The ‘small rouge one’ is set to return for two new series in 2016 and 2017. Speaking at Dimension Jump XVIII, series co-creator, Doug Naylor, announced that Dave (the home of witty banter in the UK) has commissioned not one, but TWO series of Red Dwarf. The last time viewers were treated to the space exploits of the inhabitants of the wayward mining ship that is operated by Jupiter Mining Corporation it was 2012. If the two new series are anything close to RDX, they will be nothing short of ‘smelling brilliant’.
“Steve North and everyone at UKTV have been so supportive of Red Dwarf from the start of their involvement with the show. Steve originally asked for more shows back in 2012 but frustratingly it’s taken until now to get our ducks in a row and all the boys available at the same time. Now they are, we’re all absolutely delighted,” said Naylor, who will write both series.
Returning will be Dave Lister, played by Craig Charles, who will leave his role as cabbie Lloyd Mullaney on Coronation Street when filming begins this Autumn, Kryten, the series 4000 mechanoid played by Robert Llewellyn, Rimmer, played by Chris Barrie and Cat, played by Danny John-Jules. The two series will be a co-production between Grant/Naylor Productions and Baby Cow Productions in the UK.
If you happen to be one of the few remaining on Planet Earth that have not been aboard Red Dwarf since it premiered on BBC2 in 1988, Radio Times has pieced together the perfect Beginners Guide to Red Dwarf. You have plenty of time to catch up. Red Dwarf XI and Red Dwarf XII begin production in the autumn and will air on Dave in 2016 and 2017. Let’s hope that a public television transmission isn’t far behind.