Sometimes planets align and a guest comes along for an epsisode of SMEGHEADS that makes perfect sense. Jo Sharples is one of them. Not only is this the "Dimension Jump" episode of the podcast and Jo is a Red Dwarf expert... but she also organises the Red Dwarf Convention called "Dimension Jump"! Add to that, the fact she also helps run the Red Dwarf Fan Club, she is more than qualified to join this discussion (and we might actually learn something for once!)
Almost everyones loves this episode of Red Dwarf so it was easy to wax lyrical about it and that doesn't necessarily make a podcast, so we spent a lot of this episode discussing the fan convention and what happens there. I've been in a Red Dwarf fan for most of my life but never been to Dimension Jump! Though I'm also a fan of Star Wars and I've never been to space so perhaps it's not so unusual. To illustrate how awesome it is, here is Red Dwarf co-creator and current showrunner announcing the TWO new Series of Red Dwarf at the last DJ.
This episode has firmly put Dimension Jump (the convention) at the forefront of my mind and Daniela and I will definitely turn up next year (Series XI will have aired by then!) but not sure if we will take part in the cosplay part of it. My idea of going as Queeg may get me some strange looks...
I'll leave you with this mini documentary about the making of the Dimension Jump (the episode) and want to say thank you very much to Jo for coming to the studio and being informative and funny and awesome. Hopefully she will come back on for a later Series. I know she loves Series 8 :) Find out more about Jo, Dimension Jump and the Fan Club in these places:
See you guys next week for the Series finale.. Meltdown!
jed & daniela