- The Garbage Podcast: Series I Commentaries – Confidence & Paranoia
In this edition of our continuing celebration of Red Dwarf’s silver anniversary, we mark the 25th anniversary of the initial airing of Confidence & Paranoia with our latest commentary for the episode. With the last two shows of Series I, Red Dwarf really takes of as the writers and actors have eased into the show more. This also marks the start of what would be come a recurrent theme in the show; the exploration of the psyche. With a lack of outside influence to turn to, Rob and Doug instead have their characters look inward and we start to really get a deeper analysis of what makes them tick. In this episode, it’s Lister that we get under the skin of, finally starting to see what holds him back and why he never made any attempt to fulfil his dream with Kochanski when she was still alive.
Was a manifestation of the psyche an inevitability in a sci-fi comedy? Why did Rob and Doug keep coming back to it? Does Rimmer have Lister’s best interests at heart? And just who likes short shorts? (Spoiler: Chris Barrie fans like short shorts.) Literally some of these questions will be answered as Alex, James and Andrew take a look at a highlight of the first series.
You can download it from The Garbage Podcast site or via iTunes and if you enjoy it then please do leave us a rating/review to let other people know; we’d greatly appreciate it. You can also stream the podcast on the player below:
- Dwarfcasts: Justice
Ganymede & Titan have uploaded a new edition of their Dwarfcast episode commentaries, this time covering Justice from Series IV. Ian Symes, John Hoare, Tanya Jones, Daniel Stephenson, Jonathan Capps and the Fan Club’s Jo Sharples look over the episode and afterwards there is also a bonus commentary on the Series IV deleted scenes.
- The Red Dwarf Introcast – Red Dwarf USA
A new episode of The Red Dwarf Introcast has been uploaded, this time reviewing Red Dwarf USA. Heath, Angela, Shane and Paul are joined by Nick Quinn to discuss what the much maligned both Red Dwarf US pilots. So just what will Heath and Angela make of it? Will they love it? Or will they go against the general consensus? You’ll have to listen to find out.
The episodes are available to download and you can find them on the podcast’s website and is also available on iTunes.
- Danny John Jules In ‘Pussys Galore’
For Comic Relief, Danny John-Jules and his MotoVentures partner Steve Keys have created and released a comedy short in which they play Cat Man and Panther, fighting the villainous Slocombe and trying to stop her from hoarding all the red noses. And it’s all done in pink lycra! You can watch the short below:
- “Electric cars? They’re rubbish aren’t they?!”
Electric cars? They’re rubbish aren’t they?! Nothing but glorified golf carts that take forever to charge and then run out of power on the way to the shops. Try finding somewhere to charge them. They cost a fortune to buy and another fortune to replace the battery when its range drops to half. You don’t want to believe all that nonsense about them being environmentally-friendly. They are actually worse than petrol-powered cars because the batteries are made from dirty lithium and use electricity made from dirtier coal. There isn’t even enough lithium in the world to make all the new batteries we’d need anyway. Electric cars are just rubbish. Aren’t they? – Robert says no. This evening he’ll tell us why he thinks we need to put away our prejudices and think seriously about electric vehicles as the future of transport.
You can see Bobby giving the talk at the following locations on the following dates and you don’t need to be a member to attend:
- Tuesday 19th March- Square Bar, 5-9 Hotel Street, Leicester, LE1 5AW (7:30 start)
- Wednesday 20th March- The Albany, 24 Albany Road, Coventry, CV5 6JU (7:30 start)
- Thursday 21st March – The Head of Steam, 7 Lime Street, Liverpool (8.00 start)
- Monday 25th March – The George, 213 Strand, London, WC2R 1AP (7:30 Start) [TICKETS REQUIRED]
- Norman Lovett Live In London
Ruby Tuesdays continues its distinctly red shade with another Red Dwarf star as April’s headliner, NORMAN LOVETT.
Norman is a true legend of stand-up, with a career that stretches back some 30 years. As well as being recognised by as Holly the computer from the cult sci-fi sitcom, he was one of the small group of comics who played the original Comedy Store.
