Red Dwarf to return to screens next year

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Red Dwarf actor Craig Charles

Red Dwarf star Craig Charles

'Red Dwarf' is to return to TV screens on cable channel Dave next year.

'Red Dwarf' is to return to TV screens next year.

The cult comedy - which originally aired on BBC Two in the 80s and 90s - is to be revamped by cable channel Dave, starring 'Coronation Street' actor Craig Charles as curry-loving crew member Dave Lister, Chris Barrie as his bunk-mate Arnold Rimmer and Danny John-Jules as humanoid creature The Cat.

Craig - who plays cheeky cabbie Lloyd Mullaney in 'Corrie' - explained the cast are hoping to "recapture" the essence of the most successful series of the original 'Red Dwarf'.

He said: "We're all quite like our characters - we're caricatures of ourselves. We've got to recapture the highlights, like series five or six.

"If we can hit that mark, then brilliant. There's no point doing it if it's so-so."

Craig explained the return of the series came about after bosses at Dave were impressed by a 2009 special - entitled 'Red Dwarf: Back To Earth' - drew in more than three million viewers, beating BBC Two and Channel 4's combined ratings for the night.

He added: "It got more viewers than BBC2 and Channel 4 combined on the night, which is really good. So they've just commissioned another series of 'Red Dwarf'."

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