History Trivia / RedDwarf

18th Jun '18 9:58:13 AM AmuckCricetine
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* ActorAllusion:
** ''[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Back To Earth}} Back to Earth]]'' does it. The crew meet [[spoiler: Creator/CraigCharles, who plays Lister]], and Rimmer asks for his own sitcom (Chris Barrie starred in ''Series/TheBrittasEmpire'', which alluded to Brittas having a similar event occur in his past to Rimmer).
** Cat's 'Do ''I'' dance?' from "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season II Parallel Universe}} Parallel Universe]]". A more prominent example is the ''Blue Midget'' dance from "Back in the Red".
*** The Cat gliding around on roller skates in "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season I Me2}} Me2]]". Danny John-Jules was in Starlight Express.
** The {{Shout Out}}s to the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' series could be seen as one to Mac [=McDonald=] having played a colony commander in ''Film/{{Aliens}}''.



* HostilityOnTheSet: Creator/CraigCharles and Chris Barrie didn't get on initially. Craig Charles noted that it actually worked for the [[VitriolicBestBuds dynamic]] between Rimmer and Lister.

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* HostilityOnTheSet: Creator/CraigCharles and Chris Barrie didn't get on initially. Craig Charles noted that it actually worked for the [[VitriolicBestBuds dynamic]] between Rimmer and Lister.Lister, although the tension between the two meant that the writers stopped doing the two-hander scenes set in the bunkroom that were a staple of the early series.
10th Jun '18 1:14:52 PM CynicalBastardo
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* PropRecycling:
** The badge Rimmer wears as part of his hologramatic uniform from Series III onwards was originally a capbadge worn by the Golgofrinchian captain in ''Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''.
** The tank Kryten uses in "Beyond A Joke" is the same one from ''Film/{{Goldeneye}}''.
27th May '18 6:13:38 AM AmuckCricetine
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* OutOfOrder:
** "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season I Future Echoes}} Future Echoes]]" was the fourth episode to be recorded, but it was switched with "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season I Balance of Power}} Balance of Power]]" because it was deemed a good intro to the science-fiction aspect of the series. Balance Of Power continued flashbacks as "The End" did, with Lister taking an exam as Rimmer had done in the previous episode. There are a few minor plotholes, namely that Talkie Toaster is introduced in Balance Of Power but seen as an (already annoying) regular in Future Echoes, and that Cat was motivated to steal Lister's goldfish in Future Echoes because he is implied to have eaten the vending machine's entire supply of fish in "Balance Of Power".
** "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season IV Dimension Jump}} Dimension Jump]]" and "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season IV Meltdown}} Meltdown]]" were originally intended to air at the beginning of season four. Because of UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar still raging at the time, they were pushed back, due to their military overtones (Ace Rimmer being a jet pilot was a minor one, but still considered too militaristic). This results in a PlotHole during "Meltdown", where Kryten is unable to resist carrying out the deranged Rimmer's orders, despite having disobeyed him in "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIVCamille Camille]]" (which aired as the first episode of the season).
** "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season V Demons and Angels}} Demons and Angels]]" was meant to open Series V, but due to technical issues, it was delayed.

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* OutOfOrder:
OutOfOrder: The series has a loose enough continuity that this wouldn't typically be a problem, until you get to Series VI - it follows on from the Series V finale "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVBackToReality Back to Reality]]" (which was the first episode of Series V on the American VHS release). Recurring villains, cast changes, [[ContinuityNod Continuity Nods]] and multi-part stories (all rare in the early series) mean there's a specific order to later series. They're very rarely aired in order.
** "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season I Future Echoes}} Series I's "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIFutureEchoes Future Echoes]]" aired earlier than intended. It was the fourth episode to be recorded, but it was switched with "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season I Balance of Power}} Balance of Power]]" because it was deemed a good intro to the science-fiction aspect of the series. Balance Of Power continued flashbacks as "The End" did, with Lister taking an exam as Rimmer had done in the previous episode. There are a few minor plotholes, namely that Talkie Toaster is introduced in Balance Of Power but seen as an (already annoying) regular in Future Echoes, and that Cat was motivated to steal Lister's goldfish in Future Echoes because he is implied to have eaten the vending machine's entire supply of fish in "Balance Of Power".
