No swear words no condemnation of those who like it. I would just like to address some points that the Pro BTE people have been expressing. Pro Arguments: 1. The jokes were more "subtle" 2. It was funny. 3. It was like classic dwarf. 4. It was better without a live audience. 5. It's only the first part of a 3 parter, don't judge until you see all three. I'm going to address all these points. 1. No the jokes weren't more subtle. They simply weren't as funny. If you grinned but didn't laugh it didn't mean the joke was more subtle but instead that the joke wasn't that funny. Sorry but it's the truth. I could see where the jokes were supposed to be funny but they weren't. Which leads me into... 2. It wasn't funny, the jokes felt forced, the acting felt flat, it was dull and uninspired. I was never once drawn into the show. Which means.... 3. It didn't feel like classic dwarf, classic dwarf had high energy to it which this clearly lacked probably because... 4. It needed the energy of a live audience, not for "cues for the home audience to laugh" but because it energizes the actors and they amp up their performances. They act better in front of a live audience, the seasons where they showed the recording to an audience to get the laughter? Still lacked the energy of the live audience seasons. I will always prefer a live audience for Red Dwarf, other shows it doesn't work well for but it works with the actors in Red Dwarf. Finally... 5. For all those saying "Well it wasn't great but you shouldn't judge it until you see the other two parts" um...that's not good planning for a t.v. show. Even a special. If the first episode (or for that matter the first 23 minutes) of a show don't grab the audience (and for a comedy) make them laugh then they've failed. It doesn't matter if the rest is brilliant the beginning is when you get the audience, the rest of the episode is not only for telling your story but for holding them. In my opinion BTE part 1 failed to grab or interest me to see the rest. *sighs* I will see the other two parts because Simon would be disappointed otherwise, but if I was on my own? No I wouldn't. I would also be against him paying money for it as well as I think it's rubbish. Let me put it this way, I was hoping this was good and was disappointed and not interested in it. When Doctor Who came back I was aggressively not interested but agreed to watch the first episode with Simon (taking my knitting so I wouldn't be bored) within the first 5 minutes I was glued to the screen and at the end of the episode couldn't wait to see more. That's what I mean by needing to grab an audience.