Andrew Ellard, via the TOS WebBoard, has given word that Tuesday 27th January is going to be a big day for Red Dwarf specials news.
Boys and girls, I would direct your attention tomorrow to one of the national newspapers, and later in the day to a great many websites which will be carrying Important News regarding the new Red Dwarf shows.
As you know, rd.co.uk updates of Fridays, at which point we’ll have our own take on things. But by then…well, you should be pretty stunned by what’s happening. Maybe.
So, what could he be referring to? Information on the plot for the new episodes or some brand new piece of information that will be completely unexpected? Keep an eye out tomorrow and be sure to report your findings/opinions in the comments section.
UPDATE: The news has broken early–the specials will feature the crew returning to Earth. More after the jump.
UPDATE II: The new episodes will be titled Red Dwarf: Back To Earth as revealed by the Telegraph.
Well, perhaps inevitably things have snuck out early. The Sun is now reporting that the specials will feature the return to Earth. Blimey. Here is the full text of the article:
RED Dwarf legend Lister will finally return to Earth in the forthcoming specials.
Craig Charles’s character was meant to be the last man in the universe in the spoof sci-fi show.
He gets his wish to go home in four new episodes on channel Dave at Easter — but there is a twist.
Chris Barrie, who plays hologram Rimmer, said: “Yes, Lister’s dream is about to come true. But like everything in Red Dwarf, nothing is straightforward.”
The specials mark a decade since the cult series ended.
First and foremost, I can give you a G&T exclusive: THIS IS GENUINE NEWS. The clue is in the fact that Andrew Ellard pretty much pre-confirmed the story and that The Sun have a quote from Chris Barrie. The issue here is certainly NOT the veracity of The Sun’s facts.
Secondly… well, I whole-heartedly welcome this news. The fact that the show only has two episodes to properly make its mark means that a strong theme needs to be present. Something that will draw people in and give the episodes something suitably big and important to drive the episodes. We now have that. What this means for the future of Dwarf is perhaps something that’s best left until we’ve actually seen the damn episodes, but I can’t imagine a situation where the story would be completely finished at the expense of the possibility of new episodes.
Finally, we also have mention of a twist. Oh, Chris you sly fox. Hopefully things will be clarified a little more this Friday, but it’s certainly something very interesting to chew on until then. I’m more than a little nervous about such talk, though… what in the name of God could it actually be?
I think I need a little lie down.