OFFICIAL: Legal dispute resolved News Posted by Ian Symes on 10th March 2023, 12:00 Just a few short weeks ago, we had all but given up hope that this day would come. And yet here we are – following the promising yet inconclusive joint anniversary message from Rob and Doug, we have a brand new statement from the pair, and it’s exactly what we wanted to hear. Rob Grant and Doug Naylor are delighted to announce that the ongoing dispute over the Red Dwarf rights has been resolved. Moving onwards and upwards Rob and Doug hope to launch separate iterations of Red Dwarf across various media, working again with the cast and other valued partners, and wish each other the very best. Smoke a kipper, Red Dwarf will be back for breakfast!! Well then. The dark times are over. After more than two years of silence and speculation, the impasse has been broken. We still don’t know the details of exactly what they were disputing, and what compromises had to be made to get to this point. Perhaps we never will know, and perhaps that’s for the best. We’re just glad that it’s seemingly all behind us, and all we can say is that we hope it wasn’t as painful for the guys as it looked from the outside. A brief search of Companies House reveals a few more details. Firstly, Doug has been reinstated as a director of the company, which restores some sense of order to this chaotic new world. In all the kerfuffle, Paul Jackson and Lesley Armitage (widow of Charles) are no longer directors, leaving Rob and Doug as the only two “persons with significant control” of the company. Based on these documents, it seems like it’s now a 50-50 split between the two of them, but much more excitingly, that’s also the case for the franchise itself. Ever since the mid-90s, it’s seemed like there was very little chance of ever getting Rob & Doug Dwarf again, and whatever slim possibility there was has been completely evaporated by this whole process. This legal battle stopped us getting *any* Dwarf for three long years, but we’ve come out the other side with the absolute best case scenario. Not Rob & Doug Dwarf, but Rob Dwarf AND Doug Dwarf. Many, many people have been clamouring for Rob to return to the fold for decades, but we were never comfortable with the idea that his involvement would be at the expense of Doug’s. Now it doesn’t have to be – they’re both going to pursue their own versions simultaneously. There’ll be two Red Dwarfs. One the week and one for Sunday best. It feels like everything’s still up in the air, but our best guess for what happens next is that Doug continues to make Dwarf for the telly (presumably the “valued partners” mentioned in the statement include UKTV and Baby Cow), carrying on the “prime” Red Dwarf universe that runs from The End to The Promised Land and hopefully beyond. Which leaves Rob in charge of… well, anything else, really. Whatever his buttski can produce first. A new novel would be lovely. We wouldn’t say no to audios or animations. Comics? Games? Spin-offs? A whole new alternative Series VII, taking place in the Into The Gloop universe? It’s our fond hope that both Rob and Doug have spent the last three years stockpiling ideas, and are just bursting to get them out there. But we’re realistic. We’re Red Dwarf fans. It’s never been a smooth experience; even before all this kerfuffle, production has always been beset by delays and disasters of all kinds. Just because they can make new Dwarf now, doesn’t mean they’re in a position to do so immediately. Or indeed ever. But hey, we’ve just spent two years firmly believing that our favourite show was dead and buried, destroyed forever by a dispute between the two geniuses who created it in the first place. Let us dream. Star Trek has got multiple new series on the go. Star Wars and Marvel are relentlessly making new stuff in various mediums. Doctor Who is set to follow their lead and expand its universe in all of the directions it can whizz. Why not Red Dwarf? Let us dream.