News Roundup (08/07/12)

  • Series X

You may have wondered after our roundup last week whether we would actually find anything to write about this week. To be honest, the same thought was plaguing us somewhat as well, so imagine our relief when Doug tweeted the following message:

48 sec RDX Trailer being launched online Mid-July.

First of all it’s worth saying that the length is something of a surprise (ooo-er). We certainly expected that the promotional campaign would likely follow a similar route to the Back to Earth one, with the first trailers to appear being much like the blipverts. We know from a tweet from Richard Naylor some time ago that a variety of different lengths trailers have been produced after all, but I don’t imagine that many people will be complaining about getting a preview that’s close to a minute long.

So we can assume that, all going to plan, we should see the trailer sometime within the next two weeks and we can breathe a sigh of relief that we will have something to bring you on a Sunday. With the air date still over 2 (or more likely 3) months away however, it should still be some time until we start to see the trailers appear on TV. As such this will no doubt be a trailer that will have every detail picked over, and when we hear more you can be sure we’ll let you know straight away.

  • Two Pieces Of Two Red Dwarf Models

This is a story that we meant to include last week, but somehow managed to get overlooked. As users on the official forum and G&T will have seen, it turns out that a rather significant piece of the original Red Dwarf model survived. Here’s what ‘The Magpie’ had to say about how he came by the piece and some pictures of it are featured below:

Due to some unforeseen circumstances, I’ve finally decided to part with an item that I’ve had for the last 23 years. It’s the right-hand side name plate section from the original Red Dwarf model, and has sat in my old bedroom at my parent’s house all that time.

I worked at the Visual Effects unit as a temp over Easter 1989, and was part of the team tasked with chucking out the remaining bits (after the shelf fall – as I remember it fell from around 15 feet up in the props store – top shelf might not have been the best place to put it! ). It was rather heart-breaking to have to chuck it into a skip, but I managed to ‘salvage’ this bit in a bin bag.

It’s fascinating to see that this still exists, and we’ll certainly let you know more when we know what means the piece is being sold by. In the meantime, another piece of another Red Dwarf has also appeared on the ebay in a chariety acution. This time it is from the Remastered model that has been modified for use in Series X. You can find the item here on eBay, and here is the description and some photos of the piece:

THIS IS A CHARITY SALE FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE FIBRO MIYALGIA AND CYSTIC FIBROSIS CHARITIES.

A UNIQUE PIECE OF THE JUPITER MINING CORPORATION SHIP – RED DWARF MAQUETTE
SIGNED BY CRAIG CHARLES, DANNY JOHN-JULES,CHRIS BARRIE AND ROBERT LLEWELLYN

The lovely team at Grant Naylor Productions (Shepperton Studios) has kindly given us this amazing piece of Red Dwarf memorabilia to sell for charity.

Grant Naylor are currently filming a new series of Red Dwarf and the prop team decided to resize the model/maquette of the ship. This means this section of the maquette was actually used in the filming of the original series. This is definitely not a replica.
The 4 cast members listed in the order above have signed it in black marker pen.

The production team also gave us a certificate of authencity dated 12th May 2012 which reads:

“I hereby certify this is a genuine section of the Jupiter Mining Corporation Ship – Red Dwarf from the TV Show Red Dwarf”

Signed, on behalf of Grant Naylor Productions Ltd.

Measurements: Length 19.5″ (49.5cm) and width just under 2.5″ (6cm)

Condition: of course this is in used condition as it is nearly a quarter of a century! Slightly dusty and scratched, some small sections have come off (see pictures) but the colour of the paint is still excellent and there is no specific damage to the plexiglass support (glue marks visible underneath).

We encourage you to ask as many questions as needed.

THIS IS A ONE-OFF ITEM, A PERFECT CENTERPIECE FOR A COLLECTION.

As this item is fragile the P&P costs have been adjusted accordingly (remember this is for charity).
There is also an option to collect in person, however you will be required to provide sufficient evidence that you are the purchaser, including ID and proof of address.

           

  • Scuttercast – Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers

Finally, one more piece of news that somehow passed us by until now. The latest episode of the Red Dwarf podcast, The ScutterCast, is now available for download. This latest episode marks a break with the usual format with a discussion of Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers rather than a televised episode. You can download it here, or via iTunes.

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