There has been some recent publicity about the return of The Brittas Empire. Currently, I believe a script is being developed with a view to recording a ‘special’ or ‘pilot’ at some stage this year or next. Given that we start recording Red Dwarf XI in November, I would say that a possible Brittas Empire recording would have to wait until 2016. If you are a journalist, don’t bother emailing me about an interview for the time being. I would prefer to wait until there is something more concrete to talk about. Suffice to say, I would very much look forward to returning as Gordon Brittas and I am as intrigued as anyone to see how he would fit into Twenty-First Century Britain…

I need to clarify that I do not have Twitter or Facebook accounts, so if you do see or hear of a Chris Barrie on either of the two, it definitely isn’t me. As some of you know, I struggle to keep up with the webmail, without wanting to further disappoint anyone on social media.

2015 is very much another year of attending conventions up and down the country. However, the conventions listed below are the only ones I will be attending before we start making the new series of Red Dwarf (between November 2015 and March 2016). I will probably return to the convention circuit from May 2016- following a brief vacation after my exertions on the new series!

Earlier this year, I took up the role of Patron for the anti-bullying campaign I Cosplay. Being a regular convention guest, the Cosplay world is very familiar to me. Coupling this with 27 years of playing Arnold Rimmer, (who let’s face it has been on the receiving end of more than his fair share of bullying!), I am possibly an appropriate person to be involved with the charity.

Other confirmed dates of convention appearances generally are as follows:

August 29th- Bournemouth Film and Comic Con (showmaster)

September 26th – Northampton Comic Con

Regarding RDXI and XII recordings I am not sure when tickets will be available but keep a regular check on the Red Dwarf site for details.

Best wishes,

Chris Barrie