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Series XII is the twelfth series of Red Dwarf, following on from Series XI. Series XII aired on Dave from October to November 2017.

Like the previous series, it was produced by both UKTV Play, Grant Naylor Productions and Baby Cow Productions. Filming took place at Pinewood Studios almost immediately after Series XI in late 2015, with Series XII filmed in early 2016.

The Series XII DVD cover is reversible; one side shows the main characters as mechanoids (as in "Siliconia"); and the other side shows the new blue-tinged Science Room which has featured in Series XI and XII, with the older Holly (as in "Skipper") along the spine.

Series XII also has its own mobile game, Red Dwarf XII: The Game.

Announcements

On 2 May 2015 it was officially announced that two new series of Red Dwarf were commissioned by Dave. These once again featured the main cast of Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules, and Robert Llewellyn and were written and directed by Doug Naylor. Recording began for both series in October 2015 in front of a live audience, and the twelve produced episodes were broadcast in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Doug Naylor revealed at Dimension Jump XVII Nottingham that the shooting of Series XII would commence after a break of only three weeks after filming XI.[2]

Holly, as portrayed by Norman Lovett, returned in Series XII.[3]

Summary

The rest of the crew discover just how it feels to be Kryten when they're arrested by the Mechanoid Intergalactic Liberation Front. The Dwarfers come across a ship where criticism is illegal, and a space station where the crew have developed a cure for evil. When all the machines on Red Dwarf go on strike, Rimmer and Kryten hold a Presidential election, while the Cat faces an identity crisis like never before when he discovers he needs glasses. Lister discovers a simple update of the ship's latest software could be a matter of life or death. Finally, Rimmer decides to leave Red Dwarf in search of a parallel universe where he isn't such a massive loser.

Source: http://www.reddwarf.co.uk/news/2017/08/18/red-dwarf-xii/

Cast

Episodes

Six episodes have been commissioned for the series by Dave. On 11 August 2017, the episode titles and broadcast order were revealed on the official Red Dwarf website.[4]

Picture Title Original Airdate Episode #
Cured Cured 5 October 2017 (UKTV Play)
12 October 2017 (Dave)
68
The Dwarfers search for some tech to fix Starbug's faulty steering. They come across a Scientific Research Centre where several figures from history are recreated in the present and 'cured' of evil. Or are they?
Siliconia Siliconia 12 October 2017 (UKTV Play)
19 October 2017 (Dave)
69
The rest of the crew discover just how it feels to be Kryten when they're arrested by the Mechanoid Intergalactic Liberation Front.
Timewave Timewave 19 October 2017 (UKTV Play)
26 October 2017 (Dave)
70
A ship from the 23rd century is washed up from the past and the Dwarfers run into a crew where criticism is illegal.
Mechocracy Mechocracy 26 October 2017 (UKTV Play)
2 November 2017 (Dave)
71
When all the machines on Red Dwarf go on strike Rimmer and Kryten hold a Presidential election, while The Cat faces an identity crisis like never before when he discovers he needs glasses.
M-Corp M-Corp 2 November 2017 (UKTV Play)
9 November 2017
72
When the Dwarfers upload the latest software update they discover the Jupiter Mining Corporation, owners of Red Dwarf, have been bought by M Corp - a company that only allows products made by them to be visible to their employees.
Skipper Skipper 9 November 2017 (UKTV Play)
16 November 2017
73
Rimmer gets hold of a Quantum skipper and skips his way across the multi-verse looking for a dimension where he's not such a giant loser.

References

  1. http://www.reddwarf.co.uk/news/2017/08/18/red-dwarf-xii/
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb-9E7UxWJs
  3. http://www.denofgeek.com/uk/tv/red-dwarf/50584/red-dwarf-xii-episode-titles-revealed
  4. http://www.reddwarf.co.uk/news/2017/08/11/the-name-game/