News Roundup (22/07/12)

  • Series X

We had joked after the news roundup last week that if the much hoped for trailer for the new series failed to materialise this week, we would be reduced to picking apart Richard Naylor’s holiday pictures instead. So when the release of the trailer was beset by technical problems throughout Friday afternoon it started to look increasingly likely that this roundup would look like this (click to enlarge):

Fortunately, with those issues sorted the trailer was released later that afternoon to much praise. Many websites that had previously expressed concern about the series seem to have revised their opinion on it having now seen some footage, with many stating that it does indeed have the look and feel of pre-VI Dwarf. It’s been great to see such a positive reaction, especially as the trailer holds back on so much from the funniest lines to any dialogue at all from Rimmer. Now the reason for this is obvious and I commended the restraint, but it does mean that if this trailer is going down well the series should go down ten times better.

If you didn’t see it already, you can find our breakdown of the trailer here and you can also find Ganymede & Titan’s take on it here. If for some reason you haven’t yet seen it (and if not why are you reading this?), then you can view it below:


  • Dimension Jump XVII Date Announced

The Official Red Dwarf Fan Club have this week announced the dates and venue for Dimension Jump XVII; now set to take place between held over the weekend of the 3rd, 4th and 5th of May 2013 at the Birmingham City Centre Holiday Inn. Here is the press release from the club:

The Official Red Dwarf Fan Club is delighted to announce that the greatest weekend on Earth will be back in 2013 with Dimension Jump XVII. Once again it will held in the very nice surroundings of the Birmingham City Centre Holiday Inn. The guest booking is currently in the early stages, but we’re very pleased to announce that the wonderful Robert Llewellyn has confirmed he will attend (this time in person rather than being beamed through the Internet and projected on a big screen) and more guests will be announced in the immediate future as the event starts to take shape.

DJ XVII will of course be an extra special event, as it will be the first convention after the Autumn 2012 airing of the brand new series X, so look out for series specific plans and guest bookings once everyone has seen the amazing new episodes.

For the all the up-to-date details be sure to check out the DJXVII introduction page before making your merry way to the registration and hotel booking pages to secure your place for the greatest Red Dwarf weekend around. We very much look forward to seeing you in May!

Registering in advance for the event will prove slightly cheaper depending on how early you book, and whether you’re an existing TORDFC member. Here’s the breakdown of registration costs:

From Friday 20th July – 23:59 Monday 3rd September:
£55 – Members
£65 – Non-Members

From Tuesday 4th September until the event:
£65 – Members
£80 – Non-Members

There is also a special room rate that the Fan Club has agreed with the hotel for DJ attendees on the Friday and Saturday nights. Per night, a room can be booked at £70 per night for a single, or £77.50 for a double/twin and breakfast is included in this price.

There are limited spaces for the event, so it’s recommended that you book early for a weekend of Q&A sessions, quizzes, video showings, a Saturday night disco and the chance to tell me to my stupid, fat, ferrety face what a load of blathering crap I have been coming out with in our articles. You can find links to register, details of how to book with the hotel and general information about the event on The Official Red Dwarf Fan Club’s dedicated website.

  • Watch Tony Hawk’s ‘Playing The Moldovans At Tennis’ For Free Online

Tony Hawk’s new film ‘Playing the Moldovans at Tennis’ is now avalible to watch for free online. The film, dramatised from the best-selling book, is an independent British feature film that tells the true story of Tony Hawks and the unlikely bet which turned into a life-changing adventure. All profits go to the care centre for children with cerebral palsy in Chisinau, Moldova, which was in turn started with the royalties from the book.

The film can be watched in it’s entirety here, with an option to also watch versions with English, Russian or Romanian subtitles. Whilst the film is free to view, I would encourage everyone to donate to the very worthy cause via the donate buttons on the page. The film is also available to buy on DVD here.

  • The Red Dwarf Introcast: Balance Of Power

A new episode of The Red Dwarf Introcast covering Balance of Power has been released. If you are unfamiliar with the podcast of the concept, it follows in the format of other introcasts by having 4 people watching Red Dwarf and then talking about it; two of whom haven’t seen any of it previously. The episode is available to download and you can find them on the podcast’s website and is also available on iTunes.

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