After Red Dwarf Series X blew everyone’s mind by being the funniest the show had been in 20 years, Series XI arrives next month (with Series XII following later in 2017) to hopefully prove once and for all that the smegheads have still got what it takes. The official site has just released a major update containing the episode names, running order, and synopsis, which I’ll just leave here for my fellow dwarfers, along with some recent publicity images:
The Dwarfers find themselves in an alternative version of America where modern technology is prohibited, making Rimmer and Kryten illegal. The Dwarfers infiltrate the tech savvy underground and try to bring down the authoritarian regime.
When the Dwarfers investigate a crashed ship at the bottom of an ocean moon, Lister and Cat become trapped together and Lister’s nightmare begins. Meantime Rimmer and Kryten discover the ship is controlled by a dark force.
3. GIVE AND TAKE
After an altercation with a deranged droid Lister has his kidneys organ-napped. The only solution is to ask Cat, the most selfish creature in the universe, to give him one of his.
4. OFFICER RIMMER
After a scandalous piece of good fortune Rimmer saves the life of a bio-printed Captain and is promoted, fulfilling his life-long dream of becoming an Officer. He immediately opens an Officer’s club, which is out of bounds to the lower orders, and uses the bio-printer to fill it with versions of himself.
Kryten has a mid-life crisis and changes his body cover from Mech grey to Ferrari red. The posse try and show him how much he’s achieved in life by taking him to visit a mechanoid from his old fleet.
6. CAN OF WORMS
Cat takes time off from being in love with himself to fall head over heels in love with a lady Cat with a big secret.
Note: this last episode is undoubtedly based on Identity Within, an unmade episode from Series 7 that got dropped because they didn’t have the budget for it at the time (instead we got the absolutely awful Duct Soup.) If you can’t wait another month, you can watch a reconstruction of that episode with Chris Barrie doing all the voices below.
While no official release date has been given yet beyond “September” there’s a special advanced screening of the first episode at a BAFTA event on Monday, September 12th, so it seems likely that the episode will air later that week, possibly on Thursday the 15th if they’re keeping the same day and timeslot as Series X.