Good news for fans of the Boys From The Dwarf – the indestructible comedy sci-fi behemoth Red Dwarf currently enjoying its second wind of success on the Dave network – as comedian Norman Lovett has let slip that he will be making a return appearance as much-missed deadpan computer Holly in the final episode of the show’s upcoming twelfth series.
Comedy website Chortle! reports that Lovett, now a sprightly seventy years old, revealed the news at the Leicester Comedy Festival earlier this week. “I probably shouldn’t have told you that,” he is reported to have said after making the announcement during his stand-up comedy show. Lovett played Red Dwarf’s gloomy AI for the show’s first two series but was replaced by Hattie Hayridge for series 3 to 6 before returning for series 7 and 8, the final series broadcast on BBC2 in the UK. Lovett is said to have fallen out with the show’s creator/writer Doug Naylor in 2009 when Holly was written out of Dave’s threadbare three-episode resurrection ‘Back to Earth’, the success of which led to the show being recommissioned for a full tenth series and two additional series which were recorded early in 2016. With Doug Naylor hinting at last year’s STARBURST Film Festival that plans are afoot for even more episodes, fans can perhaps look forward to seeing the full crew of the Red Dwarf – including Holly – reunited for good at last.
Red Dwarf XII airs on Dave later this year.
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