The Red Dwarf investigates an ocean ship, The Esperanto, where they find the ship's crew have all committed suicide, and are attacked by a sea monster called The Despair Squid. Later they wake up to ...
After investigating a abandoned research complex on a ice planet. Lister, Cat and Kryten returns to Red Dwarf only to find Rimmer has been infected with an electronic virus and he has taken over Red ...
An unambitious slob from Liverpool has been awakened from a high-tech stasis chamber 3 million years in the future to find he may be one of the last humans alive. Hopelessly lost in space, this crew of mostly sad-act bachelors kill time and share adventure aboard the mining ship Red Dwarf.Written by
Chris Barrie decided to reduce his involvement with the series after the sixth season. He was disappointed with the series' increasingly chaotic schedule and he was also starring in The Brittas Empire (1991). He agreed to appear in four of the eight episodes in the seventh season. Barrie returned as a full-time cast member in the eighth season. See more »
The closing credits in the remastered version of Red Dwarf: Backwards (1989) are in reverse. See more »
In the original broadcast of the season 2 episode "Kryten", Rimmer, when confronted with the dead crew of the Nova 5 says "They've got less meat on them than a Chicken McNugget". MacDonalds took exception to this and threatened legal action. All subsequent broadcasts and releases had the "Mc" of "McNugget" silenced, though Rimmer's mouth still forms the full word. See more »
Although Red Dwarf is over 17 years old now, it's only in the last year or so that I've seen it in-depth. At first I was a little cautious as it was described as a "cult" favourite, which I think is a polite way of saying geek/nerd fest. Fortunately my concerns were unfounded, as it is one of the funniest sitcoms I've ever seen.
The reason for this, in my opinion, is the terrific writing by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor - who also wrote the excellent Spitting Image. Of course, good writing would be useless without good actors delivering the lines, fortunately ever part in Red Dwarf is perfectly cast. Craig Charles (an unknown stand up comic before he was cast) and Chris Barrie (who previously worked with Grant and Naylor on Spitting Image) are both excellent in the lead roles of Dave Lister and Arnold Rimmer respectively. Robert Llwellyn, who plays Kryten, an android, only joined Red Dwarf in season 3, but quickly established himself as a lot of peoples favourite character. My favourite character, however, has to be the Cat, played by Danny John-Jules, mainly for the outlandish outfits he habitually wears.
Unfortunately the series is no longer on T.V. (in fact they haven't made any new ones since 1998), but you can now buy the series on DVD, and I strongly recommend you do (especially for the fantastic extras that are included).
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