Friday
Apr182014

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

 

Tuesday
Apr082014

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


Monday
Jul292013

Appearances and signings

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

27th October MCM Expo at Excel London

29th October  Cambridge Skeptics in the pub, Cambridge 

7th November Energy Live conference  London

9th November  Innovation Conference Cambridge

19-20th November Electric Vehicle Symposium. Barcelona Spain

23rd November Thought Bubble  Leeds

24th November  MCM expo Birmingham

28 November  Winchester Skeptics in the pub. Winchester

I will post any updates as and when.

 

Saturday
Apr272013

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.

Tuesday
Apr232013

Madames et Monsieurs, la naine rouge dix!

Kryten: Sirs, I have an announcement to make, it's really very exciting.

Cat: Eeeeow, I love excitment bud!

Kryten: Indeed sir, and this may require some very smart clothing items

Rimmer: Get on with it man.

Kryten: Yes sir sorry sir. Red Dwarf X has been nominated, it hasn't won but it has been nominated for a little award at the 53rd Festival de Television de Monte Carlo. 

Lister: Hey, that sounds well posh that does. Who's Monte Carlo?

Kryten: It's a geaographic location sir, a Principality on the Mediterranean Coast of France founded in 1866 by Charles the third of Monaco and now best known as a tax haven and international centre for gambling.

Lister: Hey, that sounds well posh that does.

Rimmer: They're hardly likely to let you in Lister, you'd lower the tone.

Lister: Hey, I've got tone Rimmer, I've got tone coming out me finger tips. When's this Monto thing happening Kryts?

Kryten: June the 9th to the 13th sir, we're sadly 3 million light years away so I fear we may miss the event.

Lister pics up Guitar and starts singing lonesome blues song. Rimmer holovomits. Cat re-enters, he's already changed into something lurid and appropriate.