Cult sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf returning to TV

Cast from the original UK cult sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf
Cast from the original UK cult sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf

The BBC reports that the cult sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf will return to television, 21 years after it first hit U.K. airwaves. A new special will appear on the digital channel Dave in the U.K. for a two-part Easter-weekend event.

In the new show, the cast has finally returned to Earth. The special reunites the original cast, including Coronation Street’s Craig Charles, and was written and directed by show’s co-creator Doug Naylor. Unfortunately, there was no mention whether the special would air in North America.

The original cult hit had an eight season run on BBC Two between 1988 and 1999. Set 3 million years in the future, Red Dwarf followed the exploits of Dave Lister, crew member of the mining ship Red Dwarf—and the last man in the universe. He was joined in his weekly attempts to make it back to Earth by an oddball cast including human hologram Arnold Rimmer, mechanoid servant Kryten and Cat—a half-man, half-animal who evolved from the ship’s cat.

The two-part series Red Dwarf: Back to Earth, will be followed by a “no holds barred” episode without sets or special effects. The weekend will climax with Red Dwarf: The Making of Back to Earth, a behind-the-scenes special focused on the new episodes.

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