Red Dwarf Series XI and XII Announced!

As the entire population of the world obsesses over the birth of a baby in London, 3 million light years away in a substantial space vessel belonging to the Jupiter Mining Corporation 4 hopeless smegheads prepare for more adventures.

Red Dwarf Series XI and XII

Recording starts late October 2015. 

12 new episodes.

Broadcast on Dave in the UK in 2016, elsewhere in the world a little later.

Shed loads of Smeg Ups

Original cast (they couldn’t get anyone decent to do it)

Original writer (Doug-Chief of Comedy Police-Naylor)

About 18 kilos of rubber, 12 H’s, a lot of hair extensions, sequins, Vindaloo and a new smeg hammer.

 

WTF

BBC 2 is in the middle of a 50 year retrospective of it’s greatest hits.

Lists have appeared and I always hate lists.

So far one of their greatest hits stands out rather awkwardly for being totally ignored. 

It was on BBC 2 for 10 years from 1988 to 1998.

It was an Emmy award winning show that sold more DVDs than any show in the history of BBC 2 and also had the biggest audience ratings for any comedy on BBC 2. 

It was never nominated for a comedy award by the BBC, I’m not talking about winning, it wasn’t even nominated.

It was ignored by the BBC until we won an Emmy and that made it a bit embarrassing so we were put up for the ‘people’s choice award’ which we won.

In the old TV centre in Shepherds Bush the walls of one of those long corridors was festooned with pictures of every successful comedy show the BBC has ever made. Hundreds of them.

There wasn’t a picture of the Red Dwarf cast anywhere.

 

I’ve written about this issue in more depth in my Red Dwarf Kryten autobiography The Man in the Rubber Mas

It is complicated I’m sure, I mean they commissioned eight series for goodness sake but there was always a feeling that the Beeb were a bit uncomfortable with the success of Red Dwarf.

We never felt at home there, we didn’t make the series within the BBC, it was made by Grant Naylor, an independent production company and we recorded the shows at Shepperton Studios, oh yes, and no one connected with the show went to Oxbridge.

On the night Rob Grant and I accepted the Emmy award in New York we were actually invited to the BBC award party at a very swanky hotel on Central Park.

That was a surprise; it felt like we were never invited to anything.

So Rob and I got a cab up to the posh hotel and when we arrived an incredibly haughty English woman said to me ‘Oh, are you one of ours?’ and her face looked like she’d just sniffed dog droppings.

I want to point out that Rob and I had scrubbed up as best we could, in the full tux, we weren’t wearing urine soaked rags with our knobs hanging out.

‘Are you one of ours?’

It’s not often I manage a well-honed response to an insult, but that night I am proud to say I managed.

‘We never have been one of yours madam, and we never will be.’

I have no idea who that vile woman was but she took great offense, which made it all the more rewarding.

Maybe she was someone important, maybe that’s why Red Dwarf is never mentioned in these stupid bloody lists.

Anyway, now we’re on Dave and it’s much nicer

 

Time Dilation

It often feels like only a few weeks ago that I first started working on Red Dwarf.
As this picture of the cast taken at a recent convention shows, I am merely experiencing a fluctuation in the time/space continuum. 
‘We’re not even getting old, we are old, man’ is the quote I remember from Mr Charles on seeing this picture.
Old but quite enjoying it. 

Various members of the Red Dwarf cast (myself at all these) are appearing at:

Wrexham Comic Con

MCM Comic Con London

MCM Comic Con Belfast

MCM Comic Con Manchester


Red Dwarf XI

I get asked so often about if/when we are making another series of Red Dwarf I thought I’d better explain the situation as best I know it.

The simple fact of the matter is we are officially making another series but we don’t know when. UKTV, the copmany behind Dave who broadcast Red Dwarf X want another series and we’d love to make one.

I will be sometime in 2014, but I can’t be any more accurate that because we simply don’t know yet.

As far as the main cast are concerned, Chris, Danny Craig and myself are all very committed to making another series, Doug Naylor is working on it like a man posessed but beyond that it’s in the lap of the GELFS.

