New Red Dwarf Series XI Episode Titles and Synopsis

Just in from the boys at the Dwarf.
Series eleven of Red Dwarf will be with us very soon!

1. TWENTICA

The Dwarfers find themselves in an alternative version of America where modern technology is prohibited, making Rimmer and Kryten illegal. The Dwarfers infiltrate the tech savvy underground and try to bring down the authoritarian regime.

2. SAMSARA

When the Dwarfers investigate a crashed ship at the bottom of an ocean moon, Lister and Cat become trapped together and Lister’s nightmare begins. Meantime Rimmer and Kryten discover the ship is controlled by a dark force.

3. GIVE AND TAKE

After an altercation with a deranged droid Lister has his kidneys organ-napped. The only solution is to ask Cat, the most selfish creature in the universe, to give him one of his.

4. OFFICER RIMMER

After a scandalous piece of good fortune Rimmer saves the life of a bio-printed Captain and is promoted, fulfilling his life-long dream of becoming an Officer. He immediately opens an Officer’s club, which is out of bounds to the lower orders, and uses the bio-printer to fill it with versions of himself.

5. KRYSIS

Kryten has a mid-life crisis and changes his body cover from Mech grey to Ferrari red. The posse try and show him how much he’s achieved in life by taking him to visit a mechanoid from his old fleet.

6. CAN OF WORMS

Cat takes time off from being in love with himself to fall head over heels in love with a lady Cat with a big secret.

Red Dwarf series XI starts on DAVE TV on the 22nd September 2016 and stars Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules and Robert Llewellyn

NEW Doctor Who Spin Off – Movie – Abslom Daak: Dalek Killer

Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary

For months now, fans have speculated, and complained, about the relative lack of new material for Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary. Whilst An Adventure in Space and Time, the behind the scenes docu-drama certainly looks fascinating and the anniversary special has long been confirmed, the questions haven’t slowed down. How long will the anniversary special be? Which doctors will be in it? Which companions? How does it connect to the rest of the series? Will Matt Smith regenerate, especially given the fact the show will be dealing with ‘The Fall of the Eleventh’? The questions constantly out number the answers, or they seemed to, until now.

A couple of days ago, Doctor Who magazine, and the BBC, confirmed that David Tennant and Billie Piper would be returning for the special along with legendary British actor John Hurt in an as yet undisclosed role. Of course, this has led to even more questions; how will Rose return? Will Tennant be playing the 10th Doctor or the pseudo-human clone introduced in Journey’s End? Will Hurt be playing The Master? So many questions but now, the avalanche has started and more and more answers are coming to light. And with them, comes the announcement of a second spin-off project, one which looks set to take the show in a very different, and yet familiar, direction.

Abslom Daak: Dalek Killer Movie

Abslom Daak: Dalek Killer. A straight to DVD movie adaptation of the classic Doctor Who Comics character.

Abslom Daak - Dalek Killer Book - By Steve Moore - David Lloyd - Steve Dillon - Richard and Steve Allen - Lee Sullivan
Abslom Daak – Dalek Killer Book – By Steve Moore – David Lloyd – Steve Dillon – Richard and Steve Allen – Lee Sullivan

Details are sketchy about the exact nature of the plot, and complicated somewhere by Daak’s multiple appearances in various incarnations of the comic, but what we do have confirmed is this. The movie is 90 minutes long, is built around digital sets similar to those used in Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome and principle photography was completed late last year in London. This was done ahead of time firstly to allow rendering of the digital sets to be completed and secondly to accommodate the filming schedules of those involved.

That’s what we know for sure…

Abslom Daak: Dalek Killer rumours;

-Daak’s origin and the death of Princess Talyin are dealt with in an opening montage.

-The Star Tigers, Daak’s commando unit, are present in the movie. Harma, the Ice Warrior team-member will be played by the same actor who portrays the Ice Warrior in upcoming episode ‘Cold War’. This was done as a means of saving money and maximising investment in the new costume.

-Similarly, Prince Salander, the Draconian team member, serves as a ‘demonstrator’ for the costume. The Draconians will be a major part of season 8, as will Salander.

-The plot involves Daak and the Star Tigers being hired to break into a Torchwood Archive facility housing some of the earliest Dalek shells. They are pitted against various Dalek factions throughout various time periods up to and including the present day. Again this maximises use of existing costumes and also follows up on the promise made in Asylum of the Daleks to feature every kind of Dalek in existence.

