Red Dwarf | Prequel in the pipeline

The cast of Red Dwarf in costume.
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Red Dwarf co-creator Rob Grant has revealed that a prequel is in the pipeline, that’ll focus on younger versions of the original characters.

It’s been a tumultuous couple of years for the Small Rouge One, with nothing arriving on our screens from the world of Red Dwarf for several years now.

Not for the want of trying, either.

Feature length special The Promised Land was broadcast at the beginning of 2020, then things went quiet until earlier this year, with the surprise announcement that writers Rob Grant and Doug Naylor had finally settled their differences, and would each be overseeing separate iterations of the show via various outlets.

The pair’s disagreements have been charted elsewhere, but have put a firm spanner in the, er, spaceship of getting more projects moving.

Yet now we have some progress. Grant revealed at a BFI event that he’s writing a prequel with frequent collaborator Andrew Marshall, creator of 2point4 Children and various shows with David Renwick.

No details were given as to whether it would be for television, radio or print, or if any of the main cast – Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules and Robert Llewellyn – would be involved this time around.

So far, all we know is that it will be called Red Dwarf: Titan, and it will focus on Young Lister and Young Rimmer. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.

A namecheck too to our our old friend, the much missed Seb Patrick, who surely would have had a few thoughts on the news. Miss you, Seb.

Read more: The Story of the Red Dwarf film that never was


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