Yes, you have read it correctly, Red Dwarf will be coming back for a short series of specials. The following is from the reddwarf.co.uk website:
reddwarf.co.uk 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.
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The Boys from the Dwarf are back!
That's the best news, thanks so much DO!!
Wow...I mean...[act]sings the Rimmer song and dances[/act]
Lol! Shouldn't be more like the Tongue Tied song?
I knew this thread would get your attention!
That's the best smeggin news I've heard all week!! Thanks Dark One! You've made my day!
*joine Min in singing and dancing to the Rimmer Song*
It's cold outside, there's not type of atmosphere
I'm all alone, more or less...
Let me fly, far away from here! Fun fun fun.... in the sun sun sun.....
I want to lie, Shipwrecked and comotoase, Drinking fresh, Mango juice
[act]joins in the singing and dancing too[/act]
Yay for more Red Dwarf and yay for Dave!
Goldfish schools, nibbling at my toes!
Oh. My. God. 8-|
I don't know whether to cheer or cry...if they mess this up heads will roll.
For now I'll settle for cheering! :D
...fun fun fun.... in the sun sun sun....
HOtD, just cheer for now. We have many memories if it goes down the proverbial DUAL FLUSH system.
EEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! wow! can it really be!?!
This just cheered me up immensely ;D
Is it going to have kochanski? Cos i'd prefer it if it didn't...
Yay! :D I love Red Dwarf. Those episodes sound great.
That does sound awesome. I must admit, though, I didn't finish watching the last season (7?). It just didn't seem as funny. Also, I didn't have a television and my parents were bad at remembering to tape it. As you all appear to be fans, tell me, should I track it down and watch? Did it get better?
The last season was season 8. Althought the latter series' aren't considered as good, there are still some very funny moments in them.
As far as I am aware, all of the original cast are returning, which would most likely include Chloe Annette's character...
Hey Lol - I also remember getting a bit bored in seasons 6 and 7. But season 8 I really enjoyed. There was a lot of funny stuff in there! And the way it just cliffhangered at the end :P it was so a perfect Red Dwarf ending :)
That in mind I'm really interested to see where they start off. From where season 8 ended? Or, much further in the future? Hmm...
or they could just do the mock starwars thing like at the beginning of season 3 - when they had to expaling the new holly.
BTW - which holly is going to be in it?
I suspect that it will be Norman Lovett's Holly, as he was in Season 8. Hattie Haywards Holly disappeared after they lost the Dwarf
don't you mean starbug? They found the dwarf in season 8
Hmmm.... I'm going to have to watch season 7 - it's the only one i'm missing...
Nope. Once they lose the Dwarf, they lose contact with Holly, who doesn't appear again until the last few minutes of the last episode of season 7
woot! more dwarf im excited! wow thats great and right when i needed cheering up too.
i like the male holly better. the chick just wasnt as funny and the Queeg episode has me laugh just thinking of it
Hurrah :) let's hope it's better than Season VIII...
Haha, I just love how they'd "lost" a thing the size of a few cities! I'm so looking forward to it.
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The specials are due to start shooting in January 2009, with the broadcasts scheduled for later in the year