After rumours were quashed of a brand-new series of Red Dwarf in the works, we were left wondering if we’d be seeing Lister and the gang back in action in the near (or far) future, but UKTV has put us out of our misery this week by announcing that a 90-minute special is set to be filmed in December.
Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules and Robert Llewellyn will all return for the one-off special, which is to be written and directed by series co-creator Doug Naylor, and will air on Dave some time next year.
“I’m really excited to get back on board with the boys from the Dwarf,” said star Craig Charles in a statement. “I can’t wait to discuss Robert’s prostate problems, Chris Barrie’s hip replacement and have a proper look at Danny’s new dentures whilst they marvel at the agelessness of the Charles physique. I will surely require the services of a chiropractor after dragging these doddering misfits through what promises to be our most epic adventure yet.”
Doug Naylor added, “I’m absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity of making more Red Dwarf. UKTV has been a never-ending source of support and encouragement since we first started working together ten years ago. Can’t wait to start shooting a format that I don’t think has ever been done before. Smoke me a kipper, we’re back and not just for breakfast.”
The special will be filmed on location and at Pinewood, where you can be in the live studio audience by signing up using this link right here.
Along with the new feature-length Red Dwarf, Dave has also confirmed that it has commissioned three 60-minute retrospectives, which will “offer fans the definitive story of the show from day one – over thirty years ago – right up to the present day” and will include “rare and un-broadcast material, as well as new interviews with cast and crew.”
Luke Hales, Dave channel director, said, “I am a huge, life-long fan of Red Dwarf and I still re-watch it and re-read the books regularly to this day. So it goes without saying that it gives me huge pleasure to be a part of the team this time around. I am as excited about this one as a viewer as I am in my role as channel director on Dave. The episodes we’ve made for the channel so far have been brilliant, and what a way to welcome it back too, with a feature-length special and three-part look back at the show’s history. We at the Dave team literally cannot wait to bring this huge treat to our viewers.”
More on this as it arrives.