Dimension Jump XIII Report: Byte One

Another year, another DJ. This year brought us the 13th DJ, but would it be the Fan Club’s unlucky number? Read on… DJ XIII was held, as was the one before, in Peterborough, using the same hotel, which has now been re-badged from a Moat House to a Holiday Inn. Now, the hotel wasn’t terribly […]

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The only survivors…

Folks, today is a day for both sadness and joy. Sadness, for the passing away of The White Hole, Garbage World, Observation Dome, and Fuchal – and joy, because they are back with us, albeit as Ganymede & Titan. And yes, this quote would have worked better if this article had been published on relaunch […]

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Future Extras Redux

Sorry? What was that, Andrew? Topic: What did we miss? Conf: Merchandise From: Grant Naylor Administrator Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2006 03:12 PM Series VIII is about to turn up on DVD, completing the collection. Kind of. What I want to know is this: what did we miss? What would you have liked to seen […]

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Episode Orders

Here we are, then; an article detailing the different orders of Red Dwarf episodes, both broadcast and video. It’s pretty simple for the earlier and later series (although there are a few interesting snippets), but IV/V in particular can be a bit confusing. We deliberately haven’t put any recording or broadcast dates on here as it would be a bit too cluttered; besides, that info is easily avaliable on Time Hole. Obviously, the recording order (like the recording dates on Time Hole) is based on the main studio recording in front of the audience, and not on any OBs or pre-record days.

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The Humour of Red Dwarf

Just what exactly is humour? The Macquarie Encyclopaedic Dictionary describes humour as, “one of the four chief bodily fluids, blood, choler or yellow bile, phlegm, and melancholy or black vile, regarded as determining, by their relative proportions in the system, a person’s physical and mental constitution.” Like the humours which make up our healthy body, […]

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The Cast That Might Have Been

Doug Naylor has always insisted that Red Dwarf: The Movie has the original cast. Although this has held up production, surely he is right. Imagine Ben Stiller as Rimmer. (It’s the sort of thing which could have happened – at one point Jim Carrey was being considered for Zaphod Beeblebrox). Fans find the idea of […]

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Yeah, They’re Called “Dreams”

In the world of sitcom, there are of course many central themes, ideas and structures. A common – although admittedly not entirely universal – one is that of dreams, aspiration and attainment. If you look at many classic sitcoms, you can pinpoint a dream of some sort that the central characters have, a goal that […]

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Red Dwarf and Genre

“Choose a contemporary television series and analyse how it can be said to conform or not to a particular programme genre.” The series Red Dwarf ran for eight series between 1988 and 1999 on BBC TWO. In this essay, I will be studying how it conforms to both the science-fiction and situation comedy genres, through […]

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The Myth of Red Dwarf 1

Red Dwarf 1 is slower paced and less action packed than subsequent series. This remark goes even for Red Dwarf 2 which, while it often shares the first series’ claustrophobia and colour scheme (even a supposedly tropical beach is verging on the monochrome), involves more off-ship adventures as well as temporary characters. This much we […]

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