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Title: Red Dwarf
Post by: RottingCorpse on September 20, 2008, 05:21:40 PM
We have no Red Dwarf thread?

New Red Dwarf Specials Confirmed19 September, 2008

New specials? Proper information? After all the rumours? Oh smeg yes. has the facts. As announced by Robert Llewellyn for Grant Naylor Productions this week at the UKTV seasonal press launch, the project is a short series of brand new specials to celebrate the 21st birthday of Red Dwarf.

Doug Naylor will be masterminding the four half-hour instalments, and the regular cast will all be reprising their iconic roles. They are being made by GNP for UKTV's free-to-air channel, Dave - our new best friends!

Red Dwarf repeats on Dave - including an anniversary weekend run - have picked up remarkable numbers since the channel was reborn on Freeview, and it's becoming clear to all concerned that the show is picking a new, third generation audience. With the usual involvement from Red Dwarf partners BBC Worldwide, you can also expect international broadcasts to follow (and, we'd imagine, a top-quality DVD release in the fullness of time).

It's very new news to me - I really only fully heard the details yesterday, Robert told comedian/host Michael McIntyre. We're doing four new shows with the original cast. Two of them are going to be, like, proper episodes of Red Dwarf. One of them is so exciting I've been asked not to say anything about that because other people will steal the idea - and it is a great idea, quite challenging for us as performers. And the other one is a kind of behind-the-scenes-y... the truth. There's been so many rumours and gossip about Red Dwarf, about whether there's going to be a movie and whether we all get on, all those things... The downside for me, which is just dawning on me now, is I've got to do the 'rubber' thing again, which I haven't done for ten years.

For the record, and direct from the makers, the details of the four shows right now - while wholly subject to change - are:

Show One - The Making Of The Specials
A highly entertaining look at what goes on behind the scenes on a Red Dwarf production.

Show Two - Red Dwarf Special: Part One
The cast get back into character, and costume, a decade on...

Show Three - Red Dwarf Special: Part Two
The adventure continues...

Show Four - A Clip Show With a Serious Difference
The cast do it their way. Red Dwarf as you have never, ever seen it before!

The shows will broadcast sometime in 2009 and, if successful, could pave the way for further Red Dwarf TV projects. Thanks to movie and broadcaster wrangles, Grant Naylor haven't been in a position to produce new Red Dwarf since Series VIII went out to audiences of over eight million in 1999. This exciting development suggests a new and shiny future for everyone's favourite sci-fi comedy.

To be kept in the loop as we cover the new production, register your email address with ( in the box at the bottom of the page.

The Boys from the Dwarf are back!
Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: saintangelsin on September 20, 2008, 06:08:32 PM
Smeggin' hell! That's some awesome news to hear. I grew up watching Red Dwarf on Maryland PBS. Oh how I miss spending Saturday nights watching all those episodes.
Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on September 20, 2008, 06:51:53 PM
I vaguely folded it into the Blake's 7 thread...,3476.msg91557.html#msg91557

I hate this news, because the show was a hideous train wreck after the sixth season.  We'll never get Red Dwarf as it was in the first few seasons...mainly because they're all rich and sober now, as opposed to child-molesting, car crashing, angry drunks glad for an acting job.

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Post by: nacho on January 27, 2009, 01:55:27 PM
God... And what's with the "No Holds Barred" episode?  Not only are they kicking a very, very, very dead horse, but then we're going to get awkward improv?

The show has been resurrected by digital channel Dave for a two-part Easter weekend special, which sees the cast finally return to Earth.

The new two-part series Red Dwarf: Back to Earth will be followed by a "no holds barred" episode without sets, special effects or autocue.

The weekend will climax with Red Dwarf: the Making of Back to Earth, a behind-the-scenes special from the new episodes.

Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on February 04, 2009, 01:54:56 PM
Cast shot --

So...wait... Rimmer's a hologram again?  Maybe they're throwing out the last season, eh?
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Post by: Nubbins on February 04, 2009, 01:58:19 PM
I have season 2 and 3 of this, I think.  Season 3 was pretty good, but the first few episodes of 2 were rough as hell.
Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on February 04, 2009, 02:01:58 PM
You haven't watched the whole series?  Oh man... It's a completely different show after season four.

