Hello there! In lieu of anything especially Dwarfy happening at the moment, let me talk to you about 1970s post-apocalyptic drama Survivors. And while I could do 10,000 words on how the show transitioned from being shot on film to recorded on VT and why that was a good thing, a) That isn’t strictly within the remit of this website, and b) It would probably make you want to drown me in the nearest river. Even more than usual, I mean.
So instead, let’s do an old-style Observation Dome post and take a look at the Red Dwarf connection with the show. Specifically: Series 2 of Survivors contains no less than three Red Dwarf guest cast members as regulars. And the first time they all come together is in Episode 5, The Face of the Tiger.
First up, Denis Lill as Charles Vaughan, leader of the Whitecross community:
Then, John Abineri as Hubert Goss, shepherd and cunt:
And finally, Gordon Salkilld as Jack Wood, ex-carpenter and not cunt:
What a weird quirk of fate that the latter two both guest in Better Than Life. Anyway, if you’ve never seen it, I highly recommend the original 1970s incarnation of Survivors – I’m even going to link to a DVD price comparison website to give this piece a truly old-school feel.
As for other shows which have three people who have guested in Dwarf, Absolutely is the obvious one, with Morwenna Banks, Jack Docherty and Gordon Kennedy. A less obvious example is The Strangerers, which manages four: as well as Morwenna and Jack again, there’s Mark Williams and Sarah Alexander.
Here’s your challenge, then: is there any show which shares five actors or more with Red Dwarf?