-Set piece scenes take place on the Dalek Emperor’s ship, in Davros’ laboratory and in hard vaccum, with Daak cutting Dalek’s off the hull of the Kill-Wagon as his team make their escape.

-The movie will mark the first ever on screen appearance of Doctor Bernice Summerfield. Lisa Bowerman clearly filmed something during this time period judging by her twitter feed and the filming took place in London. This would make sense as Bernice and Daak have some small, but meaningful history in the novels.

-Daak is being played by Jason Statham. Again, we know Statham filmed in London during this time and we also know he was working multiple jobs at once, including his cameo in Fast 6. Also, Statham recently publicly distanced himself from wanting a role in the new Star Wars movies, ruling him out for many genre fans. However, his continued support of British cinema, and with Hummingbird, recent move into notably different roles lends credence to him being prepared to take the role on.

There are, of course,other rumours; old Doctors being Forrest Gumped into place, Danny John Jules rumoured to be playing Prince Salander and so on but for now they remain unconfirmed. What we do know is that something involving Abslom Daak is scheduled for release shortly. Whether it’s Statham or Ray Stevenson, also rumoured to have taken the role, the fact remains that Daak is finally stepping across into the mainstream Who universe and, whether we like it or not, he’s going to shake things up as only he can. The anniversary party just got a new guest and I for one can’t wait to see who he dances with.

More Info on Absalom Daak (Tardis.Wikia)

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Red Dwarf X – Review So Far

Red Dwarf X Poster

SF comedy legend Red Dwarf returns to our TVs, courtesy of a new commission by DAVE. Following on from the much-hyped but pretty terrible Back To Earth, this new 6-part series arrived with a whole heap of expectation. Could it return the series to its heyday? Would it put to rest the lingering distaste of the 2009 special? Would the premise still hold up after all these years?

One thing I can say with certainty is that Red Dwarf X, kicks sand in the eyes of the Back To Earth special. Fair dues to DAVE for commissioning the special, and resurrecting a much-loved and all-too-forgotten-about-by-the-BBC comedy series. The problems with the special are myriad and have been hashed over many times before. What RDX needed to do was go back to the magic of the earlier series, forget about clever CGI and film-like pretension and just be a slice of classic sitcom gold, character-based with original scenarios and quotable one-liners. And has it achieved this? Oh yes, by the Starbug-load.

Gone are the shiny spacesuits and gaudy costumes. Vanquished are the CGI-heavy pseudo-sets. This is Red Dwarf as it was back in seasons 1-3. Small scuzzy sets that looked lived in and believable. A Red Dwarf that appears old and decrepit, functional but only just. Silver is banished and red & grey predominate. The crew quarters, while a new design, feel like a subtle upgrade of the original series 1 quarters. The drive-room, again new, is not so far removed from the original drive-room (albeit with a nice spiral staircase for added class). The corridors are low-rent, the dispensers are talkative and characterful, and best of all we stay (for the most part) on the ship. The later-BBC series lost much of their charm when the crew travelled extensively off-ship (or off-Starbug). It is reassuring and comforting to be back on board the Red Dwarf after all these years.

Little has changed with our four heroes. They all look a little more aged, but otherwise they are the same Lister, Rimmer, Cat and Kryten we’ve come to love. Rimmer has reverted to a more ‘early-series’ whineyness, and the Cat seems to have lost a little of his ‘later-series’ intelligence. Dave still loves curry and booze and is searching for his lost love Kochanski. Kryten looks a little different (a side effect of Robert Llewellyn getting older and, dare we say it, a little larger), and also appears to have regressed to his more overly-agitated cleaner-bot persona. But these minor things aside, the boys are back and arguing and squabbling just as they always have. The chemistry is definitely still there, and the four actors genuinely look like they are having a great time working together again. Sadly though, there is someone missing. Holly, the loveable RD computer. I was always a Norman Lovett fan, not so much a Hattie Hayridge one…but Holly was integral to the Red Dwarf experience, and so far in RDX my only real complaint is that the character is missing. Holly’s stupidity, dry laconic sense of humour, ability to cause mayhem, and surprising deus ex machina saves were a vital component of why early RD worked so well. I don’t know why the writers haven’t brought Holly back, but I am hoping they do at some point soon.

So, with a characterful crew, old-school spaceship and even a live-audience back in place, does RDX work? Is it a success?

