Red Dwarf XIII on Dave: Everything you need to know

Photo credit: UKTV
Photo credit: UKTV

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We loved Red Dwarf XII, it was a real return to form for Rimmer, Lister, Kryten and Cat, featuring plenty of brilliant star cameos, with a strong '90s nostalgia vibe powering it to some of the best reviews the show's ever had.

In fact, we loved it so much, we sat down with the entire cast to discuss each and every episode. We're hoping to do the same for Red Dwarf XIII, which now looks as inevitable as Lister having curry for dinner.

Smoke us a kipper, we'll be back after we give you the latest updates.

Red Dwarf XIII news: What's the latest?

Before Red Dwarf XII had even aired, Craig Charles was talking to us about the idea of another series. "I'm sure we'll be doing more, having done these two series," Charles told Digital Spy.

"Because it's right back to where we should be, it's won comedy awards, so a lot of people appreciated what we did, and we're really grateful for that."

That was back in March 2017, and by September the lads had a more intricate response to the question.

"I mean, we're all up for doing more," Robert Llewellyn (aka Kryten) told us. "There's nothing confirmed." "They want more," series co-creator and chief writer Doug Naylor added. "It's just a question of working out schedules and everything."

Photo credit: UKTV
Photo credit: UKTV

"Being successful and critically acclaimed kind of vindicates the decision," Craig Charles said of the revival's huge success. Because there's a legacy there, and you don't want to f**k the legacy up. I didn't want to go back to some shite."

"And I think we're like that with every series," Naylor continued. "We don't want to overstay our welcome, but equally, if it's being well-received, you know, we'll do more."

Writer Doug Naylor was asked again in November, and gave a shorter, but more definitive, answer: "The chances are high to certain," he said of a new series.

More recently, Naylor's commitment had solidified even further, saying that gang were "absolutely" returning. "We're just trying to work out how and when," he said. "Everyone seems to be keen so I think that will happen."

The boys from the Dwarf appeared to confirm a 13th series in April 2018 - though we're still waiting on a 100% official announcement from Dave and UKTV.

Red Dwarf XIII Holly: Will he be back?

Holly is such a popular character, Dave hyped up his return long before series XII aired.

"Yes, it's true," writer and director Doug Naylor said. "Holly, played by Norman Lovett, guest stars in one of the new shows in Red Dwarf XII. But which show remains a secret!"

Happily, that return came in the finale of Red Dwarf XII – inspiring a huge cheer from the audience.

So it's probably not surprising that fans have taken to the internet to ask if Holly will be back for the next season. Our best guess is definitely, thanks to that extreme positive reaction to his appearance in 'Skipper'.

As the gang told Digital Spy:

Chris (Barrie): "For me, the great moment of the show was Holly appearing and the audience's reaction, which brought a new meaning to 'riding a laugh'."

Doug: "We had to cut it down in the edit, it was too long."

Chris: "Cut to Norman, cut to me, cut to Norman, cut to me. How much of that can you do?"

Craig: "But it did go on forever."

Red Dwarf XIII air date: When will it return?

According to the cast, the current plan is to shoot a 13th series in early 2019, to air on Dave later in the year. Smeggin' brilliant, if true!

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