News Roundup (14/10/12)

  • Fathers & Suns: Where To Watch It

While most of you will now have seen Fathers & Suns, there will doubtless be some that missed it and even more that want to see it again. So what are your options? Well they are limited to UK residents at the moment. Firstly, the shows are repeated through the week after there initial 9PM airings. You can view repeats at on Thursday at 11:35PM, Saturdays at 10:00PM and Wednesdays at 8:20PM. All of these can of course also be viewed one hour later on Dave Ja-Vu.

Dave have also now launched their seven-day catch-up service. As soon as each new episode has finished it is then available to view online for another 7 days. You can access the service and watch the first two episodes here. For those of you that would look a copy of the show to keep however there are two options. The whole series will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on November 19th, but in the meantime the series is being made available one episode at a time on iTunes. Individual episodes are released shortly after their TV airings at a cost of £2.49 and a series pass is also available for £12.99. You can find Series X on iTunes here.

  • Fathers & Suns: Reviews

There are a lot of reviews around and there are likely to be more when the press release their end of week TV reviews. Here is a selection of some of the reviews coming in for Fathers & Suns.

Ganymede & Titan

Den Of Geek





Time Out/ The Guardian (Via The British Comedy Guide)

The Huffington Post

Dork Adore

Radio Times

Sci-Fi Bulletin


Big Shiny Robot

Dan’s Media Digest


If you missed it, Andrew made a quick update to the site covering a smattering of the reaction to the show on Twitter. You can find his post here. On the subject of reviews, The Official Site ran an article on Friday providing a roundup of the press and online reaction to Trojan. You can find it here.

  • Fathers & Suns: Viewing Figures

Series X continued to draw in a good audience share with Fathers & Suns. The overnight ratings show the the episode 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. Furthermore, it is rather impressive that the second show only lost around 0.3m viewers, as a shows week on week loss is generally higher than this.

For a full breakdown of figures and an explanation of why Dave will be very happy with these numbers, James has a detailed write up which you can read here.

  • Other Series X Media

The official website for Dave has updated with a couple of Fathers & Suns related bits. First up, there is a gallery of photos from the show itself. As with Trojan, a behind the scenes  gallery was also uploaded, though this time it does not feature episode specific material. Instead, it contains a collection of pictures of the various stages of Robert’s Kryten makeup application. In addition to these galleries, Dave have also updated with a quiz on Fathers & Suns which can be found here.

The Guardian ran a poll to see what their readers had been watching on TV on the 11th, and Red Dwarf came out top of the poll with a stonking 53%. You can view the poll here.

Ganymede & Titan have published an article taking a look at the Series X title sequence. In it, Ian goes through each clip within the trailer and provides some analysis of how effective the overall sequence. You can view the article here.

  • Next Time: Lemons

As you will doubtless have seen, Dave aired a trailer for ‘Lemons’ straight after Fathers & Sons had aired. This trailer has made it’s way onto YouTube and can be viewed below along with the episode synopsis:

Marooned in Britain in 23 AD, the Dwarfers need an 8 volt battery to power up their Returner Remote and get home. Remembering a lesson from school Rimmer suggests they make a battery out of lemons but the nearest lemon to Britain in 23 AD is in India 4,000 miles away. They begin their journey, a journey that will ultimately lead them to a meeting with a historical A-List Celebrity that could alter the entire history of civilisation.


  • Alternative Series X  DVD Cover Revealed

The Official Site has updated this week with a look at the alternate cover for the Series X DVD. Click on the image below to view the page and a large version of the cover:

As you can see, it continues the theme used on the Series I-VIII covers. The photo for the front cover is absolutely perfect and feels absolutely right. It’s perhaps an odd choice to go with a colour that isn’t hugely dissimilar to the one for Series VIII considering that it was the last release to feature that design. We know Back To Earth comes in between, but unless there is a rerelease that fits in with this style we can imagine a lot of you moving X forwards. Also interesting is the choice of person to feature on the spine; Jesus. With the main cast used up, it was inevitable that a member of the guest cast would appear. There are some great ones to choose from, but Jesus is perhaps the one that will generate the most attention by virtue of who he is.

Anyway, it’s a lovely cover and exactly what we had been hoping for. No doubt many of you will be opting for this one when you get your copy of the DVD. You can also read Ganymede & Titan’s thoughts on the cover here.

  • Dwarfcast: Fathers & Suns – Instant Reactions

Ganymede & Titan have released their latest Dwarfcast covering Fathers & Suns. For each episode of Series X, they will be broadcasting a live instant reactions show which will then be available to download shortly afterwards. You can find this latest episode featuring an in-depth discussion of the episode and an exclusive interview with Rebecca Blackstone (Pree). There are also guest spots from Kris Carter, Rich Lawden and myself.

You can find it here or you can subscribe via iTunes.

  • The Garbage Podcast: Trojan

The latest edition of The Garbage Podcast is now available to download. In this episode, we take a look at Trojan, the first episode of Series X. We also now have the full compliment of Gazpacho Soup staff with Andrew joining use to discuss our opinions on the show and the reaction it’s received online, in the press and in terms of viewing figures.

You can download it from The Garbage Podcast site, via iTunes or you can stream it on the player below:

We’ll be recording our review of Fathers & Suns later today and you should have it early next week. Don’t forget, we would love to hear your opinions on the rest of the upcoming shows as they go out  and feature them in the podcast. You can contact us by email at, as well as 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!
  • Dimension Jump XVII Update

The Official Red Dwarf Fan Club has announced another two guests for next year’s Dimension Jump; Danny John Jules and Rebecca Blackstone, aka Pree. They will join the lineup that already contains Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Robert Llewellyn, Tony Hawks and Bill Pearson. More exciting guest names will be announced in the run up to the event. Registration for the event is £65 for current fan club members, and £80 for non-members. There are also special rates available to attendees for hotel rooms, and you can find details of how to book them, links to register and more general information on the Dimension Jump website.

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