Lister an unhygenic, underachieving Scouser is the
only Human left in a lifeless universe, following a cataclysmic
radiation leak on the mining ship Red Dwarf. Stranded in deep space,
three million years from Earth, he must cope with temporal
anomalies, the odd genetic mutation and all sorts of
He is aided and hindered by the
vessels batty computer Holly; a hologram of Arnold Rimmer, his
obnoxious, self-serving bunkmate; and the Cat, who
evolved from a flea bitten moggy Lister had smuggled aboard. On
their travels they rescue the unassertive service mechanoid, Kryten.
Red Dwarf was developed from a sketch that creators Rob
Grant and Doug Naylor had written for radio called Dave
Hollins Space Cadet. The series was eventually sold to
BBC North West. For Season Three Kryten became part of the regular
cast and Holly remodelled himself as a woman resulting in subtle
changes to the interaction between the cast. In 1998 the series was
remastered and given a uniform look so the series could be sold as
two 26 episode blocks to the USA.
First Run: 15th
of Episodes: Fifty-two by the end of the 1999 season.
'Boyz': Lister (Craig Charles),
Rimmer (Chris Barrie), Holly (Norman Lovett, (Hattie Hayridge), Cat
(Danny John-Jules) and, from year seven, Kochanski (Chloë
The Bad Guys:
Listers confidence and paranoia; authoritarian Holly
substitute Queeg; Hitler; the Polymorph (a monster that sucks out
your emotions) and other Genetically Engineered LifeForms; Hudzen (a
robot intent on replacing Kryten); various crazed simulants; the
mutton vindaloo beast; an army of evil wax droids; the Inquisitor
(judge and executioner of all life in the universe); nutty professor
Dr Hildegarde Lanstrom; the despair squid; the Psirens; assorted
evil manifestations of the crew; and most pernicious of all
And Isnt That... Pop
star Clare Grogan played Listers dream girl Kochanski until
she was usurped by Crime Traveller Chloë Annett. Others
include: EastEnders Anita Dobson and Paul Bradley, Survivors
John Abineri and Denis Lill, Jenny Agutter, Nicholas Ball,
Angela Bruce, Don Henderson, Geraldine McEwan, Koo Stark, Maggie
Steed and TV chef Ainsley Harriot.
Stupid space corps directives. The crew
being unaware that theyre stuck in virtual reality.
Dreadlocks and curry-stained T-shirts for
Lister; silly green suits and bri-nylon for Rimmer. The Cat is a
fashion statement in himself.
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Holly is replaced by the malicious Queeg who
insists on whipping the crew into shape. The funniest conclusion
in the series history.
A very funny and sharp insight into the
relationship between Rimmer and Lister when they get stranded
together and the latter has to eat dog food.
Hilarious, mind-numbing horror, with a
chance to see Rimmer as Rolf Harris.
Rimmers finest hour as he leaves Red
Dwarf to pursue all hes ever wanted. Even the
Cat has some superbly funny lines in this one.
Bubbling Under: Most of
Season Two, Timeslides, White Hole, Quarantine, Gunmen of
concentrated too much on the 2D celebrity
facsimiles and not enough on jokes, lame doppelgänger
outing Demons and Angels was a disappointment
given its potential, and regrettably very little of Season Seven
came up to scratch.
Dwarf BBC2: Thursday 21.00; Sundays 21.00
UK Gold: See magazine for details
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