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Red Dwarf Challenge (14)

Day 14 - Favourite Series 4 episode

No! You can’t make me choose! After much deliberation, the winner is…DNA.

Bobbyllew is superb as overzealous-new-human Kryten (and as Spare Head Three). Craig sparks off him so well in the double polaroid scene (This is how you do crude, S8 writers :p) and the “WB” scene – both are mesmerising to me because of the chemistry between the actors.

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Bryan confirms that Mako and Bolin’s family live in the same apartment that Zuko and Iroh lived in. He is thankful that fans like the continuity, but he says it’s really just because they don’t have time to design new stuff. 


In another of the greatest moments of my life, David and Gillian answer the Commentaries Question, which I myself planted via a proxy minion. You guys are THE BEST.

Unfortunately they don’t seem to be experiencing all the crushing guilt and shame that I would have liked. Gillian is confused and thinks they HAVE done one. And of course David thinks “we don’t remember!” is a valid excuse (though the crowd does try gamely to talk them out of that!)


What I love about the RD DVD commentaries

(Aside from many other things)

 - Craig remembering and spoiling gags before they happen.

 - Stupid jokes.

Rimmer: Three million years ago, it was pneumonia. Since then, it’s bred and mutated and now we don’t know what it is!

Craig: It’s oldmonia.

 - Chris pointing out the passages of time and how it always seems to take awhile to get to the meat of the plot.

Handy Guide to TTOI DVD Commentaries

There are commentaries for all episode of S1/S2, the Specials, and S4 (with 401 having two commentaries, the better of which is the one with the actors), but Series 3 only has commentaries on five of the eight episodes.

The Specials have different sets of people coming in and out during the duration of the episodes so the numbers indicate the different sets and the order in which they appear. 

The brackets indicate when someone (Adam Tandy except for once) who isn’t supposed to be part of the commentary pops in to add something.

Series 1

101 Armando Iannucci, Jesse Armstrong, Joanna Scanlan, Tim Bentinck
102 Armando Iannucci, Joanna Scanlan, Billy Sneddon, Simon Blackwell
103 Armando Iannucci, Adam Tandy, Chris Addison, James Smith

Series 2

201 Jesse Armstrong, Chris Addison, Polly Kemp, Peter Capaldi
202 Armando Iannucci, Peter Capaldi, Tony Roche, Simon Blackwell
203 Armando Iannucci, Joanna Scanlan, Polly Kemp, Adam Tandy

Rise of the Nutters

1. Armando Iannucci, Adam Tandy, Chris Addison, Peter Capaldi
2. Armando Iannucci, Will Smith, Roger Allam
3. Armando Iannucci, Adam Tandy, Peter Capaldi, Roger Allam
4. Chris Addison, Will Smith, Roger Allam, Peter Capaldi, [Adam Tandy]

Spinners and Losers

1. Armando Iannucci, Polly Kemp, James Smith, Chris Addison
2. Armando Iannucci, Adam Tandy, Lucinda Raikes, Alex MacQueen
3. Armando Iannucci, Jesse Armstrong, Justin Edwards, Chris Addison, [Adam Tandy]
4. Armando Iannucci, Polly Kemp, James Smith, Lucinda Raikes
5. Armando Iannucci, Jesse Armstrong, James Smith, Alex MacQueen, [Justin Edwards]

Series 3

301 Armando Iannucci, Ant Boys, Roger Drew, Tony Roche, Sean Gray, [Adam Tandy]
303 Adam Tandy, Joanna Scanlan, James Smith
305 Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche, Will Smith, Roger Drew, [Adam Tandy]
307 Armando Iannucci, Simon Blackwell, Jesse Armstrong, Tony Roche, Ant Boys, [Adam Tandy]
308 Armando Iannucci, Jesse Armstrong, Will Smith, Sean Gray, Adam Tandy

