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In mid April 1989, I walked into a basement office in Denmark Street, London and met Rob Grant and Doug Naylor. They wanted me to play Kryten in their BBC series, Red Dwarf. I thought I'd be doing it for 6 weeks.

21 years later and it's still around. I think I can honestly say I didn't expect that.

We recorded the last full series of Red Dwarf for BBC 2 in 1998, 11 years later, in 2009 we recorded a 3 episode special for the Dave channel, titled 'Back to Earth.' Although some hardcore Red Dwarf fans were critical of the latest offering, it was generally very well received. It garnered the biggest audience Dave has ever had, it still holds the record for the biggest audience of any show on non terrestrial TV, or something like that. Dave is a cable and satellite only channel, or is it a digital channel, someone will tell me the correct descriptive term. Anyway, it did good.

In early 2010 Dave announced that they had commissioned Red Dwarf for a new series of 6 episodes. Doug Naylor has been writing the new scripts, none of the cast have seen them. I am in regular contact with Craig Chalres, Danny John Jules and Chris Barrie. We talk, we ask each other 'have you heard anything?' The answer is always no.

One of the reasons for the difficulty in shooting a new series is cast availability. As regular followers on Twitter will have surmised, I'm quite busy. However, along with Chris and Danny I have a schedule that is fairly flexible if I have enough warning. Craig on the other hand is a regular on Coronation Street and it's a lot more complicated for him. I would imagine that there has been a lot of talking going on regarding Craig's availability.

That said, we have all said we are up for doing another series. I know I am going to have to get rubbered up again. As the years pass, this is not getting any easier, it's a very debilitating experience spending day after day in a hot studio covered in rubber and plastic. I realise there may be some individuals who would pay good money to be so attired, I'm not one of them.

As soon as I hear any solid, confirmed, concrete news about a new series, I will post it here. I promise.

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Reader Comments (17)

Nice post and muchly appreciated good sir that you keep us up to date with all this latest news :) Red Dwarf and otherwise.

I can't imagine how long and tiring the process of becoming Kryten is but you're a legend in and out of the makeup, keep up the good work.

December 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJames Hare

When is 'Mammon, Robot Born Of Woman.' coming back?

December 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThrifty

Thanks for the update, good to hear from a (semi) official source.

i'll be loooking forward to release dates =))


December 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Robert, while I first 'discovered' you via the Wee Rouge One I have had the pleasure of watching or listening to you on numerous other bits and pieces - it is always a pleasure. Looking forward to a new series but really enjoying Car Pool, etc. Oh, and the Twitter. Seriously, your tweets are so much fun to follow along.

Apparently, I'm gushing about a bit. So, um, bye.

December 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris Hansen

Another series of RD would indeed be welcomed. Provided, of course, that the less than credible 'prison ship' scenario is not involved...
Otherwise, can't wait.

December 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDervheid

Hi Rob
I've been a massive fan of red dwarf for years and thanks for keeping us up to date with what's going on! Would be great to see a final series of red dwarf to tie everything up! I know there has been a lot of dispute between rob and doug in the past and robs decision to bow out at the end of series 6 after all it's success has always baffled me? I am sure it's comlicated and there were a lot of men
In suits involved but after reading a few of rob grants books you can see how massive his input is in the first 6 series. I know a sitcom isn't just about one liners and quick jokes but his one liners are genius and mixed with dougs sci fi expertise and story telling you get gold dust! I think he should just bite the bullet and get his arse back in a room with doug and help him out in a new script and send red dwarf out with a bang! Red dwarf is his creation too and he shouldnt just let fade away! Anyway enough ranting lol! Loving the blogs and keep up the funny tweets!


December 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter@mikeo1uk

We'd all love to see Red Dwarf continue and especially to see a happy conclusion to the story, I believe in the books Earth was turned into a garbage dump and then transformed by smart cockroaches back to its former glory once Lister contacted them, should prove for a very interesting tale indeed.

December 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Hi Rob,
<gush mode>I think that I'm not alone in welcoming another Red Dwarf. I've loved it for many years.
I really enjoyed the last 3 parter too. More dwarf, oh god yes please</gush mode>

love scrapheap, love car pool. But you guys make an awesome team.


(am I selfish asking you to don rubber one again for my Kriten fix?)

December 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJason

I've always been a big Red Dwarf fan here and really love your character Kryten! Brilliant! Collected a lot of merchandise back in the 90s too.

Anyway, my four year old son is also a big fan of your's. A liitle too young for RD of course, but he is a massive Scrapheap Challlenge fan. There are a multitude of the episodes on ABC iView online here in Australia, and repeats on the telly of course. Between you and Richard Hammond's Blast Lab, he's been watching way too much TV!

But please, if they do bring Red Dwarf back, please tell them we prefer an audience reaction/above average laugh track to go with it. Yes, we get where the jokes are, but you still can't beat the feeling that you filmed most of the show in front of an audience. :)

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Hi Rob

I'd like to join in the comments above welcoming a new series of Red Dwarf. I've been a huge fan of the show since it first aired in the 80's, and sometimes there just isn't too much of a good thing :)


January 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony

The problem with the Dave special is it was not funny enough. Half a writing team is like half a football, not very useful, a bit poor really.

January 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Whittle

Great news to hear about the new series. On live audience spoilers, have been to a few tapings of shows like The Big Bang Theory in the states, which have the same problem (if having great fans can be called that). You always have to give up cellphones and any cameras at a checkin area and are reminded that there is no photography. Everyone tends to understand why and is pretty ok with it. This doesn't prevent any blogs etc but it does mean that most spoilers are along the line of " I had a great time" with maybe a description of the storyline. Which is understandably a little annoying if you guys want to catch us unaware's, but will not stop any fan watching the show (Which I think is what the execs are worried about). All in all, I'd say it's not as much of a problem as it's sometimes made out to be.

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpaulgeekuk

THIS IS SO EXITING!!! I have watched every episode of red dwarf (including B2E) at least twice, seasons 5 and 6 every episode like 4 or 5 times, I love this show! And I am a nerd who keeps checking google for any news at all concerning my faveourate show! Thank you so much for posting this it is great to here news that is official! :D :D :D

One question; Do you know if the season 8 cliff hanger will be explained?


January 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTabitha

Funny thing happened when I visited this blog.
I'm sitting on my living room sofa, Android phone in hand just starting reading the blog when a certain gentleman pops up on the TV on the programme - "How do they do that?".

My question is - "How did he do that?" :)

P.S. Love carpool, an unusual and to my surprise very interesting programme.
I'm a 50 years old Scot and a long term sci-fi fan (so a RD fan of course) and I find a lot in common with Roberts comments on Life now we're both middle-aged. So I guess, count me in as one of your admirers.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStuart Halliday


very very excited for the new series. me and my best friend watch reddwarf everyweekend without fail. even if its just the one episode. we did like the special seires but did think it was as good as seires 5 and 6. as Charles said, thats the mark you need to be hitting in the new series (obviously thats down to the writing) any... i was wondering whom i would need to get in contact with the a ticket to be in the live studio audience? as i would love to be there like every other red dwarf fan. Also bit of a tip. dont use CGI it takes away that cheesey Red-Dwarfesk from the show. especally CGI scutters. that was awful :/ set i can understand but keep it cheap and cheesey :P if you need somone to play a monster then give me a shout hahahaa!

love your work and kryten is both my friend and my favourate Character. I bought him a T-shirt for his birthday saying 'Spin my nipple nuts and send me to Alaska' with two robot nuts on the nipples. you can get these of Ebay.

thank you

Ashley Walsh

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