** "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season IV Dimension Jump}} Dimension Jump]]" and "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season IV Meltdown}} Meltdown]]" were
originally intended to air at as the beginning of season four. Because of UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar still raging at fourth episode, but was moved to second because it was felt that the time, they were pushed back, due sci-fi elements would help the show attract viewers and allow it to their military overtones (Ace Rimmer being a jet pilot go on longer (the BBC was reluctant to take on the show for more than one series). The consensus by both the makers and fans is that this was a minor one, but still considered too militaristic). This results in a PlotHole during "Meltdown", where Kryten is unable to resist carrying good move.
*** Series IV aired completely
out the deranged Rimmer's orders, despite having disobeyed him in of order. The original planned order was "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIVDimensionJump Dimension Jump]]", "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIVJustice Justice]]", "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIVCamille Camille]]" (which aired as Camille]]", "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIVWhiteHole White Hole]]" "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIVDNA DNA]]" and "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIVMeltdown Meltdown]]". However, "Dimension Jump"'s parody of war was considered insensitive at the time of the Gulf War. As a result, it was moved to the fifth episode, and the episodes "Camille", "DNA" and "Justice" were moved earlier on in the series than planned. "Camille" was moved to the first episode due to the popularity of Kryten, and "DNA" was moved to the second because of good responses from fans (it is still one of the season).
** "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season V Demons
most popular episodes). "Justice" was moved to the third episode, and Angels}} Demons "White Hole" and Angels]]" was meant to open "Meltdown" remained the fourth and sixth episodes as originally planned. Reruns of the series broadcast the episodes in the original intended order, but VHS and DVD used the original broadcast order.
**
Series V, but due 2's first episode "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIIKryten Kryten]]" was intended as the fourth episode, with the remaining episodes in the series corresponding to technical issues, the filming order aside from "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIIQueeg Queeg]]", which was made sixth. Though "Kryten" was intended as a one-off episode, the titular character was revived for Series III. As the last episode "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIIParallelUniverse Parallel Universe]]" is the only one with any actual continuity (the introduction of the character Hilly replacing Holly), it is entirely possible to watch "Kryten" as the penultimate episode of that series, and assume Kryten is being reprogrammed during "Parallel Universe". Interestingly, though it was delayed.filmed third, "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIIStasisLeak Statis Leak]]" is the only one of the series to use flashbacks to the original Red Dwarf in the manner of the first series - suggesting that it itself might have been a candidate for first episode at some point.
4th Apr '18 2:19:03 PM Hjortron18
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* QuoteSource: This series provides the page quote for:
** BringMeMyBrownPants
** EverybodyDidIt
** MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily
** RidiculousFutureSequelisation
** StatingTheSimpleSolution
** VillainyDiscretionShot
21st Mar '18 4:34:34 AM cwickham
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** Doug Naylor has admitted that the Remastered series was a failure and probably should not have been done, perhaps best summed up by his DVD commentary on Polymorph Remastered:
-->'''Naylor''' [''of the new ending in the Remastered version'']: My memory was that the rework was funnier... but that clearly isn't.
5th Mar '18 1:24:40 AM cwickham
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** The originally-planned second episode "Bodysnatcher" involved Rimmer stealing Lister's organs in an attempt to build himself a new body. The writers scrapped it (probably for taste reasons), though the episode does contain one plot point which would impact later episodes ([[spoiler:it's in "Bodysnatcher" that Rimmer hides the rest of the crew's personality discs]]). Some other plot elements and jokes were recycled in later episodes as well. A storyboard voiced by Chris Barrie appears as an extra on the Bodysnatcher Collection boxset.

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** The originally-planned second episode "Bodysnatcher" involved Rimmer stealing Lister's organs in an attempt to build himself a new body. The When the filming of the series was delayed, the writers looked at the scripts again, decided "Bodysnatcher" was the weakest ands scrapped it (probably for taste reasons), (replacing it with [=Me2=]), though the episode does contain one plot point which would impact later episodes ([[spoiler:it's in "Bodysnatcher" that Rimmer hides the rest of the crew's personality discs]]). Some other plot elements and jokes were recycled in later episodes as well. A storyboard voiced by Chris Barrie appears as an extra on the Bodysnatcher Collection boxset.
