The first photo from the ninth series of Red Dwarf has been released, showing the Dwarfers looking perturbed by something on a monitor.
Digital channel Dave has commissioned a new six-part series of Red Dwarf following the success of the three-episode special Back to Earth, which aired on the channel in 2009 and attracted 3m viewers.
Cast member Robert Llewellyn took to Twitter earlier today and confirmed that the snap had been taken in February during shooting of the new series.
He added: “Okay, steady with all the 'Kryten looks old' comments. The poor fella's been tapping away with a smeg hammer for 3 million + years.”
Coronation Street actor Craig Charles, who plays amiable slob Dave Lister in Red Dwarf, joked last year that the show’s costumes had had to be let out to compensate for the cast’s middle-age spread.
“Kryten’s going to be a much wider robot and Cat wears a wig so you can’t see his grey hair. And Rimmer – he’ll need a touch up,” he said.
Red Dwarf, a sci-fi comedy about four shipmates lost in deep space, previously ran for eight series on the BBC between 1988-99 and developed a rabid cult following before being put on hiatus.
The new series of Red Dwarf is expected to air in the autumn.