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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In Defence of VIII?

I think VIII is better than VII. Here’s why. First of all, however, an admission: in story terms, VII shits on VIII by a mile. It’s hard to deny this. Just take the first three episodes: Tikka, Stoke, and Ouroboros – all great ideas for a story. Tikka is an interesting alterate history/screwed-up timelines story, […]

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Why Rimmer IS Red Dwarf

Craig Charles is, for many reasons, regarded outside the Red Dwarf fan base as being the main star of the show. Many newspaper articles describe him as such, and he does seem to be the most recognisable face of the show for many. However, I think it’s fair to say that actual Red Dwarf fans, […]

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Justice: or, Crime and Punishment

Crime is a prevalent theme in much fiction – and it’s certainly is no stranger to science fiction. One of the more famous examples of crime SF is Philip K. Dick’s 1956 story “The Minority Report,” which Steven Spielberg recently made into a Major Motion Picture that Completely Missed the Point. Great examples of SF […]

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Cassandra: or, The Marriage Twixt Myth and Story

The idea of knowing the future has always been a subject that has fascinated science fiction authors. For years, people have written on the subject, from Robert J. Sawyer’s Flashforward (1998), about Earth receiving a signal from the Alpha Centauri system to C.J. Cherryh’s Hugo-winning “Cassandra,” (1978) which deals with an end-of-the-world prophesy, to Infinity […]

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Cause and Effect

Red Dwarf‘s effects. Seen as irrelevant or simply boring by some people, I adore them – for the first six series, at least. Partly, of course, for how well they help tell the story – but mainly because they’re cool. Which is why, goddamn it, I get irritated by things like the following. “The first […]

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Wrinkles: A First Look

Before I get started I should point out that what you see here is severely truncated compared to my original plans (hence the rubbish title ‘A First Look’). For this article I have relied on one man to share with me his memories of this obscure radio show and that man was Rob Grant. I’ve […]

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Starbug Electronic Playset

Product: Starbug Electronic Playset Supplier: Product Enterprise Price: £29.99 from Product Enterprise (+ £3.50 P&P), £34.99 from RDSUK (+ £2.99 P&P) Since the 14th November 1989, fans have been waiting for this. So, how does the mass-market version of Rocky’s pride and joy bear up? RDSUK My Balls First, a complaint. I’ve moaned a lot […]

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