Red Dwarf star Robert Llewellyn (Kryten) revealed at the Edinburgh TV festival yesterday that his favourite episode ever of the show is one he can’t talk about… because it’s yet to be broadcast.
He admitted that the episode is one of the 12 new episodes that will air during Red Dwarf XI an Red Dwarf XII but could give any details yet.
The admission came after an exclusive screening of “Twentica”, the Red Dwarf XI premiere, which will air on Dave on on September 22 (and will be also be available on the online on-demand service UKTV Play a week before). That was embargoed to hell so we can’t say anything about it apart from there was a lot of laughter from the live audience the Edinburgh Filmhouse and a huge round of applause at the end. One gag in particular was met with huge roars from the home crowd.
Craig Charles and series co-creator and writer Doug Naylor were also at the Q&A after the screening. When asked the secret of the show’s longevity Charles said, “because we’re still prepared to do it… None of us actually cracked Hollywood or anything.”
Robert Llewellyn suggested the reason was the fact they all have “enormous fun” on set and went on to say that series XI and XII had been more fun to film than any other, citing the fact that the set photography for the season was largely four old men “laughing ourselves stupid… I actually think it was the happiest Red Dwarf (series to film).”
Craig Charles added: “We’ve known each other longer than we’ve known our wives and children. I’ve grown up with them all, really.”
Responding to a question from the audience, Doug Naylor said that Dave Lister’s old flame Kochanski would not be appearing in the next two series, but then, as he was in Scotland, teased the idea that he could write an episode in future featuring both Kochanskis – one played by the Scot Clare Grogan, the other by the English Chloë Annett. Craig Charles’s expression suggested that would be Dave Lister’s idea of heaven.
The three also hinted that there were some very special guests stars on the way, but were keep mum for the moment.