Red Dwarf Returns - One Not To Be Missed!
A Brand New Style Of Sitcom
In the world of sitcoms, Red Dwarf stands out as unique. There had never been a sci-fi sitcom before, and this remains definitive in the genre. This ran for eight series, from 1988 and following its return in 2009 after a ten year break, a whole new series has been commissioned by the UK TV channel Dave, starting in October this year.
Will it be worth the wait?
Summary of the story
Red Dwarf is a sci-fi sitcom which broke all boundaries when first released in 1988. It was created by writers Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, who were behind, amongst other things "Sptiing Image", another big hit of the eighties. For those who have never seen this before, the basic premise is as follows:
Far into the future, on a mining space ship (Red Dwarf), chicken soup repair man Dave Lister shares his quarters with his immediate superior Arnold Rimmer. The two are complete opposites; Lister is the ultimate slob, whilst Rimmer is fanatically tidy, organised and full of neuroses. To say they don't get along with each other is a serious understatement - they can't stand each other!
Lister smuggles a cat on board for company, but he has to keep this hidden for fear that he will be punished and the cat will be killed. However, he doen't quite manage this, and he gets caught by the Captain. He gets sentanced to months in stasis. Whilst there, a radiation leak kills the whole crew, and by the time it is safe to release him, millions of years have passed! In this time, the cat has not only survived, but evolved, and Holly (the ship's computer) creates a hologramatic version of Rimmer - designed to keep Lister sane!
From there onwards follows their hilarious expoloits in space. They stop off to pick up Kryten, a mechanoid who has inadvertently killed his crew, and later meet a version of another crew member Christine Kochanski (the love of Lister's life) from a parallel dimension.
All in all, this series contains some great ideas for science fiction, whilst making it extremely funny too. The big question is, will the comeback episodes fare as well in the 21st century?
The Cast - Craig Charles as "Dave Lister"
Craig Charles started his career as a poet, performing readings of his work on the BBC TV show "Wogan". Since his days on Red Dwarf, he has become sucessful as a writer, TV presenter and stand up comic.
However, he still continues acting, and has recently appeared on ITV's Coronation Street.
Chris Barrie as "Arnold Rimmer"
Chris Barrie started out as an impressionist, and was a regular performer on ITV's "Spitting Image". He has also played the lead role as Gordon Brittas in the long running BBC comedy programme "The Brittas Empire.
Danny John Jules as "Cat"
Danny John Jules is a dancer by profession, and has skillfully incorporated this in his role as the cat. He also released a single "Tounge Tied" which made the top 20 back in 1993. This was first performed as a segment of the Red Dwarf episode parallel universe.
Since leaving the show, he has continued to act, most noteably in the children's programme "Maid Marion and her merry men".
Robert Llewellyn as "Kryten"
Since Robert Llewellyn's performance in Red Dwarf, he has become sucessful as a TV presenter, most famously in Channel Four's programme "Scrapheap Challenge".
Chloe Annette as "Christine Kochanski"
The role of Christine Kochanski, was originally played by Claire Grogan of Altered Images fame (listed as C P Grogan). However, when it was decided that this role would expand, and she would become a regular cast member, a more suitable actress had to be cast.
Prior to Red Dwarf, Chloe Annette was probably best known for her work in the BBC TV series "Crime Traveller".
Norman Lovett/ Hattie Hayridge as "Holly"
Comedian Norman Lovett played the ship's computer Holly for the first two series, before leaving for his own comedy series "I Lovett". He only mad one series of this.
