Red Dwarf returns with two new seasons, starting in 2016
The classic British sci-fi/comedy Red Dwarf simply refuses to die. After a four year absence, the British network Dave (part of UKTV) has commissioned two new seasons of the show, set to air in 2016 and 2017.
According to The Independent, the two seasons will be shot back-to-back later this year. The four primary cast members – Chris Barrie (Rimmer), Craig Charles (Lister), Danny John-Jules (Cat), and Robert Llewellyn (Kryten) – are all set to return.
The show will be overseen by series co-creator Doug Naylor, who has been planning on a return since the tenth season, which aired in the 2012.
Red Dwarf first aired on BBC Two in 1988, and quickly became a hit on its way to becoming one of the best known British comedies around. I even spawned a really, really awful American spin-off which mercifully didn’t make it past the first episode. Red Dwarf continued to air consistently until 1993, when it took a four year break before returning in 1997. It aired once more for what was at the time thought to be its final season.
A decade later, the fledgling British TV network Dave commissioned a three episode return, known as Back to Earth, clearing the way for more. Following the six episode tenth season more episodes were planned, but the timing hasn’t been right until now.
“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,” Naylor said.
One of the toughest people to lock down has been Charles, who for the last decade has been a fixture on the long-running soap opera, Coronation Street. Charles will be leaving the show later this year to focus on Red Dwarf.
“I feel I owe it to my colleagues on Red Dwarf to join them in filming the new series and finding out what is in store for Lister and the others,” Charles told The Independent. “I would love to return to Coronation Street at some point in the future.”
Beyond that, not many details have been revealed regarding the new seasons. Although it hasn’t officially been confirmed, the new seasons will likely follow the previous formats and stick with six episodes per season.
Filming on Red Dwarf seasons 11 and 12 are expected to begin later this year.