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Red Dwarf VIII : The Official Book Hardcover – 4 Nov 1999


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; Television tie-in edition edition (4 Nov 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852278722
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852278724
  • Product Dimensions: 30.7 x 22.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 627,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Red Dwarf" was launched onto British TV screens in 1988 and after winning cult status, the show swiftly achieved major international success. A never-increasing army of fans, including such luminaries as Stephen Hawking and US President Bill Clinton, evidently attracted by its clever storylines, witty dialogue and superb characterisation. A science-fiction comedy set in the distant future, "Red Dwarf" tells the story of the last living human being, a "laddish", curry-loving Scouser played by Craig Charles, and his non-human companions--an odious hologram (Chris Barrie), a guilt-ridden android (Robert Llewellyn) and an evolved Cat with a vanity complex (Danny John-Jules).

Presented here are the full eight scripts from series eight, a series that saw "Red Dwarf" back on form after the disappointing seventh. The crew were finally back on board the Red Dwarf spaceship and the indispensable character Rimmer returned for the entire series ("If only I hired a smarter lawyer. Instead of the brain-dead, pompous, stupid-haired git I ended up with." "You defended yourself, Rimmer."). In a departure from The Red Dwarf Scripts--Primordial Soup, a collection of scripts from previous series, Red Dwarf VIII is bound in a hardback, annual-style glossy format and the change is reflected by the more expensive price tag. However, this does mean we also get storyboards, sketches, 200 never-before-published colour photographs and plenty of extra scenes cut from final transmission. In addition, there are witty anecdotes about the making of the series, not to mention much ranting and whinging about the show's budget, by co-creator and series writer Doug Naylor.

Ultimately, publishing comedy scripts, no matter how well-written, is a risky business. Without visual action or comic delivery, in this case the impeccable talents of Barrie, Charles and Llewellyn, they often lose their sparkle and the words "cash-in" may justifiably be muttered (especially as the series is being re-broadcast on the BBC at the time of publication). But as with Blackadder: The Whole Damn Dynasty, these scripts effortlessly survive on paper and sceptics will perhaps amaze themselves at how entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny simply reading the dialogue can be ("I'm having you melted down, made into a 1,000 Tamagotchis--then I'm gonna starve them to death one by one!"). Although most fans would rather see a new novel, Red Dwarf VIII will go some way to satisfying the ravenous appetites of Red Dwarf's legions of followers, who will undoubtedly label it "smegtastic". --Robert Brookes


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jammm VINE VOICE on 22 Oct 2009
Format: Hardcover
As people have already commented, the book is full of interesting observations and insights from the writer Doug Naylor himself and this is what I give the 3 stars for. The reason it only gets 3 stars is that in previous Red Dwarf script books the scripts were always the originals, the final drafts that were given to the actors. What I loved about those is that you could then see where the actors had changed the lines, either because they couldn't remember them word-for-word or because they were changed on set, and often the text was intriguingly different from the lines that ended up being filmed. I really liked that because you learn something about the actors, which ones stick rigidly to the script and which ones tend to improvise for example. In this book, however, the scripts are a transcript from the actual filmed episodes, so they are exactly the same as the lines in the actual show. Maybe this is what you want, but following the 2 previous script books (Primordial Soup and Son Of Soup) I was a bit disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Feb 2000
Format: Hardcover
Good Book, which contains the scripts, with all of the deleted scenes. It also contains a funny insight into what doug naylor was thinking about when he was writing the scripts, and what was happening during the filming of the series. pure dwarfing class!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By grindstaff@canoemail.com on 16 Nov 1999
Format: Hardcover
The best bits about this book were the parts where Doug explains the reasoning behind what happenend behind the scenes at the beginning of each script. I liked the story of Doug and the killer hotel mint that stabs him in his bum. The scripts also include, as usual, parts of the script edited out of the broadcast which were quite funny too. It was nice to read about RD from Doug's point of view since you don't hear from him as much as say Craig Charles. This is an excellent Christmas gift for a Red Dwarf fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Dec 1999
Format: Hardcover
At last they made a book with the scripts from one sereis in. A brillient book. Well worth the money. A large selection of never seen before photo from the series. A good book for all Red Dwarf Fans and other comedy lovers. Keep up the good work Doug.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frogglin on 10 Jan 2000
Format: Hardcover
A huge glossy (dare I say it.. sexy) book with the greatest RD pics I've ever seen. Not only the full scripts (including the bits that were cut out for whatever reason), but story boards and behind the scenes info. Red Dwarf fan? gotta have it!
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