Red Dwarf 10 cast, left to right. Danny John Jules, Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Robert Llewellen. (photo courtesy of Grant-Natlor via http://llewblog.squarespace.com/red-dwarf)

Four episodes in and all memories of Back To Earth and series 7 & 8 from the BBC are washed away. This is Red Dwarf as it should be, as it once was. Layered character interaction within cleverly constructed scenarios with lashings of one-liners and great visual gags. Buffoonery, slapstick, surrealism and kitchen-sink, all mixed up with a healthy dollop of silly. The writers have clearly made an effort to recreate the atmosphere and simplicity of the early series, while not reverting the characters to their primitive forebears. We still have hi-tech gadgetry and a cleaning-droid who mysteriously has the capabilities and knowledge of a much higher-level machine (just how does Kryten know so much about Earth technology & history since he was marooned for 3 million years in a crashed spaceship?), yet we also see him panicking over cleanliness and drying spoons with his ‘rear heat exhaust port’. Dave Lister, forever the space-bum, is less motivated than we have seen him of late, but much more human for it. Still a slob, still chasing a romantic impossible dream, yet he is also still looking to better himself (even though it is only to annoy Rimmer). The Cat is still very much The Cat. Danny John-Jules continues to amaze and amuse with his unique creation…part fashion diva, part Prince, all fabulous. Over recent series his character had evolved into a more human role, mastering spaceship control, use of advanced gadgetry and generally being far less stupid and much more helpful. Whilst this serviced the plots, it took away some of his charm, made him too much like Lister, and denied us the chance to enjoy his naivety and credulousness. In RDX he seems to have reverted to his more foolish, vainglorious past. He is clearly less intelligent but more fashion-tastic than in recent series, and as such he is more charming, fun and watchable. Rimmer, meanwhile remains whiney, vain, arrogant, obnoxious, aloof, selfish and yet amazingly loveable. While he has remained a ‘hard-light’ hologram via the light-bee device, gone is the hard-edged hateful character of the recent past. He seems more vulnerable, more human…and yet his pettiness and officiousness have increased, back almost to series 1 levels. He is a small man who uses his rank to bully, when what he really yearns for is respect and friendship. This is the Rimmer we know of old, no more complex than he needs to be, and with no references to his complicated recent history. He is petty, insecure and loathsome, but he’s just what Lister needs to stay sane.

The Episodes

[1] Trojan

Rimmer receives an SOS distress from a doomed ship commanded by his all-conquering brother, Howard. But Rimmer can’t bring himself to save Howard until he’s on an equal footing career-wise. He has 15 hours to pass his Astro-Nav exam and become an Officer. The same exam he’s already failed 9 times.

A good start to the series, with Rimmer on classic ‘selfish’ form, and a nice link back to much earlier revelations about his brothers and his relationship with them and their success.

[2] Fathers & Suns

Every year Lister sends himself a Father’s day card to celebrate the fact that he is his own father but when Rimmer points out he’s been a lousy father to himself Lister decides to do something about it. Meantime Rimmer and Kryten install a new computer, the beautiful, but lethally logical, Pree.

Episode two takes us into deep, dark RD history, building yet further on the fact that Lister is his own father. Some lovely acting by Craig Charles as the two Listers, and a genuinely clever play on the old ‘video message from yourself’ trope.

[3] Lemons

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 in Britain 23 AD is 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 civilization.

For episode 3 we move away from Red Dwarf and do a ‘historical’ ep…something RD is well-known for. Some lovely visual gags here, plus a brave (in our current religion-must-not-be-mocked age) use of Jesus as a comedy character. Harks back to a certain JFK episode, but is none-the-worse for doing so.

[4] Entangled

Lister loses Rimmer in a game of poker to a group of Biologically Engineered Garbage Gobblers, and in return gets an unwanted gift: a groinal exploder programmed to detonate in 24 hours unless Lister pays his debts. Meanwhile, Kryten and Cat become quantum entangled and do everything in perfect unison.

Ep 4 is a mixed beast, with the ‘entanglement’ sub-plot feeling rather sparse and almost (but not quite) superfluous. Lister gambling away Starbug and Rimmer is classic RD and is a superb storyline. There are a couple of gripes though…how does Rimmer’s light-bee pass through the locked door…and just how did Kryten & The Cat’s entanglement cause the Beggs to choke to death? That aside, there is some terrific dialogue in this episode…great fun.

