Red Dwarf: The Promised Land

It’s been more than two years since we last saw Dave and the crew, but the wait is almost over. Red Dwarf: The Promised Land will premiere at 9 PM BST on April 9. While most fans would obviously have preferred the thirteenth season, this one-off movie promises almost as much content, thanks to its 90-minute runtime. Below, we’ll let you know how to watch Red Dwarf: The Promised Land from anywhere in the world.

It’s important to realize that we’re only recommending official sources for watching Red Dwarf. This show is a cult classic and as such, it’s likely there’ll be unauthorized streams available. You should note, though, that these usually provide poor-quality video and can be taken offline at any moment for copyright infringement. Besides, since you can watch the Red Dwarf special free of charge anyway, there’s no reason to use shady, unreliable streams.

This special feature-length episode of Red Dwarf will only be shown on region-locked streaming services. If you’re abroad and looking to watch on your usual services, you’ll have to connect to a Virtual Private Network (VPN) server in your home country.

How to watch Red Dwarf: The Promised Land abroad with a VPN

The good news is that VPNs are actually much simpler than they seem at first glance. Below is a step-by-step guide to streaming Red Dwarf: The Promised Land from abroad.

Here’s how to watch the Red Dwarf (season 13) special online:

  1. Start by signing up for a suitable VPN service if you haven’t already. We recommend ExpressVPN but NordVPN and CyberGhost are two excellent low-cost alternatives.
  2. Now, install the VPN app on any devices you plan to stream on. Usually, you’re allowed five or so simultaneous connections per account, but this varies between providers.
  3. Log in and connect to any of your VPN’s British servers. You’ll typically notice higher speeds from servers that are closest to your location.
  4. Finally, visit the Dave website and try to play a video. It should begin immediately, but if not, you can fix most problems by clearing your cookies and reloading the page.

As the Red Dwarf special will be broadcast live, we strongly recommend taking the time to ensure your VPN works properly with Dave ahead of time. This way, you’re less likely to miss the start due to unforeseen technical trouble. Many VPNs offer 24/7 support over live chat in case of any issues.

How to live stream Red Dwarf: The Promised Land for free on UK TV

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Red Dwarf: The Promised Land will air on Dave at 9 PM BST on April 9. This means that you can stream it live, completely free of charge, via the UKTV website. Note that users are required to create an account beforehand but this only takes a few minutes. Additionally, if you have other plans that night, you can always watch on-demand at a more suitable time.

Looking to catch up before the premiere? UKTV Play currently has six seasons available; they’re out of order but at least they’re free to watch. Meanwhile, Netflix UK has seasons 1–8. Subscriptions start at £5.99 per month, and your first month is free. The remaining four seasons are available on Amazon Prime Video, but they cost between £4.99 and £6.99 each.

You should note that these services are all region-locked. As such, if you’re outside of the UK, you’ll have to use a VPN to access their British content libraries. ExpressVPN offers a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can try it out and claim a full refund if it fails to impress you.

Where else can I watch Red Dwarf online?

At the moment, there are no confirmed international broadcasters for The Promised Land. However, it is possible to watch previous seasons of Red Dwarf in a couple of places outside of the UK. Read on to find out how:


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It’s actually easier for American fans to stream all twelve seasons than it is for those in the UK. That’s because there’s just one broadcaster showing older episodes: Britbox. This service offers a one-week free trial, after which it costs $6.99 USD per month. It’s also possible to subscribe via the Amazon Prime Video addon but as there’s no difference in price, you may as well do whichever is easiest.

Britbox is geo-restricted and only showing Red Dwarf in the US. If you’re traveling abroad at the moment, you can unblock the service and stream as normal using an American VPN server.


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Things are nice and straightforward for Australian fans too. You can watch every episode from every season on Stan. Prices start at $10 AUD per month, although all plans come with a free one-month trial. This means that you can sign up, watch as much as you like, and cancel before the trial ends to avoid being charged.

Stan is geo-restricted and only available in Australia. Despite this, it’s possible to access the service abroad by connecting to one of your VPN’s Australian servers.

What do we know about Red Dwarf: The Promised Land?

The Red Dwarf: The Promised Land trailer actually tells us quite a bit about what to expect. Firstly, it shows that the production value has increased considerably (although it could be argued that the show’s low-budget props and scenery were part of its charm). Second, we know that the plot revolves around a race of cats who have somehow come to believe that Lister is a god.

Sometimes, though, classic TV shows become victims of their own longevity. Early reviews indicate that Red Dwarf: The Promised Land does wrestle with this to some degree, but manages to satisfy both die-hard fans and those new to the series by providing brief recaps of who everyone is and what their backstories are. In other words, there’s something for everyone here.