Brand new series of Red Dwarf starts 4th October

A brand new smegging series of the cult British sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf, which is set 3 million years in the future on a six-mile long mining ship, starts on 4th October. Red Dwarf X will be the first new Red Dwarf since a three-part special in 2009, but the first full series since 1999. There will be six episodes. In Britain the new series will be shown on Dave, a channel actually named after one of the show's characters, Dave Lister.

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Cat, Rimmer, Lister and Kryten in the brand new series of Red Dwarf

After the strangeness that was Red Dwarf: Back The Earth – the miniseries that revived the cult sci-fi comedy franchise three years ago – the crew are back for their first full series in 13 years.

And having seen the first new instalment, titled Trojan, in full today, I can report (with a minor spoiler alert for the rest of this piece) that, in one catchphrase of the episode, all is ‘hey ho, pip and dandy’.

It is, in short, like Lister, Rimmer, Kryten and Cat had never been away… just in stasis. Filmed in front of an audience, and with a plot that could have come from one of the earlier BBC Two series, the comeback for the Dave channel is a return to form.

The first few minutes, though, are not the most promising. We start in the familiar Red Dwarf setting with Cat, resplendent in purple pimp suit, bounding in with a triumphant 'Yeaaa-h!' to find Lister reading a book of strange-but true trivia. It prompts a cringeworthy exchange in which Cat has to be preternaturally stupid to get out some corny lines – and the viewer might be forgiven for thinking the franchise was better off dormant.

Thankfully, though, this is just a bumpy takeoff, and we are soon in familiar territory, with the supercilious loser Rimmer awaiting – yet again – the results of another astronav exam which could elevate him from vending-machine engineer to officer status. No fan will need telling what the outcome is.

Red Dwarf herself

Rimmer’s resentment at his lowly status in life is central to the episode – it’s literally an all-consuming bitterness that causes his holograph technology to occasionally crash, his eyes, amusingly, becoming the ‘spinning beachballs of doom’ familiar to all technology users.

The jealousy for the life he could have had is exacerbated when Red Dwarf stumbles across a gleaming ghost ship, Trojan, once part of the Space Corps’ Super Infinity Fleet – either an elite fighting force, or in class-conscious Lister’s eye’s a squadron of overprivileged jokers. It is a particularly cruel reminder for Rimmer, as his brother served in that unit.

I won’t reveal any more of the plot – you’ll have to tune in to Dave at 9pm on October 4 for that. But there’s some space adventure, some funny character-led outbursts, a sly movie reference, and a generous smattering of funny lines, normally in the form of contrived metaphor.

This is pretty much the cocktail which made Red Dwarf such a success in the first place. Writer Doug Naylor – one of the original creators – has overlooked some of the grander sci-fi concepts and ignored any over-complicated ways to tie up storylines with previous series to produce a standalone episode which serves as a useful reintroduction to the characters that’s accessible to those new to the Dwarf. We’re still missing deadpan computer Holly – as played by Hattie Hayridge or Norman Lovett – but there are guest roles for Mark Dexter and Susan Earl.

There is no great reboot of the format, more of a back-to-basics approach, and all the better for it. And to whet your appetite further, here’s a teaser clip for the six-part series, whose other episodes are titled Fathers and Suns, Lemons, Entangled, Dear Dave and The Beginning.

Red Dwarf X - Kryten and Rimmer Secret Clip - YouTube

The Characters:

Dave Lister: The only human onboard mining ship Red Dwarf. This Scouser normally dresses in a leather jacket and hat, his boiler suits and his lengthy dreadlocks that he grows only from the back of his head. He also loves his curries. Up until Red Dwarf 7, he was presumed to be the only human still in existence, due to a radiation leak on the Red Dwarf which killed the crew while he was in stasis. Holly, the ship's computer, piloted the ship away from Earth and kept Lister in stasis for 3 million years, during which time radiation levels returned to normal and he was released.

Cat: A descendant of Dave Lister's pet cat whose species evolved into a humanoid form over 3,000,000 years while Dave Lister was in suspended animation. As a character he is vain and aloof, and loves to dress in extravagant clothing.

Arnold Rimmer: A former human, he was killed by the radiation leak in the first series which killed the rest of the crew except Lister. He is now a hologram, a loser and is unpopular with the rest of the crew and is often the target of insults and pranks.

Kryten: A Series 4000 mechanoid or "slave 'noid" — a robotic servant — who is quite neurotic. He is very humanoid, with the exception of the flat cubic planes visible on his face and head, and stands at 6 feet tall. Kryten's design is mostly plastic, but there are some slight organic elements in his construction. His full name is Kryten 2X4B - 523P.

Red Dwarf X: The first look : Features 2012 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide (external - login to view)
Last edited by Blackleaf; Sep 23rd, 2012 at 11:11 AM..
smeg..... one of my favorites
My favourite.

Chico and Harpo Marx in a piano duet - YouTube


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