Just two more episodes to go and so far I am loving RDX. It is fun, witty and unafraid of embracing what made series 1-6 so brilliant…silliness. Doug Naylor has recaptured the magic of those early series, and yet managed to unencumber RDX of the weight of history and storylines-past. This is RD stripped to its core…the last human alive, 3 million years into outer-space, on a tired old mining ship, with just a hologram, evolved cat and cleaning droid to keep him sane and alive. The gags are good, the visuals are fantastic (it was lovely to see a matte-painting used in ep 4, rather than a CGI landscape) and the actors are all on top-form. Yes, there is nostalgia at work here for me, and any older RD fans, but I can see new fans being brought in to the fold through this superb series. All credit goes to DAVE for commissioning and funding the show, and I am sure I am not the only person hoping that it has proved to be a roaring success for the channel and that they go on to commission many more series.

Out with the new, in with the old…just bring back Holly, please (ooh, and the skutters!)

Red Dwarf X – The Full Info:

Red Dwarf X Poster

In case you have missed it (ie living in a cave) Red Dwarf X Starts soon. Please find details, including episode titles and broadcast dates below.

The boys from the Dwarf as they return in a brand new series – launching exclusively on Dave on Thursday 4th October at 9pm.

Red Dwarf X, the 10th series of the legendary sci-fi sitcom, reunites the much-loved original cast of Chris Barrie (Rimmer), Craig Charles (Lister), Danny John-Jules (Cat) and Robert Llewellyn (Kryten) with six episodes recorded in front of a live studio audience.

The brand new series, written and directed by Doug Naylor, begins with the Dwarfers’ mining ship still creaking though the wastelands of unchartered deep space, but the posse soon stumble upon the mysteriously abandoned SS Trojan. As they inspect the ship, Rimmer receives an SOS distress call from an old foe and is suddenly faced with the dilemma of his life.

Dave is available on Sky channel 111, Virgin Media channel 128, and Freeview channel 12 in the UK. Red Dwarf X will also be shown on Dave HD (Sky and Virgin subscribers only). As part of a brand new service, each episode will also be available to view online at joindave.co.uk for seven days following broadcast. The series will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on 19th November, and episodes will be available for download on iTunes 24 hours after broadcast.

The full broadcast listing for your diary is as follows:

  • Episode 1 – Trojan – Thu 4th Oct, 9pm (BST)
  • Episode 2 – Fathers and Suns – Thu 11th Oct, 9pm (BST)
  • Episode 3 – Lemons – Thu 18th Oct, 9pm (BST)
  • Episode 4 – Entangled – Thu 25th Oct, 9pm (BST)
  • Episode 5 – Dear Dave – Thu 1st Nov, 9pm (GMT)
  • Episode 6 – The Beginning – Thu 8th Nov, 9pm (GMT)

You can also pre-order the boxset now at  Play.com (DVD/Blu-ray).

For more Red Dwarf X news, and exclusive weekly video clips and updates, see Dave’s Red Dwarf X site and The Official Red Dwarf Website.

Red Dwarf X Coming soon

Its hard to believe and is crazy when you think about it, but Red Dwarf is nearly a quarter of a century old!!
It is now all set for a return to our screens with the much anticipated Red Dwarf Series X due to start on DAVE in the autumn here in the UK.

There was a minor comeback with “Back to Earth” in 2009, but we are promised more episodes of classic Dwarf tales this time filmed in front of a live studio audience.

Red Dwarf 10 cast, left to right. Danny John Jules, Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Robert Llewellen. (photo courtesy of Grant-Natlor via http://llewblog.squarespace.com/red-dwarf)

In that audience in January for a 3 hour stint of seeing it made (a hard job some people have eh?) was Science Fiction comedy specialist and author Ruth Wheeler. I spoke to Ruth today and here is a quote from her….

I have loved Red Dwarf since I was very little. It?s universe is a cosmos of infinite possibilities, humor and characters that you can really relate to and it holds so much appeal to me that the characters are definitely an influence on my own work as a comedy science fiction writer

DAVE along with the cast, crew, and anybody attached to Red Dwarf are keeping very silent about storylines and what we can expect, but I do know that with Danny John Jules and co in one room together there will hilarity to spare.

Chris Barrie said recently “I think we have done some of the best Red Dwarf scenes ever. I am really looking forward to seeing what the fans think”

Red Dwarf X starts on DAVE in the autumn with a December date scheduled for the DVD release (Dear Santa, Plllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaassssssssssssseeeeeeeee????)

