UKTV’s entertainment channel, Dave, has announced it is once again returning to sci-fi classic, Red Dwarf as Red Dwarf XI and Red Dwarf XII begin production in the autumn before airing on Dave in 2016 and 2017.
The series once more reunites Chris Barrie as Rimmer, Craig Charles as Lister, Danny John-Jules as Cat and Robert Llewellyn as Kryten. In 2009 Dave made its first move into scripted comedy commissions with Red Dwarf: Back to Earth followed by a six-part series, Red Dwarf X in 2012. Red Dwarf: Back to Earth was the biggest ever non-terrestrial commission with over 2.6 million viewers tuning in to the UKTV channel to catch up with the four hapless space explorers as they returned to television for the first time since the BBC series ended a decade earlier. Red Dwarf X topped over 2 million viewers and never dipped below 1.6 million across the series.
“Red Dwarf is a really important show for us and I’m delighted that we are bringing more new episodes to our viewers. Above all else it’s a really funny show and one that is held in great affection by millions of people, including the Dave team. We’ve built up a great relationship over the years with Doug and the cast and it’s a privilege to be working with them again.” – Steve North, General Manager, Dave
To celebrate the announcement UKTV has added a bespoke collection of previous episodes, including the complete Red Dwarf X series, to its on demand service UKTV Play, which is available via the iOS or Android app, Virgin TV, YouView and at uktvplay.co.uk. Red Dwarf X will also be available as a box set on Sky Go and Sky Set-top boxes.
The former BBC Two series has enjoyed phenomenal success since it first aired in 1988. It brought in more than eight million viewers for series eight, sold over 11.5 million DVD and videos worldwide, broadcast in some 25 territories around the globe and won International Emmy and British Comedy Awards.
“Steve North and everyone at UKTV have been so supportive of Red Dwarf from the start of their involvement with the show. Steve originally asked for more shows back in 2012 but frustratingly it’s taken until now to get our ducks in a row and all the boys available at the same time. Now they are, we’re all absolutely delighted.” – Doug Naylor, Writer and Director, Red Dwalf