Red Dwarf (1988– )

TV Series   |  TV-14   |    |  Comedy, Sci-Fi


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The adventures of the last human alive and his friends, stranded three million years into deep space on the mining ship Red Dwarf.

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Creators:

Rob Grant, Doug Naylor

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21 January 2004 | LiamABC
The most original comedy of the last twenty years.
Where to start? The writing, the cast, the effects . . . superb.

Firstly, the writing. The situation is so unbelievable it works. Three million years out into deep space, with the unlikeliest crew you could find. And bizarre and funny things just keep happening. The secret? You might ask the same question of previous comedy greats. It just is.

The effects - especially since remastering - are breathtaking. I don't know how "true to life" it is, but it doesn't need to be. Seeing Starbug come crashing through the cargo bay doors is a joy to behold.

And the cast. Sensational. Chris Barrie (Rimmer) is the outstanding comedy actor of his generation. With the possible exception of Rowan Atkinson, I don't think there's a single man alive who could play the smeghead so well.

Equally, Craig Charles as Lister - a complete slob who is in fact the most decent person among the crew. A beautiful irony, and Charles focuses on the slob part so well that we tend to forget the character's decent side. This is not a bad thing - quite the reverse. When the decent side does appear, it is all the more prominent for it.

Norman Lovett (1-2, 8) and Hattie Hayridge (3-5) as Holly, the computer. I prefer Lovett's take, and don't fully understand why he was replaced. Hayridge did a fine job (indeed there's some moments that Lovett couldn't have done), but Lovett is the definitive Holly. He has the comic face for it.

Not forgetting Robert Llewellyn as the guilt-happy mechanoid Kryten, who overacts beautifully, as does Danny John-Jules as the vainest life form ever to have existed. Brilliant.

These ingredients made Red Dwarf amazing. Rob Grant and Doug Naylor's writing collaboration was a thing of beauty. As a team, they function superbly.

Unfortunately, the opposite is also true. Something's missing when they're not together. Series 7 had its moments, but was distinctly lacking - not least because Chris Barrie was in less than half the episodes. Series 8, it dropped even further. Barrie was back, but that was the only plus. Bringing the entire crew back was a very big mistake.

Overall? I'd say 8/10 for originality and sheer zaniness!

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Trivia

As with all other series, the seventh series was shot on videotape. But it was subsequently treated with an experimental "filmizing" process, to give the illusion that it was shot on film. This technique has since become common on British comedy and drama series, with varying acceptance by fans. It was also applied to series 1 and 2 for their "re-mastered" re-releases, but this, along with the models being replaced with CGI, prove unpopular with the fans, and has been dropped for subsequent video/DVD re-issues.


Quotes

Lister: You must have been close? Really close?
Arnold Rimmer: Close? CLOSE? I HATED HIM!


Crazy Credits

In the intro sequence of Series 1 and 2, a man in a spacesuit (Lister) is seen painting the exterior of Red Dwarf and the camera pulls back to reveal the Red Dwarf spaceship and we see Red Dwarf flying towards the black void of space and Series 3 - onwards, a montage of the episodes from each season is seen during the intro sequence.


Alternate Versions

A Japanese version of the series exists, featuring (beyond Japanese dubbing), a re-edited version of the opening credits (a different shot of Lister painting the logo, a montage of clips from the episodes, some featuring Kryten, a different edit of the theme song, some CGI shots, and the 'zoom out' shot of the ship that Grant-Naylor couldn't properly pull off originally), along with a completely different model of the Red Dwarf itself. There are no episode title cards; the title is instead seen during the opening of the episode. The original audience laughter appears to be intact.


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Howard Goodall
Performed by Jenna Russell

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

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