There’s no way I am going to post every day during the recording of Red Dwarf X but I thought I’d just record the first day back on the show.
I’ve had a major flurry of questions on Twitter today, so to try and answer a few, here’s what I know.
We are making 6 new episodes to go out on Dave in 2012.
It’s very likely, if not definite, they will also be shown in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand too.
All the original cast are appearing, Craig, Chris Danny and myself as Lister, Rimmer, Cat and Kryten.
Other casting and roles not yet known.
Each show is being recorded in front of a live audience at Shepperton Studios outside London.
There are no more tickets left, when the tickets were offered a couple of weeks back, they all went in less than 30 minutes.
Kryten is getting a brand new head.
We all gathered at Shepperton Studio’s today, had a read through of the first 2 scripts, had a look around the sets in the cavernous studio we’ll be working in for the next 9 weeks or so, had a bit of lunch, then worked through the first script in detail.
I only realised what a privilege it’s been to be involved in the show this afternoon, the combined knowledge and experience we all have with this show could not be created in any other way. We’ve all be doing it on and off for at least 22 years, Chris, Danny and Craig have been at it for nearly 24 years.
In that time we’ve not only got to know our own characters, we’ve got to know each other.
When I first worked on the show, Craig had a young son, but all the rest of the main cast were carefree and childless.
We are now all dads, Craig has two lovely daughters as well as his son, Chris two lovely sons and Danny and I have lovely sons and daughters. (we both have one of each)
When I first started Doug’s children were babies and toddlers, his eldest son is now an associate producer.
As we went through the script we were constantly referencing previous shows, some of which we recorded over 20 years ago, but as soon as we all get together the memories of the time we’ve spent together comes flooding back.
The pressure we are all under to get the shows done on time and within budget is not inconsiderable, most of this weight is being carried by Doug Naylor and Charles Armitage (writer/director and producer) but this is very much a family style production. No one wants to let the family down, we all want to do well, to make the show as best we possibly can.
The early signs are good, the anticipation of recording in front of an audience is at once terrifying and exhilarating.
I’m obviously not going to say anything about the storylines, no spoilers, but I can safely say they are seriously funny.