IAN SMITH. A star in its ascendency on the UK comedy circuit, Ian has been a finalist in pretty much every new act competition going. He gets extra points for being a support act for legendary wrestler Mick Foley in 2011. “He’s a smart operator with an appealing manner and can expect a fruitful comedy career ahead.” Chortle
AMY HOGGART as PATTIE BREWSTER. Pattie Brewster has no friends. Instead she sits around collecting cats and writing self-help books. “Smart and sassy… highly impressive and original characters.” The List. “She has the charm of Lucy Porter and the potential to reach even higher on the comedy ladder.” Chortle
ADAM OLIVER. With his unique and unpredictable brand of clowning, Adam has performed shows at Fringe festivals in Brighton, Edinburgh and Adelaide. In 2011, under his German alter-ego Stefan, he duped Radio 1 into allowing him on-air with David Hasslehoff. Expect plenty of audience interaction.
ALEX LOVE. Finalist in the highest profile comedy competition in the market town of Droitwich, Worcestershire, Alex is also quite keen on telling people that he’s a support act for Richard Herring’s Edinburgh preview in Brighton in July.
Introducing IAN SYMES. Upgrading himself from audience at the last Ruby to performer in his first ever gig, Ian is a big name on certain internet forums. He is occasionally recognised as being one of the presenters from Big Brother’s Bit on the Side on Channel 5.
Your MC for this fine evening will be PAUL LANGTON. Fresh from pulling out of Edinburgh 2013, Paul was a finalist in Up the Creek’s One to Watch competition in 2011 and likes to shout things.
The show takes place at The Queen’s Head in Piccadilly Circus at 8PM and entry is £3. You can find more details on the event’s Facebook page here.
- Space Precinct Legacy: Blu Ray Release
Having mentioned the premiere screening of the documentary last week, we now have details of how to preorder Space Precinct Legacy on Blu Ray. The documentary is about the short lived Gerry Anderson series and among the talking heads are Bill Pearson and Steve Begg whose work on Red Dwarf you’ll be familiar with. The documentary also interviews members of the cast and well known people from the effects world such as Neil Gorton. Having watched the film at the premiere we have to say that it’s worth watching for Bill’s humorous contribution alone, but it’s an interesting look at an ambitious failure.
You can preorder the Blu Ray from Amazon for it’s April 1st release date. You can view a trailer for the film below:
- Vote For RDX In The Comedy.co.uk 2012 Awards
2012 was a good year for British TV & radio comedy. There was over 1,200 hours of new comedy broadcast across over 300 different shows. But what was the best and worst? The Comedy.co.uk Awards (now in their 7th year) aim to find out. Every comedy from 2012 is nominated (no biased shortlists!) and the results are 100% based on public opinion.
This poll is open to all, and it only takes about 4 minutes to vote. To start, we just need your name and email please (to help prevent vote rigging, we will not email you)….
You can vote for Red Dwarf X in the ‘Best Returning Sitcom’ and the ‘2012 Overall’ categories at the British Comedy Guide website.
- Dwarfcasts: Bodyswap
Ganymede & Titan have uploaded a new edition of their Dwarfcast episode commentaries, this time covering Bodyswap from Series III. Ian Cappsy, John, Tanya and Danny look over the episode and afterwards there is also a bonus commentary on the Series III deleted scenes.
You can find it here or you can subscribe via iTunes.
- News From The Squares
Robert Llewellyn’s new book, ‘News From The Squares’, is now listed on the Unbound website for pledges. The sequel to last year’s ‘News From Gardenia’ and the second part of a trilogy, this new book sees Gavin Meckler in another possible future where the human race has managed to get things right, all be it this time in total contrast to the one he encountered in Gardenia. Gavin is surprised to find himself in the sustainable megacity of London that now occupies most of the UK, but even more surprised when he discovers that the governing bodies, security services, medical establishments, companies, legal profession and scientists are all made up entirely of women, causing him not only to question mans relationship with the earth it depends upon, but also his own views on the differences between the sexes.
You can support the project by pledging anything from £10 to £300, with different levels of pledges unlocking different incentives. You can find full details of the book / pledge levels, see the pitch video, read an excerpt and back the project on the Unbound website.
- Howard Goodall’s Story Of Music – Update
Red Dwarf music man Howard Goodall’s new BBC Two series called Howard Goodall’s The Story Of Music now has it’s air date confirmed. The six hour-long programmes that document the history of music in “an attempt to make the basic building blocks of music clear,” will begin on Saturday 26th January at 7:30PM.
