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Red Dwarf X last episode recording

Last Friday we finished recording the last episode of Red Dwarf X in front of an audience. What a lovely audience they were too, we were very grateful. Due to a build up of technical and logistical problems we were a little bit behind last week. One of the technical, or is that biological problems was that yours truly's eyes went all miximatosis like on Wednesday morning making the application of a full head prosthetic mask a bit awkward. That really stuffed things up. Add to that a load of promotional videos we had to make, hundreds of still photos of the cast in various locations and the fact that lovely Doug Naylor was fairly ill made the last episode recording something of a battle.

The truly amazing thing about Red Dwarf is the strength of the original idea and the resilience and mutual support of the cast. I think I can say that each of us have worked on many different productions in all manner of roles, but we all say without hesitation, Red Dwarf is the tough one. 

Not just the cast with their wierd glue on teeth, hologramatic H's and woven in dreadlocks and obviously rubber head and plastic torso covering, the set builders, special effects supervisors, camera and sound crew and production staff all work incredibly hard over many weeks to create a series.

I've worked on dozens of other productions, both sit-coms and 'factual entertainment' shows, and none of them have been anything like as difficult to achieve as Red Dwarf. 

If you think of your average sit com, a family live in a house, a lunatic runs a hotel, 4 students live in a squat, two rag and bone men live in a house. Basically they are about people who wear clothes and their most complicated prop is a kettle.

By stating this, I'm not saying Red Dwarf is better than any other sit-com, but I would wager it is a lot harder to make. We are reliant on so many variables, something that is two or three words in a script can take 2 hours to achive on camera.

However, this is not a moan fest, I'm really happy to have done another series as are the rest of the cast. Through all the hours of sweat and struggle, I haven't laughed as much or as hard since, well probably the last time we did Red Dwarf.

I think this is going to be an amazing series, each episode has all the best elements and classic Dwarfy moments, stinging one liners, wonderful visual gags and top quality banter. I can't say more yet, but there are lots of things (other than a live audience) that many long time fans of the show have asked for.

So, to re-cap, we've recorded 6 half hour episodes, they will be broadcast on Dave in the UK in September-October, they will be broadcast by many PBS stations in the US, broadcast in Australia, Japan and New Zealand, released on DVD and Blu-Ray, available globally, also on iTunes globally, also on Netflix where ever you can get it.

We are now girding our loins, inserting our overgrown teeth, smoothing our dreadlocks, applying our H's and donning some serious rubber for one more weeks filming, finishing all the fiddly bits, the pick up shots, the close ups of dongles going into dooberries and all the other faffing that we need to do to polish off a damn fine comedy series.

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Reader Comments (10)

Poor Bobble-eyes. Hope they're feeling much better now. Aww, hope Mr. N feels better, too.
We're all hella grateful for the hard work and love you guys have put in. Thanks so much. Cannot *wait* to see the results!
Glad it's been hilarious as well as gruelling!
Hope the last week of filming fer X goes swimmingly.
Thank you for keeping us updated throughout. You're a groovy dude.
Energy vibes to y'all.

J

January 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMTP (Jack)

Hi Robert,

I was one of the fortunate ones to get tickets for the final recording. Having watched the show since Series 2 (I wasn't really supposed to be up that late, but I used to sneakily have the TV volume down really low!) to be in the audience for an actual Red Dwarf recording was an amazing experience that I never thought I would have.

We really appreciated the time the cast took to come out and talk to us, explaining scenes/story and setup. It was clear it had been a long day for you guys, and yet you still took the time out to interact with us. Thank you.

I think those fans longing for the 'Old Dwarf' will not be disappointed, the episode was very funny and still maintained a hard science fiction edge. Two of the guest characters have already become two of my favourite non-crew characters in the show and the main crew were on top form.

Can't wait to see how the final show comes out, and hopefully be back in the audience for Red Dwarf XI !

January 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

WOW! Thanks for another helping of RED DWARF! I just have a couple of questions: Is Red Dwarf a Green System? Does the crew RECYCLE (and how must the RESULTS reappear on the ship)? Thanks for hitting Kryten dead-center! Well-done!

January 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn in CT (USA)

Hooray! Reading this makes me very excited to see the new series. I'm happy to hear PBS stations in the U.S. will be broadcasting, hopefully one near me will be among them.

January 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterstabbim

Robert,

The Sit in Sit-Com is, as you will know, for Situation - the sit-coms you listed have "static" situations (a house, a hotel, a squat, a junk yard) Red Dwarf is a "mobile" situation (a spaceship) the only other sit-com I can think of that compares on that level is Marion & Jeff by the wonderful Rob Brydon who is in his car, but then it's one actor in one location (the driving seat) - I think Red Dwarf is unique among sit coms - and I can't tell you how grateful we all are that you all go through what you go through! ... can't wait for the Autumn.

January 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbroken_boy_uk

Oh pooh. Apparently there are a lot more sci-fi/space sitcoms than I thought:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_science_fiction_sitcoms

and I forgot one of the biggest: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I forgot, and yet that is my most favourite (even more so than Red Dwarf, sorry).

January 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMartyn Drake

I had the pleasure of being in the audience last Friday night. It was awesome!

After getting hooked on Red Dwarf in Australia I never thought I'd have the chance to see an episode being recorded. I've been living in the UK for 3 years and as soon as I heard that another series was being made and that there was going to be a live audience I was determined to get a ticket. I'm so glad I did! I feel like I've been a part of history in the making.

The Blu-Ray of this series and the memories that watching episode 6 will evoke will be cherished for a long time.

Thanks for a great night!

PS: I didn't realise it was Alice Roberts sitting in the row in front of me! Well spotted!

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLine Noise

I've been a fan of Red Dwarf since episode 1, back when I was about 14. :)

On a personal note: I'm disabled and currently housebound, and it's not always easy to stay upbeat. But hearing that a new series was in the works immediately made me absurdly happy! :D And re-watching the old shows, whilst looking forward to the new, is really helping to lift my spirits right now. :)

I'd really like to thank everyone involved for all their hard work, both now and in the past - it is very much appreciated! And if any of you ever wonder if you've really made a difference for good in the world - well, you certainly have in MY world! :')

God bless the lot of you! Thank you for all the hours of happiness you've brought to all of us fans. You all rock the smeggin' planet!

And I hope that everyone who's been poorly gets well soon. :)

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRuth Fanshaw

I'm ashamed to say that I was a late comer to watching Red Dwarf, having only started watching it 2009. After watching the first episode I quickly bought all the series on DVD and watched them all before the 2009 Back to Earth trilogy. Red Dwarf is, in my opinion one of the best sitcoms of all time, and the news of the new series got me very excited.... I can't wait. I'm so glad the cast enjoyed making it, as much as I will watching it.

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJon

Quote from a Youtube page...

[QUOTE]After 5 1/2 series TBBT finally recognise Red Dwarf. Considering Sheldon states "all 61 episodes" leads me to think that someone on the staff knows that only 55 episodes are in the can to date but 6 more are on the way.[/QUOTE]

Big Bang Theory mentions Red Dwarf
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LL6FbEFip0

February 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRonnie Collie

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