Yes – RadioTimes.com exclusively debuted a teaser trailer for The Promised Land on 10th March 2020 – and it’s a surprisingly moody affair. Brace for impact…
What is the Red Dwarf 2020 special about?
According to a synopsis on the official Red Dwarf website, the TV movie will see “the posse meet three cat clerics (Tom Bennett, Mandeep Dhillon, Lucy Pearman) who worship Lister as their God. Lister vows to help them as they’re being hunted by Rodon, the ruthless feral cat leader (Ray Fearon) who has vowed to wipe out all cats who worship anyone but him.”
A first-look poster for The Promised Land also hints at a transformative storyline for Rimmer (Chris Barrie), who’s seen clad in some sort of superhero-style muscle suit.
Red Dwarf: The Promised Land posterUKTV
In a statement, series lead actor Craig Charles said: “I can’t wait to discuss Robert [Llewellyn]’s prostate problems, Chris Barrie’s hip replacement and have a proper look at Danny [John-Jules]’s new dentures whilst they marvel at the agelessness of the Charles physique. I will surely require the services of a chiropractor after dragging these doddering misfits through what promises to be our most epic adventure yet.”
Series writer/director Doug Naylor added: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity of making more Red Dwarf. UKTV has been a never-ending source of support and encouragement since we first started working together ten years ago. Can’t wait to start shooting a format that I don’t think has ever been done before. Smoke me a kipper, we’re back and not just for breakfast.”
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Who’s in the cast of the Red Dwarf special?
The entirety of the main cast are reprising their roles for this special, including Craig Charles as slacker Dave Lister, Chris Barrie as Rimmer, Danny John-Jules as the Cat, and Robert Llewellyn as the service mechanoid Kryten.
Norman Lovett will also return as senile supercomputer Holly, last seen in series 12 finale ‘Skipper’ having been absent from the show since its eighth series (aired in 1999).
Joining the regulars will be Ray Fearon (Coronation Street), Tom Bennett (PhoneShop), Mandeep Dhillon (After Life) and comedian Lucy Pearman.
Behind the camera, Doug Naylor is taking on directing duties, a safe pair of hands given that he co-created the show and has helmed every series since the 2009 revival Back to Earth.
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