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Oh Smeg indeed

Have you ever been in a social situation where you hear someone say something which you thought was meant to be confidential, and because they said it you dive in and say more? What the hell! The cat’s out of the bag, the damage has been done, there’s no harm in it.

But then you realise after some quiet consideration and the counseling of good friends, that what actually happened was the original person let a little kitten poke it’s head out of a bag, and you released a whole menagerie of flea bitten old Tomcats who immediately sprayed on the furniture and caused a right old kerfuffle.

Well, that’s sort of what happened when I opened my big blog shite. 

I should have ignored the reports in the papers, as lovely Danny John Jules and Chris Barrie have done. Craig says stuff, he lets things slip out. He’s very funny, he makes me laugh just standing next to him. But there’s no need for me to pick up the ball and run.

There are a lot of people working very hard behind the scenes to bring a project like this off, it’s complicated and negotiations are delicate, some peoples feelings get trampled on, and when some gob shite rubber headed actor slaps a load of semi informed nonsense on his wretched blog, it really doesn’t help.

I’m channeling here, can you sense it? I’m channeling the feelings and opinions of people I haven't’ spoken to, but I can sense their frustration and disappointment.

It has been part of my life for years to answer questions about future Red Dwarf projects when I know next to nothing about them. Nothing I said in my previous post here is a lie, it’s just that a lot of decisions about possible future project are still in negotiation and I really have thrown a spanner in the works with my enthusiasm and desire to answer questions. 

After Craig made his little slip up, my tweet stream was a mass of questions, I’m talking 1,000’s of tweets and I thought, I can’t answer them, I’ll do what I’ve learned is very effective, I’ll try and answer them all in one go on my bloggy thing.

Here’s the voice of a mature person, (my Mrs) ‘Why do you feel the need to answer any of them, just ignore the questions, do something useful, feed the chickens.’

Then I think about it and there is something to be said for engagement, especially on a show like Red Dwarf with such a loyal, if occasionally critical following. But I am now only too well aware that some of that engagement does, at times, need to be managed.

There are people without a twitter following, without blogs and without a public profile who work just as hard as the cast to make a show like Red Dwarf get to the screen, they deserve far more respect than I unthinkingly gave them.

I indulged in utterly thoughtless, possibly damaging engagement and I apologise without reservation to all those concerned.

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January 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterme

Your guilt chip is just malfunctioning again, wouldn't worry about it! No one is perfect. Oh and this slip up may have been annoying for the team behind red dwarf but it also made a good many peoples life's (like mine) happy with the possibility of more shows.... think of it that way.

January 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterScott Straughan

Listen to your Lady Wife - she is right!

January 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterher_welshness

do what I do... type out a reply... and before you hit the send/post button... think, not worth the effort and hit the delete button instead...

January 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterinfinite-loop

Sadly, what's done is done. The price of being a celebrity is watching your every step - because everyone else will be.

Maybe wait for the official announcement next time though. I love that info was leaked, but I'd hate for those responsible to be punished ;)

January 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteracelister

There is a way to make ammends.
When the time comes for the new shows to be made go out of your way to make some kind of video diary thingy with the people who toil away behind the scenes to get a show on the air, Get them the recognition they deserve beyond a name quickly flashing by in the credits.
Its all well and good the documentarys on the dvds interviewing the writers and the directors and the actors. Show the people who build the sets, shoot the cameras, do the editing and sound editing- the people who do the lights ets, show them doing thier thing

January 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlin

Look, over the years there has been promises and false promises....Red Dwarf fans should have learnt not to get excited until it is advertised in the TV schedules.

Further to that (just in case) anyone got any suggestions on who can replace Bobby Lllew - after all, his is the weakest part as the mask can be replicated and placed on another actor! (kidding).

January 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaulcan38

Kind Sir

Please disregard any and every disparaging comment made in the past, present or future.
I have enjoyed every Dwarf episode made so far. Now, they can't all be gems, so what ?...
And you Kind Sir are at the very center of it, your humour chip powers my smile actuator mightily.
We were grateful for Back to Earth, it was good, and rather thoughtful.
My wife and I look forward to the further adventures of the Dwarfers.
To Glory !

