The Return of Red Dwarf
What on Earth is happening with Red Dwarf? Well there appears to be life on mars with news regarding its continuation. However alien it may seem…okay I’ll stop now. This is slowly turning into The Sun.
Last February, at the SFX Lost Weekender, Craig Charles announced that the classic series was to return. And there was silence. UKTV, owners of Dave, refused to comment on the matter until it was officially greenlit. The official website of Red Dwarf was equally quiet on the news.
However, co-creater Doug Naylor confirmed to fans that a new series of Red Dwarf would be aired on Dave in late 2012, with filming taking place in late 2011 and early 2012. Now, Danny John-Jules, who plays Cat, has revealed news regarding the show’s 10th series. The cast will be recording six new half-hour episodes in November in front of – wait for it – a live studio audience.
"We've gone back to our original format, for obvious reasons. Everyone missed the studio audience bit.”
"It's a different rhythm when you've got a studio audience and I like that. You get the timing and you get that thing where you can hear the audience waiting for the punchline. Or sometimes you catch them out and it just smacks them in the face.
"There's always that bit of fear that you're going to screw up the best gag in the show in front of the audience. It sorts the men out from the boys, let's put it that way."
The actor admitted that the cast have not seen any scripts yet but says it is no cause for concern because ‘There’s never been any question about the scripts. Usually we all just read them and go ‘wow’.’
The recent specials of Red Dwarf called Back to Earth received record ratings for Freeview channel Dave with around 3.5 million viewers.