That’s right all you smegheads out there, the Dwarfers are coming back for a 12th series later this year, and we now have our first official images from the upcoming series, and I must warn you, it’s rather alarming.
Oh and by the way, if you ever doubted that the show would return for yet another side-splitting series, then you are a total, total, total…a word has yet to be invented to describe how totally…whatever it is you are, but you are one, and a total, total one at that!
The cast have been teasing an episode for a long time, in which the crew comprising of Dave Lister, Arnold Rimmer, Kryten and Cat are all turned into mechanoids just like Kryten.
And if you have ever wondered what the three humanoid members of the crew would look like in full Kryten regalia, then you need wonder no longer, behold!
If you’ve ever listened to the hidden gem that is the cast’s commentary of the show on the DVDs, then you’d know that Robert Llewellyn has done quite a lot of complaining about the arduous task of filming in his suit and make up.
And after years of endurance from both sides (of Robert’s plight of wearing the costume and the other boys having to listen to him), they have finally found out just how uncomfortable it is!
Danny John-Jules, who plays Cat, said: “It was quite disturbing. The thing was we could only see your eyes, scary it actually looks like you in the mask. We ended up in the scenes, kind of staring at each other.
“The problem was, the sweat sort of collects under the mash but outside it was about -5 degrees, so we’d run out to get fresh air and then nearly die of pneumonia!”
Former Corrie star Craig Charles, who plays Dave Lister, said: “It was so uncomfortable, so hot; I thought I was crying at one point but I wasn’t, I was sweating through my eyes! Chris got ill wearing it.”
Chris Barrie, who plays Second Technician Arnold J. Rimmer, added: “It was brilliant in the morning, wasn’t it, but over lunch, sitting in it and waiting is always the hardest bit.
“When you’re working I’m not bothered about it, but when you’re having to wait, and you’re in the mask and you can’t do anything, you’re thinking ‘is this going to come off?!’”
On being mean and unsympathetic to Robert for all these years, Danny added: “28 years of guilt, of calling him a big wuss. We literally went out bowing to [Rob], because it was amazing.”
Robert said: “It was just the weirdest thing, they were absolutely them but they were all mechanoid versions of them, there’s no way of describing it.”
Red Dwarf will make its return on Dave this autumn for the 12th series. Craig Charles spoke to Digital Spy earlier this year and said that he “expects it to keep going after that.”
“I’m sure we’ll be doing more, having done these two series,” he said. “Because it’s right back to where we should be, it’s won comedy awards, so a lot of people appreciate what we did, and we’re really grateful for that.
“Because when you go and mess with a legacy like Red Dwarf, you’ve got to get it right. I think people were disappointed with series 9, but I quite liked it.
“People always go on about, ‘You’ve got to make the Red Dwarf movie,’ that was what a Red Dwarf movie would be like. So I say, let’s forget about the movie, let’s focus on Red Dwarf the sitcom, because it’s a sitcom.”
Craig also promised fans that the series 12 will be even better than the last. He said: “12 is stunning. It’s like saving the best till last, there. We’re really happy with the way it went, and it’s definitely back on form.”
“There’s a lot of energy, and a lot of great ideas. Doug Naylor is a genius writer. There’s that chemistry between the cast that you can’t teach.
“Some people say the secret to success of comedy is timing, it’s not. It’s energy. The energy was there, the energy was right. And we haven’t grown up, which is really important. We haven’t become world weary. We’re still enjoying it.
Series 8 was the final series to be broadcast on BBC in 1999, and after a ten year break, in which writer Doug Naylor tried to write and get the funds for the long-anticipated movie, the show returned for a three-show Easter special in 2009, which ended up becoming series 9.
After that, the show returned in the sitcom format, and series 10 was broadcast in 2012 to critical acclaim.
Series 11 was one of the most well received series of the entire run, having won the Best Returning TV Sitcom and Comedy of the Year for 2016 by readers for the British Comedy Guide.
The show also won an Emmy and Best BBC Comedy Series in 1994.