The cult classic comedic genius television show that is Red Dwarf, is returning to television.
Yes, you read that right. There will be another chapter in the fantastic Red Dwarf series.
The hit British television series began airing in 1988. In it, a rag tag crew sails through space encountering increasingly strange scenarios. Dave Lister, the last human alive. His android arch-nemesis, Arnold Rimmer. A creature than evolved from Lister’s cat. And a mechanoid with a head shaped like a freak formation of mashed potatoes.
The cult classic television sitcom ran for eleven seasons, and a special mini-series. Now, Red Dwarf is returning to television – as a movie. Yes, that’s right, there will finally be a Red Dwarf feature length film. Something that the shows creators, Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, have been talking about since as far back as 1997.
In a nutshell; Three million years ago, David Lister, a vending machine repairman, was sentenced to 18 months in suspended animation for smuggling his pregnant cat aboard the mining ship Red Dwarf. While Lister remained in stasis, a radiation leak killed the rest of the crew. Safely sealed in the hold, the cats evolved into humanoid form. The cats now roam deep space in a fleet of their own. This special sees the crew meet three cat clerics who worship Lister as their God. Lister vows to help them as they’re being hunted by a the ruthless feral cat. This leader of the cats, who has vowed to wipe out all cats who worship anyone but him.
It would seem that this film will echo back to the debut of the series. Where we originally learn about the people that evolved from this smuggled cat. From this episode, the Cat becomes a key part of the quirky hit show. Amazingly, the entire original cast will be returning for this new adaptation. Smashing! Yeeesss! Boys from the dwarf!
“I’m absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity of making more Red Dwarf,” said Doug Naylor. “UKTV has been a never-ending source of support and encouragement since we first started working together ten years ago. Can’t wait to start shooting a format that I don’t think has ever been done before. Smoke me a kipper, we’re back and not just for breakfast.”
The Red Dwarf film, titled “The Promised Land”, will air on April 9th, 2020 on Dave. (That’s a UK television channel, not a person)