2nd Mar '18 2:03:26 PM Pinokio
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* TheWikiRule: [[http://reddwarf.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page The Tongue Tied Red Dwarf Wiki]], and another [[http://red-dwarf.wikia.com/wiki/Red_Dwarf_Wiki Red Dwarf Wiki]].
26th Feb '18 6:38:14 AM AmuckCricetine
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* UnfinishedEpisode: It had scripts written for "Bodysnatcher", which was to be the second episode of the first series, and "Identity Within", which was to be a [[ADayInTheLimelight Cat episode]] in series 7. They were eventually included as DVD extras with storyboard images narrated by Chris Barrie. Another, "Dad", was supposed to be the first episode of series 3, resolving the series 2 {{cliffhanger}} of [[MisterSeahorse Lister's pregnancy]], but the writers couldn't get it to work without seeming sexist. Its plot summary was included as UnreadablyFastText at the beginning of that series.

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* UnfinishedEpisode: It had scripts written for "Bodysnatcher", which was to be the UnfinishedEpisode:
** The originally-planned
second episode "Bodysnatcher" involved Rimmer stealing Lister's organs in an attempt to build himself a new body. The writers scrapped it (probably for taste reasons), though the episode does contain one plot point which would impact later episodes ([[spoiler:it's in "Bodysnatcher" that Rimmer hides the rest of the first crew's personality discs]]). Some other plot elements and jokes were recycled in later episodes as well. A storyboard voiced by Chris Barrie appears as an extra on the Bodysnatcher Collection boxset.
** Series III was to begin with Lister going through pregnancy and giving birth, only to have to abandon the twins in their home universe. The episode ("Dad") was discarded for several reasons; among them, the script came off misogynistic, Grant-Naylor found the idea of a "comedy pregnancy" unfitting for the
series, and "Identity Within", which was it just wasn't funny enough. Thus Series III opened with the high-speed OpeningScroll to be a explain the cast changes.
** To address the fact that the programme had never really had
[[ADayInTheLimelight an episode that focused on the Cat]], an episode titled "Identity Within" was written for Series VII which would have inflicted the Cat episode]] in series 7. They were with a disease that [[MateOrDie could only be cured by sex]] and the crew was meant to visit a slave auction at a GELF colony to try and acquire a mate for the Cat. The episode was eventually included as DVD extras with storyboard images narrated by Chris Barrie. Another, "Dad", cut due to budget problems, so in the end there was supposed to be the first never really an episode of series 3, resolving that featured Cat as the series 2 {{cliffhanger}} main character. This idea is being used for the finale of [[MisterSeahorse Lister's pregnancy]], Series XI.
** An unproduced Series VIII episode entitled "Phwoaarr" would've had the crew encounter powerful pheromones that ultimately cause people to succumb to DeathBySex. The episode was scrapped because it was too lewd, and because the pheromones were too similar to the sexual-magnetism virus; the concept of Rimmer having sex with Kochanski was transferred to the episode "Cassandra". "Krytie TV" was made instead.
** There was, at one point, a Christmas Special in development, which never made it off the ground. Bill Pearson built a single model for it, which was recycled as the Simulant Death Ship in "The Beginning".
** A Comic Relief special featuring Red Dwarf and the Daleks was once attempted,
but the writers producers couldn't get it to work without seeming sexist. Its plot summary was included as UnreadablyFastText at the beginning rights to the monsters. On the A-Z of ''Red Dwarf'' feature from the 10th anniversary special that series.also appeared as an extra one of the [=DVDs=], the Daleks do appear stating that they don't watch ''Red Dwarf''. [[spoiler: One of them does admit that the red alert bulb gag was funny and the other shoots him for it.]]



* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** A deleted scene from Series II has the Cat and the Toaster singing a duet. Sadly, the Toaster's lines were never recorded.
** An episode entitled "Bodysnatcher", in which Rimmer attempted to steal body parts from Lister, was intended to be the second episode of the show. "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season I Confidence and Paranoia}} Confidence and Paranoia]]" was going to be the Series I finale, and would have ended with Kochanski's hologram being activated, so that she could become a main character in the next series. When "Bodysnatcher" turned out to be unworkable (never actually having a proper ending), they scrapped it, rewrote the ending for "Confidence and Paranoia" to have a duplicate of Rimmer activated instead, and wrote the episode "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season I Me2}} Me2]]" as a new series finale.
