Red Dwarf – Back To Earth

Kryten: Sir, you don’t have to be a great philanthropist or missionary worker, you simply have to seize the gift of life…
Rimmer: Oh, God!
Kryten: …make a contribution…
Rimmer: Oh, God!
Kryten: …no matter how small.
Rimmer: Oh, God!
Kryten: You simply have to have led a life that wasn’t totally egocentric, vain and self-serving.
Rimmer: You’re doing this on purpose, aren’t you?

Kim woke me up with a little good news today. News that I immediately hit the news sites to verify. It’s coming true, it’s all coming true.

Cult comedy Red Dwarf is returning to TV, 21 years after its initial launch.

The show has been resurrected by digital channel Dave for a two-part Easter weekend special, which sees the cast finally return to Earth. Written and directed by Red Dwarf co-creator Doug Naylor, the new show reunites the line-up, including Craig Charles. The hit show, which ran for eight series on BBC Two between 1988 and 1999, won an International Emmy award.

Set three million years into the future, the show followed the exploits of Dave Lister, slovenly crew member of the mining ship Red Dwarf – and the last man in the universe. He was joined in his weekly attempts to make it back to Earth by a cast of oddballs including human hologram Arnold Rimmer, mechanoid servant Kryten and Cat – a preening half-man, half-animal who evolved from the ship’s cat.

At its peak, Red Dwarf pulled in around eight million viewers and was broadcast in more than 25 countries. It has sold more than seven million DVDs and videos.

The new two-part series Red Dwarf: Back to Earth will be followed by a “no holds barred” episode without sets, special effects or autocue. The weekend will climax with Red Dwarf: the Making of Back to Earth, a behind-the-scenes special from the new episodes.

~ From BBC News ~

David Lister, Technician, 3rd class. Captain’s remarks: “Has requested sick leave due to diarrhea on no less than 500 occasions. Left his previous job as a supermarket trolley attendant after ten years because he didn’t want to get tied down to a career.”

For the past ten years since the last of the 52 episodes was shown on television, Doug Naylor has been attempting to ressurect Red Dwarf and finish off the story with a movie. The movie has repeatedly been ready to film yet funding has always been pulled at the last moment. At one point £20 million was offered by an american interest on the condition that Lister was played by Hugh Grant and Kochanski was played by Kylie Minogue. The person was ridculed continually as that condition would have spoiled the shows unique appeal. As a result of this, Red Dwarf fans around the world have gone for ten years without knowing how the story ends. I have personally made a vow that if I ever came into enough money myself I’d fund the movie myself just to have the story finished.

“I’ll tell you one thing. I’ve been to a parallel universe, I’ve seen time running backwards, I’ve played pool with planets and I’ve given birth to twins, but I never thought in my entire life I’d taste an edible Pot Noodle”

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Oh smeg. What the smegging smeg’s he smegging done? He’s smegging killed me.

More Red Dwarf
The Trial Of Arnold Rimmer
The Arnold Rimmer Experience
We’re finished!!!
“I think it’s for you.”


8 thoughts on “Red Dwarf – Back To Earth

  1. *saves page to show someone later*Our tv was so crap they only played certain episodes of different seasons :irked: haven't found anyone who has the full box set yet :awww: or even heard of it :doh:

  2. I loved that show! The special effects were shit, but that's the BBC. :left: We could only get that show on Public Broadcasting, so the schedule was off-ish. It was a riot, though.

  3. Dennis, the part in the fourth season where the Cat high fives himself hasn't been beaten in effects yet. :p.There's 52 episodes and about three of them didn't match the standard. I count it as the best comedy show ever with lasting appeal. Can't wait til this airs in April.

  4. The name of the channel is almost appropriate :

    Everybody's dead, Dave

    However, I'm pretty nervous about this. The show had some superb episodes and ideas, but I'd say at least a quarter of them were completely forgettable.And I've read the Red Dwarf books that were written by Doug Naylor and Rob Grant separately – they're not a patch on the ones they did together.I'll watch it, of course :D.

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