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How you can be in the audience for Red Dwarf XI and XII.

11 September, 2015

Flash back, if you will, to the world as it was just under four years ago, in November 2011. Professor Green and Emeli Sandé had just topped the charts with "Read All About It". The UK was being led by something called a "coalition" government. Google's logo still had a serif font. And for the first time in over a decade, tickets were being released to live recordings of new Red Dwarf episodes.

Fortunately, the gap between Series X and Series XI isn't quite so long as the one between Series VIII and X - and the one between XI and XII is going to be even shorter. In fact, we're delighted to bring you confirmation that all twelve episodes of Red Dwarf XI and XII will be filmed in front of a live audience at Pinewood Studios between November 2015 and March 2016. Specifically, the recordings will be on the following dates:

Series XI Series XII
Friday 13th November 2015 Friday 29th January 2016
Friday 20th November 2015 Friday 5th February 2016
Friday 27th November 2015 Friday 12th February 2016
Friday 4th December 2015 Friday 19th February 2016
Friday 11th December 2015 Friday 26th February 2016
Friday 18th December 2015 Friday 4th March 2016

... and because we get the impression you rather like being able to see the episodes recorded, you can once again apply for free tickets to be in the audience. Here's how.

First and foremost, it's important to note that the application process is slightly different this time around. Although the applications are once again being handled by Lost in TV, they've put a different system in place to deal with the incredible demand that Red Dwarf fans have been showing for tickets. So here's how it's going to work: as of right now, the application page at Lost in TV's website is open for business. So you can head on over there immediately and start putting in your details. But! Don't think you have to go in a mad rush and bring the site crashing to the ground, because the important detail is this: the application process will be open for two weeks from today, and tickets will be allocated in a ballot only after that period has ended.

So in other words, it's not a first-come first served system this time. While this may seem slightly harsh on those of you who've got up bright and early to catch this news first thing, it was decided after extensive consideration that a random ballot process would be the fairest way of ensuring as many fans as possible would get the chance to apply. Successful applicants will therefore begin to be notified in the week commencing 28th September.

In the first instance, each applicant will be allowed to request up to four tickets. Once the ballot process is over and the tickets have been allocated, only then will you be given a secret link to log in and select your preferred dates from the available recordings. This part of the process will be first-come first-served - so the earlier you follow the link, the wider a choice of dates you'll have for your tickets.

If all of the seats don't get claimed at this point, then a further ballot will be carried out of the remaining original applicants - and so on and so forth, until all seats are filled. So if you don't hear back from Lost in TV after the first round, don't lose hope completely! You may still have a chance to get some seats, so keep checking your inbox (and ensure that the info@lostintv.com address is on your spam whitelist!)

On that note, we'd also like to request that fans don't request more tickets than they know they'll need: as with Series X, these recordings will not be oversubscribed (as many TV show recordings usually are). If you're informed by Lost in TV that you have a ticket for a particular date, then you will have a seat at that recording. As such, we're really keen to make sure that all allocated spaces are actually spoken for - an empty seat means a disappointed fellow fan who could have been sitting in it!

And finally, please note that if you previously signed up to be informed about Red Dwarf tickets, you will still need to apply again as part of this process. This is due to the period of time that has elapsed between productions: Lost in TV cannot guarantee that every email address submitted to them for the waiting list back in 2011 will still be valid, so in the interests of ensuring all tickets do get claimed, you are asked to submit a fresh entry. However, if you have already created a login for Lost in TV's site, you will still be able to use this for your application! Do note as well, however, that if you have a Premium Membership for priority tickets on the site, this will not guarantee you a seat at Red Dwarf.

Phew. That's a lot of detail, isn't it? The important thing to take away, though, is that the ballot is now open at the Lost in TV website, and you have until 6pm on Friday 25th September to sign up. And just to allay any fears about crashing websites: Lost in TV tell us that they have completely rebuilt their site since the infamous 2011 application process, and while a huge influx of initial applicants is expected, the fact that the process is two weeks long means that even if the site is temporarily unavailable when you first go on, you can keep trying!

Right, we need a sit down after all of that. Well, after we've gone and applied for our own tickets, anyway...

Red Dwarf XI will air on Dave in 2016!

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