We did the first Red Dwarf X recording in front of an audience last night and we all survived. The audience were great, very patient because by definition making comedy telly shows takes a bit of time, but most importantly for us, they laughed.
Poor Craig Charles was suffering from flu but being the trooper that he is, he slogged through without complaint.
Chris Barrie had the lion share of tongue twisting, logic defying lines so he had his work cut out, but once again he proved he had the magic touch.
As usual Danny JJ had some killer entrance and exit lines and raised the roof, I stumbled and gurned through as best I could.
We didn't even shoot the scenes in story order so Dougn Naylor had to come out in front of the audience every now and then to explain what was going on. The cast listened too because we were a bit hazy on the story by then. We had pre shot some of the scenes and crowded around the monitors as they were being played to try and remember which bits we had to do.
And just to clarify for those that don't know, we are recording a full series (6 eps) in front of an audience which will be shown later in 2012 on Dave in the UK and loads of other places, like the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand etc sometime.
Anyway, here is a pic of the Red Dwarf set, from behind the scenes :-)