** Similarly, the planned opener for the third series would've been an episode titled "Dad", which would've resolved the cliffhanger of Lister's [[MisterSeahorse pregnancy]] and re-introduced Kryten on-screen, as well as having Lister give birth to a single baby boy. Again, the episode wasn't working so it was scrapped and replaced by a [[UnreadablyFastText comically-rapid]] OpeningScroll (which also resolved the "Where do the twins come from?" dangling plot thread for good measure).
** One of the first concepts for adapting plots from the books into the series was that the crew would find Garbage World (seen in the novel ''Better Than Life''). Obviously they couldn't afford it. This concept eventually became the episode "White Hole", which adapts a different part of the same novel.
** The Series VI finale "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVIOutOfTime Out of Time]]" originally had an unambiguously happy ending where Rimmer, in an uncharacteristically heroic moment, saves the day by destroying the Time Drive and deleting the crew's evil future selves. A final joke, reprising the "foam moustache" reference at the beginning of the episode, was thought up on the day and [[ThrowItIn quickly added in]]. Later, this was replaced with a cliffhanger ending.
** A third ''Red Dwarf'' novel co-written by Grant and Naylor, titled ''The Last Human'', was being planned before their writing partnership split. (Naylor later re-used the title for his own novel, even though the stories were different.)
** A Series VII script titled "Identity Within" would have dealt with Cat's gradual 'domestication' but was, sadly, not filmed. An animated version appears on the DVD release, with Chris Barrie reading the first draft script over storyboard images. It was replaced by the bottle episode "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VII Duct Soup}} Duct Soup]]".
** The Series VIII premiere "Back in the Red" was originally intended to be a one-hour special. It was expanded into a three-parter with reshoots.
** The episode "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VIII Cassandra}} Cassandra]]" was almost made as a two-parter. Conversely, the two-parter "Pete" began as a single episode titled "Captain's Office".
** An unproduced Series VIII episode entitled "Phwoaarr" would've had the crew encounter powerful pheromones that ultimately cause people to succumb to DeathBySex. The episode was scrapped because it was too lewd, and because the pheromones were too similar to the sexual-magnetism virus; the concept of Rimmer having sex with Kochanski was transferred to the episode "Cassandra". "Krytie TV" was made instead.
** The eighth series finale "Only the Good..." had '''four''' different endings altogether. The original ending (which was filmed but not used, and can be seen on the DVD) was a happy ending where they saved the ship and took it back for themselves. The second ending was a DownerEnding with Rimmer trapped aboard the disintegrating ship[[note]]Effectively what was broadcast, except ending before Death appears - there's a mockup of how it would have looked on the documentary on the making of the series on the DVD[[/note]]. The third ending involved Ace Rimmer coming to the rescue at the last minute -- this was ready to be filmed, to the extent that Chris Barrie was ''in his Ace costume'', before the broadcast ending was thought up and hastily thrown together.
*** And before that the final episode was to be entitled "Earth" and have a BittersweetEnding where they returned to the homeworld, accidentally destroyed all our epic monuments trying to land, and finally Lister swaps insurance details with the survivors. They ''really'' couldn't afford it.
** There was originally supposed to be more flashbacks in the style of Lister's one from "Balance of Power" to highlight Lister's loneliness.
** In the commentary for the second episode, Chris Barrie mentions that he originally auditioned for both Rimmer and Lister, and ''preferred'' Lister. Imagine that for a moment. "Bodyswap", in fact, gives us a taste of how he would have played it.
** Similarly, Norman Lovett originally auditioned for Rimmer.
** Craig Charles got on board because producer Paul Jackson asked him to read the script, as they were worried the Cat might be seen as a racist character. Charles liked the character of Lister enough to audition. Grant and Naylor were initially not keen on casting him as Lister, because he had no acting experience and was very different to how they originally perceived the character. [[UsefulNotes/FootballPopMusicAndFlatCaps Being Mancunians, they were also unsure about having a Scouser playing the last human being in the universe.]] However, his audition won them over.
** Series X was initially intended to have 2 weeks' worth of on-location shooting, 13 days of which had to be sacrificed in order to allow for the inclusion of a live studio audience for each episode. This also resulted in the cutting of two episodes that were going to use on-location footage heavily [[spoiler:and feature a returning Kochanski as a prominent character]].
