Confirmation of Series XI and XII
Actor Robert Llewellyn posted a blog in October 2013 insisting than "an eleventh series will happen" and that it will be "sometime in 2014". Llewellyn later removed the post and writer Doug Naylor played down suggestions that Series XI was definitely happening. Naylor did however say that, although XI hasn't been commissioned yet, he is still optimistic that it will, and that he is still looking at scripts.
In January 2014, Danny John-Jules confirmed in an interview to Digital Spy that Doug Naylor was currently in the process of writing Series XI, and that as the show's Series X brought in record ratings for UKTV's Dave channel and the cast have all expressed an interest in returning for Series XI, Naylor was still going ahead with writing XI (although Danny and Robert had been chastised by Doug for revealing secrets too early).
At the April 2014 Sci-Fi Scarborough Festival, during the Red Dwarf cast panel, Danny John-Jules said that Series XI had been green-lighted and commissioned by Dave, and that filming of the eleventh season would commence in October 2014, with an expected broadcast date of Autumn 2015.
On May 2, 2015 is was officially announced that two new series of Red Dwarf have been commissioned by Dave. These will once again feature the main cast of Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules, and Robert Llewellyn and will be written and directed by Doug Naylor. Recording will begin for both series in October 2015 in front of a live audience, and the twelve produced episodes will be broadcast in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Doug Naylor said of the new series: "Frustratingly it's taken until now to get our ducks in a row and all the boys available at the same time. Now they are, we're all absolutely delighted."
Doug Naylor also revealed additional details about Series XI at DJXVII, which were covered by the Twitter feed of Ganymede & Titan - although it should be stated that any of this information is early days yet, and still subject to change.
These included confirmation that the next two series will reuse the sets from Series X, instead of creating new sets (so we're likely to get the same Drive Room and sleeping quarters as those in Series X), since this will then allow the set budget to expand the scope to things like a new Starbug interior (which was not seen in Series X). The overall budget is "enough to tell the stories Doug wants to tell", and filming may be moving from Shepperton Studios (where RD has been filmed since Series III) to Pinewood Studios.
Doug hinted towards Holly and Kochanski episodes, but there is no confirmation on Norman Lovett, Hattie Hayridge or Chloë Annett returning, or any extended cast confirmed, as yet. There will be an episode where "everybody gets to be Kryten".
The following images related to the two upcoming series have been released through the official Red Dwarf website and twitter feeds of cast and crew.
"Two of the Dwarfers' dreams come true: Rimmer accidentally saves the life of a Space Corps Captain and is promoted to Officer, while Cat takes time off from being in love with himself to fall in love with a female Cat with a secret. Meantime, Lister wakes up to discover a deranged droid has stolen some of his body parts and Kryten has a mid-life crisis and considers leaving the Dwarfers for a younger crew. The posse also find themselves in an alternative America where modern technology is outlawed, making both Kryten and Rimmer illegal."
On the 5th August 2016, episode names and episode summaries for the six episodes in Series XI were released by the Official Red Dwarf website.
Episodes of Series XI were made avaliable online on UKTV Play a week prior to their broadcast on Dave.
|Picture||Title||Original Airdate||Episode #|
|Twentica|| 15 September 2016 (UKTV Play)|
22 September 2016 (Dave)
|The old mining ship Red Dwarf is still aimlessly drifting through three million years worth of Deep Space. In their latest attempt to get back to Earth, the boys from the Dwarf find themselves in an alternative version of America. Only here, modern technology is prohibited, making the very existence of the hologram Rimmer and the mechanoid Kryten illegal. The Dwarfers infiltrate the tech savvy underground and try to bring down the authoritarian regime.|
|Samsara|| 23 September 2016 (UKTV Play)|
29 September 2016 (Dave)
|When the Dwarfers investigate a crashed ship at the bottom of an ocean moon, Lister and the Cat become trapped together, and Lister's nightmare begins. Meantime, Rimmer and Kryten discover the ship is controlled by a dark force.|
|Give & Take|| 30 September 2016 (UKTV Play)|
6 October 2016 (Dave)
|After an altercation with a deranged droid, Lister has his kidneys organ-napped. The only solution is to ask the Cat, the most selfish creature in the universe, to give him one of his.|
|Officer Rimmer|| 7 October 2016 (UKTV Play)|
13 October 2016 (Dave)
|After a scandalous piece of good fortune, Rimmer saves the life of a bio-printed Space Corps Captain and is promoted, fulfilling his life-long dream of becoming an Officer. He immediately opens an Officer's Club, which is out of bounds to the lower orders, and uses the bio-printer to fill it with versions of himself.|
|Krysis|| 14 October 2016 (UKTV Play)|
20 October 2016 (Dave)
|Kryten has a mid-life crisis, and changes his body cover from Mech grey to Ferrari red. The Dwarfer posse try and show Kryten how much he's achieved in life, by taking him to visit a mechanoid from his old fleet.|
|Can of Worms|| 21 October 2016 (UKTV Play)|
27 October 2016 (Dave)
|The Cat takes time off from being in love with himself, to fall head over heels in love with a lady of his species with a big secret.|
- Craig Charles as Dave Lister
- Chris Barrie as Arnold Rimmer
- Danny John-Jules as The Cat
- Robert Llewellyn as Kryten
- ↑ http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/news/a525448/red-dwarf-series-11-still-not-commissioned-says-doug-naylor.html#~p6umNVmO9asrqa
- ↑ http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/news/a544203/red-dwarf-series-11-currently-being-written-says-danny-john-jules.html#~p6u6XBL1AMWvnd
- ↑ http://whatculture.com/tv/red-dwarf-season-11-confirmed-filming-date.php
- ↑ http://www.itv.com/news/2015-05-02/red-dwarf-ready-to-take-off-with-new-series/
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb-9E7UxWJs
- ↑ https://twitter.com/ganymedetitan
- ↑ http://www.reddwarf.co.uk/news/2015/05/08/all-that-reaction/
- ↑ http://www.reddwarf.co.uk/news/2016/08/05/running-order/