Talkin' Downton Abbey 3, Doc Martin 6 and RDX


Lots of behind the scenes news flying around the Internets the past several days involving some of our favorite stars talking about some of our favorite British telly.

Craig Charles on RDX: “It’s like Grumpy Old Men in Space”

Set to premiere on Dave, the self-described UK Home for Witty Banter, Red Dwarf X from all accounts seems to be a return to ‘old school Red Dwarf. Recently, The Sabotage Times caught up with Craig Charles (Lister) to talk about some of his favorite subjects of DJing, Robot Wars and Red Dwarf. Charles had this to say about the upcoming RDX series.

ST: What can you tell us about the new series of Red Dwarf?

CC: It’s six episodes filmed in front of a live studio audience, done like back in the day. It’s the four of us back together on board ship. All of the classic websites and hardcore Red Dwarf fans, who I don’t think have liked much Red Dwarf since series 6 are going crazy about it. Hopefully people will love this one because it’s proper funny. It’s the same writers, same cast and I’m really pleased with it. We all look a bit older, like grumpy old men in space. It’s gone back to the classic Dwarves, it’s about the relationships between the four individuals and the way they get on. And it’s got that claustrophobic feel of being stuck on the ship again, drifting aimlessly in deep space, 3 millions miles from home… looking for a hot curry.

Martin Clunes on Doc Martin 6: “Louisa and the Doctor will marry….I think”

During an infrequent bit of downtime in the life of Martin Clunes (Men Behaving Badly, William & Mary, Reggie Perrin, Doc Martin), he recently sat down with Radio Times to talk lemurs, horses and the return on Doc Martin. While everyone on the planet is waiting semi-patiently for the return of Doc Martin for a sixth season, the decidedly non-Martin Ellingham-like Martin Clunes (he has a soft spot for lemurs, for heaven’s sake) offers a hint as to what viewers can expect in the new season…

RT: So when will you be returning as your favourite blood-phobic GP, Doc Martin?

MC: Next year and I can’t wait to go back there. It will be interesting because Louisa and the doctor are finally going to marry, I think. But I don’t want to give too much away!

Shirley MacLaine on Downton Abbey 3: Going to Downton was like stepping back in time”

In the upcoming season of Downton Abbey, Shirley MacLaine joins the cast as Martha Levinson, mother of Lady Cora, played by Elizabeth McGovern. While MacLaine commented to TV Guide that she was disappointed not to share scenes with one of her favorite characters, Mr. Bates, she did enjoy scenes with “darling” Mr. Carson, as well as the Dowager Countess, played by old friend Maggie Smith. “Our characters’ relationship is probably not what you’d think,” Shirley says. “Maggie and I are both so old, we have a lot of time on us to discuss.”