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It's taken them 21 years, but this Easter the crew of Red Dwarf will finally return to Earth in a two-part special which reunites many of the original cast. The homecoming is courtesy of digital channel Dave, which on Friday 10 April will broadcast the first installment of Red Dwarf: Back to Earth - penned by the show's co- …


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  1. Alicia

    Keep Kochanski out!

    Please. Please keep her out.

    And if we get the ratings high enough maybe they'll finally get the funding for the film *fingers crossed*

  2. Anonymous Coward
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    As is normal on these occassions, they will, after two episodes on Earth, get back in Starbug and blast off into the sunset, grinning wildly.

    Thus the pointlessness of the whole endeavour is revealed while still leaving the possibility of a sequel.

  3. Neil
    Paris Hilton

    Is it true

    That Paris Hilton is being lined up to play Kochanski?

    Otherwise I fail to see the Paris angle.

  4. dervheid
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    !sega ni swen tseb eht s'tahT !tnallirB gniggemS

    Let's just pray that it doesn't end up being like the cat's final experience in 'Backwards'.

    I suspect that the cast are all going to need considerably larger costumes this time round.

    Pass the fresh mango juice!

  5. Haku

    "Come on you reeee-eeeeds!"

    Twins! (two episodes) Fan-smegging-tastic!

    P.S. Would you like some toast?

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @ haku

    How about a muffin

  7. Alan Potter

    Cue cards?

    What is this rubbish about cue cards? I saw one episode (Camille) being recorded - and that was great fun - and there wasn't a cue card in sight!

    If they can drop the "joke" that was in the last two series about Cat detecting things through his whiskers, that would be good. And while I liked Hilly, Holly was better.

    And if they were to return to Earth, wasn't it supposed to be flooded - certainly at Fuchal?

    I think Queeg should make a little appearance too.

    Great news as long as they don't f it up they way they did with the various visual versions of HHGTTG...

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I don't have a good feeling about this

    I love RD but the quality started to show serious signs of deterioration in series 6. After 6 it was on steep decline until it became a shadow of its former greatness. The less said about Kochanski, the better.

    I'm willing (and hoping) to be proven wrong.

  9. john bertelsen

    Chicken Vindaloo

    I will be brewing a big batch of chicken vindaloo in celebration!

  10. Joe


    Ah, so you're a waffle man??

  11. Anonymous Coward

    @ haku

    Would you like a crumpet?

  12. Michael Habel Silver badge
    IT Angle

    Screew all this talk about Flying Cars!!

    When are we going to get the Talky Toaster?!?!

  13. Alan Potter

    Smirk mode

    I just hope they don't "last chicken in the shop"-up

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    The writers had clearly run out of ideas in the last series, almost went from comedy to tragedy, still they've had a long time to find something suitable for the script. Just wonder how the cast will cope without the zimmer frames after all this time. And not sure what the point of going to Earth is if the human race has long died out. Still I shall be tuning in to see come April, it was a great show overall.

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  16. Anonymous Coward
    IT Angle

    @Screew all this talk about Flying Cars!!

    Has Talky Toaster been upgraded with USB and are there drivers for him in Windows 7?

    Flippy (B.S.C)

  17. Gordon Crawford

    put it on DvD

    put it on DvD and I will buy it . [or send round trip airfare from BA MD usa to nearest dave repository for me ] yeah I am in usa , but I love sci-fi and British humor ! Red Dwarf is both ! I hope they do as good as Serenity .

  18. Ben

    Good news

    Good news, people - it's on Dave, so will have a budget of about 10p and a small ball of lint. This means it should have the charm of the early series and have to rely on writing instead of effects...

  19. Nordrick Framelhammer
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    About smegging time!

    It has been too smegging long since this most excellent of shows graced our screens and tickled our spleens.

    I would love to see Holly back as well.

  20. jon

    and the REAL news is......

    after googling past all those that had just done <ctrl-c> <ctrl-V> , I finally found a bit of the REAL truth...

    who me, cynical??

    gives it proper, and even almost up to date pics of the crew! :D

  21. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Never understood...

    Why people bash the last two series but leave six unmentioned I'll never understand. It's got its moments (as does series seven) but so much of it is so terribly formulatic it's painful. Very very obviously different from the last couple series at the time, which were getting pretty tired anyway.

    These characters are fun to watch, and the humour is always good, even if the plot has become a little dogdy. I'll be tuning in.

  22. Yorkshirepudding

    what is with...

    these comments to serenity? undoubtedly a great program in its own right but whats teh relation to red dwarf?

    red dwarf before serenity kiddies

    mines the one with the bazookoid

  23. Simon Tandy

    RE: 21 years?


    21 years?

    By Cameron Colley

    Posted Tuesday 27th January 2009 10:03 GMT

    "Have I travelled into a time warp where it's 2020 all of a sudden?"

    21 years since 1988 when they started out!!!

  24. Moss Icely Spaceport
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    Series 7 and 8 bad?

    Maybe on a purist RD scale of supreme goodness they were.

    But on the intergalactic scale of TV crappiness they were brilliant.

    Chicken Marengo please!

    Chicken Marengo please!

    Chicken Marengo please!

    Chicken Marengo please!

    Chicken Marengo please!

    Chicken Marengo please!

    Chicken Marengo please!

  25. Tom Austin
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    Take a big hit...

    ...from the inky Despair Squid, folks. If the last three series signified anything, it's the law of diminishing returns.

    I'm off to stare moodily out of the observation dome, hoping I'm wrong.

  26. Anonymous Coward

    Thank smeg me Mum's got Dave...

    ...and I'm back home to Blighty for Easter!

    No (especially 2nd incarnation of) Kochanski, that's all I ask.

    Other than that, it can be barrel-scrapingly bad and it will still beat what passes for sitcom these days.

    Totally agree that the "This Life" reunion was shite - changing backup tapes was more fun than watching that drivel, so that's what I went upstairs and did!!!

  27. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Call me cynical, but...

    Judging by the comments, the Red Dwarf team have pitched the wait about right - despite everyone saying it'll probably be naff, they'll still be tuning in to watch. So Dave makes a mint in advertising and the Red Dwarf production crew get paid - they don't care if it's going to be good or not because there'll always be hundreds of Dwarfers willing to watch regardless. Hook, line, sinker and copy of "Angling Times".

    I'll still be tuning in to watch, though.

  28. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

    This Life special

    I had a winter vomiting bug when the This Life reunion was on, so I spent half the time rushing to the loo and yakking up my guts. Guess which half of the time I was having more fun.

    Expect nothing of the RD reunion and you won't be disappointed. I think these things are just a weird prurient nostalgia thing - people like to wallow in the weirdness of it with the chemistry of the cast disrupted by years away and everyone looking older. It's always poignant to see the lines around people's eyes when they're still all baby-faced in your head. It's very mild televisual self-torture, basically, and an excuse to whinge about how stuff is never as good as it was and things are only going to get worse and less entertaining.


  29. Ssithl Koumori

    Holoship - S5E01 ..

    One of the most memorable scenes - the Binks / Lister scouting report ..

    (Talking into a fag packet with one pulled out antenna - esque) "Lister to Red Dwarf. We have in our midst a complete smegpot. Brains in the anal region, chin absent presumed missing. Genitalia small and inoffensive. Of no value or interest"


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