The first part of the series, ‘The Age of Discovery’, sees Howard examining what in his views were the beginnings of humankind’s development of music. Here’s the synopsis:
The series charts from year dot to dot.com, with Howard suggesting that music has always been a crucial part of human existence. Archaeological evidence has shown that music, although there is no sure-fire way to know exactly what it sounded like, was just as important as a component of life in the Upper Paleolithic Age as it is today. In the Age of Discovery, Howard also charts the development of ‘Gregorian’ chant and advises that the style started with a handful of monks singing the same tune in unison, without rhythm and harmony. Over several centuries, medieval musicians painstakingly put together the basics of what is now known as harmony.
- Ganymede & Titan’s Silver Survey
To celebrate Red Dwarf’s 25ht anniversary year, Ganymede & Titan have begun an update to their attempt to rank all of the episodes of Red Dwarf to bring it up to date an encompass Back to Earth and Series X. This time, the voting is open to everyone, providing they can stick with the long project of working out their own ordering of every episode of the show. Here’s G&T’s explanation of how to vote for your order:
To get started with this admittedly daunting task simply go to our special mini-site, where you’ll find a helpfully colour coded list of episodes for you to order to your hearts content. We’ve tried to make the process as quick as painless as possible so ordering the episodes is a simple case of dragging and dropping, and there’s even a way to save your current order so you can have a break and come back later. Having said that, though, I’d recommend you have your order saved separately somewhere just in case my wonderful system breaks in some way. If you’re having any problems at all, get in touch and we’ll help you out.
The only piece of information we require from you (other than your episode rankings, that is) is your email address. This is to help us filter out any duplicate submissions, identify and remove any spam and to also provide you with a helpful email summarising your choices. We will not use your email address for anything else, so don’t panic. We’re also asking (but not demanding) some extra information that will help us build pretty graphs in the future. Graphs are cool.
- Series X 3D Behind The Scenes Pictures
Nathan Cubitt has uploaded a few behind the scenes pictures from Series X. The 3 pictures taken during the filming of Entangled have been rendered to be viewed in 3D with a pair of red/blue lens 3D glasses. You can find the images on Nathan’s Twitter profile by clicking on the thumbnails below:
- Death In Paradise – Series 2
Following on from the success of the first series of Death in Paradise last year, BBC One are set to air a brand new series imminently. The drama starring Ben Miller features Danny as the local police man, Dwayne Myers. Here is the synopsis for the series from The Official Red Dwarf Website:
DI Richard Poole is still trapped on the Caribbean island paradise of Saint- Marie – and for him the sun, sea and sand continue to irritate, as he irritates his long-suffering colleagues. But, he’s also as brilliant as ever. His eye for detail, relentless logic and stubborn refusal to leave anything unexplained works seamlessly with the instinctive and insightful knowledge of the beautiful Sergeant Bordey. She has much to teach him about human behaviour… With the often unorthodox assistance of Dwayne and Fidel, they tackle a baffling array of unique murders, from pirate curses to nuns killed in locked rooms – even one with a hurricane bearing down on them! Most seem impossible, but Richard and his team always get to the heart of the mystery…
The new 8 part series starts this Thursday at 9PM on BBC One.
- Robert Llewellyn On The ‘A Bit Of A Chat With Ken Plume’ Podcast
Robert Llewelyn appeared as a guest on a new edition of the ‘A Bit of a Chat With Ken Plume’ podcast. In the nearly 3 hour long podcast they discuss everything from Red Dwarf to shoemaking, dead zones, intellectual contraband, vertigo, and the greatest math.
- Update: Howard Burden Sci-Fi Design Lecture
Following on from our reporting of Howard Burden’s upcoming talk on ‘Designing Science Fiction’ at the BFI Southbank, we now have details of when and where you can book tickets. The screen design seminars aim to show attendees what is required to succeed in the film and television industries but presenting illustrated talks and discussions with leading industry figures. In this particular lecture, Howard will talk through the disciplines required to create designs to fit into Sci-Fi worlds as he has done in his work on both Red Dwarf and Doctor Who.
The event takes place at 14:30 on Wednesday 20th February at the BFI Southbank (NFT3) and tickets are £5. Tickets are currently only available to BFI members, but will go on sale to the general public on January 15th at 11:30AM from the BFI via their website or you can book by phone at 020 7928 3232.
Yes, we said there wouldn’t be a news roundup this week, but as there was a reasonable amount to cover we decided to go back on our plans and put one out after all. We may well take a break next week instead because of this, but for now, here is a roundup of all of the week’s Red Dwarf related news.
