Red Dwarf finally returns to Earth—and to U.K. TV!

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

The BBC reported that the cult sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf will return to TV, 21 years after its initial launch, and will appear on the digital channel Dave in the United Kingdom for a two-part Easter-weekend special.

In the special, the cast finally return to Earth. Written and directed by Red Dwarf co-creator Doug Naylor, the new show reunites the original cast, including Coronation Street's Craig Charles.

It's unclear when or where the special would air in North America.

The hit show ran for eight series on BBC Two between 1988 and 1999. Set 3 million years in the future, the show followed the exploits of Dave Lister, slovenly crew member of the mining ship Red Dwarf—and the last man in the universe.

He was joined in his weekly attempts to make it back to Earth by a cast of oddballs including human hologram Arnold Rimmer, mechanoid servant Kryten and Cat—a preening half-man, half-animal who evolved from the ship's cat.

The new two-part series Red Dwarf: Back to Earth will be followed by a "no holds barred" episode without sets or special effects. The weekend will climax with Red Dwarf: The Making of Back to Earth, a behind-the-scenes special from the new episodes.