Go back to the future with Red Dwarf
The smegging 10th series is on its way
After a 13-year hiatus, Red Dwarf is definitely back for a full series with all the old familiar faces, according to the reddwarf.co.uk website.
Red Dwarf X will be filmed in front of a studio audience at Shepperton Studios next month and in January 2012.
The official blurb for the series reads:
Red Dwarf returns for its first full series since 1999. Lister, Rimmer, Cat and Kryten face six exciting new adventures from the pen of Doug Naylor. The classic crew, the classic ship... with a brand new vision. The universe will never be the same...
And when they say Lister, Rimmer, Cat and Kryton are back, they do mean that Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules and Robert Llewellyn will return to the mining spaceship three million years into deep space.
Rumours had been circulating for some time that series 10 was on the way. You might be feeling a little confused about that as the last series back in 1999 was series eight. But this one's not series nine because of some sort of alternate reality mess in the mini-series Back to Earth, much discussed on this forum here.
You missed Red Dwarf, didn't you?
Free tickets for the studio audience went on offer at 2pm on Friday from Lost in TV and promptly got snapped up faster than you can say/sing "I'm gonna eat you little fishy...", at least as far as El Reg can tell from some mad refreshing for 30 mins or so on the day.
The series is tentatively slated for broadcast in September 2012 and will be shown on Dave. ®
You don't seem to have noticed that pretty much *all* British series are about 6 episodes... only recently, under pressure from the American ones, have they started to be stretched out.
Have you ever heard of 'filler' episodes? Clip show episodes? You'd be hard pressed to find them in British series, as the writers don't have to stretch 6 episodes worth of material into 24. It's about quality, not quantity... I'd much rather have 6 great episodes, than 24 so-so ones!
The universe will never be the same...
Whilst I, for one, welcome the return of our Smeg Head orelords, their universe will never be the same until Rob Grant gets back onto the writing team.
I was agreeing with you...
...right until you compared the god-awful unfunny Ricky Gervais to the comedy genuis of John Cleese. How anyone can find that man amusing for more than five minutes is beyond me; his one gag is an obnoxious persona, which appears to extend into real life, so much that he doesn't even seem to be acting in the first place.
Actually they are making series 10 to 15 in 5 episodes after accidentally mind-merging with the Firefox marketing department.
I've both excited and have a deep dark sense of impending doom.
I love the show... well, I love the first 5 series, like the 6th... think the 7th was a huge steaming turd and that the 8th if condensed into 3 episodes could be be quite good.
But I refuse to accept that the 'Back to Earth' series ever happened... it's a total... total... a word has yet to be invented to describe what it is, but it is one and a total one at that.
The good episodes were written by Doug Naylor and Rob Grant... once that partnership ended after series 6... it's been all downhill.
So this news comes with a deep dark sense of foreboding... a feeling that this could very well kill my fondness for the show entirely.