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Red Dwarf series 11 to air late 2015, says Danny John-Jules

10 April 2014 4:17 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Red Dwarf will reportedly return to Dave in autumn 2015.

Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules and Robert Llewellyn from the sci-fi sitcom's cast made the announcement at the recent Sci-Fi Scarborough convention, says WhatCulture.

John-Jules, who plays Cat, revealed that shooting on the 11th series will begin in October.

Earlier this year, the actor told Digital Spy that new Red Dwarf episodes were being written by co-creator Doug Naylor.

"Doug Naylor is writing as we speak. He told me off for ringing him up the other day and asking about it," John-Jules joked. "He said I was interfering with his writing."

Red Dwarf originally aired on BBC Two between 1988 and 1999, before Dave revived the show with the Back to Earth specials in 2009.

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Red Dwarf Season 11 Confirmed With Filming Date

9 April 2014 4:05 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Great news for fans of comedy science-fiction series Red Dwarf as an eleventh series is a reality. It has been a year and a half since the end of Red Dwarf X and news of a follow-up has been few and far between, with the last piece of news coming in January when John-Jules said that a series was being written. 

A big update came during the Sci-Fi Scarborough convention on Saturday a Red Dwarf panel comprised of Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules and Robert Llewellyn confirmed the news. John-Jules said that shooting is scheduled to get under-way in October 2014 with a view to being aired on Dave in Autumn 2015.

The panel were also asked about their favourite episodes with Llewellyn and John-Jules voicing their jealousy of not being part of ‘Marooned’ causing Barrie to joke that their absence is what made it such a strong episode. Llewellyn personally enjoyed shooting »

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Spitting Image is 30: Looking back at the satirical puppet classic

26 February 2014 2:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

It's been a whopping 30 years since Spitting Image first hit our screens on ITV in 1984. The satirical puppet show quickly became one of the most-watched shows of the 1980s and early 1990s.

I wasn't able to fully appreciate the series when it was first on TV. When I watched it in the early '90s as a child, I found it funny mainly because of the silly puppets, even if I didn't quite understand what was going on. But in retrospective viewings, it still holds up as a genuinely hilarious satire of politics, entertainment, sport and general UK culture of the era.

It's quite incredible to think that Spitting Image hasn't been on air since 1996. To put that into perspective, the Spice Girls had only just been unleashed, Tony Blair hadn't been elected yet, and Lorde had only just been born.

As a show that is heavily reliant on topical »

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Spitting Image: The Cartoon Museum celebrates 30 years of the show

14 February 2014 1:18 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Cartoon Museum has announced its Spitting Image - From Start to Finish exhibition.

Arriving later in February, it will mark the 30th anniversary of the launch of the satirical television show.

"All your favourite characters, from the programme created by Roger Law, Peter Fluck and John Lloyd, will be under one roof - these include Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Richard Branson, Michael Jackson and the odd Royal Family face," said the museum.

It will explore the collaboration between creators Fluck and Law - including their previous work for National Lampoon and Der Spiegle - with a collection of sketches and photographs.

Contributors to the show, which ran for 18 series up until 1996, included Ian Hislop, Harry Enfield, Rory Bremner, Hugh Dennis, Alistair McGowan, Kate Robbins and Chris Barrie.

Spitting Image - From Start to Finish will launch on February 26 (30 years to the day of the first episode's debut) and end »

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Exclusive: Robert Llewellyn talks Red Dwarf

1 February 2014 1:54 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Back in 2012, actors Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules and Robert Llewellyn reprised their roles as Lister, Rimmer, The Cat and Kryten for Red Dwarf X, the first full series of the classic British sci-fi sitcom to hit our screens in over a decade. Flickering Myth's Villordsutch caught up with Robert Llewellyn this past week and asked Robert how he felt about returning to the much-loved character for the latest series:

"There is no question that Red Dwarf has become a very big part of my life since 1989, it’s been a massive privilege to be involved and I count the cast as some of my best mates so it’s always fun to work with them. I essentially worship the ground Doug Naylor walks on so I am always full of admiration for his insights and the incredible effort he puts into writing the scripts. When we sit down »

- Gary Collinson

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Red Dwarf series 11 currently being written, says Danny John-Jules

15 January 2014 7:01 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Danny John-Jules has confirmed to Digital Spy that series 11 of Red Dwarf is currently being written, but further details about the show's future remain unclear.

The space sitcom, which stars Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules, Craig Charles and Robert Llewellyn, returned for its first full series in over a decade in 2012. The show's 10th series brought in record ratings for UKTV's Dave channel and the cast have all expressed an interest in returning for series 11.

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Doug Naylor posted on Twitter in October that Dave still hadn't commissioned series 11, but actor John-Jules said that hadn't stopped the writer cracking on with scripts.

"Doug Naylor is writing as we speak. He told me off for ringing him up the other day and asking about it," said John-Jules. "He said I was interfering with his writing."

He also partially explained why there has been so little news about the new series, »

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Spitting Image 30th anniversary documentary for BBC Four

7 January 2014 5:48 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC Four has announced a one-off documentary about Spitting Image.

Arena: Whatever Happened To Spitting Image? will mark the 30th anniversary of the classic satirical puppet show.

The programme will look back at the creation and history of the series, with contributions from caricaturists Peter Fluck, Roger Law and producer John Lloyd.

It will also discover where the iconic puppets currently live, after they were sold off at auction back in 2000.

Arena will find out how the puppets were created, and meet several team members including puppet-mould makers, designers, puppeteers, impressionists, writers and directors.

It will also ponder whether there is a gap in the TV market for such a satirical programme today, following its 17-year absence.

Anthony Wall, Series Editor of Arena, said: "I made a film about Fluck and Law in 1980, some years before Spitting Image was made, so it's great to be able to revisit their distinctive contribution to Britain's television history. »

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