- 2012: A Year In Dwarf
The Official Site has published two articles on covering the Red Dwarf goings on of the year in a 2012 retrospective. With the last 4 episodes of Series X filming in January and the series going out in October it has obviously been a fairly busy year in the world of Red Dwarf. That of course is before you even get into the DVD release, the sad death of Peter Wragg, the announcement of next year’s Dimension Jump and much the many other bits of activity that occurred throughout the year.
Part one of the retrospective covers January through to June and part two covers the second half of the year. Both parts are well worth a read a provide a nice opportunity to look back over what has been a pretty exciting time to be a Red Dwarf fan.
- Dwarfcasts: Psirens
Ganymede & Titan have uploaded a Christmas edition (as denoted by the use of sleigh bells,) of their Dwarfcast episode commentaries, this time covering Psirens from Series VI. Ian Cappsy, John, Tanya and Danny look over the episode and afterwards there is a discussion of their plans for the next year. You can find it here or you can subscribe via iTunes.
- The Red Dwarf Introcast: Christmas Special
A new episode of The Red Dwarf Introcast has been uploaded, and this episode is a Christmas special. Back in October, they held a poll for listeners to pick on a Red Dwarf related show to be discussed, which included Ghostwatch, Bottom, The Brittas Empire and Maid Marian & Her Merry Men. The winner was Bottom and as such this episode sees Heath, Angela, Shane and Russ from the Hard Reset podcast review ‘Parade’ from series 2, featuring guest actor Robert Llewelyn.
The episode is available to download and you can find it on the podcast’s website and is also available on iTunes.
- Howard Goodall – Inspired
Howard Goodall’s album ‘Inspired’ is set to be released next month and we now have the track listing, including a Red Dwarf track. This essential colection features a best of his previous work along side a number of new pieces such as Inspired featuring Craig Ogden and Every Purpose Under The Heaven; a brand new oratorio commissioned by United Learning to commemorate the 400thanniversary of the King James Bible in 2011. Other guests on the album include Noah Stewart , Laura Wright and Howard’s own choir, Enchanted Voices. Of interest to Red Dwarf fans is track 3, where Howard presents the reworking of Tongue Tied that he resently released on iTunes alongside a reworking of the Red Dwarf theme tune.
Here is the complete track listing:
|1. Inspired – Craig Ogden, Howard Goodall, Howard Goodall Chamber Orchestra, John Mills|
|2. Ecce Homo (Theme from Mr Bean) – Howard Goodall, The Enchanted Voices, Howard Goodall Chamber Orchestra|
|3. Piano Fantasy: Tongue-Tied|
|4. Agnus Dei – Howard Goodall, Howard Goodall Chamber Orchestra, Laura Wright, The Enchanted Voices|
|5. Shackleton’s Cross – Howard Goodall|
|6. Pro Alios Curantibus (For Those That Care For Others) – Howard Goodall, Laura Wright, The Enchanted Voices, Howard Goodall Chamber Orchestra|
|7. Psalm 23 The Lord Is My Shepherd – Howard Goodall, Howard Goodall Chamber Orchestra, Craig Ogden|
|9. Blackadder Went Forth|
|10. Every Purpose Under The Heaven: I: In The Beginning – Howard Goodall, Noah Stewart, The Enchanted Voices, Howard Goodall Chamber Orchestra|
|11. Every Purpose Under The Heaven: II: There Is A Season – Howard Goodall, The Enchanted Voices|
|12. Every Purpose Under The Heaven: III: I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes – Howard Goodall, Howard Goodall Chamber Orchestra, The Enchanted Voices, Laura Wright, Chamber Choir Of Lincoln Minster School|
|13. Every Purpose Under The Heaven: IV: Thee And Me – Howard Goodall, Howard Goodall Chamber Orchestra, Laura Wright, The Enchanted Voices|
|14. Every Purpose Under The Heaven: V: Fulfilled In One Word – Howard Goodall, Howard Goodall Chamber Orchestra, The Enchanted Voices|
|15. Every Purpose Under The Heaven: VI: I Was A Stranger – Howard Goodall, Howard Goodall Chamber Orchestra, The Enchanted Voices, Noah Stewart|
|16. Every Purpose Under The Heaven: VII: Blessed – Howard Goodall, Howard Goodall Chamber Orchestra, The Enchanted Voices, Laura Wright|
|17. Every Purpose Under The Heaven: VIII: Never Faileth – Howard Goodall, Laura Wright, Noah Stewart, Howard Goodall Chamber Orchestra|
|18. Every Purpose Under The Heaven: IX: I Am The Light Of The World – Howard Goodall, The Enchanted Voices, Howard Goodall Chamber Orchestra|
|19. Every Purpose Under The Heaven: X: Every Purpose Under The Heaven – Howard Goodall, The Enchanted Voices, Howard Goodall Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir Of Lincoln Minster School, Laura Wright, Noah Stewart|
- Howard Burden at the BFI
Red Dwarf’s long standing costume designer Howard Burden is set to appear at the BFI Southbank to give a talk on ‘Designing Science Fiction’ as part of their new afternoon seminars in conjunction with Wimbledon College of Art. The screen design seminars aim to show attendees what is required to succeed in the film and television industries but presenting illustrated talks and discussions with leading industry figures. In this particular lecture, Howard will talk through the disciplines required to create designs to fit into Sci-Fi worlds as he has done in his work on both Red Dwarf and Doctor Who.
