Since recording Red Dwarf XI and XII I have very much enjoyed returning to the convention scene and every now and then, I am contacted with a view to attending future events, many of which are new. Please accept my sincerest apologies for not managing to reply to all of these enquirers, but there is simply not enough time for this to happen. The second half of the year kicks of with Lincoln Comic Con on the 9th July and continues as per the list below – which is likely to be added to as we go forward:

9th July – Lincoln Comic Con
30th/31st July – MCM Manchester
21st August – Worcester (Emcon)
27th August – Guildford Comic-Con
23rd/24th September – MCM Glasgow
8th October – Gloucester Comic-Con
15th October – Def Con 5, Totton
19th/20th November – MCM Birmingham

Earlier in 2015, 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 28 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 suitable person to be involved with the charity.

Regarding the possible return of The Brittas Empire, which caused a moment or two of excitement last year, things have gone very quiet indeed – in fact totally silent. I believe a script was being developed with a view to recording a special or pilot at some stage. So if you are a journalist, don’t bother emailing me about an interview as I would prefer to wait until there is something concrete to talk about and that doesn’t look likely at the moment. I tend to agree with Barry Humphries, of Dame Edna Everage fame, when he recently suggested that political correctness is sterilising modern comedy. I would very much look forward to returning as Gordon Brittas but given that he is probably one of the most insensitive people on earth, I am intrigued to see how he would fit into Twenty First Century Britain. Would he be allowed to say that overweight people should do something about their “thick, unattractive ankles”? I wouldn’t be at all surprised if even this were to make the modern TV executive a tad nervous. As for Carol keeping babies in cupboards…..

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.

Best wishes,

Chris Barrie