Making Space For Naylor, Wayne, And CosgroveBookmark and Share

Sunday, 31 March 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
Red Dwarf co-creator Doug Naylor, composer Jeff Wayne, and animator Brian Cosgrove will be discussing their work and achievements at special events later this year.

Arranged by the entertainment and arts outfit The Space, the interviews will take place at The Basement in Kensington Street, Brighton, with Wayne, who composed the musical version of The War of the Worlds, and Naylor appearing together on Thursday 13th June.

Cosgrove - who with his business partner Mark Hall found fame by bringing to TV screens animated series such as Danger Mouse, Chorlton And The Wheelies, Jamie And The Magic Torch, and Count Duckula - will be appearing there on Tuesday 6th August, along with Oscar-winning sound designer Glenn Freemantle.

Last November, Cosgrove was presented with a BAFTA Special Award at the academy's Children's Awards for his outstanding creative contribution to the industry.




Puppet From Captain Scarlet Fails To Sell At AuctionBookmark and Share

Thursday, 13 December 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
A puppet from the Gerry Anderson series Captain Scarlet that was estimated to fetch between £12,500 and £13,500 failed to find a buyer when it went up for auction yesterday at Bonhams' Entertainment Memorabilia sale in London.

The Captain Brown puppet consisted of an original, restored head with reproduction body and uniform. The character of Captain Brown featured in the first episode of Captain Scarlet as well as in flashback in the second episode. The puppet was then used for other characters in the series, including Major Reeves and Dr Conrad, before being "recycled" for other Gerry Anderson shows.

Approximately 22in (56cm) high, it also appeared as Dr Blakemore in the Joe 90 episode Operation McClaine and as Harry Sloane in Double Agent in the same series. In The Secret Service it portrayed several characters, including the spy George Grey and, with grey hair and moustache, General Brompton in the episode Hole In One.

A prop stardrive device from the Blake's 7 episode Stardrive (series 4, episode 4) went for £1,187, having had an estimate of £500-700. Meanwhile, a mothership model from Series 10 of Red Dwarf was bought for £562 (estimate £500-700), while an Annihilator model spaceship from the same series fetched £750 (estimate £500-700). All sale prices included the premium.

The auction was held at Bonhams' Knightsbridge saleroom.






TV Props And Models Going Under The HammerBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
Models and props from Captain Scarlet, Blake's 7, and the latest series of Red Dwarf are to be auctioned next month in London.

Bonhams' Entertainment Memorabilia sale takes place on Wednesday 12th December at its Knightsbridge showroom, starting at midday, where the following will be available to bid for:

Lot No: 137 - A Captain Brown puppet from Captain Scarlet

Original, restored head with reproduction body and uniform, puppet approx 22in (56cm) high with statement from Terry Curtis regarding the restoration. The character was only in the first episode and in flashback in the second. It was then used for other characters in the series, including Major Reeves and Dr Conrad. The puppet also appeared as Dr Blakemore in the Joe 90 episode Operation McClaine and as Harry Sloane in Double Agent in the same series. In The Secret Service it portrayed several characters, including the spy George Grey and, with grey hair and moustache, General Brompton in the episode Hole In One. Provenance: This head is ex-lot 14, The Sylvia Anderson, Mary Turner and John Read Collection, Phillips, September 1995. Restorer Terry Curtis's statement details the work he undertook on the puppet head, including re-wigging with original mohair, repainting the head to its original colour, replacing missing teeth with a set moulded from the close-up Captain Blue head and using leather from Pittards in the uniform, as was the original leather. The eyes are original.

Estimate: £12,500-13,500, €16,000-17,000; $20,000-22,000
 
Lot No: 138 - Stardrive prop from Blake's 7

A prop stardrive device from the Blake's 7 episode Stardrive (series 4, episode 4), circa 1981, constructed mainly from metal and plastics, with internal wiring and carrying handle, 30 x 7½ x 5½ inches (76x19x14cm).

Estimate: £500-700, €630-880; $800-1,100
 
Lot No: 141 - Mothership from Red Dwarf X

A detailed model Mothership spaceship designed and made by William 'Bill' Pearson, constructed from plastic and metal. Featured in Red Dwarf X in 2012. Length - 24 inches (61cm). This model was originally built for a proposed science-fiction television series in the 1980s that was not commissioned. The model spaceship remained in Bill Pearson's workshop until this year and featured in episode 4, Entangled, as a space station.

Estimate: £500-700, €630-880; $800-1,100
 
Lot No: 142 - Annihilator from Red Dwarf X

A detailed model Annihilator fantasy spaceship designed and made by William 'Bill' Pearson. Constructed from plastic and metal, and featured in Red Dwarf X in 2012. Length - 22 inches (56cm). Originally made for a Red Dwarf Christmas special more than ten years ago but never used. It then remained in Bill Pearson's workshop until this year when it was called upon for Red Dwarf X and featured in episode 6, The Beginning. Only one model was made, which was duplicated in the episode using visual effects.

Estimate: £500-700, €630-880; $800-1,100
 




Red Dwarf X Clip: Lister's Lost Starbug!Bookmark and Share

Sunday, 30 September 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
With Red Dwarf blasting back on to our TV screens in just four days' time, the final teaser clip heralding the sci-fi comedy's return has been released by digital channel Dave.

In the clip, Kryten (Robert Llewellyn) discovers that Lister (Craig Charles) has lost Starbug in a card game - but there is an upside to it!

The six-part series - the cult show's tenth - begins on Dave on Thursday 4th October at 9pm with the episode Trojan and ends on Thursday 8th November with The Beginning. Each episode will also be available via catch-up on the Dave website for seven days following its transmission but only to people in the UK.




Red Dwarf X Clip: Annoying, Whiny SoundBookmark and Share

Sunday, 23 September 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
The latest in a series of teaser clips from the forthcoming tenth series of Red Dwarf has been released by TV channel Dave.

In the excerpt, which can be seen below, Rimmer (Chris Barrie) finds himself afflicted by an auditory problem but gets little sympathy from Lister (Craig Charles).

Next weekend will see the final teaser clip released by Dave before the new, six-part series of the cult sci-fi comedy starts on the digital channel on Thursday 4th October at 9pm.

In addition, as part of the publicity drive, posters - as seen beneath the clip - promoting the return of the show have started appearing on hoardings across the UK.





Red Dwarf X Pics And Another New ClipBookmark and Share

Sunday, 16 September 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
More promotional pictures for the forthcoming new series of Red Dwarf have been released by the official website as has another teaser clip by TV channel Dave.

The clip, called Going postal, sees Rimmer (Chris Barrie) and Lister (Craig Charles) dealing competitively with a sizeable amount of mail.

Another teaser clip will be released next weekend by Dave. The new series of Red Dwarf, comprising six episodes, begins on the digital channel on Thursday 4th October at 9pm with the episode Trojan, which journalists were given a preview of by UKTV - the network to which Dave belongs - at a programme showcase last Tuesday at the Saatchi Gallery in London.