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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. 73 episodes (12 series), 1988 - 2017. Stars Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn and others.

Another series is in development.

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

Red Dwarf XII - 1st Image

The first picture from Red Dwarf XII has been released.

It's an image from an episode in which the storyline sees the crew turned into mechanoids just like Kryten.

The scenes necessitated many hours in makeup for the whole cast. Craig Charles, who plays Lister, explains: "It was so uncomfortable, so hot, I thought I was crying at one point but I wasn't, I was sweating through my eyes! Chris [Barrie] got ill wearing it."

Danny John-Jules, who plays The Cat, adds: "The problem was, the sweat sort of collects under the mask, but outside it was about -5 degrees, so we'd run out to get fresh air and then nearly die of pneumonia!"

Chris Barrie, who plays uptight Rimmer, continues: "It was brilliant in the morning, but over lunch, sitting in it and waiting is always the hardest bit. When you're working I'm not bothered about it, but when you're having to wait, and you're in the mask and you can't do anything, you're thinking 'is this going to come off?!"

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

Craig Charles admits that they didn't realise how hard Robert Llewellyn who plays Kryten has had it for all these years. "We had a whole new respect for Rob. Yeah, I thought just get on with it, you wuss."

Danny John-Jules continues: "... 28 years of guilt, of calling him a big wuss. We literally went out bowing to Rob, because it was amazing."

Robert Llewellyn, who plays Kryten, concludes: "It was just the weirdest thing, they were absolutely them but they were all mechanoid versions of them, there's no way of describing it."


Red Dwarf XII starts on channel Dave in the Autumn.

Published: Friday 28th July 2017

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