Red Dwarf is definitely coming back, on Dave. Or UK Gold. And it’s going to be a mix of old and new material. Or not. Now, from this point on, things get a little bit confusing…
As Somebody posted on our forum, The Guardian is reporting that four new episodes have been confirmed, featuring “a mix of new material and archive as its centre point”. There is some confusion about which of the UKTV channels this will be on – they say Dave in most places, but the soon-to-be-rebranded GOLD in others. Let’s hope it’s the former – Dave is free-to-air, but GOLD isn’t.
To be honest, if archive footage will be “the centre point” of all four episodes, this will be massively disappointing. But Off The Telly have quotes from Robert Llewellyn which would suggest something completely different.
We’re doing four new shows – two of them are going to be proper new episodes of Red Dwarf. [The third programme] is so exciting I’ve been asked not to say anything because other people will steal the idea. And it is a great idea, quite challenging for us as performers. The [final programme] is a kind of behind-the-scenes… the truth… there’s been so many rumours and gossip about Red Dwarf, so all those things.
This is intriguing. Two “proper new episodes” will surely be original material. The behind-the-scenes thing will obviously be archive stuff, but the other programme is a mystery. If it’s that exciting, it can’t just be a clip show, can it?
I literally have no idea what to think. Let’s hope TOS sheds some light on this on Friday. They can’t keep quiet again, can they?