Happy New Year! The making of Red Dwarf XI is now more or less complete and we are about to commence Red Dwarf XII which, for the cast, should be done and dusted by the second half of March. I am now in the process of planning the Convention schedule for 2016 and so far these are the confirmed dates:

7th May – Weston- Super-Mare ‘Stars of Time’
4th June – Showmasters Brighton
10th September- Showmasters Belfast

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.

http://i-cosplay.org

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