Mainstream news outlets have been talking about how Robot Wars kingpin Craig Charles is set to leave his role on Coronation Street after ten years pretending to be a man called Lloyd, but that's not the real news. The exciting bit is that he's planning to use his new free time to return to one of the UK's most beloved comedies that's gearing up for a full comeback -- Red Dwarf.
Red Dwarf has attempted patchy comebacks away from its birth home of the BBC before, with odd spin-offs and the occasional mini series appearing -- but this time it's coming back properly. Comedy channel Dave has agreed to pay for two full series to be shot, with Red Dwarf XI and Red Dwarf XII set to start filming later this year for broadcast in 2016 and 2017.
Everyone's back onboard one again. Grant Naylor Productions is co-producing, with Doug Naylor writing and directing, while Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules and Robert Llewellyn all returning from their various side projects for the new run.
Whether such a well-worn comedy can still amuse is in the year 2016 remains to be seen, but it has to be better than watching all the repeats of Top Gear through teary eyes for the 30th time. [Red Dwarf]