Expect classic, quotable Red Dwarf humour on your box soon, complete with Smeg up’s I hope.

Ruth Wheeler is the author of such science fiction books as All Aliens Like Burgers, Do Aliens Read Sci-Fi and the Truxxe Trilo Trilogy for Hirst Books.

Maid Marian and Her Merry Men – Back on DVD

Maid Marion - DVD Cover
Maid Marian - DVD Cover

Shun your Shakespeare, chuck away your Chaucer, destroy your DVDs of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle! You?ve got to make shelf space for the complete set of ?Maid Marian and her Merry Men?.

Never has so much fun and lunacy been crammed into one small plastic container. If you tried to squeeze in even one more tiny joke, it would squash the others so badly they?d jump out and run home crying to their mummies. Marvel at the relatively young Tony Robinson?s hilarious cavortings in the days before he got boring and started digging holes in the mud; watch the hysterically laid back Danny John Jules and realise there is life after Red Dwarf. Gasp at incredible six foot chickens, listen rapt to tales of volcanoes that spew forth mauve custard, and run away terrified from snailiens from outer space.

MAID MARIAN AND HER MERRY MEN was consistently number 1 in the children?s TV ratings throughout its four series, partly because it was popular with children of all ages, but also because it became ?must see? viewing for students and young adults.? It was popular with the critics too, winning a BAFTA, an RTS Award and the International Prix Jeunesse. This perfectly conceived historical farce is witty, warm and stylish. An excellent cast and faultless writing has drawn comparisons to Blackadder, Red Dwarf, and The Young Ones. It is one of those rare programmes made for and enjoyed by both children and adults and has secured a huge fan-base in the seventeen years since the first series was initially transmitted.

Written by and starring Tony Robinson as the Sherriff of Nottingham, Tony has been a regular on our TV screens since he got his big break playing Baldrick in Blackadder.? He is the presenter of the successful series Time Team and played the part of Vernon Crumley in the Bafta Award-winning HOGFATHER.?

Contained in new slimline packaging, all four series of Maid Marian and her Merry Men are released on DVD by Eureka Entertainment on 18 April 2011


EXTRAS:

-? Christmas special

-? Cast audio commentaries

-? Maid Marian karaoke

-? Interactive game

-? Improvised sketches By the cast

-? Photo gallery

-? Easter eggs

-? Trailers

and more!

Red Dwarf – Back To Earth

Red Dwarf - Back to Earth
Red Dwarf - Back to Earth

I was so excited to hear that Red Dwarf was back on our screens, I knew as it was going to be on DAVE that the budget would not be half of the BBC TV episodes, but still I had high hopes.

Original Cast members Craig Charles (Dave Lister), Chris Barrie (Arnold Rimmer) and Danny John Jules (Cat) along with long term companion Kryten played by Robert Llewelyn with notable absence from either Norman Lovett or Hattie Hayridge as Holly

I made my first mistake, I watched the 3 parts on 3 separate days over the Easter weekend. This was not a great idea, hence my rating for the individual episodes as follows.

Red Dwarf: Back To Earth Part 1
[Rating: 1/5]
Red Dwarf: Back To Earth Part 2
[Rating: 2/5]
Red Dwarf: Back To Earth Part 3
[Rating: 3/5]

Not good as you would imagine. But as mentioned on another Red Dwarf episode the sum of its parts is greater than the whole as I would overall give Red Dwarf: Back to Earth
[Rating: 4/5]

Why? Well simply it was down to expectation, coupled with the breaking up of just over 60 minutes of new Red Dwarf (Dave has adverts) This meant that the first episode was just some physical gags relating to the giant squid, buffered with a little plot. Also the third episode dropped the user into a Red Dwarf that had no continuity with the rest of the series – a little explanation may have helped at the time – but being frank explanation in the first part would have dampened later revelations.

I am hoping that the fact that this Red Dwarf was set after a fictional ‘series 10’ actually gives me hope that series 10 will be made. Even if it isn’t please Doug Grant PLEASE give the go ahead for comics, audio (Red Dwarf as done by Big Finish – fantastic idea) or what ever to fill the gap, time is ticking on.

Overall if watched all together in one bulk (on DVD without adverts would be great) the story would reveal itself instead of being completely absent from part one).

I can see why Dave put it over 3 nights and if I weren’t so impatient I would have watched it on the Monday night where all three parts were shown back to back.

Roll on the DVD and its extras.