The crew of the Jupiter Mining Corp ship, Red Dwarf, return for a ninety-minute special
Red Dwarf is the long-running science-fiction comedy show that first originated on the BBC in 1998. The basic plot revolves around Lister, the last human alive, along with a hologram of his dead bunkmate, Rimmer, a being that evolved from his cat, simply called Cat, and a mechanoid known as Kryten.
Red Dwarf was released almost yearly until the three-year gap between series six and seven. The final blow came when the BBC confirmed that season eight was to be the last.
While fans thought this was the end, a light appeared at the end of the tunnel after a ten-year wait. UK television channel Dave brought the Red Dwarf crew back in 2009.
Since then, Dave has continued the Red Dwarf adventures with another four series bringing us up to season twelve.
Dave has announced that the boys from the Dwarf will return in 2020 for a feature-length two-hour special (90mins + adverts).
There will also be a companion three-part documentary chronicling the history of the show from its very beginnings. These documentaries will feature new interviews and previously unbroadcast material.
I’ve found the DVD releases of Red Dwarf very comprehensive with a ton of extras, so I’m intrigued to discover what they’ve released from the vaults.
Red Dwarf (series one) circa 1998
One of the creators and writers of Red Dwarf, Doug Naylor, said, “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 Red Dwarf special will be filmed on location, at Pinewood Studios in front of a live studio audience on Fridays 6th and 13th December. A ballot for free audience tickets is running until 21st October via Lost in TV.