It’s still cold outside...
SEASON XI UK BROADCAST Dave from September US BROADCAST TBC
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?”