Red Dwarf (1988– )
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Back in the Red: Part 1 

The Nano Bots have rebuilt Red Dwarf and Lister, Kochansi, Kryten and Cat find that the Nano Bots have not only rebuilt the ship, the Nano Bots have resurrected the crew and they find ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
... Rimmer
... Lister
... Cat
... Kryten
... Kochanski
... Holly
... Captain Hollister
Paul Bradley ... Chen
David Gillespie ... Selby
Karl Glenn Stimpson ... MP Thornton
... Doc Newton
Andy Taylor ... Dr. Lucas McClaren


The Nano Bots have rebuilt Red Dwarf and Lister, Kochansi, Kryten and Cat find that the Nano Bots have not only rebuilt the ship, the Nano Bots have resurrected the crew and they find themselves in big trouble, as they find themselves standing trial for a series of crimes. Lister tries to persuade Rimmer to allow him to escape and to track down the Nano Bots, the only way for Lister to convince Rimmer is by helping Rimmer find the Luck virus in Starbug's wreckage. Written by Daniel Williamson

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Comedy | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

18 February 1999 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In Nanarchy (#7.8) Kochanski has dark brown hair. But in the following show Back in the Red - Part 1 (#8.1) which continues on from the end of Nanarchy, Kochanski has blonde hair. Doug Naylor decided to let Chloe Annett keep her natural hair color instead of dying her hair dark brown again. See more »


When the sexual magnetism virus was first seen in Red Dwarf: Quarantine it was shown as a test tube full of clear blue liquid. Here it has changed to a clear red liquid instead. See more »


Doc Newton: [Nanobots have resurrected Red Dwarf and all her crew] What's this rumour that we're three million light years into deep space, and Red Dwarf's changed shape?
Captain Frank Hollister: That is classified information, Karen! Who the hell told you that?
Doc Newton: The coffee machine on G-deck.
Captain Frank Hollister: That damn coffee machine. I'm gonna bust his ass down to tampon dispenser!
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References Alien (1979) See more »


Future Conflict
Written and Performed by Dominic Glynn and Martin Smith
Published by Chappell Recorded Music Library
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love dwarf series 8 esp Back in the Red
26 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

7 slightly missed the mark, 8 is wrongly maligned...inspired performances in back in the Red esp Craig Charles at his best as Lister...difficult to believe that others have not stated so...

anyway, timing in comedy is key, and Danny John Jules as well as Criag Charles are in top form for series 8....Chris Barrie is great as usual and the return of Norman Lovett is great, while Hattie Hayridge was great as well...Chloe Annett's Kochanski is much improved from series 7, has her comic form down why is it so knocked? The whole atmosphere around the show was great at that time...

so much laughter is provided by series 8 and it deserves far more in the way of kudos...lighten up ye of stodgy temperament!

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