And watch seasons one and two with the commentary track on.  It's (a) funnier than the show and (b) incredibly addictive.  Basically, they spent the first two seasons drunk and insane all the time.

Then they got big and did that minor reboot in season three.  And then they just wheeled off into great times.  Seasons four, five, and six are astounding.  Season seven is where they started to fall, and season eight is horrific (though more watchable than the first two).
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Post by: nacho on March 24, 2009, 06:41:38 PM
A "viral" video from Dave TV:

Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on April 08, 2009, 03:51:41 PM
So I'm pretty excited about this... The more I see the more it looks like classic RD...which is what I want.  No updates and fancy shit, please.  Just more of the same.

Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on April 10, 2009, 06:22:45 PM
Going to rush home and get this in me... After I consume plenty of wine.  I'm prepared to declare it holy and genius and look forward to tearfully posting about disappointment later tonight.
Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on April 11, 2009, 11:34:24 AM
Wow.  It really, really, really sucked.  But, then, so did the last two seasons a decade ago.

But I enjoyed the nostalgia factor.
Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on October 13, 2009, 01:29:14 PM they're going ahead with season 10.  Man, talk about kicking dead horses across several galaxies.

Meanwhile, this King of Awful Ideas gets the greenlight whilst Day of the Triffids and Survivors languishes in the vault?
Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: RottingCorpse on January 21, 2011, 03:24:36 PM (


...but shooting it in front of a live audience is going to make secrets hard in the Twitter-era.

My current tussles with the Linux command line have kept my radar swinging pretty slowly lately; therefore thanks to Mark C for pointing me to Robert Llewellyn's blog. Llewellyn, the presenter of Scrapheap Challenge for 10 years, but beloved of SF TV fans for playing servile robot Kryten in the BBC's Red Dwarf, has commented on the Daily Mail's joyous re-reporting of Craig Charles' announcement on Real Radio: TV channel Dave is planning a new series of the science-fiction comedy for 2012, in the wake of the channel's 2009 21st-anniversary specials, which proved hugely popular, with viewing figures that trumped BBC2 and C4 combined.

Speaking to presenters Ditchy and Salty on the Real Radio breakfast show, Craig Charles, who played Lister in Red Dwarf for most on the 1990s, and is currently featuring in Coronation Street, told listeners "They've just commissioned another series of Red Dwarf. We're gonna film at the end of November, December and January."

Commenting on the quality of the show, which was pretty poor in its early series but grew funnier and more inventive through the BBC's commitment to its potential, Charles said "We've gotta recapture the highlights like series 5, series six, that kind of stuff. If we can hit that mark then brilliant. There's no point doing it if it's a bit so-so." Hear hear!

Robert Llewellyn commented on the announcement at his blog:

"So, the thing is, the whole point was that I was told not to say anything. Doug [Naylor, show creator] told me, face to face, ‘don’t tweet this bobby. Not yet.’  So I didn’t. I was really good. I said nothing.

"Then I spend a day in my voice over cell and know nothing of the interview Craig had done on the radio, which was, it appears, picked up by the Daily Mail, which, as you know is my fave all time newspaper. Ahem.

"...So then I get back to my trusty lappy and there’s a great slew of tweets telling me that Craig has once again spilt the beans. You’ve got to love him, he knows how to spin the scoop. I’ve just spoken to Craig, he was as usual gloriously funny about it. He said, and I quote. ‘I did a radio interview and it just sort of slipped out.’ So yes, we are making a new series, commissioned by Dave, not a special or a movie or a one of dooberry. A full 6 half hour episodes of a brand new series."

Llewellyn notes, not necessarily without an air of trepidation, that the 2012 Red Dwarf is seriously considering shooting in front of a live studio audience, which hasn't happened for the show since 1998. And, as the actor points out, does anyone remember 1998? The pre-Twitter years...?

"The fear among the producers now is that it’s impossible to imagine an audience of around 400 people at the recording of a TV show like Red Dwarf, where nobody does a bit of a hint on Twitter, or sneaks a picture on Facebook or posts a bit of badly shot video on YouTube."

