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BOOK REVIEW: THE MAKING OF "RED DWARF"
by Michael Noyce
Yippee! Another Red Dwarf book has hit the streets! Though not
the long awaited third novel, it will at least temporarily
satisfy those hunger pains of sorts.
So what is this latest Red Dwarf collectable then?
Well, as its title suggests, this books is all about the making
of Red Dwarf, though this is a little deceptive, as the book
concentrates more or less solely on series VI episode 3 - "Gunmen
of the Apocalypse" to be precise - apparently one of the more
ambitious episodes made.
To start with there's a foreword which is a rather condescending
letter from Grant Naylor to the author, slagging him off (or so
it seems). This quite clearly indicates that they had no
intention of writing a foreword at all! Accompanying this is a
picture of Rob Grant and Doug Naylor taken while on location. At
last, we get to see what these two geniuses look like. It might
come as a bit of a disappointment to learn that they're pretty
ordinary looking middle-aged blokes, human even!
After this, the book starts proper. In the introduction Rob and
Doug detail and explain the reasons behind some of the changes
made in series VI, such as the apparent theft of Red Dwarf itself
and therefore the disappearance of Holly, and the introduction of
Rimmer's hard light drive. We are also introduced to the two new
members of the production team: producer Justin Judd and
director Andy DeEmmony.
The book continues with the conception of the episode and its
development into the final script. Next is a day by day account
of the filming of the show, from Sunday through to the following
Saturday and beyond, explaining exactly how the show is put
together and how the scenes are planned and acted, revealing some
of the tricks used, together with interviews and observations by
members of the cast and crew. There is also the odd couple of
pages mixed in, about various other aspects of the show, e.g.
special effects and Robert Llewellyn's transformation into
Throughout the whole book are some excellent photographs by
Nobby Clark of the cast and crew at work, the sets, and behind
the scenes. Ninety percent of these are in gorgeous full colour.
The last two pages are dedicated to the other various Red Dwarf
collectable items (apparently known as "Smegware"): clothes,
models, greeting cards, posters, novels, other books, audio books
(?!), videos, details of the official fan clubs around the globe,
and all the necessary addresses you'll need.
All Dwarfers should buy this book, now! It's certainly very
interesting to see all the blood, sweat, tears, and time that
went into the making of just one half hour episode, and see all
(well, almost all) the people behind the scenes.
A valuable and informative edition to anyone's collection.
"The Making Of Red Dwarf" by Joe Nazzaro. Published by Penguin
Books Ltd. ISBN 0-14-023206-0. £7.99.
The Red Dwarf Fan Club
If you would like to become a member of the Official Red Dwarf
Fan Club, send an IRC to 40 Pitford Road, Woodley, Reading,
Berkshire, RG5 4QF, England, and ask for a membership application
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