New special? Stage show happening? New Doug and cast projects? Who’s eating this chicken? News Posted by Ian Symes on 12th September 2021, 12:50 You join us live from Sunday lunchtime at Dimension Jump XXI, and as the cockroaches have finally finished their incessant shuffling, we’re able to bring you an update on what happened last night. For the first time in a long time, Doug Naylor is not attending in person, which we presume is due to, you know, all that stuff. Nevertheless, he sent in a video message which was played betwixt costume competition and auction as part of the Saturday night entertainment, and it was both extremely positive and surprising in its content. With thanks to Si Bromley for sneakily filming it on his phone, here’s a full transcript of what was said: Hi everyone, just a quick message to say I hope you all have an incredible weekend at Dimension Jump. I’m really sad not to be able to be with you this year. In case anyone was in any doubt, the posse and I all want to make more Red Dwarf and just as importantly, so does a certain broadcaster, so hopefully for when the various issues are resolved, we’ll be able to get back to doing what we’ve been doing for the past 30 plus years, and that’s making Red Dwarf. That also goes for the brand new stage show, which a well known impresario has wanted me to write for the posse since 2015. The plan’s always been to stage it at the O2, which obviously is incredibly exciting. Everyone knowing their lines, no mistakes, seamless, amazing, piece of theatre… Absolutely guaranteed. That could be really quite something, quite a night(s). Also looking to the future, I’ve written some TV specials, the first is a 90-minute film starring the guys as fictitious versions of themselves, because everyone’s so very different, as we all know, from their Red Dwarf characters. It’s called Out Of The Red. It’s a story about how they get involved in a worldwide conspiracy, made in the present day. I think it gives a new element to the guys’ chemistry, and you know, it’ll run a bit different and a new way to go. I’m also writing the next Red Dwarf special, which fingers crossed, will all go through and I’ve also just finished writing a brand new science fiction comedy drama and that will be coming along soon and I wish you all enjoy. Thanks as always for your incredible support. Thanks also to Joey and everyone at the Fan Club for putting in so much work and making this event so memorable and giving you such a great time. The Promised Land continues to be the best watched show on UKTV in the last nine years, which proves I think that there is still life in the old mining ship yet. Take care, keep well, keep safe and hope to see you next time. All the best, cheers, bye! Now then. We remain confused and upset about the “various issues” that Doug alludes to, but all we can do is remain hopeful that they can be resolved, no matter how difficult it seems to be at times. And so if the situation gets sorted, it seems like there’s going to be lots to be getting on with. The stage show idea limps on – whether it will ever see the light of day is another matter, but it’s clearly still being discussed. More pressingly, confirmation that Doug is indeed working on a new special (not a series), following on from Paul Jackson’s comments in February stating that Doug will be writer, director and executive producer on any new Dwarf commission. Absolutely everyone wants this to happen, by all accounts, so, you know… sort it out lads, please. Regardless of this, it seems like Doug is also working on some new non-Dwarfy projects, which if nothing else will be a good insurance policy if it turns out he can’t make new Dwarf after all. There’s certainly been rumblings before about the cast working together on something new, and it looks like they’re going down the comedians-playing-themselves path. Back To Earth II: This Time It’s A Global Conspiracy Of Some Sort. All this plus a separate new sci-fi comedy drama, providing three genres for the price of one. Absolutely none of this is guaranteed to happen of course; as Red Dwarf fans, we’ve learned over the years not to get too excited about anything until there’s a proper official announcement from TOS and/or a broadcaster, but it’s nevertheless a much appreciated update on the current thinking behind the scenes. There has been a slightly nervous air around the Nottingham Crown Plaza this year, with hushed mentions of “the legal situation” and much speculation as to whether The Promised Land will ultimately turn out to be the last episode ever. At least now we know that plans are being put in place, and that the future of Red Dwarf is still very much a going concern.