Perhaps the only solution is to do the show live, as the BBC did with David Tennant and The Quatermass Experiment 4 years back...? Otherwise the only reasonable solution is to confiscate the audience members' phones and execute them straight after the performance, which may put a dent in the show's comedy stylings.
Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on January 21, 2011, 04:44:38 PM



Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on April 11, 2011, 06:13:29 PM
Kill me now!

Red Dwarf: new series now 100% confirmed, due 2012
Seb Patrick

It's official: Dave has commissioned a new, six-episode run of Red Dwarf, which will be hitting our screens in the autumn of 2012...

Published on Apr 11, 2011
In the two years since Red Dwarf was last on the air in the shape of the Back To Earth specials, there have been a number of false starts and sort of announcements regarding the show's further future. This past weekend, however, Dwarfers were finally given definite, official reason to celebrate, with confirmation that a full six-episode series has been commissioned by digital channel Dave for broadcast in 2012.

Speaking to fans at his first appearance at the Dimension Jump convention in over a decade, writer/director/producer, Doug Naylor, was able to announce the news mere minutes before Dave put a press release online stating the same. For the first time, both producers and broadcaster were able to jointly confirm that a deal has been struck for six thirty-minute episodes (full half-hours, airing in a 40-minute slot), with the only outstanding matter being the cast members signing on the dotted line. "However," joked Naylor, "they've already agreed to do it in principle, so if they don't do it we'll just sue them."

Anticipating various questions from fans, Naylor went on to explain that the series is currently planned to shoot between November 2011 and January 2012, before a scheduled broadcast some time around September 2012. He also tackled the ever-present studio audience question, admitting that his own preference is to shoot the new episodes in front of an audience, but that the final decision rests with Dave, which he therefore intends to try and convince.

The wording of Dave's announcement also settled a long-standing uncertainty over the show's series numbering, confirming that Back to Earth is now considered the ninth series, as the new episodes will be known as Red Dwarf X.

Naylor later commented in a Q&A session that the 'nine years later' gap left between the end of Series VIII and the specials would likely be explained in some way by the new series, but more likely later on in the run than at the beginning. He also hinted that a return for the character of Holly could be on the cards, although refused to be drawn on whether Norman Lovett, Hattie Hayridge or both might be involved.

In a later, more informal chat session with fans, Naylor elaborated further on possible story ideas currently under consideration, dropping some tantalising hints.

In particular, delving into the family backgrounds of the lead characters seems like it may be a recurring theme. He suggested that there were plans afoot for Rimmer's brother, Frank, to make an appearance in some way, while a mooted return to the 'Lister is his own father' concept from Series VII sounded so brilliantly head-screwy (and Steven Moffat-esque), we don't really want to spoil it here.

There was even the suggestion that Series X might, for the first time, feature an underlying story arc across its episodes. Certainly, the impression seems to be that Naylor is well ahead on plotting an elaborate and involving story for the characters' return. We can only hope that the quality of the comedy will be up to scratch as well.
Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on September 23, 2011, 01:34:15 PM
Eight ways to save Red Dwarf:

The ultimate point of the article is also reason #1:  Let Red Dwarf rest in peace.
Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on July 23, 2012, 12:16:00 PM
Big Darkness...Soon Come....

Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: RottingCorpse on July 23, 2012, 08:53:17 PM
Was that made in 1993?
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Post by: nacho on July 24, 2012, 08:05:19 AM
Yeah...I worry that they're taking nostalgia a little too far. They did that for Back to Earth, as well...using the 1993 effects.
Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on July 24, 2012, 01:05:52 PM
Wow... And Den of out.
Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on August 23, 2012, 02:35:13 PM
The titles for season ten:

1. Trojan

2. Fathers and Sons

3. Lemons

4. Entanglement

5. Dear Dave

6. The Beginning

Rumor is that this is going to be it for RD. (The first episode of the series was called "The End," so that's what that rumor is based off of...)
Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on September 14, 2012, 05:56:37 PM
October 4th!

And, my god, they all look sooooo old....

Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on September 21, 2012, 11:50:24 AM
Man...they're reaching for the vintage Red Dwarf here... I can't decide if that's a mistake or not. the first few seasons do not stand the test of time... So do we embrace the simple nostalgia or...what?

Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on October 04, 2012, 10:59:14 AM
Tonight's the night.

The Guardian wrote a rave review... (Though also likening it to a successful reunion of an 90's boy band.)

I'm going on review blackout, though. For nostalgia's sake, I'm going to try and give it a chance.
Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on October 04, 2012, 09:42:29 PM
Holy shit... It's awesome.

It's like nostalgia masturbation, with a good production budget. It's like we're back to the early 90's again and here's this innocent, pure little sci-fi sitcom coming out of nowhere. There were actual laugh out loud moments, which Red Dwarf hasn't been able to do since season six.

Frankly, I'm amazed. After Back to Earth, I expected the worst possible shit... But this feels like we're picking up somewhere around the third or fourth season before RD lost its way.

Very happy right now.

Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: monkey! on October 10, 2012, 09:14:01 PM
Any chance of this appearing for download?
Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on October 10, 2012, 09:37:39 PM
Any chance of this appearing for download?

Yep! Tomorrow, probably.
Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on October 15, 2012, 08:56:28 PM
More of the same in episode two...which is fine. I'm so happy this doesn't suck. It's vintage Red Dwarf.

And, this episode, we mention Holly (though don't explain his absence and...I spent most of the episode wondering what happened to the Skutters).
Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on November 09, 2012, 12:24:20 AM
Oh man...the final episode is vintage RD. It's awesome. It makes me want to throw in the old discs and have at it. Especially once they're in the Blue Midget. It's pure Starbug-era Red Dwarf. It's amazing. They're channeling a show that's ten years gone.

The last episode also answers all the how they're still alive after season eight. Well, sort of. They make the usual joke out of not explaining it.

Very happy with season ten. I hope we get an 11... They've said no, but the ratings may sway them.

Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on October 23, 2013, 11:44:34 AM

Very happy with season ten. I hope we get an 11... They've said no, but the ratings may sway them.


We are officially making another series.

It will be sometime in 2014 but I can't be any more accurate than that because we simply don't know yet.

As far as the main cast are concerned, Chris, Danny, Craig and myself are all very committed to making another series, Doug Naylor is working on it like a man posessed but beyond that it's in the lap of the GELFS.
Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on May 05, 2015, 11:44:57 AM
Good news, everyone! Because if you miss the cosmic shenanigans of our four unlucky space explorers Lister, Rimmer, Kryten and Cat, they will be returning for two more seasons of the cult sci-fi comedy series Red Dwarf -- starting next year.

Dave (a UKTV cable channel) has announced that Red Dwarf XI and Red Dwarf XII will begin production in the fall. The new episodes are set to air in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

The last time we saw Chris Barrie as Rimmer, Craig Charles as Lister, Danny John-Jules as Cat and Robert Llewellyn as Kryten was three years ago in the 2012 six-part series Red Dwarf X; which was a followup to 2009’s successful Red Dwarf: Back to Earth.

Co-Produced by Grant Naylor Productions and Baby Cow Productions, Red Dwarf XI and XII will be penned and directed by series co-creator Doug Naylor, who said:

"Everyone at UKTV have been so supportive of Red Dwarf from the start of their involvement with the show... [they] 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."

UKTV’s commissioning editor Simon Lupton added that:

"Red Dwarf has superb talent attached; writing, directing and acting plus an expert team who absolutely know what they are doing when it comes to delivering a stand-out piece of television. It has a universal appeal that manages to touch long-standing fans and recruit new ones. It is fantastic to be collaborating with them again on the next phase of the Red Dwarf adventure."
Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on June 01, 2016, 10:36:16 PM
So...I went crazy and got the whole series (except Back to Earth -- THAT NEVER HAPPENED!!!!  :colbert:) and I've started to marathon it from the start. And... I'm ready for it. The rough edges of the first...uh...5 seasons...uh...and the last 3 seasons...are okay when you look at it as almost a historical art installation.

It's almost pure nostalgia now, but it's a good, warm sort of nostalgia.
Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on August 30, 2016, 11:54:12 AM
Red Dwarf 11!

