You might find this hard to believe but Red Dwarf is now one of the longest-running sitcoms on UK TV – having been going (on and off) for thirty years.
Yup, the show is due to celebrate its ruby anniversary in early 2018 – following its 12th series, debuting on Dave this October – but the cast admit that they still can’t quite believe the show has lasted this long.
But they reckon that it’s their camaraderie that has got them this far.
Speaking at UKTV Live ahead of the arrival of the 12th series on Dave, actor Chris Barrie (aka Dave Rimmer) pointed out that his co-stars, who include Craig Charles and Robert Llewellyn, have a lot to answer for when it comes to the series continuing.
‘If I hated Craig and he really annoyed me, I wouldn’t do it, it would be unbearable,’ the actor explained – while Llewellyn, who plays the android Kryten, was of similar mind.
‘I think that’s the proof now that we’re still doing it, a really strong reason for me doing it now is that I get to see my mates,’ he explained.
Meanwhile Craig Charles – aka Dave Lister – revealed that they didn’t need much persuading to return to the series for its current revival on Dave.
‘We all wanted to do it.,’ he recalled. I came out of Coronation Street to do it…it’s important to us all really.
‘It’s one of those career-defining roles and shows, you know? No matter what we do we’ll always be remembered for it and you’ve got to kind of embrace that really.’
And three decades on, the cast and creator Doug Naylor haven’t run out of ideas for the series yet.
‘I’ve been begging for a baby Kryten, a little animatronic baby to nurse. That’s never happened,’ Robert suggested. ‘But whenever we try and plant a seed in [show creator] Doug Naylor’s head it will emerge two years later.’
And Craig has other ideas, joking: ‘We’re thinking of making Last Of The Summer Dwarf.’
We’re not sure they’ve quite reached that stage yet to be honest.
Red Dwarf 12 kicks off on Dave on October 12.