On Friday 13th November, a day some would consider unlucky, was the day that Red Dwarf fans were able to rejoice over. It was the first day which Red Dwarf series XI was first filmed in front of a live studio audience.
Shooting for the new series began in the beginning of November to film pre-recorded scenes for some of the episodes.
The cast naturally took to twitter to let us all know what’s really going on.
Robert Llewellyn: “I haven’t been able to Tweet much for the last few days, been under rubber with Chris, Dan and Craig, laughing, sweating and naffing about”
Craig Charles: “The boys from the dwarf all on board”
Back in November some new and enticing bits of information from some carefully worded tweets by Doug Naylor also snuck out; “Starbug is looking awesome. #reddwarfXI” and “The Science Room is also looking awesome. So are the corridors. #reddwarfXI”
It seems that Starbug is set to return for the new series. What is also interesting is that there also seem to be new and expanded sets, the addition of a science room for example, for the series too. The new series will naturally look very different to the originals. The cast are older, the budget is bigger, the CGI is better. Some lucky fans got the chance to see the new series in the live recordings.
The shooting for the series finished on 18th December, with production for Red Dwarf XII starting next year. The episodes are co-produced by Grant Naylor Productions and Baby Cow Productions.
Series XI and XII are set for release in 2016 and 2017 respectively.