I Want Names, I Want Places, I Want Dates...

All three have been revealed this week - and we have extra crew details!

30 January, 2009

I Want Names, I Want Places, I Want Dates...

All-new Red Dwarf channel Dave have released the first official information from the production of the new two-part special. And the big news is the title:

Back To Earth

It's been a decade since we last saw the crew of Red Dwarf, but while they may be older they're still none the wiser.

When Lister's busy day of annoying Rimmer is interrupted by a monstrous attack, it's pretty much business as usual - until a shock development throws Rimmer, Lister, Cat and Kryten back to planet Earth...

The two episodes, made by Grant Naylor Productions, star Chris Barrie as Rimmer, Craig Charles as Lister, Danny John-Jules as Cat and Robert Llewellyn as Kryten, and are written and directed by Red Dwarf co-creator Doug Naylor.

I Want Names, I Want Places, I Want Dates...

Take a deep breath, come up with some hilariously inaccurate theories about what this can all mean, enjoy the shiny new logo, then read on.

Full studio shooting at Shepperton (try saying that ten times fast!) is currently slated to begin Monday, February 16th, though there have been some early camera tests - check out Dave's exclusive image - and a single day of advance location work is slated for Saturday, January 31st.

In addition to these two shows, there are a couple of TV specials. The Making Of Back to Earth takes you behind the scenes on the new production; and Red Dwarf: Unplugged presents the cast of the show as you've never seen them before - no sets, no effects... and no cue cards.

reddwarf.co.uk can also announce some of the key crew for the project. Aside from writer/director Doug Naylor, the producer is long-time GNP producer Helen Norman alongside line producer/co-producer Jo Howard, a veteran of Series VII and VIII.

New to the fold is production designer Mark Harris, who is sure to become a fan favourite with his work here. Mark previous served as Art Director on Event Horizon and Quantum of Solace, as well as designing the 2005 Captain Scarlet series. Director of photography will be the eagle-eyed Andy Martin.

Another newcomer will be Australian Mike Seymour, an Emmy nominee for his work on Farscape - and an AFI winner for Best Visual Effects - who signs on as visual effects supervisor. More familiar faces return with costume designer Howard Burden and make-up designer Andrea Finch, two talents we'd frankly be lost without.

So there you have it. Broadcasting over four nights from Friday, April 10th 2009 on Dave, Red Dwarf is well and truly back... to Earth.

You'll be able to track production and discover all kinds of exclusives not only here, but also on joindave.co.uk.

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