It was always going to be difficult to keep secrets quiet when there’s a year-and-a-half gap between an audience recording and an episode being broadcast. The fans who attended those Series XII recordings have done their part admirably, with very little – if any – information leaked on forums or social media. The same can’t be said for those involved in the show, however, as we’ve previously detailed. And today, something that’s been mentioned a handful of times prior to now if you know where to look on Twitter and Facebook has finally reached a mainstream comedy website, and we feel that there’s very little point in us continuing to ignore it.
Yes, Chortle are reporting – and this is your last chance to stop reading if you don’t want to see something that you probably already know – that…
…Norman Lovett will return to Red Dwarf in Series XII. What we’ve learned here is that if you want something kept secret, don’t mention it to Norman Lovett. He’s been blabbing about his involvement at every convention he’s attended since last year, and has been happily telling all to fans at his stand-up gigs. The only surprise about this story gaining traction is that it hasn’t happened sooner, given that the cat first peeped out of the bag on the very night of the recording. Since then, the bag has proven a wholly inadequate vessel for this particular cat, who has been clawing away at the bag’s innards tirelessly ever since, and has now broken out of the bag and ran for several hundred miles in the opposite direction of the bag, but not before shitting on the bag for good measure.
For what it’s worth, we’re still going to keep our end of the bargain and not report on any details that we know from the audience nights – our spoiler policy is still in place. Personally, I wasn’t at this particular recording, but I am both intrigued by how exactly this will play out, and annoyed that it’s not Hattie Hayridge instead. But mostly just fed up that – once again – the fans have been diligently and obediently respecting the production’s wishes by keeping secrets such as this to themselves, only for someone who should know better to reveal absolutely everything on an actual stage, in front of a paying audience AND journalists. We resisted the urge to bring the tiny whispers to a wider audience, but it’s impossible to keep this quiet now.