Also I really don't think it helps the show with it being in HD, now I know that sounds a bit odd but part of the quaint-ness of the show previously was the cheap/budget sets (but they suited the style of the show) and I don't know it felt like it had lost some of it's charm with how 'smooth' it looked, maybe its just me.
I genuinely said the exact same thing. The pitch of the show was that it was set in space but could have been filmed in the BBC canteen. I know the early series are pretty old now, but the sets are that way in which they last. The whole HD with perfect sets behind them will put me off a little.
Since I last posted in this thread, one night I was bored and looking through Netflix in bed and started watching series one. I got all the way upto half way through series 8 before stopping, and didn't watch last night.
I think series 8 was funny but did lose some of it's charm and endearing qualities.
Series 1-5 are great, 6 and 7 are good but series 8 and the 3 parter were just poor shows with funny lines.
Not seen last nights yet. I will sky plus a few and watch them together one night.