As we approach the 60th Anniversary of Doctor Who, revisit the story of Doctor Who, the occasional series written for the 50th Anniversary, explaining the origins of the programme.

Episode 3 - An Unearthly Series - The Origins of a TV Legend: First published 14 May 2012

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.

FILTER: - Red Dwarf - Online - Comedy - Dave

Yes, Prime Minister TV Revival Cast AnnouncedBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 11 September 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
The principal cast for the TV revival of political sitcom Yes, Prime Minister was announced today.

David Haig will play PM Jim Hacker, Henry Goodman will be Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby, and Chris Larkin Principal Private Secretary Bernard Woolley. All three will be reprising their roles from the recent theatrical production, on which the series will be based.

The original show ran for 16 episodes over two series between 1986 and 1988 on BBC TV. Six 40-minute episodes of the new series are to be produced by BBC In-House Comedy for the digital channel Gold and all of them will be written by the TV series' original authors, Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn.

Also signed up to appear in the new TV series are Zoe Telford, playing political adviser Claire Sutton, and - as a guest star in an episode about Scottish devolution - Robbie Coltrane.

The casting announcements were made by UKTV, of which Gold is part, at a TV showcase held at the Saatchi Gallery in London. The new series will air next year.

FILTER: - BBC - Comedy - Yes Prime Minister

Revolting Comedy For CBBCBookmark and Share

Sunday, 9 September 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
An upcoming science-based CBBC sitcom featuring a time-traveller from the future promises to be truly revolting.

The new 13-part show, entitled The Revolting World of Stanley Brown, centres on the exploits of 13-year-old Stanley, played by Dean Chapman, as he shares his insatiable curiosity about everything around him with time-traveller Archie (Sy Thomas) - who happens to be his great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson.

Archie has travelled back from the future to spend some time with his hero forefather, using technology destined to be invented by ideas initiated by Stanley and his descendants.

According to Archie and his sentient, mobile, super-computer, Olivia (Open Link Infinitely Variable Interactive Apparatus), Stanley's brilliant insights are what make him special – his curiosity, his ability to make connections, to experiment, evaluate, and persist in finding a solution where other people would give up.

In fact, according to Archie, Stanley Brown was the first in a line of geniuses who kick-started loads of incredible advancements and inventions for future generations. Archie has arrived to witness first-hand, observe, and learn from the brilliant Stanley Brown… as well as coming to have some fun.

Unfortunately, no-one but Stanley can see or hear Archie so there's no one but Archie who seems to understand or care what an amazing mind Stanley has. At the moment, nobody shares Archie's belief in Stanley – certainly not his mum or sister Steph, who both wish Stan was a little more "average" and a lot less trouble.

Archie uses reality-bending powers to show us the unseen world around us in microscopic detail, covering a broad spectrum of content from human biology to physics via explosive chemistry and gory zoology. Together, the two of them open our eyes to the wonders of science – but often misjudge the impact of their experiments, as an explosion of science, comedy, and chaos unfolds.

Archie's arrival may make Stanley's life a lot more complex but it's a lot more fun too – even if he still has to cope with his mum's constant cleaning, as well as Jess the street-smart and confrontational girl next door, and having to look out for his accident-prone friend Mike. Stanley Brown has a lot on his plate, but if anyone can cope with the arrival of a back-packing time-travelling tourist, Stanley can!

Other characters to feature in the series are Daisy (Steph's best friend) and Daniel (Jess's older brother).

Former Sarah Jane Adventures actress Juliet Cowan plays Stanley's mum, Amanda.

The series - written by Tony Cooke, Katie Douglas, Ed Weeks, Hannah Mackay, Mark Oswin, James Griffiths, Caimh McDonnell, George Sawyer, Sarah Morgan, Ben Ward, and A J Jones - is due to start on Friday 21st September at 5.30pm, airing weekly. It is produced by Caroline Clark and directed by David Sant and Dez McCarthy.

1: Snot
2: Gut Instinct
3: Pain
4: Night of the Living Virus
5: Spider
6: Stanley The Time-Waster
7: Stonecold Stanley
8: Scab Hunters
9: Smells Like Teen Spirit
10: Lovebug
11: Wax
12: Hiccupalypse
13: Archie Gets Busted (Series finale compilation episode)

Promotional pictures have been released by the BBC, seen below.

FILTER: - CBBC - Comedy - The Revolting World of Stanley Brown

New Red Dwarf X Clip ReleasedBookmark and Share

Sunday, 9 September 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
Another teaser clip from the forthcoming new series of Red Dwarf has been released online by digital channel Dave.

The clip, entitled Two Forks, shows Kryten (Robert Llewellyn) revealing to Rimmer (Chris Barrie) the ship's "weapons of mass disappointment" and was released as part of this weekend's countdown celebration of the cult sci-fi comedy to mark the impending start of the tenth series on Thursday 4th October.

The channel has begun repeating Red Dwarf from Series 8 down to Series 1 on Saturdays and Sundays, and another trailer for the tenth series is to be released next weekend.

FILTER: - Red Dwarf - Online - Comedy - Dave

Red Dwarf returns 4th OctoberBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 29 August 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Digital broadcaster Dave has announced that the new series of Red Dwarf will premiere on the channel on Thursday 4th October at 9pm.

The date was revealed after the channel's #VINDALUNAR Twitter campaign in which readers were invited to retweet their hashtags which in turn would have a helium balloon inflated to reveal the date. Confirmation and a video of the inflation is available from its website.

The series is already listed for pre-order on Amazon (DVD/Blu-ray), and is due to be released on Monday 19th November.

Information on Red Dwarf can be found via the Official Website, and followed via Facebook and Twitter.

FILTER: - Red Dwarf - Comedy - Dave

Red Dwarf X Clip And Episode TitlesBookmark and Share

Sunday, 26 August 2012 - Reported by John Bowman
A clip from the forthcoming new series of Red Dwarf has been officially released online.

The 38-second extract shows The Cat (Danny John-Jules) and Kryten (Robert Llewellyn) finding themselves in perfect synchronisation, following tests performed on crystals by the mechanoid.

Last Wednesday, Llewellyn revealed the titles of the six episodes comprising the new series:
  • 1 - Trojan
  • 2 - Fathers and Suns
  • 3 - Lemons
  • 4 - Entangled
  • 5 - Dear Dave
  • 6 - The Beginning
The series, which was recorded at Shepperton Studios last December and January, is due to start on Dave this autumn.

FILTER: - Red Dwarf - Online - Comedy - Dave