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Red Dwarf Back To Earth
disc 2 of 2
Disc 2 contains the special features related to the episode, behind the scenes featurettes, the "Making Of" Special aired on Dave, trailers, and Smeg ups.
The special begins on Red Dwarf, nine years after the events of Series VIII, Kochanski is dead, and Holly is out of commission because Lister left a bath running for nearly nine years, and the Skutters still haven't finished drying him out. The crew discover a giant squid in their water tank and go in to investigate.
In August 2008, Robert Llewellyn appeared on Seattle public television station, KCTS 9. In an interview, he revealed that BBC Worldwide, in collaboration with another party, had invested in one hour of new Red Dwarf to be filmed in early 2009. It subsequently transpired that UKTV channel Dave would screen four new 30-minute specials to celebrate the twenty-first anniversary of the show. The new episodes form part of an effort by Dave to screen more original programming, instead of just repeats.
It was subsequently announced in January 2009 that the new special was to be a brand new two-part story titled Red Dwarf: Back to Earth, broadcast over the Easter weekend of that year along with a "making of" documentary and a one-off entitled Red Dwarf: Unplugged, which was intended to be an improvised episode. On 20 February 2009, it was announced that Red Dwarf: Back to Earth would now be a three part special and that the "unplugged" episode had been postponed. Unplugged had been described by Craig Charles as "just the four of us - and some chairs - trying to improvise, or rather trying to remember, classic scenes".
"Back to Earth" itself was not filmed in front of a studio audience due to budgetary constraints. Although this was not the first time this has happened (series 7 was filmed entirely without a live audience), it is the first time a laughter track is not added for broadcast. It was also the first time Red Dwarf was filmed in high definition.
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Total Video Streams for this File -> 1
Total Audio Streams for this File -> 1
Video Codecs Used -> MPEG-2 Video
Audio Codecs Used -> AC3
Total File Size -> 7.90gb
Display Aspect Ratio -> 4/3
Video Standard -> PAL
Audio Sampling Rate -> 48.0 KHz
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