UK TV channel Dave just made millions of sci-fi fans around the world very happy, Red Dwarf will return for two brand new series with filming set to commence later this year. Red Dwarf co-creator and writer Doug Naylor made the announcement at the Dimension Jump XVIII convention; an official press release has now been put out that confirms all four leads will return.

“Co-produced by Grant Naylor Productions and Baby Cow Productions, Red Dwarf XI and XII are written and directed by Doug Naylor. The series once more reunites Chris Barrie as Rimmer, Craig Charles as Lister, Danny John-Jules as Cat and Robert Llewellyn as Kryten.”

Dave first revived Red Dwarf in 2009 for a three episode mini-series titled Back To Earth, the critical response was mixed, but the hardcore fans were thrilled to have the gang back together. Three years on from Back To Earth and Dave commissioned a full series that returned the show to its live studio setting. Doug Naylor revealed that a new series was originally talked about shortly after the tenth series was broadcast.  

"Steve North and everyone at UKTV have been so supportive of Red Dwarf from the start of their involvement with the show. Steve originally asked for more shows back in 2012, but 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."

Dave’s General Manager Steve North added; 

"Red Dwarf is a really important show for us and I'm delighted that we are bringing more new episodes to our viewers. Above all else it's a really funny show and one that is held in great affection by millions of people, including the Dave team. We've built up a great relationship over the years with Doug and the cast and it's a privilege to be working with them again.”

All 12 new episodes will be shot in one continuous back-to-back filming block with broadcast set for 2016 and 2017 respectively. Red Dwarf X was a return to form for the long-running sitcom, going back to basics the series rediscovered what worked about these beloved characters. By the time series 12 goes out, Red Dwarf will be just one year away from its 30th anniversary, and that is surely worth celebrating with a series 13.