Friday, 6 February 2009

Red Dwarf News

Ah yes, now we're getting somewhere. The two new episodes of Red Dwarf that are set to air in April this year have finaly had some juicy little updates.

Red Dwarf is returning to Earth for a brand new two-part series. For 8 seasons Dave Lister wanted to return to his home planet and now, at last, he will. Reuniting Chris Barrie as Rimmer, Craig Charles as Lister, Danny John-Jules as Cat and Robert Llewellyn as Kryten, Red Dwarf: 'Back to Earth' will premier on Sky channel 'Dave' on Friday 10th April at 9pm.

Written and directed by Red Dwarf co-creator Doug Naylor, 'Red Dwarf: Back to Earth' will begin filming on Monday 16th February. Over the Easter Weekend 4 brand new episodes will air – the 2 episodes of Red Dwarf: Back to Earth will be followed by Red Dwarf: Unplugged which will deliver the cast of Red Dwarf as they’ve never been seen before – no sets, no effects… and no cue cards. The weekend will climax with Red Dwarf: the Making of Back to Earth, a behind the scenes special from the new production.

Below are the first two images to have been released by Dave showing both Lister (Craig Charles) from behind in his gear and the gang as they look now in 2009 ready for their April episodes. I can't frickin wait!

The UK newspaper 'The Sun' recently had a picture that perplexed a lot of Red Dwarf fans which was of a Starbug styled car on the set of Coronation Street... Fans were worried that the new episodes would have something to do with Craig Charles' part in Coronation Street as Lloyd and that somehow there was a connection to Lister (Lister's an actor in the Street? It's Lister's twin brother? Alternate Universe? Who knows). I believe this is actually part of a Comic Relief short that is being filmed which will air before the episodes and give some advertising to the new eps as well as giving us all a little laugh for the Comic Relief. I can't see the actual new eps having a solid link to the Street in any sensible way, but then we have seen a lot of strange stuff in RD before...

Starbug 1 on the Street!

If you weren't aware there was actually a US Red Dwarf pilot that was created back in 1992 (twice actually as the first pilot didn't go down too well... and neither did the second unfortunately...). The American show featured a new cast that really didn't resemble our beloved characters (except Robert Llewellyn who was the only original cast member to reprise his role as Kryten) and had a few different story lines specific to the re-boot. You can read all about it HERE but I thought I'd mention that apart from having some familiar faces (in the second pilot at least) I was completely shocked to hear that my beloved Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax from Star Trek DS9) was cast as the female version of The Cat! This was before her role on DS9 but it shocked me that she was going to be in it and that they'd changed Cat to a female... I really would have loved to see this series get the go ahead, even if it was crap!

US cast pic for Red Dwarf. Second pilot.

The supreme hotness that is Terry Farrell. Probably my top sci-fi babe, although thousands would probably disagree... To Hell with you all I say!!!

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