It’s not news (which seems to be rather thin on the ground at the moment), but I’ve been doing some investigating. Take a look at this – the first mention of Red DwarfI can find on Google’s Usenet archive. Pity the quoted line:
“In fact, we’re going so fast that controlling the ship is a real brown-trouser job.”
is actually correctly:
“Look, we’re travelling faster than the speed of light. That means, by the time we see something, we’ve already passed through it. Even with an IQ of 6000, it’s still brown trousers time.”
I cuss you bad, Kev Holmes. Still, well done. For the record, it was posted on 20th October, 1988 – and the episode in question (Future Echoes) was broadcast 22nd February 1988. Have a look at some more early Red Dwarf posts – go backwards through them to get them in order. I’ve searched all the way to the end of 1989, so if you want to go further than that, you’ll need to change it.
In site updates, I’ve uploaded my reviews of Future Echoes and Balance Of Power. If you disagree with them, why not write a review yourself and send it in? The Edit News article has also been updated, to include a cut to Demons and Angels (see section 9). I only saw the episode recently on UK Gold, and realised I’d been watching the cut episode for years, and never heard the line before. Odd.