News: Two New Series of Red Dwarf Confirmed

Red Dwarf

Two new series of Red Dwarf have been confirmed today. Writer Doug Naylor made the announcement at the Red Dwarf Convention #DJXVIII – Dimension Jump XVIII, at the  Crowne Plaza in Nottingham.

Red Dwarf XI and XII will begin production in the autumn before airing on Dave in 2016 and 2017. The programme will reunite the original team of Craig Charles, Robert Llewellyn, Danny John-Jules and Chris Barrie as hapless space travellers Lister, Kryten, Cat and Rimmer.

Doug Naylor said: “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.”

Steve North, General Manager, Dave, said: “Red Dwarf is a really important show for us and I’m delighted that we are bringing more new episodes to our viewers. Above all else it’s a really funny show and one that is held in great affection by millions of people, including the Dave team. We’ve built up a great relationship over the years with Doug and the cast and it’s a privilege to be working with them again.”

The eleventh and twelve series of the Emmy Award winning comedy mark the continuation of the programme’s relationship with Dave which started in 2009 with Red Dwarf: Back to Earth, followed by a six-part series, Red Dwarf X in 2012.

Red Dwarf: Back to Earth was the biggest ever non-terrestrial commission with over 2.6 million viewers tuning in to catch up with the four hapless space explorers as they returned to television for the first time since the BBC series ended a decade earlier. Red Dwarf X topped over 2 million viewers and never dipped below 1.6 million across the series.

To celebrate the announcement UKTV has added a bespoke collection of previous episodes, including the complete Red Dwarf X series, to its on demand service UKTV Play, which is available via the iOS or Android app, Virgin TV, YouView and at uktvplay.co.uk. Red Dwarf X will also be available as a box set on Sky Go and Sky Set-top boxes.  

Red Dwarf XI and XII are commissioned by Richard Watsham, Director of Commissioning at UKTV, ordered by Dave General Manager, Steve North and will be overseen and executive produced for UKTV by Simon Lupton, Commissioning Editor at UKTV. The Executive Producer for the production company is Baby Cow's Henry Normal, and the Series Producers are Richard Naylor and Kerry Waddell.

Bruce Dessau is the co-author of The Official Red Dwarf Companion, available here.

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