Here are the episode synopses:

TWENTICA (Transmission date – 22nd September, 9.00pm)

The Dwarfers find themselves in an alternative version of America where modern technology is prohibited, making Rimmer and Kryten illegal. The Dwarfers infiltrate the tech savvy underground and try to bring down the authoritarian regime.

SAMSARA (Transmission date – 29th September, 9.00pm)

When the Dwarfers investigate a crashed ship at the bottom of an ocean moon, Lister and Cat become trapped together and Lister’s nightmare begins. Meantime Rimmer and Kryten discover the ship is controlled by a dark force.

GIVE AND TAKE (Transmission date – 6th October, 9.00pm)

After an altercation with a deranged droid Lister has his kidneys organ-napped. The only solution is to ask Cat, the most selfish creature in the universe, to give him one of his.

OFFICER RIMMER (Transmission date – 13th October, 9.00pm)

After a scandalous piece of good fortune Rimmer saves the life of a bio-printed Captain and is promoted, fulfilling his life-long dream of becoming an Officer. He immediately opens an Officer’s club, which is out of bounds to the lower orders, and uses the bio-printer to fill it with versions of himself.

KRYSIS (Transmission date – 20th October, 9.00pm)

Kryten has a mid-life crisis and changes his body cover from Mech grey to Ferrari red. The posse try and show him how much he’s achieved in life by taking him to visit a mechanoid from his old fleet.

CAN OF WORMS  (Transmission date – 27th October, 9.00pm)

Cat takes time off from being in love with himself to fall head over heels in love with a lady Cat with a big secret.
Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on September 23, 2016, 04:59:40 PM
Red Dwarf is the show that never grows up. Though, at this point, I'm wondering if that's good or bad. The first episode of Season 11 was fast and required intimate knowledge of a long ago episode. Which is great for the fans! But pretty much the opposite of a gateway episode.

It really feels like they're all just randomly making a few episodes every few years and consider it a sort of hobby.
Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on September 30, 2016, 11:13:07 AM
Loving this season of Red Dwarf. This show's revival is, weirdly, going backwards somehow. Season nine was bad, like the last seasons in the original run. Season 10 inched back to the sort-of in-between era. Season 11 feels like the best of season's three and four.

At this rate, season 12 will bring us full circle to repairing chicken soup dispensers. 
Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on October 07, 2016, 11:43:53 AM
Oh my god... Officer Rimmer was like an episode from the second or third season. Amazing and wonderful!
Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on October 25, 2016, 03:26:43 PM
Oh, for fuck's sake. And once you hear it you can't unhear it.
Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on November 05, 2016, 06:29:34 PM
Oh, god. The finale was great. Classic polymorph humor.

So we get six more episodes next spring, then two more seasons in 2017 and 2018, and then they're officially done. This revival has really been excellent, though. Just Keep It Simple, Stupid. A lesson for all the other reboots and reimaginings out there.
Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on October 07, 2017, 12:05:59 PM
A lousy copy of the first episode of season 12 has leaked. Premieres next Thursday, so I'm going to wait. I loved last season, though.

The big news? Holly's back!
Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on October 13, 2017, 03:57:20 PM
First episode of season 12 is great. Man, this show. It's probably the only show I'd recommend watching backwards.
Title: Re: Red Dwarf
Post by: nacho on April 13, 2020, 05:39:33 PM
Red Dwarf: The Promised Land (the unofficial season 13) is both amazing and terrible...for the same reasons!

We finally learn about what happened to the cats. This has been something fans have speculated jokingly about for 32 years and, in the movie, we get a snoot-full with a much larger than usual budget. It's well done, there are lots of laughs, and it's again wonderful to see the old crew together.

My problem: The show has ignored the fate of the cats for 32 years. Suddenly reviving deep track season one stuff for the movie feels a little bit like, oh, okay. Now you're finally running out of ideas. Even though we don't care about that! We just want to see everyone fuck up and take a bazokoid to a metamorph!

Anyway, not the worst Red Dwarf, not the best, but I remain loyal and am glad I got it. Keep it coming!