The Small Rouge One will return to Dave later this year in a full six-episode series known as Red Dwarf X. It’s the first time the crew have reunited since 2009’s mini-series Back To Earth, and Robert Llewellyn told SciFiNow he had mixed feelings.
“I felt guilty, naturally. As Craig [Charles] rightly points out, I’m a middle class whining toss bag,” he jokes. “It’s a brilliant experience working together, I have huge admiration for the rest of the cast and I laughed so much during the rehearsals and recordings I’d sometimes collapse in a rubberised heap. It did feel like we’d had a couple of weeks off, not 12 years.”
Red Dwarf X will differ from Back To Earth by returning to the format of live audience recordings. “The new series is very different,” adds Llewellyn, “it was recorded in front of an audience which gives the whole show a very different feel. As performers we can react to audience laughter, our timing improves and although the show is technically more complex because of the restrictions of live recordings, we all firmly believe the end result is worth it.”
In between filming Red Dwarf X, Llewellyn has been writing his debut science fiction novel, News From Gardenia. It’s about a man called Gavin Meckler, born in 1979, who arrives 200 years in the future. It’s a world that is recognisable and yet utterly different. It’s a place where it’s possible to travel from one side of the world to the other in a matter of minutes without burning fuel, but it’s also a place where everyone is a gardener because that’s how they can be sure to eat. To read the full length interview with Robert Llewellyn, check out a future issue of SciFiNow!
Red Dwarf X will air on Dave in Autumn 2012.