Red Dwarf fans rejoice: not only do we have the news and first look photos for the new special slated for release later this year, but the network Dave has released an official synopsis of the special that gives us a sneak peek at what’s to come for the ragtag crew of the eponymous space ship.

The synopsis was reported on Red Dwarf’s official website just last week, and reads as follows:

The new 90-minute special is the thirteenth outing of the legendary sci-fi comedy. It reunites the original cast of Chris Barrie (Rimmer), Craig Charles (Lister), Danny John-Jules (Cat) Robert Llewellyn (Kryten) and sees the return of Holly (Norman Lovett) the much loved ship’s computer. Written and directed by Doug Naylor, it was recorded in front of a live studio audience over two nights at the world famous Pinewood Studios.

Three million years ago… David Lister, a vending machine repairman, was sentenced to eighteen 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…

The special will see the posse meet three cat clerics (Tom Bennett, Mandeep Dhillon, Lucy Pearman) who worship Lister as their God. Lister vows to help them as they’re being hunted by Rodon, the ruthless feral cat leader (Ray Fearon) who has vowed to wipe out all cats who worship anyone but him.

The short synopsis creates more questions than it answers, but it packs a lot of information into just a brief paragraph or three. Not only is the return of ship’s computer, Holly, now confirmed, but the guest stars that have been revealed in this announcement (including Al Roberts, who was confirmed on the official website, but without a character description) promise to add some fascinating new characters to this well loved British TV institution.

The Red Dwarf special will premiere later in 2020 on the Dave network. For future updates as they come down the pipeline, stay tuned to for details!


Elizabeth Carlie
Elizabeth Carlie

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