** There was, at one point, a Christmas Special in development, which never made it off the ground. Bill Pearson built a single model for it, which was recycled as the Simulant Death Ship in "The Beginning".
** Mugs Murphy, the cartoon gorilla who appeared briefly in "Me^2", was originally going to be much more prominent, and Grant Naylor even considered an episode in which he would be brought to life.
** Had the special effects budget allowed it, Rimmer would have been monochrome, as he appears in the Smegazine comic strips. The technology at the time also would have required Chris Barrie being covered from head to toe in green paint.
** TheMovie. Funding was impossible to get. According to WordOfGod, those that did want to fund it, [[ExecutiveMeddling wanted to]] [[TheOtherDarrin replace the cast]] with well-known American actors, a ''huge'' no-no in the eyes of the cast, crew and fans.
** For the books, there was apparently a chapter written explaining what happened to the survivors of the Cat race, but it was never used.
** If TheMovie got made, Creator/WillFerrell was considered to play Hogey the Roguey.
** Both Creator/AlanRickman and Creator/AlfredMolina were considered for the role of Rimmer; Molina was also considered for Lister. Ultimately, the producers decided that given their [[Film/DieHard burgeoning]] [[Film/LadyHawke movie]] careers, they might not be available for the full series. [[TheOtherMarty Molina was actually cast as Rimmer]], but his constant requests for changes to the character didn't sit well with the writers.
** Creator/HughLaurie auditioned for Lister.
** Creator/SophieAldred wanted to play the new version of Kochanski rather than Chloe Annett. In a column in Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine she mentioned being "cheesed off" at not getting the role. Although she did decide she wasn't that bothered after Norman Lovett pointed out to her that she'd have had to snog Creator/CraigCharles, which she thought "would have been like snogging my brother".
** A Comic Relief special featuring Red Dwarf and the Daleks was once attempted, but the producers couldn't get the rights to the monsters. On the A-Z of ''Red Dwarf'' feature from the 10th anniversary special that also appeared as an extra one of the [=DVDs=], the Daleks do appear stating that they don't watch ''Red Dwarf''. [[spoiler: One of them does admit that the red alert bulb gag was funny and the other shoots him for it.]]
** As mentioned above, early in planning ''Back to Earth'' was meant to be a two-part story, accompanied by a special called ''Red Dwarf Unplugged'' which would have seen the cast performing classic ''Red Dwarf'' scenes in front of a live audience. When they tried to do a run-through however, nearly everyone involved realized that the idea simply wasn't going to work, and since Dave had already commissioned three episodes from Grant Naylor Productions, it necessitated changing ''Back to Earth'' into a three-part story.
** Howard Goodall originally composed a score for "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season III Backwards}} Backwards]]" in reverse, which was sadly not used for the episode. There are also extra unused verses for the end credits theme on the series 6 DVD.
** "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VII Epideme}} Epideme]]" was originally intended to be played by Creator/PatrickStewart until they decided to make him LaughablyEvil and gave the part to Gary Martin.
** Creator/GrahamChapman was originally cast as the newsreader in "Timeslides", but died before filming started. He was replaced by Ruby Wax.
** "Samsara", designed as the budget-saving episode for the series, was originally meant to be set entirely in a lift on board the titular spaceship (and was at that point called "Lift Off").

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** A deleted scene from Series II has the Cat and the Toaster singing a duet. Sadly, the Toaster's lines were never recorded.
** An episode entitled "Bodysnatcher", in which Rimmer attempted to steal body parts from Lister, was intended to be the second episode of the show. "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season I Confidence and Paranoia}} Confidence and Paranoia]]" was going to be the Series I finale, and would have ended with Kochanski's hologram being activated, so that she could become a main character in the next series. When "Bodysnatcher" turned out to be unworkable (never actually having a proper ending), they scrapped it, rewrote the ending for "Confidence and Paranoia" to have a duplicate of Rimmer activated instead, and wrote the episode "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season I Me2}} Me2]]" as a new series finale.
