Well, the biscuit factory bit is pure speculation, but it would appear that Doug Naylor is cheating on us. He’s got a new sitcom in the works, for BBC One, of all things. The first indication came via Doug’s tweet on Monday 10th February:
Off for casting session with @RichardDGNaylor for new sit-com starring two guys with initials HD + NM for channel with initials BBC O.
Well then. I, for one, can’t wait to see the new sit-com starring former Everton players Harry Dawson and Nigel Martyn. Or possibly comedy actors Hugh Dennis and Neil Morrissey. Let’s sit tight and see which of these pairs Doug has gone for.
At first, it wasn’t clear how far along the commissioning route this project had progressed, but according to Naylor Junior’s subsequent tweet on Wednesday 12th February, things are happening imminently:
Great meeting this morning with the star of @DougRDNaylor ‘s new sitcom for BBC1. Start pre-production on Monday. Can’t wait!
That escalated quickly. To get to a stage where pre-production can begin has presumably taken a lot of work, which would explain why things have gone a little quiet on the Red Dwarf XI front. Probably best not to expect any announcements from UKTV in the near future, but you never know.
Never mind, though – congrats to Doug for getting the BBC interested in the type of audience he can attract once more. We will look forward to this with keen interest.