He was replaced in series three by Hattie Hayridge, whose character was originally designed to be his female equivalent. Hattie is also a stand up comedian, and has also appeared in "Jonathon Creek"
Series 1 Episodes
Ep1 Feb. 15, 1988 The End
Ep2 Feb. 22, 1988 Future Echoes
Ep3 Feb. 29, 1988 Balance of Power
Ep 4 Mar. 7, 1988 Waiting for God
Ep5 Mar. 14, 1988 Confidence & Paranoia
Ep6 Mar. 21, 1988 MeÂ²
Series 2 Episodes
Ep1 Sep. 6, 1988 Kryten
Ep2 Sep. 13, 1988 Better Than Life
Ep3 Sep. 20, 1988 Thanks for the Memory
Ep4 Sep. 27, 1988 Stasis Leak
Ep5 Oct. 4, 1988 Queeg
Ep6 Oct. 11, 1988 Parallel Universe
Video clip from the episode "Stasis Leak" (series 2)
Series 3 Episodes
Ep1 Nov. 14, 1989 Backwards
Ep2 Nov. 21, 1989 Marooned
Ep3 Nov. 28, 1989 Polymorph
Ep4 Dec. 5, 1989 Body Swap
Ep5 Dec. 12, 1989 Timeslides
Ep6 Dec 19, 1989 The Last Day
Series 4 Episodes
Ep1 Feb. 14, 1991 Camille
Ep2 Feb. 21, 1991 D.N.A.
Ep3 Feb. 28, 1991 Justice
Ep4 Mar. 7, 1991 White Hole
Ep5 Mar. 14, 1991 Dimension Jump
Ep6 Mar. 21, 1991 Meltdown
Video clip from the episode "White Hole" (series 4)
Series 5 Episodes
Ep1 Feb. 20, 1992 Holoship
Ep2 Feb. 27, 1992 The Inquisitor
Ep3 Mar. 5, 1992 Terrorform
Ep4 Mar. 12, 1992 Quarantine
Ep5 Mar. 19, 1992 Demons & Angels
Ep6 Mar. 26, 1992 Back to Reality
Series 6 Episodes
Ep1 Oct. 7, 1993 Psirens
Ep2 Oct. 14, 1993 Legion
Ep3 Oct. 21, 1993 Gunmen of the Apocalypse
Ep4 Oct. 28, 1993 Emohawk: Polymorph II
Ep5 Nov. 4, 1993 Rimmerworld
Ep6 Nov. 11, 1993 Out of Time
Video clip from "Blue" (series 7)
Series 7 Episodes
Ep1 Jan. 17, 1997 Tikka to Ride
Ep2 Jan. 24, 1997 Stoke Me a Clipper
Ep3 Jan. 31, 1997 Ouroboros
Ep4 Feb. 7, 1997 Duct Soup
Ep5 Feb. 14, 1997 Blue
Ep6 Feb. 21, 1997 Beyond a Joke
Ep7 Feb. 28, 1997 Epideme
Ep8 Mar. 7, 1997 Nanarchy
Series 8 Episodes
Ep1 Feb. 18, 1999 Back in the Red: Part 1
Ep2 Feb. 25, 1999 Back in the Red: Part 2
Ep3 Mar. 4, 1999 Back in the Red: Part 3
Ep4 Mar. 11, 1999 Cassandra
Ep5 Mar. 18, 1999 Krytie TV
Ep6 Mar. 25, 1999 Pete: Part 1
Ep7 Apr. 1, 1999 Pete: Part 2
Ep8 Apr. 5, 1999 Only the Good...
The Long Awaited Return... - Series 9 Episodes
Red Dwarf finally came back to UK TV screens at Easter 2009 on "Dave", in a special three part story entitled "Back to Earth".
Ep1 Apr. 10, 2009 Back to Earth (Part One)
Ep2 Apr. 11, 2009 Back to Earth (Part Two)
Ep3 Apr. 12, 2009 Back to Earth (Part Three)
"Back to Earth" proved that Red Dwarf was as popular as ever, so the channel has now commissioned a brand new series for 2012. Also they're already showing some of the classic episodes in advance of the main event!
The new series is on its way... - Series 10 Episodes
The brand new series starts on 4th October 2012. So far, not many details have been revealed, but they have now relaesed the following episode titles:
1 - Trojan
2 - Fathers and Suns
3 - Lemons
4 - Entangled
5 - Dear Dave
6 - The Beginning
Here's where you can find the Dave channel in the UK:
Sky 111 | Virgin 128 | Freeview 12
Or one hour later on Dave Ja Vu:
Sky 158 | Virgin 191
Enjoy the new episodes, and don't forget to leave some feedback here once you've seen them!