Red Dwarf. Image shows from L to R: Cat (Danny John-Jules), Rimmer (Chris Barrie), Lister (Craig Charles), Kryten (Robert Llewellyn). Copyright: UKTV.

Red Dwarf

Dave and BBC Two sitcom set on a space ship. 74 episodes (12 series), 1988 - 2020. Stars Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn and others.

Series II, Episode 5 is repeated on Thursday at 10pm.

Red Dwarf. Image shows from L to R: Lister (Craig Charles), Cat (Danny John-Jules), Kryten (Robert Llewellyn), Rimmer (Chris Barrie).

The Promised Land

The posse meet three cat clerics who worship Lister as their God. Lister vows to help them as they're being hunted by Rodon, the ruthless feral cat leader who has vowed to wipe out all cats who worship anyone but him.

Further details

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 sees the posse meet three cat clerics (Tom Bennett, Mandeep Dhillon and 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.

Broadcast details

Date
Thursday 9th April 2020
Time
9pm
Channel
Dave
Length
120 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Chris Barrie Rimmer
Craig Charles Lister
Danny John-Jules Cat
Robert Llewellyn Kryten
Norman Lovett Holly
Guest cast
Ray Fearon Rodon
Tom Bennett Brother Sol
Mandeep Dhillon Sister Luna
Lucy Pearman Sister Peanut
Al Roberts Count Ludo
Hayley-Marie Axe Protector
Writing team
Doug Naylor Writer
Andrew Ellard Script Editor
Richard Naylor Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Doug Naylor Director
Richard Naylor Producer
Doug Naylor Executive Producer
Christine Langan Executive Producer
Pete Thornton Executive Producer
Alan Levy Editor
Howard Goodall Composer
Dominic Roberts Production Designer
Paul Farrer Composer

Videos

The Promised Land: full trailer

The trailer for the Red Dwarf special.

Featuring: Chris Barrie (Rimmer), Craig Charles (Lister), Danny John-Jules (Cat), Robert Llewellyn (Kryten), Norman Lovett (Holly), Ray Fearon (Rodon), Tom Bennett (Brother Sol).

The Promised Land - first five minutes

A sneak peek at the first 5 minutes of brand new Red Dwarf "The Promised Land".

Featuring: Ray Fearon (Rodon), Tom Bennett (Brother Sol), Mandeep Dhillon (Sister Luna), Lucy Pearman (Sister Peanut), Al Roberts (Count Ludo).

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