As soon as I know about when and where and when we will be making series XI, if tickets will be available for the live recordings etc, well anyone who’s followed me for a while on the Twitters will know I will harp on about it like an obsessive loon, until then, I’m afraid I know nothing.

I do know you can get The Man in the Rubber Mask book though, with a right rollicking behind the scenes look at life on the small rouge one from 1989 to 2012. Okay, cheap plug but you’ll love it sirs and ma’ams.

Kryten's new head

A few critical comments have reached me about the shape of Kryten’s head.

Can I just assure viewers of the new series of Red Dwarf, which starts at 9pm on October 4th on Dave in the UK, that Kryten is most upset at some of the unkind descriptions.

He’s pictured here admonishing the humanoids who’ve suggested his nose looks like it’s been squashed up against the tumble dryer window containing Mr Listers freshly smeg free smalls.

In the UK but don't get Dave on your telly?

There is a simple solution, you can watch live TV broadcasts as they happen using this

TVcatchup

It seems to work very well. It shows you exactly what’s being broadcast, including adverts but about 4 seconds behind the broadcast version, so if you are watching Red Dwarf on Thursday 4th October at 9pm, and you hear your neighbour guffaw with laughter, four seconds later you could be doing the same, or of course you could be saying ‘well, it wasn’t that funny, blimey.’

 

Appearances and signings

Between now and Christmas I will be appearing at the following events, books readings, signings, talks and related gubbins..

August 31st Comic Con Cardiff

8th September NorCon Norwich

19th September Bedford Skeptics in the pub, Bedford

25th September Bristol Skeptics  in the pub, Bristol

26th September  Hastings Skeptics  in the pub, Hastings

27th September Liverpool book signing and reading

28th September Manchester Waterstone Arndale Centre book signing and reading

3rd October Waterstones Nottingham

5th October, Def Con II Southampton

29th October  Cambridge Skeptics in the pub, Cambridge 

23rd November Thought Bubble  Leeds

28 November  Winchester Skeptics in the pub. Winchester

I will post any updates as and when.

 

The Andrew Denton Show

Just been sent this recording by @DonsLostinSpace on the Twitters, it’s a recording of the Andrew Denton show I did in 1994 in Sydney Australia. I’d met Andrew in London a couple of years earlier and been on his radio show, at this time he was presenting a very popular late night chat show.

My mother in law and my wife’s great Aunts were all gathered around a TV in Queensland when it was being broadcast live, I don’t think the Aunts approved of the nudity. Personally I think the illustration of the walks with no explanation of the background is a little bit iffy. 

I was also shocked looking back at the recording, for a start I’d forgotten about ‘my long lost sister’ and I remember the ending very differently. Spooky.

The Andrew Denton Show

Just been sent this recording by @DonsLostinSpace on the Twitters, it’s a recording of the Andrew Denton show I did in 1994 in Sydney Australia. I’d met Andrew in London a couple of years earlier and been on his radio show, at this time he was presenting a very popular late night chat show.

My mother in law and my wife’s great Aunts were all gathered around a TV in Queensland when it was being broadcast live, I don’t think the Aunts approved of the nudity. Personally I think the illustration of the walks with no explanation of the background is a little bit iffy. 

I was also shocked looking back at the recording, for a start I’d forgotten about ‘my long lost sister’ and I remember the ending very differently. Spooky.

The Andrew Denton Show

Just been sent this recording by @DonsLostinSpace on the Twitters, it’s a recording of the Andrew Denton show I did in 1994 in Sydney Australia. I’d met Andrew in London a couple of years earlier and been on his radio show, at this time he was presenting a very popular late night chat show.

My mother in law and my wife’s great Aunts were all gathered around a TV in Queensland when it was being broadcast live, I don’t think the Aunts approved of the nudity. Personally I think the illustration of the walks with no explanation of the background is a little bit iffy. 

I was also shocked looking back at the recording, for a start I’d forgotten about ‘my long lost sister’ and I remember the ending very differently. Spooky.