Dave Releases Synopsis For ‘Red Dwarf’ Special Coming April 2020

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14 Feb 20

Dave Releases Synopsis For ‘Red Dwarf’ Special Coming April 2020

UK channel Dave has today released a bit more information about the upcoming Red Dwarf 90-minute special when the legendary sci-fi comedy returns to our screens in April 2020. It seems this new episode will take a deep dive into the culture of the cat race!

Three million years ago… David Lister, a vending machine repairman, was sentenced to 18 months in suspended animation for smuggling his pregnant cat aboard the mining ship Red Dwarf. While Lister remained in stasis, a radiation leak killed the rest of the crew. Safely sealed in the hold, the cats evolved into humanoid form. The cats now roam deep space in a fleet of their own…

This special sees the posse meet three cat clerics who worship Lister as their God. Lister vows to help them as they’re being hunted by Rodon, the ruthless feral cat leader (pictured above) who has vowed to wipe out all cats who worship anyone but him.

The cat clerics are played by Tom Bennett (‘A.P. Bio’, ‘Rocketman’), Mandeep Dhillon (‘After Life’, ‘Bulletproof’) and Lucy Pearman (‘The Mind of Herbert Clunkerdunk’). Ray Fearon, who takes the role of feral cat leader Rodon, played Nathan Harding on ‘Coronation Street’ and has appeared on a host of tv shows including ‘Doctors’, ‘Fleabag’, ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’, ‘His Dark Materials’ and ‘Silent Witness’.

The feature-length episode reunites the original cast of Chris Barrie (Rimmer), Craig Charles (Lister), Danny John-Jules (Cat) Robert Llewellyn (Kryten) and also sees the return of Holly (Norman Lovett) the much-loved ship’s computer. Written and directed by Doug Naylor, this special was recorded in front of a live studio audience over two nights at the world-famous Pinewood Studios.

In addition to the new feature-length episode, Dave has also commissioned a 3x60min retrospectives, which will offer fans the definitive story of the show from day one… over thirty years ago… right up to the present day. These are produced by North One and will include rare and un-broadcast material, as well as new interviews with cast and crew. The retrospectives are produced by Richard Ward and series produced by Chris Hill. Executive producer for North One is John Quinn.

‘Red Dwarf’ first aired way back in February 1988 on BBC Two where it ran for 8 Seasons until 1999. It then took a bit of a break before being revived by Dave with ‘Red Dwarf: Back To Earth’ on Good Friday in 2009, which landed two million overnight viewers, and was followed by 3 further full series. The most recent, series XII, appeared on screens in 2017 and garnered some of the finest critical notices the show has ever received.

The ‘Red Dwarf‘ feature-length special will premiere in April 2020 on Dave.