TWO new series! News Craig Charles. The radio. Thursday night/Friday morning (sorry for being a bit slow on the uptake!) After the jump for a transcript stolen from Somebody and an audio clip. “…the Smegheads are a thing from… em…, it’s from the Red Dwarf days, isn’t it? Which I can now announce – we’re going to be doing two more series of it. Starting in January next year.” [Production guy, muffled since he clearly doesn’t have a mic, asks something like “Is that like a proper exclusive?”] “That is an exclusive mate! What d’y’think?” [Production guy: “That’s pretty impressive.”] “Gone a bit nervous.” [Pg: “Were you meant… are you allowed to say that?] “Emmm… no. But I got the call today and it said ‘Craig, can you do it in January?’ I said ‘Yeah, I’ll sort it out.’ So I will be able to do it in January and… emm… I’m a bit nervous though – I don’t know if I’ll be able to fit into leather trousers anymore.” Audio clip here. A few points, then: FUCKiNG YES. When Craig says “starting in January next year” I think we can safely assume he means shooting rather than broadcast. Considering Back to Earth was filming at a similar time in 2009 it’s not entirely unreasonable to assume that Easter next year is a possible broadcast time for the first of these new series. Well, I say “the first of the new series” as if I have a single fucking clue, but the assumption I’m taking from this news is tat it’s one shooting period for two separate series. It seems quite unusual, but given the comments made about Craig’s availability in the past, not a bad idea at all. Will these be two full size (by which I mean at least 6 episodes) or two mini-series? I suspect they’ll be full as other shows (i.e. Doctor Who) shoot 13 or 14 episodes a year because it’s more budget efficient. So, there we have it. Once again major a announcement has come from one of the cast when it clearly was not supposed to. But, well, it wouldn’t be as fun if it was any different. In 2011 two new series of Red Dwarf will be shot and, some time later, broadcast. Craig Charles has already confirmed his availability and the rest, you assume, will follow. There’s little else to say at moment except “FUCKING BRILLIANT!” and “bring back Hattie, plz”. It’s started, everyone. Stay tuned.