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Another Cruel Aliens Snippet

Hmmm - interesting. It's been mentioned in a few places now about Rob Grant's latest project - an animated series entitled Cruel Aliens. Well, this little report from The Alien Online on an Incompetence event at Edinburgh's Waterstones, reveals a new snippet that I don't think has been mentioned before; no doubt you'll all correct me if I'm wrong:

"On fine form Rob entertained us with a mixture of humorous and noirish detective tales (humorous noir - a new genre?) and tantalised us all by mentioning that his next project was a collaboration with the wonderful British animators Aardman, home to Wallace and Gromit amongst other award winning characters. He was unable to tell us more than the title as it is all still at a very early stage of development. Provisionally entitled Cruel Aliens it features aliens who are, well, cruel. So now you lot are tantalised and teased too (why should it only be me, eh?)"

As The Alien Online themselves say: "Aardman and Rob Grant? Woohoo!"


There's an argument happening over at "Ian's Newsround - 23/01/04", for those of you who have missed it so far.

Posted by Screening Tonight at January 26, 2004 03:12 AM

This sounds utterly brilliant! I can only hope Grant dispells his apparent 'difficulties' with TV writing.

Posted by Cappsy at January 26, 2004 11:33 AM

Yeah, I look forward to that!
Strangerers had it's moments, though

Posted by Chris the Dolochimp at January 26, 2004 02:26 PM

It would be good if Rob Grant did well for himself with this and get some much deserved publicity again.

Posted by Cappsy at January 26, 2004 10:23 PM

It does sound promising, yes. 'Cruel Aliens' is a bit rubbish though, even for a working title.

Let's hope that Richard Goleskewijozxqwhateverhisnameis is on board. He is a goodo.

Posted by Darrell Jones at January 26, 2004 11:08 PM

I went to the Norwich singing(!) of Incompetence last night, and I have to also comment on Rob's utter fantasticness. Brilliantly funny and charming but what else can you expect? I managed to get two questions in despite the constant arm raising of a Matrix-obsessed individual who insisted asking Rob about every science fiction show under the sun, much to his apparent annoyance and everyone elses. On the subject of further Red Dwarf novels Rob replied that 'he certainly hadn't finished with those bunch of characters yet' and 'that there was a lot still to do with them'. Mmm.. very excited. He also didn't rule out working on a possible seies IX, despite what has been documented before that '50 year olds in space had already been done with Star Trek'. Notice he stated 50 yr olds. Perhaps he 'has' recently remembered the pilot script and upped the age. He also stated that he doesn't miss working with Doug at all which is interesting but understandable given he gets more time and money. To be perfectly honest I was pretty choked up meeting such a god, and didn't manage to ask what he thought of series 7, 8 and Last Human. Ah, well, great night.

Posted by Thomas at January 27, 2004 01:13 PM

I personally prefer Nick Park, of Aardman fame.

Posted by Frank Sinatra at January 27, 2004 02:23 PM

If there's one thing about all this Incompetence publicity, it's that it seems to confirm that the split was due to a feud or at least some sort of personal difference.

Of course, it was something everyone assumed anyway, but it's upsetting to hear essentially spelled out. More of a waste than the Elton/Sayle and McGrath/Mulville splits put together. :(

Posted by Darrell Jones at January 27, 2004 04:07 PM

I agree. Can you imagine the hights that red Dwarf could have reached if the Grant Naylor partnership continued? Together they are one of the best writing partnerships ever but apart they don't cut the mustard.

Posted by Cappsy at January 27, 2004 04:23 PM

I'm personally quite happy that Grant/Naylor split up, and I'm very pleased to hear Rob talking about it. I've always said that Doug was the rubbish one, and now Rob is saying the same thing. It's reet good.

Posted by Form Letter at January 27, 2004 04:42 PM

Console yourself with the fact that I was just watching the 'Who Dares Wins' video and have spotted Howard Goodall in the audience! Yay!

Posted by Darrell Jones at January 27, 2004 04:45 PM

It is a shame that they split up, but from what I've seen after their split, Doug isn't the only rubbish one. Rob is quite rubbish, too, at least if Dark Ages is any indication.

Posted by Austin Ross at January 27, 2004 05:32 PM

I think they're definately better together than they are individually. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Posted by Ian Symes at January 27, 2004 06:07 PM

How very Legion...

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((. .. -::- Ruth -::-
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Posted by Ruth at January 27, 2004 06:26 PM

I enjoyed the Strangerers and hoped it would develop further,But personally I liked Ser VII &
VIII of Dwarf a lot more..I also realise there are possibly differences I/E Budget and a completely new set of Characters etc..But writing wise, which is the better?...I'd go for Dwarf myself but probably preffered 'Backwards' to 'Last Human' in terms of books.....So who is the better writer individually?......

Posted by Cpt-D at January 28, 2004 12:20 AM

People always seem to overlook that over half of Backwards is novelisation of Grant Naylor scripts.

It's a fantastic book, but it's hardly pure Rob Grant.

Posted by Darrell Jones at January 28, 2004 12:24 AM

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