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Created by Rob Grant, Grant Nayler and Doug Nayler. Starring Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Norman Lovett, Hattie Hayridge, Chloe Annet and Robert Llenwellyn.
Red Dwarf was first aired on the BBC in 1988 and ran until 1999, showing 52 episodes with-in 8 series.
The series starts showing Red Dwarf as a mining ship, the size of a small town, which is scurrying around space with a crew of hundreds, until Arnold Rimmer, (played by Chris Barrie) accidentally kill all in board with his bodge up engineering, causing a radiation leak. The only survivors on the ship are Dave Lister, (played by Craig Charles), a beer swigging, curry eating slob, who was imprisoned in 'Stasis' on the charge of with holding the where-about of Frankenstein, his pet cat. The other survivor being Frankenstein, who was by chance sealed in the cargo hold. The ships computer, Hollie, (voiced by Norman Lovett in series 1,2,7 and 8, by Hattie Hayridge in series 3,4 and 5), has no choice but to seal the ship until the contamination is cleared, this takes 3 billion years and this length of time sends Hollie slightly stir crazy, leaving the usually super intelligent computer with a bit of a crazy sense of humour. Three billion years of evolution in the feline world also creates the surviving ancestor of Frankenstein, rightly named 'cat' (played by Danny John-Jules), the arrogant, self centred cat/man. When Hollie thinks it is safe to release Lister he also creates a hologram of one of the crew members, this hologram happens to be Lister's higher in command, Arnold Rimmer, (played by Chris Barrie).
As the three crew members travel the universe in search of Earth they encounter many hilarious scrapes and some great action scenes, keeping the viewer in stitches.
In series 2 we are introduced to the robot Kryton, (played by Robert Llewellyn), who is rescued by the Red Dwarf crew when they find him abandoned on another ship.
As the series continues we see everything from time travel to Rimmer world, a land of nothing but Rimmers alter-egos.
The four members of the ship supplying enough entertainment for everyone. Other characters are introduced as the show goes on, such as Kristine Kochanski, (played by Clare Grogan and Chloe Annett, after7), the long time love of Lister.
Series 8 sees the crew of red dwarf being regenerated with the help of the 'nanobots'. There are a few good laughs in this series but the real laughs still remained with the cast of four…Rimmer, Kryton, Lister and Cat…..
This is a fantastic series and is well worth watching if you like sci-fi and all out comedy.
When the four are locked up watch out for 'Kryton tv' as this will make your sides split with laughter.
Also, they do try to confuse us with a possible alternative ending to the series, regarding a video game.