Danny John-Jules in 'Pussys Galore'
As you may have already seen, for this year's Comic Relief, Danny John-Jules, Steve Keys and George Nickless embarked on a challenging trip from the UK to Valenca with only a £125 budget each. As part of their general bike related antics, today also saw the release of their super hero themed adventure, 'Pussys Galore', casting Danny and Steve as two cat based, motorbiking superheroes, which you can watch below. Enjoy! And don't forget to donate to Danny and Steve's Red Nose Day fund.
Bobby Llew interviews Doug Naylor on Fully Charged
As part of Robert Llewellyn's ongoing online series Fully Charged, Doug Naylor has been interviewed about the science behind Red Dwarf in the latest episode.
Points covered include how Red Dwarf powers itself for over 3 million years and how Rimmer is powered. It's a lovely little inverview and well worth five minutes of your time!
Craig Charles: Live from Jodrell Bank
Word has reached us that the famous Jodrell Bank is to host a rather splendid event filled with music, science and, most importantly, our very own Craig Charles.
Craig will be bringing his own fair share of funk and soul to the event, but excitingly for fans desparate for any tid-bit of information about the up-coming Series X of Red Dwarf Craig will be answering your questions on the new series in a special Q&A session. Quite how much information he will let slip is unknown, but if you fancy going along to try and coax a storyline or two out of him tickets are still available, and, more excitingly, you could win VIP tickets! I'll let the good people from Jodrell Bank take it from here:
Live from Jodrell Bank is a truly unique event where acts perform in front of the iconic Lovell telescope and beam their projections onto this 76 meter structure. Live from Jodrell Bank combines science and music to become the definitive place to stargaze whilst appreciating superlative sounds from earth.
On Sunday 24th June, the legendary Paul Weller, Blur guitarist Graham Coxon and Mercury Prize winners Gomez will play in the shadow of the Lovell telescope among others. Also on the bill is the multi-talented Craig Charles, bringing his Live Funk & Soul show to the stage and also taking part in an exclusive Red Dwarf Q&A in Jodrell Bank's science arena, free for ticket holders to visit. A Jodrell Bank expert will also be on hand to help relate the fact of science with the fiction of Red Dwarf.
*Live from Jodrell Bank are offering Red Dwarf fans the chance to meet Craig Charles in person, 2x VIP tickets to the event and a signed poster and also have their question put to Craig. All you have to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday 15th June with a question to Craig. The best questions will be used and one person will be chosen at random to win the prizes.
Find all the event info and buy tickets here: http://www.livefromjodrellbank.co.uk
We hope to see you there for what should be an excellent day out!
Peter Wragg RIP
This morning we recieved some very sad news. Peter Wragg, VFX legend and Red Dwarf legend, passed away last weekend after a short illness, at the age of 65.
Peter headed up the visual effects team on Red Dwarf for the first seven series, including desiging and building the iconic Red Dwarf ship and leading the team responsible for a huge amount of physical effects featured in the show.
Exploding consoles, Psi-Scans, monsters and of course the vast array of beautiful model shots are all thanks to Peter and his team. His influence over the continued success of the show cannot be understated and we are all eternally greatful for his magnificent work.
Our thoughts are with Peter's friends and family during this time. We'll be featuring the life and work of Peter more fully in the next issue of Back to Reality but for now we leave you with comments from Pete Tyler and Norman Lovett.
Pete Tyler (model unit DoP):
"I first worked with Peter Wragg on Red Dwarf Series One. We became friends pretty much immediately, partly because of a shared love of beer! Peter was largely responsible for getting me involved with the BBC Visual Effects department and I ended up working with almost every Vis FX designer there over many, many happy years. I remember Peter Wragg as a constantly genial and good natured man, and his passing saddens me greatly, taken from us way too soon."
"I remember him as a very friendly man and that was always happy. I got on very well with him and he was brilliant at his job. Goodbye Peter - It was a pleasure to have known you."
A day for both sadness and joy
As you may have already seen on our Twitter and Facebook feeds, Jen, Caz and Sharon are sadly no longer with the club. Together they were the longest serving team members and their many years of hard work in the club has been greatly appreciated by their colleagues and Red Dwarf fans alike. We wish them all the best on their future endevours and hope to see them among the crowds at the next Dimension Jump!
In their place, we're very pleased to announce three new members; Jez Harrison, Carrie Parsons and Alex Newsome. You can read more about our shiny new members (and gaze lovingly at their faces) on our Team page. We're currently gearing up for next Spring's Dimension Jump as well as the more immediate priority of getting the Back To Reality magazine back to a regular schedule so Jez, Carrie and Alex have come on board complete with the writing and organisational skills required for the club to forge ahead into a new era.
We're very excited about the future and this new injection of talent into the team is going to be incredibly important as we look to improve the output of the club and prepare to make Dimension Jump XVII the best ever.
We hope you will join us in welcoming Jez, Carrie and Alex to the team.
Danny John-Jules has dropped us a line to bring our attention to the fruition of Gordon Brown's project to create a Mount Rushmore bearing the faces of Rimmer, Lister, The Cat and Kryten, a project reported by The Official Site some months back.
A run of 850 has been created and are available for you spend your hard earned cash on now. From the man himself:
"The size of the sculpture is about the same as an A4 piece of paper. The frame brings the overall size of the sculpture to 38cm x 29.5cm x 6cm. It will be in a limited edition of 850 and shall be sold at £452 each. On the reverse of the sculpture it shall be signed by the cast as well as the sculptor.
Payments for the sculpture can be made by credit card, debit card, cheque or postal orders made payable to Gordon Brown, Longdale Lane, Ravenshead, Notts, NG15 9AH."
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Dimension Jump postponed until April 2011
After much deliberation the Fan Club team has decided that Dimension Jump XVI will be postponed until April 8th, 9th and 10th 2011.
Unfortunately the number of registrations we have received up until this point is too low for us to be able to go ahead with this year's event.
Any registrations made so far will be valid for the new date. However, we appreciate that the new date may not be suitable for everyone, so if you wish to cancel your registration you may do so for a full refund until Saturday 31st July 2010. Please email email@example.com to request your refund. Any cancellation requests received between the 1st August 2010- 28th February 2011 will be entitled to the standard 50% refund. If you cancel a registration now and decide to repurchase later you will be liable to pay whatever is the current registration rate.
The venue will be the same but your rooms will need to be rebooked. Please call the hotel directly on: +44 (0)121 6346202 or +44 (0)121 6346223. They are aware of the postponement and will help you to change your booking if you wish to do so. The Holiday Inn, Birmingham have advised us of a forthcoming price change, so rooms for April 2011 will be £70 for a single and £84 for a twin/double, both prices include breakfast.
Please note: If you wish to cancel completely you do not need to contact the hotel to cancel your room as all the DJ rate bookings have been cancelled.
Thank you for your patience – we’re just as disappointed as you that we’re unable to hold a convention this year, but we hope to see you all in April for the best DJ yet!
News from reddwarf.co.uk
Craig's busy summer timetable.
DJ-J's 1993 single available for download.
Robert's updated memoir out now!
Fan Club magazine returns.
Official Fan Club Convention Report.
Looking back at the Smegazine comic strips.