Red Dwarf, the long-running sci-fi sitcom, is set to return to Dave in 2020 with an all new feature-length adventure.
An announcement confirming the news on the official Red Dwarf website said: “The wait is over. We’re delighted to announce that Red Dwarf will return to Dave next year for its first ever feature-length special. Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules and Robert Llewellyn are back as Lister, Rimmer, The Cat and Kryten, in an all-new story written and directed by Doug Naylor and produced by Baby Cow Productions.”
“I’m absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity of making more Red Dwarf,” said Naylor. “UKTV have been a never-ending source of support and encouragement since we first started working together ten years ago. Can’t wait to start shooting a format that I don’t think has ever been done before. Smoke me a kipper, we’re back and not just for breakfast.”
The special will be filmed this December on location this and at Pinewood Studios in front of a live studio audience, and is produced by Richard Naylor. Christine Langan is executive producer for Baby Cow.
Additionally UKTV has commissioned a series of Red Dwarf retrospectives – three 60-minute documentaries which will offer fans the definitive story of the show from day one right up to now. These retrospectives, produced by North One, will include a wealth of rare and unbroadcast material, as well as new interviews with cast and crew.
“Our relationship with Red Dwarf has been incredibly fruitful and satisfying so far,” said UKTV’s Head of Scripted Pete Thornton, “and it’s been a real pleasure to see the cast and crew fully committed and seemingly enjoying themselves more than ever in the run up to this latest production. We’ve been talking to Doug and the team about how to take Red Dwarf forward and the special clearly offers us an exciting next step. It’s going to be a proper event in the history of the series.”
“I am a huge, life-long fan of Red Dwarf and I still re-watch it and re-read the books regularly to this day,” added Luke Hales, Dave’s channel director. “So it goes without saying that it gives me huge pleasure to be a part of the team this time around. I am as excited about this one as a viewer as I am in my role as channel director on Dave. The episodes we’ve made for the channel so far have been brilliant, and what a way to welcome it back too, with a feature-length special and three-part look back at the show’s history. We at the Dave team literally cannot wait to bring this huge treat to our viewers.”
Red Dwarf aired for 8 seasons on BBC 2 between 1988 and 1999. dave brought the show back on TV in 2009, where it has so far produced 4 additional seasons.