(Some strange old Canadian french type guy)

January 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichel

I wouldn't worry about it :) These things will happen. I have watched Red Dwarf since its debut and have loved every bit of it including the last 3 parter. My husband and I are huge fans and look forward to any future Red Dwarf episodes that may be forthcoming. We love all of your cast and really would like to see them all in action once more.

January 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdeirdre

I hope you backed-up all the lovely fan suggestions that have now GONE.

January 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLester Greenworthy

Please please make a new series be better than that abysmal pantomimic eighth one!

If you have a live audience, remember you can be serious in front of them as well - just look at series five! Dark, gritty, mysterious and funny. It doesn't need to be all face-pulling and scampering around like you're on Rentaghost!

January 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Hancox

Oh dear :/
On the plus side, you all know there's a very keen audience waiting there (although... I'm pretty sure that was never in question.)
Also, people truly appreciate direct communication. It seems so gracious and respectful.

I think Twitter is a useful tool for both everyday chat and business. Great for a cheeky chin-wag and you can also monitor peoples' reactions and promote the show! (When apt haha!)
It only spewed forth 'cos you were all excited! That is a good thing :D Gets the audience all excited too! It made me ecstatic at the perfect moment! You were also trying to be helpful, getting suggestions.
I secretly think that it's quite rock n' roll that it double "slipped-out"!

In other, related news: It's totally understandable but a bit of a shame that the other new Red Dwarf post and the comments have been deleted (noticed this from one of the above comments). Oh noo! There were some cool suggestions there. Plus my embarrassing, very important (to me) waffle on how much Red Dwarf means to me and how much I long to be a part of it was there. Dinnae forget. Please :)
Silly, hard-working, friendly young actor for hire. Very professional, highly adaptable but favours sci-fi, comedy and action. Conveniently familiar with the petite rouge one, having been practically raised on the ship!

Don't feel too bad for being excited and bean-spilly!
It wasn't malicious and (though I understand how precious it is and all the information surrounding it) Red Dwarf is kinda yours too, you know...
(And to some degree, ours*!)

If it's any consolation, I think that day gave lots of people a real feeling of joy and hope! (Possibly when a boost was needed.) That HAS to be a good thing, right?



*Loyal Lovers of The Dwarf.

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTenn

Can't all be perfect all the time.
But Red Dwarf got smegging close. So here's hoping that everything goes well and you boys from the dwarf saddle up and get back on the air.

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteraj

I'm only 10, but i love red dwarf. my mum showed me it and i loved it. my favorate was serise 5. for my bithday i want a mr, flibble puppet.
i dont get why every one else says serise 8 is not as good as the others, i think its hilarious. I have posters on the wall of my bedroom, when i re-decorate my room im going to paint it red and whit. nearly all of my birthday presents (on my list) are to do with red dwarf. i just love it sooooooo much :D

February 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterred dwarfs #1 fan

Hi, Mr. Llewellyn!

I've been a huge Red Dwarf-fan since the 90's and I still can't get enough of the clips that's been posted on YouTube, even if they only show a few scenes. I just found out a couple of hours ago about Mr. Charles' little "smeg-up", which lead me to investigate a little on my own (the news were too good to believe, even when heard with his voice!). My investigation lead me to this blog entry and I'm glad you wrote it. It gave me, a HUGE fan of the series, some acceptible answers.

As someone who's studied a little bit of marketing, I can tell you that a slip-up like that could be good for Red Dwarf's revival (if that's ever going to happen). Some companies do stuff like that all the time to get people's attention about an upcoming product, wheither it's on purpose or not. It's a way to keep the interest alive while the product's under construction. So if there will be a Red Dwarf in the future, Charles might have done the show a favour. If there's a demand, there's a benefit.

Well, at least something good came from this - I found this blog (comments from actors are more honest than web-tabloid nonsense) and got to write you a comment, which is more than I ever thought I'd ever do! I love your work, both as Kryten and as host on Scrapheap Challenge, and wish you and the other "dwarfers" the best.

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElectribird

I find feeding chickens to be anything but helpful.

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