'Red Dwarf' is to get a new series to celebrate the show's 30th anniversary.

Doug Naylor

Doug Naylor

The final episode of 'Red Dwarf XII' will draw to a close on Thursday (16.11.17), but the creator of the cult sci-fi comedy series, Doug Naylor, has revealed that he's already working on another script and planning to produce a live show to take place at London's The O2 arena.

On the future of the programme - which sees actor Craig Charles in the starring role of Dave Lister - he said: "I've started writing the next lot.

"It's the 30th anniversary next year so we want to do a tour at some point (as well) - a live show at The O2.

"We'll probably do 'Red Dwarf XIII', live show and come back and probably do XIV afterward that."

The current series saw the return of much-loved character Holly, portrayed by comedian Norman Lovett, and Doug has revealed they were forced to cut his opening scenes because there was so much noise from the applauding audience.

He said: "We had to cut down Norman Lovett's entrance scene as there was so much cheering and clapping!"

The 61-year-old screenwriter also said their failed attempt at making a movie out of the show didn't work out, and that they were hoping to make three films from it.

He said: "The 'Red Dwarf' movie would have been the first of three."

'Red Dwarf XII' saw Lister and his pals face-off a friendly Adolf Hitler and Vlad the Impaler, before the entire cast transformed into mechanoids, large spherical robots originally built by humans to help colonise worlds and much more.

Tonight's (16.11.17) final instalment titled 'Skipper', sees Arnold Rimmer (Chris Barrie) get his hands on a Quantum Skipper and end up in a completely different dimension, that turns out to be good for him.

The synopsis reads: "Rimmer looks for another dimension where he is not such a giant loser. Well, you never know ..."

'Red Dwarf XII' concludes at 9pm on Dave - with the full series available to enjoy on UKTV Play.

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