** Similarly, the planned opener for the third series would've been an episode titled "Dad", which would've resolved the cliffhanger of Lister's [[MisterSeahorse pregnancy]] and re-introduced Kryten on-screen, as well as having Lister give birth to a single baby boy. Again, the episode wasn't working so it was scrapped and replaced by a [[UnreadablyFastText comically-rapid]] OpeningScroll (which also resolved the "Where do the twins come from?" dangling plot thread for good measure).
** One of the first concepts for adapting plots from the books into the series was that the crew would find Garbage World (seen in the novel ''Better Than Life''). Obviously they couldn't afford it. This concept eventually became the episode "White Hole", which adapts a different part of the same novel.
** The Series VI finale "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVIOutOfTime Out of Time]]" originally had an unambiguously happy ending where Rimmer, in an uncharacteristically heroic moment, saves the day by destroying the Time Drive and deleting the crew's evil future selves. A final joke, reprising the "foam moustache" reference at the beginning of the episode, was thought up on the day and [[ThrowItIn quickly added in]]. Later, this was replaced with a cliffhanger ending.
** A third ''Red Dwarf'' novel co-written by Grant and Naylor, titled ''The Last Human'', was being planned before their writing partnership split. (Naylor later re-used the title for his
WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[WhatCouldHaveBeen/RedDwarf Has its own novel, even though the stories were different.)
** A Series VII script titled "Identity Within" would have dealt with Cat's gradual 'domestication' but was, sadly, not filmed. An animated version appears on the DVD release, with Chris Barrie reading the first draft script over storyboard images. It was replaced by the bottle episode "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VII Duct Soup}} Duct Soup]]".
** The Series VIII premiere "Back in the Red" was originally intended to be a one-hour special. It was expanded into a three-parter with reshoots.
** The episode "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VIII Cassandra}} Cassandra]]" was almost made as a two-parter. Conversely, the two-parter "Pete" began as a single episode titled "Captain's Office".
** An unproduced Series VIII episode entitled "Phwoaarr" would've had the crew encounter powerful pheromones that ultimately cause people to succumb to DeathBySex. The episode was scrapped because it was too lewd, and because the pheromones were too similar to the sexual-magnetism virus; the concept of Rimmer having sex with Kochanski was transferred to the episode "Cassandra". "Krytie TV" was made instead.
** The eighth series finale "Only the Good..." had '''four''' different endings altogether. The original ending (which was filmed but not used, and can be seen on the DVD) was a happy ending where they saved the ship and took it back for themselves. The second ending was a DownerEnding with Rimmer trapped aboard the disintegrating ship[[note]]Effectively what was broadcast, except ending before Death appears - there's a mockup of how it would have looked on the documentary on the making of the series on the DVD[[/note]]. The third ending involved Ace Rimmer coming to the rescue at the last minute -- this was ready to be filmed, to the extent that Chris Barrie was ''in his Ace costume'', before the broadcast ending was thought up and hastily thrown together.
*** And before that the final episode was to be entitled "Earth" and have a BittersweetEnding where they returned to the homeworld, accidentally destroyed all our epic monuments trying to land, and finally Lister swaps insurance details with the survivors. They ''really'' couldn't afford it.
** There was originally supposed to be more flashbacks in the style of Lister's one from "Balance of Power" to highlight Lister's loneliness.
** In the commentary for the second episode, Chris Barrie mentions that he originally auditioned for both Rimmer and Lister, and ''preferred'' Lister. Imagine that for a moment. "Bodyswap", in fact, gives us a taste of how he would have played it.
** Similarly, Norman Lovett originally auditioned for Rimmer.
** Craig Charles got on board because producer Paul Jackson asked him to read the script, as they were worried the Cat might be seen as a racist character. Charles liked the character of Lister enough to audition. Grant and Naylor were initially not keen on casting him as Lister, because he had no acting experience and was very different to how they originally perceived the character. [[UsefulNotes/FootballPopMusicAndFlatCaps Being Mancunians, they were also unsure about having a Scouser playing the last human being in the universe.]] However, his audition won them over.
** Series X was initially intended to have 2 weeks' worth of on-location shooting, 13 days of which had to be sacrificed in order to allow for the inclusion of a live studio audience for each episode. This also resulted in the cutting of two episodes that were going to use on-location footage heavily [[spoiler:and feature a returning Kochanski as a prominent character]].
** There was, at one point, a Christmas Special in development, which never made it off the ground. Bill Pearson built a single model for it, which was recycled as the Simulant Death Ship in "The Beginning".
