Oh, Robert Llewellyn. You are a one man gun-jumping machine. This time, he’s turned up on the annoyingly-capitalised radio station talkSPORT, primarily to promote the forthcoming Fully Charged live shows. G&T regular Stephen Abootman was listening, and has very helpfully clipped up the part of the conversation that turned to our favourite show. Upon being asked by either Hawksbee or Jacobs whether he was “gonna do some more Red Dwarf“, Robert replied:
We are. We start Series XIII, which I can’t believe will be nearly 32 years since we started, which is quite daunting. So we’re all getting on a bit, but you know, we have such fun doing it. We’ve been working together recently and it is… I think none of us would do it any more if we didn’t get on, ’cause it’s such a difficult show to make. If you make a show that’s science-fiction, where everyone’s got loads of make-up on and props and difficult things, everything goes wrong. Mainly me and my brain not remembering what I’m supposed to say.
Well then. Quite the bombshell to drop and then swiftly move on from – perhaps having realised that he probably oughtn’t have – although the usual caveats apply that absolutely nothing is confirmed until we hear it from UKTV and/or GNP, despite what the inevitable deluge of semi-informed coverage will have you believe. But if we’re going to needlessly speculate, if it’s going to be “nearly 32 years since we started”, it’ll have to happen by the end of this year, presuming he doesn’t mean 32 years since he started.
I admit that I had got to a point where I thought a new series was unlikely, considering the drought of news over the last couple of years, but now I think we’ve experienced this period of time before. The recent sightings of the cast working together that Robert refers to could theoretically have been anything, but for him to specifically mention “Series XIII” seems pretty conclusive. We’re still keeping the bunting in the cupboard until it’s made official, but we’re putting the leftover bottles of piss-poor Leopard Lager in the fridge now.