On Monday the 12th of October the full cast got together for a script “workshop”, indicating that there are still some parts of the script that are being worked on. Editor Andrew Ellard confirmed this the next day when he told Twitter he was working on new edits with Doug and Richard Naylor.
At the same time it transpired that Chris Barrie had given his first media interview in years to new SciFi magazine “Geeky Monkey” in it he joked about Craig leaving Coronation Street: “Getting Craig out of Coronation Street was always going to be a tricky thing, but he’s now free from that soap opera and he’s going to get back to some quality work aboard Red Dwarf.
I’ve never been a soap fan. My mother-in-law comes to dinner and it’s ‘Oh, I’ve got to watch Coronation Street or EastEnders’. They’re just so depressing.
He (Craig) is champing at the bits, he’s very keen to get back into the Dwarf and me too. It’s going to be hard work for six months but it’s going to be fantastic.”
In the interview Chris also hinted that his much loved alternative Rimmer character Ace Rimmer might return for this series.
Richard Naylor has been teasing us with various stills from new Red Dwarf props over the last few weeks. This week it was Bazookoids:
This week the entire cast had head cast (clearly those *Spoiler* ######### —
“everyone is Kryten” — ######### *Spoiler* episode rumours are true!!)
And they had a costume fitting.
Robert Llewellyn has hinted that the show could be on TV autumn 2016 (11) spring 2017 (12).
Meanwhile Danny John-Jules has been speaking about the new show a lot, both on his Twitter and to Digital Spy saying: “It’s going back to the old school, the four guys and loads of banter. That’s what we want.”
Talking about the read through aka workshop he said: “We did the first read-through. I got a sore throat, as my voice had to go two octaves for Cat’s voice. I hadn’t done that for four years!”
He let slip a potential storyline:
“The Cat’s a virgin! Let’s just say that gets explored. The whole thing about his standing in the world of reproduction is definitely touched on.”
Danny admitted they were all happy to be filming two series in one go: “I think that was a conscious decision. We’ve been trying to get the same guys in the same room for the last three years now, and because of Craig doing Corrie and me doing Death in Paradise, and Chris and Bobby doing their shows, it’s very difficult. Now it’s happened and it was very wild!”
This weeks a campaign to get “Tongue Tied” back in the charts for Christmas, backed by Danny, also started. He and Robert also attended MCM Comic Con together.