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Red Dwarf

By Geeky Gem

As many of you know, when I am not working I am either watching a movie or television, very often this will be a DVD that I have in my vast collection. one such television series that I own is Red Dwarf.

Red Dwarf is a British comedy which primarily comprises eight series (plus a ninth smaller series named Back To Earth) of a television science fiction sitcom that aired on BBC Two between 1988 and 1999 and on Dave in 2009 and 2012. It gained cult following, it was created by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, who also wrote the first six series.

In 2008, a three-episode production was commissioned by the digital channel Dave. These episodes were screened in April 2009 during the Easter weekend and comprised a three-part story titled Red Dwarf: Back to Earth. Unlike the majority of the original BBC episodes, this mini-series was a comedy drama filmed without a studio audience or an added laugh track.

Despite the fact it is a sci-fi comedy the science fiction is only used as a backdrop, Red Dwarf is primarily a character-driven comedy, with off-the-wall, often scatological science fiction elements used as complementary plot devices. In the early episodes, a recurring source of comedy was the “Odd Couple”-style relationship between the two central characters of the show, who have an intense dislike for each other and are trapped together deep in space. The main characters are Dave Lister, the last known human alive, and Arnold Rimmer, a hologram of Lister’s dead bunkmate. The other regular characters are Cat, a lifeform that evolved from the descendants of Lister’s pregnant pet cat Frankenstein; Holly, Red Dwarf’s computer; Kryten, a service mechanoid; and, as of Series VII, Kristine Kochanski, an alternative-reality version of Lister’s long-lost love.



One of the series’ highest accolades came in 1994, when an episode from the sixth series, “Gunmen of the Apocalypse”, won an International Emmy Award in the Popular Arts category, and in the same year the series was also awarded “Best BBC Comedy Series” at the British Comedy Awards. The series attracted its highest ratings, of over eight million viewers, during the eighth series in 1999.

Series X will consist of six episodes, recorded in front of a studio audience in December 2011-January 2012 and will air in Autumn 2012 on Dave and also on Dave HD.

If you havent seen any of this show, then yu have to get you hands on it. Te stories are really good and the use of sets is fantastic. One of the reasons I like it so much is because of the idea that the last reaming human is a slob and lay about yet he still wants to get home and he never loses hope that he will. now for your viewing pleasure I leave you with the Series X trailer.

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2 thoughts on “Red Dwarf

  1. Can’t wait to see this! I felt that the Back to Earth special was a little bit of a let down, even if it was a very welcome return of the crew.

    I think to me the audience laughter made the jokes feel hollow – I was used to the BBC style of it all, and from the trailer it looks like the style is returning to its traditional format.

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