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New series of Red Dwarf confirmed

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...but shooting it in front of a live audience is going to make secrets hard in the Twitter-era.

The boys (and girl) from The Dwarf are back

My current tussles with the Linux command line have kept my radar swinging pretty slowly lately; therefore thanks to Mark C for pointing me to Robert Llewellyn's blog. Llewellyn, the presenter of Scrapheap Challenge for 10 years, but beloved of SF TV fans for playing servile robot Kryten in the BBC's Red Dwarf, has commented on the Daily Mail's joyous re-reporting of Craig Charles' announcement on Real Radio: TV channel Dave is planning a new series of the science-fiction comedy for 2012, in the wake of the channel's 2009 21st-anniversary specials, which proved hugely popular, with viewing figures that trumped BBC2 and C4 combined.

Speaking to presenters Ditchy and Salty on the Real Radio breakfast show, Craig Charles, who played Lister in Red Dwarf for most on the 1990s, and is currently featuring in Coronation Street, told listeners "They've just commissioned another series of Red Dwarf. We're gonna film at the end of November, December and January."

Commenting on the quality of the show, which was pretty poor in its early series but grew funnier and more inventive through the BBC's commitment to its potential, Charles said "We've gotta recapture the highlights like series 5, series six, that kind of stuff. If we can hit that mark then brilliant. There's no point doing it if it's a bit so-so." Hear hear!

Robert Llewellyn commented on the announcement at his blog:

So, the thing is, the whole point was that I was told not to say anything. Doug [Naylor, show creator] told me, face to face, ‘don’t tweet this bobby. Not yet.’  So I didn’t. I was really good. I said nothing.

Then I spend a day in my voice over cell and know nothing of the interview Craig had done on the radio, which was, it appears, picked up by the Daily Mail, which, as you know is my fave all time newspaper. Ahem.

...So then I get back to my trusty lappy and there’s a great slew of tweets telling me that Craig has once again spilt the beans. You’ve got to love him, he knows how to spin the scoop. I’ve just spoken to Craig, he was as usual gloriously funny about it. He said, and I quote. ‘I did a radio interview and it just sort of slipped out.’ So yes, we are making a new series, commissioned by Dave, not a special or a movie or a one of dooberry. A full 6 half hour episodes of a brand new series.

Llewellyn notes, not necessarily without an air of trepidation, that the 2012 Red Dwarf is seriously considering shooting in front of a live studio audience, which hasn't happened for the show since 1998. And, as the actor points out, does anyone remember 1998? The pre-Twitter years...?

The fear among the producers now is that it’s impossible to imagine an audience of around 400 people at the recording of a TV show like Red Dwarf, where nobody does a bit of a hint on Twitter, or sneaks a picture on Facebook or posts a bit of badly shot video on YouTube.

Perhaps the only solution is to do the show live, as the BBC did with David Tennant and The Quatermass Experiment 4 years back...? Otherwise the only reasonable solution is to confiscate the audience members' phones and execute them straight after the performance, which may put a dent in the show's comedy stylings.

Robert Llewellyn's blog | Daily Mail


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#1 RE: New series of Red Dwarf confirmed Carolyn Blake 2011-01-22 10:49
You've made this girl deliriously happy. Thanks, oh thanks for this happy news.
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#2 Red Dwarf new series?? well 1/4 series really! Jenny 2011-01-29 08:51
why on earth the UK thinks that 6 eps consitutes a series is beyond me!!

"A full 6 half hour episodes of a brand new series."

other scifi like star trek and stargate at least kept their audience titilated for around 20-26 weeks a year!
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#3 It's a question of numbers Martin Anderson 2011-01-29 19:48
Quoting Jenny:
why on earth the UK thinks that 6 eps consitutes a series is beyond me!!


In these parts (BritLand) that's often, if not usually, all we can afford to make. Our habit of having complete seasons written by one scribe (or perhaps two in conjunction, one or both of which are likely to be the series' originator/s), as opposed to more expensive story-editors and well-paid first-class jobbing writers (the US model), means that going for huge seasons is a rare luxury.

Sometimes the writers are 'on fire' and can handle it. For instance, season 1 of 'Father Ted' had six episodes, season two had 11 (including the Xmas special), and season three had eight, and all were written by Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews.

Now look at another series that Graham Linehan himself loves, 'Big Bang Theory', and see how many writers are thrown at each episode (usually 4-8). We don't have enough demographic clout in the UK to support that kind of investment.

But maybe we WOULD have if the North American market could just enjoy our shows as we enjoy theirs, without feeling the need to remake them with US casts. ;)
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#4 RE: New series of Red Dwarf confirmed Caleb Leland 2011-01-30 06:46
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But maybe we WOULD have if the North American market could just enjoy our shows as we enjoy theirs, without feeling the need to remake them with US casts. ;)


I couldn't agree more, Martin. :)
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#5 RE: New series of Red Dwarf confirmed Mark Cotterill 2011-01-30 12:26
In other words, quality over quantity. I'm as much of a Star Trek fan as anyone, but of those 26 per season how many really good episodes were there? 5? 6?

Take a series like the aforementioned Father Ted or Linehan's other later projects like Black Books, every episode is excellent!
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#6 RE: New series of Red Dwarf confirmed James Roose 2011-02-27 21:53
Quoting Martin Anderson:
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But maybe we WOULD have if the North American market could just enjoy our shows as we enjoy theirs, without feeling the need to remake them with US casts. ;)


As an American I agree the United States should not remake British Shows with American Casts. The British shows are top notch and already popular in the States and abroad. The American TV industry needs to make their own original shows.
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