11 Facts About Red Dwarf


Red Dwarf is a British science fiction comedy franchise created by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, which primarily consists of a television sitcom that aired on BBC Two between 1988 and 1999, and on Dave since 2009, gaining a cult following.

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The series follows low-ranking technician Dave Lister, who awakens after being in suspended animation for three million years to find that he is the last living human, and alone on the mining spacecraft Red Dwarf, save for a hologram of Arnold Rimmer, Lister's deceased bunkmate, and Cat, a life form which evolved from Lister's pregnant cat.

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In Series VI, a story arc is introduced where Red Dwarf has been stolen, and the crew pursue it in the smaller Starbug craft, with the side effect that the character Holly disappears.

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Some previous Red Dwarf episodes had been shot in that way, but Back to Earth represented the first time that a laughter track was not added before broadcast.

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At the April 2014 Sci-Fi Scarborough Festival, during the Red Dwarf cast panel, Danny John-Jules stated that filming of the eleventh series would commence in October 2014, with an expected release of Autumn 2015 on Dave.

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Red Dwarf was founded on the standard sitcom focus of a disparate and frequently dysfunctional group of individuals living together in a restricted setting.

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Year later Red Dwarf was voted "Best Returning TV Sitcom" for series XII retaining the title from British Comedy Guide.

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Red Dwarf has been spun off in a variety of different media formats.

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In October 2006 an Interactive Quiz DVD entitled Red Dwarf: Beat The Geek was released, hosted by Norman Lovett and Hattie Hayridge, both reprising their roles as Holly.

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Red Dwarf was featured as a hidden area in the Lego video game, Lego Dimensions.

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Red Dwarf was originally based on Dave Hollins: Space Cadet, a series of five sketches that aired in the BBC Radio 4 series Son of Cliche, produced by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor in 1984.

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