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Show co-creator and writer Doug Naylor confirmed Series X episodes Red Dwarf: Lemons (2012) and Red Dwarf: The Beginning (2012) utilized parts of his unused script for the Red Dwarf movie. In Lemons, the concept of performing surgery on Jesus was taken from a part in the script involving the boys doing the same but for Captain Hollister. In The Beginning, the Simulants were modeled after the Homo Sapienoids of the movie complete with being cross-bred with humans and Hogey the Roguey was a character originally planned for the movie. Actor Richard O'Callaghan was even the first and only officially confirmed casting choice for the movie as Hogey, who finally got to play him here. See more »
Cat is supposedly descended from Lister's cat 3 million years earlier. There wouldn't be enough genetic diversity in such a scenario, and the increasing levels of inbreeding would have wiped the cats out long before evolving into humanoid form. See more »
The Series 2 finale Red Dwarf: Parallel Universe (1988) does not have the regular intro sequence. See more »
"Red Dwarf" made its Canadian TV debut on the youth-oriented network YTV. Extensive cuts were made to most episodes shown to remove offensive language or innuendo, and one episode, "Polymorph," was banned outright. In one episode, a joke in which Lister burps the melody of a song was cut out, rendering the joke meaningless. See more »
Although Red Dwarf is over 17 years old now, it's only in the last year or so that I've seen it in-depth. At first I was a little cautious as it was described as a "cult" favourite, which I think is a polite way of saying geek/nerd fest. Fortunately my concerns were unfounded, as it is one of the funniest sitcoms I've ever seen.
The reason for this, in my opinion, is the terrific writing by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor - who also wrote the excellent Spitting Image. Of course, good writing would be useless without good actors delivering the lines, fortunately ever part in Red Dwarf is perfectly cast. Craig Charles (an unknown stand up comic before he was cast) and Chris Barrie (who previously worked with Grant and Naylor on Spitting Image) are both excellent in the lead roles of Dave Lister and Arnold Rimmer respectively. Robert Llwellyn, who plays Kryten, an android, only joined Red Dwarf in season 3, but quickly established himself as a lot of peoples favourite character. My favourite character, however, has to be the Cat, played by Danny John-Jules, mainly for the outlandish outfits he habitually wears.
Unfortunately the series is no longer on T.V. (in fact they haven't made any new ones since 1998), but you can now buy the series on DVD, and I strongly recommend you do (especially for the fantastic extras that are included).
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