Series 4

401A Armando Iannucci, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, Simon Rogers, Natalie Bailey
401B Vincent Franklin, Roger Allam, Will Smith, Joanna Scanlan
402 Armando Iannucci, Chris Addison, Simon Blackwell, Rebecca Gethings, Peter Capaldi
403 Adam Tandy, Will Smith, Olivia Poulet, Natalie Bailey
404 Chris Addison, Adam Tandy, Sean Gray, Tony Roche
405 Armando Iannucci, Chris Addison, Simon Blackwell, Rebecca Gethings, Peter Capaldi
406 Adam Tandy, Geoffrey Streatfeild, Joanna Scanlan, Sean Gray
407 Joanna Scanlan, Tony Roche, Geoffrey Streatfeild, Sean Gray


okay all, this is our chance

our last chance for at least two years I would guess

we need to mobilize as MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE to attempt to ask at NYCC:


ask it in a friendly manner, but in a manner that firmly implies:

“everybody ELSE gets commentaries, even CRAPPY shows, and you are both giant JERKS for denying commentaries to us for so many years, commentaries with BOTH of you in the same little sound booth triggering each other’s memories about what happened, not worrying that you have forgotten half of everything that ever happened in your life”

and in a way that strongly imposes a feeling of guilt and shame upon the two of them

perhaps lighten this question by suggesting that they start with Bad Blood

Red Dwarf Commentary

Since I bought the series on DVD (yay!) I’ve been working my way through, episode by episode with the cast commentary.

I’ve just finished series I and moved on to series II. I just had to say, I love how obsessed Danny is with the inflatable banana in the sleeping quarters. He kept asking about it during the last series, and he wouldn’t stop pointing it out in this first episode! “Look! The banana! Remember the banana?”

These boys just crack me up.


Doug saying that the Observation Dome was a place to do scenes “with pathos in”, except they were just “bunk scenes in disguise”? So they went back to the bunks? I don’t know if I agree — a bunk scene doesn’t have the same “behold the vastness of space” quality.

And now I’m thinking of the cast commentary, where Chris talks about the stretching rack bit coming back to him as he wonders whether his son is growing fast enough. 😂😂

We had had the teeny-bopper lover triangle thing, but this season, the writers, and Mike and I were interested in actually setting that aside now. It was fine for us for the first seasons, but now we were more interested in Korra and Asami kind of just like getting over that, and through that process, actually becoming friends, and just exploring that- they didn’t let this little kind of romance thing get between them. They were able to- you know, they weren’t petty about it. For us, it’s more fun having them as friends rather than adversaries or rivals.
—  Bryan in the “A Breath of Fresh Air” commentary. 
TTOI: Series 4 Episode 3 Commentary Comments

And finally episode 3 commentary which features Adam Tandy, Vincent Franklin, Will Smith, Olivia Poulet, Roger Allam and Natalie Bailey.

1) No one knew that Ben and Geoff were friends already so found their closeness on set rather puzzling.

2) Jo Scanlan came up with ‘yes and ho’ during improvisation of the scene and they kept it.

3) Emma is probably the most capable person who they’ve ever had based at DOSAC.

4) They over-ran on the day they filmed at the hotel becuase they got stuck behind someone objecting to every item on their bill.

5) Stewart lying on the floor at the end was just something Vincent decided to do.

“Craig” on commentary, Part I

Chris as himself: Craig, you all right? You’ve been quiet.

Robert as himself: Yeah, he’s not said much, has he? He’s very quiet today.

Chris: Eh…this is Rimmer’s show anyway.

Robert: It’s all to do with Rimmer, you know, cos I gave everything to Chris. You know, I was written out of it. By this time, they were bored of me.

Chris: I was saving me observations for some of the other ones, you know?

Danny: No, no, no, this series was meant to be more dramatic.

Chris: I think Holoship was overestimated anyway.

Danny: There’s no gags, so [indistinct] -

Robert: If you actually ask about Holoship, they don’t like it. Cos I wasn’t in it much.

Danny: They don’t like it cos I’m not giving no gags.

Chris: Just cos you had your dodecahedron speech, you thought you were great, you know?

Chris as himself: That’s just not true, Craig. Shut up! Shut up again for 15 minutes, will you?

Danny: They were against me…