The event takes place at 14:30 on Wednesday 20th February at the BFI Southbank (NFT3) and tickets are £5. Booking is currently open to BFI members only, but we’ll update you when tickets are released to the general public.
- The Man In The Rubber Mask
For those of you that have subscribed to the ‘Man in The Rubber Mask’ updates, the last chapter is now available to download. It covers the time spent making the second half of Series X and goes right up to the Series going out on air. If you haven’t already, you can download the audio book by making a one off subscription here for £4.99. The full book will also be released in a Kindle/E-book edition as well as a traditional printed version in the new year. Robert has also released a preview of the book’s cover which can be viewed below:
- Dwarfcasts: Series X Retrospective – Byte Two
Ganymede & Titan have released the second part of their Series X retrospective in their latest Dwarfcast. Cappsy, John, Tanya, Danny and Ian talk through their thoughts on Entangled, Dear Dave and The Beginning about a week and a half after the series finished, allowing time for some revision and reflection of opinions since the live instant reactions podcasts and with the benefit of repeated viewings, insights from the DVD documentary, and several weeks’ worth of arguments on G&T.
You can find it here or you can subscribe via iTunes.
- Scuttercast: Fathers & Suns
The Scuttercast have uploaded the second of their shows covering Series X, beginning with their review of Fathers & Suns. While the Dwarfcasts provided instant reactions and we are The Garbage Podcast looked back at the episodes after a few days to gauge the reactions and online opinions, the Scuttercast is able to take the information from the recently released DVD into account, providing a different look at the episodes to either of the other podcasts. The episode is available to download and you can find it on the podcast’s website and is also available on iTunes.
- The Red Dwarf Introcast: Justice
A new episode of The Red Dwarf Introcast. This episode sees Heath, Angela and Shane are joined by Nutty Nuchtchas and Tek to review Justice. The episode is available to download and you can find it on the podcast’s website and is also available on iTunes.
- Howard Goodall’s ‘The Story Of Music’ & ‘I Am Christmas Day’
Howard Goodall is always a busy man and the Christmas season is no exception with him having composed a new Christmas carol entitles ‘I Am Christmas Day’. The piece for unison voices was commissioned by Mercy Ships UK to honour those we serve, and those who serve the poorest of the poor and the sheet music is available to buy for £15 from Choral Store.
Howard has a new BBC Two series called Howard Goodall’s The Story Of Music airing in January. The series is made up of six hour-long programmes that document the history of music in “an attempt to make the basic building blocks of music clear.”
The series will be accompanied by a Radio 3 series and 50 collectible downloads with Howard and Suzy Klein detailing how the specially selected pieces have contributed to music in general. Anyone that has seen Howard’s previous television programmes such as his excellent documentary detailing the effect of the Beatles on music and production techniques will doubtless be aware that this series is likely to be hugely interesting and I would highly encourage anyone else to watch too. We’ll bring you the details of the air dates when we have them but in the meantime you can read a piece about the series on The Guardian website and you can see Howard talking about it here on BBC Blogs.
Rounding off our Series X podcasts, this edition of The Garbage Podcast sees Alex, James and Andrew taking a look back over the tenth series. The overall merits of the series and the adversity that had to be overcome to make it are discussed at length as we take into account the details of the troubled production that have come to light with the release of the Series X DVD, as well as looking at the deleted scenes and debating the merits of their exclusion from the episodes.
This is an extra long edition of the podcast, as this time we also have Alex chatting with Chris Barrie, Danny John Jules and Robert Llewelyn about the making of the series, the DVD release and their hopes for the future in an exclusive interview, for which we are indebted to Jo from the Fan Club and Reetu from BBC Worldwide for setting this up.