Cult sci-fi comedy classic Red Dwarf is making a comeback as two new series have been commissioned by TV channel Dave.

It will reunite Craig Charles (Lister), Chris Barrie (Rimmer), Danny John-Jules (Cat) and Robert Llewellyn (Kryten) as the four hapless space explorers.

The shows will air in 2016 and 2017 after beginning production in the autumn.

Red Dwarf's co-creator Doug Naylor, who is writing and directing Red Dwarf XI and XII, said that he had been trying to bring back the series since 2012.

Frustratingly it's taken until now to get our ducks in a row and all the boys available at the same time. Now they are, we're all absolutely delighted.

Red Dwarf's co-creator Doug Naylor

The show has attracted a cult fan base and a dedicated following since its first airing in 1988 on BBC2.

The show went on to attract more then eight million viewers, was broadcast in 25 countries and scooped International Emmy and British Comedy Awards.