** Mugs Murphy, the cartoon gorilla who appeared briefly in "Me^2", was originally going to be much more prominent, and Grant Naylor even considered an episode in which he would be brought to life.
** Had the special effects budget allowed it, Rimmer would have been monochrome, as he appears in the Smegazine comic strips. The technology at the time also would have required Chris Barrie being covered from head to toe in green paint.
** TheMovie. Funding was impossible to get. According to WordOfGod, those that did want to fund it, [[ExecutiveMeddling wanted to]] [[TheOtherDarrin replace the cast]] with well-known American actors, a ''huge'' no-no in the eyes of the cast, crew and fans.
** For the books, there was apparently a chapter written explaining what happened to the survivors of the Cat race, but it was never used.
** If TheMovie got made, Creator/WillFerrell was considered to play Hogey the Roguey.
** Both Creator/AlanRickman and Creator/AlfredMolina were considered for the role of Rimmer; Molina was also considered for Lister. Ultimately, the producers decided that given their [[Film/DieHard burgeoning]] [[Film/LadyHawke movie]] careers, they might not be available for the full series. [[TheOtherMarty Molina was actually cast as Rimmer]], but his constant requests for changes to the character didn't sit well with the writers.
** Creator/HughLaurie auditioned for Lister.
** Creator/SophieAldred wanted to play the new version of Kochanski rather than Chloe Annett. In a column in Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine she mentioned being "cheesed off" at not getting the role. Although she did decide she wasn't that bothered after Norman Lovett pointed out to her that she'd have had to snog Creator/CraigCharles, which she thought "would have been like snogging my brother".
** A Comic Relief special featuring Red Dwarf and the Daleks was once attempted, but the producers couldn't get the rights to the monsters. On the A-Z of ''Red Dwarf'' feature from the 10th anniversary special that also appeared as an extra one of the [=DVDs=], the Daleks do appear stating that they don't watch ''Red Dwarf''. [[spoiler: One of them does admit that the red alert bulb gag was funny and the other shoots him for it.]]
** As mentioned above, early in planning ''Back to Earth'' was meant to be a two-part story, accompanied by a special called ''Red Dwarf Unplugged'' which would have seen the cast performing classic ''Red Dwarf'' scenes in front of a live audience. When they tried to do a run-through however, nearly everyone involved realized that the idea simply wasn't going to work, and since Dave had already commissioned three episodes from Grant Naylor Productions, it necessitated changing ''Back to Earth'' into a three-part story.
** Howard Goodall originally composed a score for "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season III Backwards}} Backwards]]" in reverse, which was sadly not used for the episode. There are also extra unused verses for the end credits theme on the series 6 DVD.
** "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VII Epideme}} Epideme]]" was originally intended to be played by Creator/PatrickStewart until they decided to make him LaughablyEvil and gave the part to Gary Martin.
** Creator/GrahamChapman was originally cast as the newsreader in "Timeslides", but died before filming started. He was replaced by Ruby Wax.
** "Samsara", designed as the budget-saving episode for the series, was originally meant to be set entirely in a lift on board the titular spaceship (and was at that point called "Lift Off").
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26th Feb '18 3:17:20 AM onionmaster
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** "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season I Future Echoes}} Future Echoes]]" was the fourth episode to be recorded, but it was switched with "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season I Balance of Power}} Balance of Power]]" because it was deemed a good intro to the science-fiction aspect of the series.

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** "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season I Future Echoes}} Future Echoes]]" was the fourth episode to be recorded, but it was switched with "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season I Balance of Power}} Balance of Power]]" because it was deemed a good intro to the science-fiction aspect of the series. Balance Of Power continued flashbacks as "The End" did, with Lister taking an exam as Rimmer had done in the previous episode. There are a few minor plotholes, namely that Talkie Toaster is introduced in Balance Of Power but seen as an (already annoying) regular in Future Echoes, and that Cat was motivated to steal Lister's goldfish in Future Echoes because he is implied to have eaten the vending machine's entire supply of fish in "Balance Of Power".
14th Feb '18 8:02:33 AM cwickham
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** "Samsara", designed as the budget-saving episode for the series, was originally meant to be set entirely in a lift on board the titular spaceship (and was at that point called "Lift Off").
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