Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best sitcoms and comedy shows from both the UK and the USA.
Today we will be looking at a sitcom that came back to our screens with new seasons not that long ago and is still going strong – Red Dwarf

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Opening Titles / Theme Tune

About the Show

Summary of Plot 

The adventures of the last human alive and his friends, stranded three million years into deep space on the mining ship Red Dwarf.- IMDb 

Number of Seasons / Episodes

73 Episodes

Characters:

Chris Barrie – Rimmer

Craig Charles – Lister

Danny John-Jules – Cat

Robert Llewelyn- Kryton

 

Trivia

+ According to Patrick Stewart, the first time he saw the show he thought it was a rip-off of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and proceeded to call his lawyer. But as he continued watching, he became a fan of the show.

+ Robert Llewellyn uses a Canadian accent to play Kryten. He considered using a Swedish or American accent before settling on Canadian. Llewellyn discovered the accent while spending time in Vancouver, British Columbia; which he describes as being a cross between Scottish and American.

+ Hugh Laurie auditioned for the part of Lister.

+ In the title sequence for series 1 and 2, the man in the space suit painting the letters of Red Dwarf is Craig Charles.

+ According to Craig Charles, because the cast had very little acting experience prior to the first series, the characters are mostly based on their real personalities. Charles states that he is slovenly is real life, Danny John-Jules really does own a large amount of clothes, and Robert Llewellyn really is neat and carries a lot guilt. The only similarity that Chris Barrie has to Rimmer is his interest in cars.

+ Alan Rickman was first choice for the part of Rimmer, while Alfred Molina was considered for Lister, but it was decided that it might prove difficult to get these two successful movie actors to return for further series if the show became a success, so the idea was dropped.
Classic Clips

It’s a Banana

Binks

Krytons Double Polaroid

Blue Alert

 

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