Red Dwarf is 30!


#1

so, what is it?


#2

I watched it when it was first broadcast!


#3

i wasn’t even born!


#4

I remember when it started. I think BBC2 had been repeating The Young Ones (which I was watching for the first time and absolutely loving) and then this started in the same slot and I was hugely disappointed!

It was pretty good around series 3-4, but not brilliant.


#5

Saw them record one of the latest seasons. Met up with a bunch of you lovely folk at the Camden Head afterwards (someone was DJing) and introduced my IRL friends to DiSsers for the only time. Brusma spilled a drink. ehwhat said hello. All the old classics.

The recording was interesting. Free booze!

But I’ve only passingly enjoyed the show really. It’s been pretty shite for a while.


#6

I remember loving it in my early teens but I have watched it since then. I doubt it holds up.


#7

Something I solely watch at about 11pm during the Christmas period, pissed to the point of delirium.


#8

Anyone ever owned a red dwarf t-shirt? No me neither


#9

Was obsessed with this show when I was a kid. In fact, one of my best mates to this day was a kid I happened to get sat next to when I had one of those nightmare secondary school transfers (halfway through a year), and we immediately got chatting about Red Dwarf and bonding over it. Between us we had every series on VHS.

By recollection, the first 3 series are funny-but-dated, series 4-6 are Properly Good and then it’s patchy-to-awful from that point on. I checked out after Series 8, but haven’t been back since so could be completely wrong on all counts. The nosedive it took was attributable to the writing team who created it “doing a Gervais-Merchant” and splitting up, but then one of them deciding to continue it without the other.

They also co-authored a couple of novels which were simultaneously a novelisation of the series and a massively detailed exploration into its wider universe and the character’s back stories way beyond what the TV show’s budget could ever have allowed. I read that Omnibus edition so much that the book literally disintegrated. Again, I remember it being fucking great in a sort of Terry Pratchett/Robert Rankin way but there’s 20 years of nostalgia in blurring my vision.


#10

One of my schoolfriends had a Red Dwarf bomber jacket!


#11

That was the holy grail of red dwarf merch


#12

As above - early seasons were good but dated

Middle seasons were brilliant

Late seasons I actually really like but only really when the crew are ressurected. I think it became a bit stale overall.

Holly (in female and male form) is by far the best character.


#13

might re-read those first two novels, remember them being genuinely good and wonder if I was mistaken


#14

I used to look at them in the Virgin megastore and wonder who on earth bought them.


#15

Smeghead!!!


#16

Smee…hee…


#17

When I was a kid I got an abcess behind my eye, and had to spend about a week in hospital. One of the only things I had to entertain me was a whole bunch of audiobooks on tape, two of which were Red Dwarf books for some reason. When I got out I devoured the others I could find.

What I remember most clearly about them was that there was a really sharp difference in tone depending on whether Naylor or Grant was the main author - Grant was the more knockabout smeghead foul-mouthed metaphor guy, Naylor obviously wanted to go for a more serious sci-fi angle. Think the best one was Better Than Life - managed to marry the incredibly bleak setting with the working class humour successfully, which was also the show at its peak.


#18

My da taped them all off the telly except for the polymorph episode because my ma thought it would be too scary for me to watch. Backfired when I used to watch short circuit cos my dad had taped alien before it. Good double bill to be honest.


#19

The two they collaborated on the first two then fell out and both continued the story for their own versions of the third, think I started to lose interest around them but went to a signing of the last human at WHSmith. I genuinely think those first two would be quite respected cult books if it wasn’t for the to show


#20

I heard the latest season was pretty good I remembered thinking the comeback season was okay but never felt the urge to return
I really disliked season 7, 8 had it’s moments and Back To Earth was ridicuously awful.