Like the previous series, it was produced by both UKTV Play, Grant Naylor Productions and Baby Cow Productions. Filming took place at Pinewood Studios almost immediately after Series XI in late 2015, with Series XII filmed in early 2016.
The Series XII DVD cover is reversible; one side shows the main characters as mechanoids (as in "Siliconia"); and the other side shows the new blue-tinged Science Room which has featured in Series XI and XII, with the older Holly (as in "Skipper") along the spine.
Series XII also has its own mobile game, Red Dwarf XII: The Game.
On 2 May 2015 it was officially announced that two new series of Red Dwarf were commissioned by Dave. These once again featured the main cast of Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules, and Robert Llewellyn and were written and directed by Doug Naylor. Recording began for both series in October 2015 in front of a live audience, and the twelve produced episodes were broadcast in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
The rest of the crew discover just how it feels to be Kryten when they're arrested by the Mechanoid Intergalactic Liberation Front. The Dwarfers come across a ship where criticism is illegal, and a space station where the crew have developed a cure for evil. When all the machines on Red Dwarf go on strike, Rimmer and Kryten hold a Presidential election, while the Cat faces an identity crisis like never before when he discovers he needs glasses. Lister discovers a simple update of the ship's latest software could be a matter of life or death. Finally, Rimmer decides to leave Red Dwarf in search of a parallel universe where he isn't such a massive loser.
- Craig Charles as Dave Lister
- Chris Barrie as Arnold Rimmer
- Danny John-Jules as The Cat
- Robert Llewellyn as Kryten
|Picture||Title||Original Airdate||Episode #|
|Cured||5 October 2017 (UKTV Play)
12 October 2017 (Dave)
|The Dwarfers search for some tech to fix Starbug's faulty steering. They come across a Scientific Research Centre where several figures from history are recreated in the present and 'cured' of evil. Or are they?|
|Siliconia||12 October 2017 (UKTV Play)
19 October 2017 (Dave)
|The rest of the crew discover just how it feels to be Kryten when they're arrested by the Mechanoid Intergalactic Liberation Front.|
|Timewave||19 October 2017 (UKTV Play)
26 October 2017 (Dave)
|A ship from the 23rd century is washed up from the past and the Dwarfers run into a crew where criticism is illegal.|
|Mechocracy||26 October 2017 (UKTV Play)
2 November 2017 (Dave)
|When all the machines on Red Dwarf go on strike Rimmer and Kryten hold a Presidential election, while The Cat faces an identity crisis like never before when he discovers he needs glasses.|
|M-Corp||2 November 2017 (UKTV Play)
9 November 2017 (Dave)
|When the Dwarfers upload the latest software update they discover the Jupiter Mining Corporation, owners of Red Dwarf, have been bought by M Corp - a company that only allows products made by them to be visible to their employees.|
|Skipper||9 November 2017 (UKTV Play)
16 November 2017 (Dave)
|Rimmer gets hold of a Quantum skipper and skips his way across the multi-verse looking for a dimension where he's not such a giant loser.|