It’s still cold out­side...

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re­turn­ing SHOW! It spent many

years drift­ing in the wilder­ness, but now it’s safe to say that Red Dwarf is well and truly back. Af­ter 2012’s Red Dwarf X marked a spec­tac­u­lar re­turn to form, the show’s new earth home, Dave, picked up the show for two new six-part se­ries, the first of which airs in Septem­ber. But don’t ex­pect any rein­ven­tion of the wheel – it’ll still be Lis­ter, rim­mer, Kry­ten and the Cat wind­ing each other up in deep space.

“You’re still look­ing for a great char­ac­ter idea and how can it be ex­panded into a story, and that hasn’t changed at all,” says writer/ di­rec­tor/co-cre­ator Doug nay­lor. “it’s sci­ence fic­tion ideas that get you ex­cited and that’s just the same re­ally as in the early se­ries. Some­times we’ve gone down a drama route [in the past] be­cause we felt at the time that’s what we wanted to do, but i’ve al­ways been much more com­fort­able with Red Dwarf be­ing a com­edy slash sci­ence fic­tion – and maybe lean­ing very slightly to­wards silli­ness. i think that’s maybe where our strength is, and i think it’s also one of the rea­sons why the guys like per­form­ing in front of an au­di­ence so much, be­cause they love clown­ing.”

Se­ries XI and XII filmed back to back on ei­ther side of Christ­mas at Pinewood Stu­dios – pretty much next door to the Star Wars movies in a lit­tle epi­cen­tre of sci-fi. “it was so weird. Some of the Star Wars crew came to see the shows. they were re­ally nice, re­ally com­pli­men­tary. they said, ‘give us tick­ets, and then we’ll show you our sets.’ And we went, ‘Bril­liant!’ We gave them tick­ets. We didn’t hear from them again. Still wait­ing. Still wait­ing...”

Lis­ter, Kry­ten and the Cat de­cide on “which way?”

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