I did hear somewhere (I forget where, who or when.....BobbyLlews blog maybe?) that any future journey's into the RD universe will pick up at the end of series VIII and happen before BtE. Personally, I don't believe it.......and I think it would foolish to do it this way. BtE acts as a fantastic reset button to the whole Red Dwarf franchise. We've got our main 4 characters alone in deep space going space crazy. Lister now has a purpose again....something that went missing midway through the original series. Sure, he is no longer chasing the impossible dream of a farm on Fiji, but searching through space for his one true love who he knows is out there....somewhere. It's possibly better than the original dream. Rimmer is back to being a hologram and not necessarily the softened version that his character grew to be during series VII. Cat.....erm......still looks sharp and Kryten.....erm.....still serving the last human alive!!