted was practically flat, just 0.02m up from last week to 3.44m.
ITV1 drama Homefront clocked in another poor primetime rating for ITV with just 2.34m at the 9pm hour.
BBC Two had a strong performance with their documentary series The Choir. It recorded 2.84m viewers in the 9pm hour.
Russell Howard’s Good News recovered some viewers lost in the last two weeks to achieve 0.86m viewers in the 9pm hour but it is still clearly damaged by a head to head airing with Red Dwarf.
Trojan Consolidated Ratings
Several of the consolidated figures for ‘Trojan’ are in. As ‘Back to Earth’ shown, the overnights don’t give a full view of just how many people watch Red Dwarf.
The first Dave airing on Thursday at 9pm achieved 1.46m on the overnight. This risen over 0.5m to 1.976m in the final consolidated figure.
The Dave Ja Vu airing on Thursday at 10pm had an overnight of 0.069m. This risen to 0.113m in the final consolidated figure.
The second Dave airing on Thursday at 11:40pm achieved a consolidated figure of 0.598m. This figure is very impressive for such a late night slot.
The third Dave airing on Saturday at 10pm achieved a consolidated figure of 0.592m.
Figures for the fourth airing, on Wednesday at 8pm will be available next week.
Adding the available consolidated figures together shows that nearly 3.3m people have viewed Red Dwarf in some form across the multiple airings. With the Wednesday repeat figures still to be included, it could yet achieve a similar total reach as ‘Back to Earth’ Episode 1. ‘Back to Earth’ Episode 1 was viewed by 4 million people in total consolidated reach.
Tonight sees Dave airing Lemons, the third episode of the all new Series X. Yes, we’ve already reached the mid point of the series. Jesus…. Anyway, weak jokes aside, we’re once again putting up a post here for you to post any comments that you have on the show. Don’t forget, we are also on the lookout for comments on the show for the next episode of The Garbage Podcast, so if you’d like something included this is the perfect place to post it. You can contact us by email at GazpachoSoupRD@gmail.com or message us on Twitter and Facebook. We are also open to MP3 submissions should you be so inclined. We’ll be recording very soon, so if you’d like to be included it’s better to email sooner rather than later. We look forward to hearing from you!
The overnight ratings are in for Episode 2 of the new series. ‘Fathers and Suns’ was viewed by 1.1m people at the 9pm hour and 0.035m people on Dave Ja Vu at 10pm. While this is down around 0.3m on ‘Trojan’, it is still above the figures for ‘Back to Earth’ Episodes 2 and 3. It is also the third highest overnight for Dave in its history.
Repeats of Series IV also provided strong ratings in primetime. A repeat of ‘White Hole’ was watched by 0.423m viewers while 0.293m viewers stuck around for ‘Dimension Jump’.
More good news for the Red Dwarf ratings come in the demographic breakdown. The advertiser desired demographic of viewers at an age of 16-34 dominated viewership with around 40% making up the near 1.2m people who watched ‘Fathers and Suns’. With such high 16-34 viewership, it compares favourably to some big name ITV shows such as mega-hit Downton Abbey. Last Sunday Downton Abbey recorded just under 0.95m viewers in the 16-34 demographic which compares well to Red Dwarf’s near 0.5m viewers in the 16-34 demographic.
At the same time competition was relatively lower than last week.
BBC One drama Hunted fell from last weeks 4.46m to an anaemic 3.42m.
Channel 4 provided the big competition of the night. Their documentary The Plane Crash informed 3.15m viewers.
Russell Howard’s Good News on BBC Three at 9pm was down even further than last week with 0.612m. This is one of the shows lowest ratings ever.
ITV1 drama Homefront clocked in a poor primetime rating for ITV with just 2.44m at the 9pm hour.
Channel 5 provided little competition for Red Dwarf. Red Dwarf led Dave to a primetime victory against Channel 5. Dave achieving a 3% share of primetime viewing compared with Channel 5′s 2.7% share.