- RD25: The Official Site- Doug Naylor Interview & More
Friday marked the 25th anniversary of Red Dwarf and there have been all manner of things to mark the occasion. First up, The Official Red Dwarf Website published this retrospective of the series and it’s impact over the years. There is also an interview with Doug that looks back at the history of the show and analyses it’s origins, it’s continued success and it’s future. It’s the examination of the future possibilities that are perhaps the most interesting part of the piece. On the subject of whether he intends to write more Dwarf novels, novels Doug says:
Yes, absolutely – probably after the series has finished, though. And probably more than one. But I’d like to, of course. And in some ways, it’s less hassle!
As for the possibility of another series, Doug goes on to say:
Well… all parties want one. It’s just that we’ve got to achieve a couple of things before it’s possible. And that’s what I’m working very hard to achieve at the moment. So I don’t anticipate there not being another series.
So there you have it. Perhaps nothing that we didn’t know before, but it’s always great to see a reaffirmation of intent. Here’s hoping that Doug’s work to achieve those ‘couple of things’ works out soon!
- RD25: Other Assorted Press
Of course, it wasn’t just The Official Site covering the occasion. Before we get onto fan sites though, it’s worth quickly mentioning a couple of bits of coverage that the series got on some popular websites.
So here’s a roundup of some of the most pertinent articles:
- The Garbage Podcast: Series I Commentaries – The End
To mark the show’s silver anniversary, we at The Garbage Podcast are releasing commentaries for every episode of Series I on the anniversary of each episodes’ initial airing. In this first edition we look at The End, discussing the changes between the first recording and the second, the problems with the remastered projects ‘improvements’ and Craig Charles testicles. There’s also a special introduction to mark the occasion.
For those that are hard of hearing, there is a transcript of the opening available in our features section here. You can also still view the advert for this series of podcasts where Patrick Stewart* outlines our plans and shares some of his thoughts on the show 15 years on from his appearance on Red Dwarf Night’s 10th anniversary celebrations. (Again, for those that are hard of hearing, we’ve corrected all of the subtitles YouTube provides so that you can see it too.)
(*Video may not actually contain Patrick Stewart.)
- G&T Silver Survey Results and Dwarfcast
Ganymede & Titan meanwhile have been marking the anniversary with the publication of the results for their Silver Survey. The Poll, which asked fans to order every episode of Red Dwarf in order of preference, is covered in great detail in this piece by Ian Symes, which breaks down the shift of each episode in comparison to the last poll and looks at the voting demographics.
The poll was then further elaborated on in a special live Dwarfcast along with discussion of various aspects of the series. It also features some guest spots, including the first 3-way Red Dwarf podcast cross over with Alex from The Garbage Podcast and Shane from The Red Dwarf Introcast guesting towards the end.
- Man In The Rubber Mask Book Signing
Regular readers of this site will already be aware that Robert Llewelyn has been updating his book about the making of Red Dwarf, ‘The Man in the Rubber Mask’, to cover all of the events since the books release. An excellent audio version of the updated book has been available to download from AudioBoo for a while, but now the book is set to be published by Unbound.
To mark the release of the book, Robert will be making an appearance at London’s Forbidden Planet Megastore on Saturday 2nd March from 1 – 2pm. If you want to come along but are unsure of the location, the address is Forbidden Planet London Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR. The book will be available to buy on the day for £8.99, or you can mail order it from the shop’s website.
- The Red Dwarf Introcast:
The episode is available to download and you can find it on the podcast’s website and is also available on iTunes.
- Run For Your Wife
This week saw the UK cinema release of Danny Dyer’s film adaptation of Ray Cooney’s long running stage play farce about a bigamist on the brink of being discovered. Whatever you do, don’t go and see ‘Run For Your Wife’.