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Red Dwarf XI episode 1 review: Twentica

Pete Dillon-Trenchard Sep 22, 2016

The first episode of Red Dwarf XI is an ideal series opener in which everyone gets a moment in the spotlight...

This review contains spoilers.

11.1 Twentica

The history of Red Dwarf is a series of jarring transitions, with the series evolving over the years to fit in with its surroundings (and, of course, its budget). The sprawling sci-fi of Red Dwarf V was different to the claustrophobia of Red Dwarf VI and VII, which underwent a massive transformation into the populated world and broader humour of Red Dwarf VIII, at which point the show went off air until the super low-budget real-world antics of Back to Earth… You get the idea.

The shift from Red Dwarf X to Red Dwarf XI echoes the biggest (and still the most divisive) of these regenerations - that of Red Dwarf II to Red Dwarf III. When Red Dwarf X
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Doctor Who series 9: geeky spots in The Zygon Invasion

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Unit, shape-shifters and the Doctor cosplay. Here are the geeky bits and pieces we spotted in Doctor Who's The Zygon Invasion...

For at least the third time this series, one or all of the characters you care about on this show are dead. So what better way to celebrate than to read through our weekly list of callbacks, allusions, shared themes and generally interesting (if tenuous) nonsense? As ever, feel free to leave your own contributions in the comments below!

The Old-Who Invasion

This is the third appearance of the Zygons in Doctor Who; they first menaced the fourth Doctor in 1975’s Terror Of The Zygons, a story which revealed the Loch Ness Monster to be one of the Skarasen, a race from the Zygon homeworld. Unit also featured in that tale, with Kate’s father Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart revealing his Scots heritage in a fetching kilt.
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Your next box set: Fist of Fun

Surreal one-liners and juvenile humour abound in this look at the early, anarchic days of Stewart Lee and Richard Herring

"It's not as good as I remember it," says the Stewart Lee quote on the front of this box set, no doubt prompting shops up and down the country to reinforce their doors for fear of being crushed by marauding punters blinded by such giddy hype. The quote, however, sums up Fist of Fun's appeal perfectly – not in the sense that it's no good, but that it trades on exactly this kind of cynical, studenty humour.

Fist of Fun was Stewart Lee and Richard Herring's first TV outing, airing on BBC2 in 1995 and sometimes notching up 3 million viewers a week, according to the reams of added commentary included here. Yet it's never had a DVD release before and has gained something of a cult reputation, largely down to the
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Richard Herring – What Is Love Anyway? Review

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Richard Herring’s parents met when they were 13 years old and have been together ever since, it was because of this the young Richard Herring strongly believed in love, the kind of love where you are destined to meet one person who will be the love of your life and you will stay with them forever.

However, life soon proved this to be somewhat untrue and, a string of failed relationships later, Richard Herring ponders the show’s titular question and sets out to ‘destroy love’. Of course, Herring is looking back upon this from a perspective of current romantic happiness, he’s been in a relationship for four years and all’s going well, aside from his annual Ferrero Rocher shopping, but more on that later. This show also spring-boarded from a concept Herring posed towards the end of his last show – a second-coming revival
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Herring teases possible 'Fist Of Fun' DVD

Herring teases possible 'Fist Of Fun' DVD
Richard Herring has suggested that Fist Of Fun and This Morning With Richard Not Judy could potentially be released on DVD. The comedian told Digital Spy that he and his ex comedy partner Stewart Lee have considered buying the rights to their mid-'90s material from the BBC and producing DVDs of the shows via independent firm Go Faster Stripe. Asked if Fist Of Fun or follow-up Tmwrnj could ever see an official release, Herring said: "There's a possibility that we might do it ourselves. We're just looking into buying it and doing ourselves. "I think it would cost us something like £10,000 a series to buy them off the BBC. There would then be other costs obviously and I don't know what (more)
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King of comedy Kevin Eldon finally makes his Edinburgh solo debut

Comic actor's cameos have lit up classics from Fist Of Fun to Four Lions, but at a rate of 'one poem a year', it's been a long road to the Edinburgh festival fringe

If you were putting together a highlights reel to sum up the career of comedy actor Kevin Eldon, you'd be absurdly spoiled for choice in terms of material. The obsessive hobbyist Simon Quinlank and the manic, one-armed jelly-loving Rod Hull impersonator in Fist Of Fun. The chuckling racist at the party in the last episode of I'm Alan Partridge. The Russian barber whose cat meets a notably unpleasant end in Nathan Barley. Confused Terry Tyrrell, given a fake terminal diagnosis by his wife in Nighty Night. The kindly father happily exposing his daughter to psychological torture to keep her off drugs in Brass Eye. When you look at the range of stuff he's done and the consistently high quality of his work,
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