The making of Red Dwarf XI is now under way, but I am currently in the process of planning the Convention schedule for next year and will confirm some dates in the coming weeks. I have enjoyed attending Conventions in 2014/15 and very much look forward to resuming this from April ’16.

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 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.

There has been some recent publicity about the possible return of The Brittas Empire. Currently, I believe a script is still being developed with a view to recording a ‘special’ or ‘pilot’ at some stage. 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.

Best wishes,

Chris Barrie