Red Dwarf X Trailer: Six Episode Final Series Arriving September

Back To Earth, the three-part Red Dwarf series that appeared back in 2011 was, well, a bit rubbish. I'm not sure what series co-creator Doug Naylor was trying to accomplish with the official bookend to the venerable sci-fi comedy, but whatever it was, it didn't work. Last month, it was announced that UK channel Dave had commissioned another six episodes, set to debut sometime next month. I was scared initially, but this trailer has bolstered my hopes.

Every moment of 58-second clip looks and sounds streets ahead of what we got in Back To Earth. Sure, the actors are looking paunchier and older (except maybe Danny John-Jules, who doesn't seem to have aged a day), but it feels like it's gone back to the vibe of the earlier series, rather than the more serious, audience-less revamp of the newer ones. It's a sentiment echoed by Craig Charles, who plays the character of Dave Lister. From Bleeding Cool:

We've stopped being an action adventure series and gone back to being more of a sitcom. Back To Earth looked fantastic and was very clever but it wasn’t as funny as it could have been, choosing to be more of an emotional journey. We’re now back to being four clowns in a room, each trying to be funnier than the next man. We're still 3 million years into deep space, looking for a way home and really hot curry. But now it’s a bit more like Grumpy Old Men.

While the series was announced back in July, it's only recently the cast and crew have started talking about the direction the new series will take.

[YouTube, via Bleeding Cool]


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    back to earth wasn't rubbish, it was just odd not having the laugh track.

      Have to disagree. The Blade Runner-like bit towards the end was just awkward.

        It was far better on second viewing once you knew it was all a hallucination, but comedy shows shouldn't need to be watched twice to be enjoyable.

      Man, it was either not funny, or I outgrew the humor.

      Are we talking about the one where they came back to earth on the eastenders set? Because that one wasn't forced or awkward at all...

    If Danny John Jules doesn't look any older, he can thank wardrobe and make-up because in Death in Paradise he looks decidedly beyond middle-aged.

    It was announced last year and filmed in January and Feb from what I understand....

    Anyhoo, don't care if Gizmondos late to the party, it's red dwarf and you posted the trailer so I'm happy!

      I had no idea they'd commissioned another show until today and the trailer was only posted last month. Slipped under our radar entirely!

        This is a super late reply.... But hoping as the apparently resident dwarf fan you'll pick this up..

        http://www.reddwarf.co.uk/news/2015/05/02/red-dwarf-returns-twice/

        Seasons 11 and 12 confirmed.

        Explains listers strange absences from coronation street... Trapped on a Norwegian fishing boat, seriously....!!!

    Meh, shows that have a long hiatus then come back are never the same e.g. Family Guy and Futurerama,and the laugh track is a decade out of date.For the record I quite liked Back to Earth.

    Looks really good!
    I was a Red Dwarf fanatic after seeing the first series back in '89 on the ABC, followed it for years and waited on it to get around to new episodes... Even after '89 I wasn't sure there'd be more.
    But I just gave up on it in those later series when the lameness wasn't going away. (Rob Grant leaving?)
    Good to see they've made a change.

    It's not the final series and there has been nothing to indicate it as such. There are plans for Series XI and Doug Naylor has already started working on ideas.

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