History Trivia / RedDwarf

23rd Dec '17 8:54:28 AM OlfinBedwere
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* CreatorBacklash: In [[http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2016/10/blast-from-the-past-chris-barrie-attacks-red-dwarf-in-newly-re-emerged-1993-interview/ this]] 1993 interview with ''Starbust Magazine'', Chris Barrie was highly critical of Series VI.
** Though, as the article states in a post-script clarification, with the interview being published - and likely held - in 1993, the fact that Chris Barrie was actively filming for both Series VI of Red Dwarf ''and'' Series 4 of The Brittas Empire could have led to exhaustion and burnout at the time. Especially considering Series VI was the only time Red Dwarf won an award; scoring an International Emmy for ''"Gunmen Of The Apocalypse"''.

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In [[http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2016/10/blast-from-the-past-chris-barrie-attacks-red-dwarf-in-newly-re-emerged-1993-interview/ this]] 1993 interview with ''Starbust Magazine'', Chris Barrie was highly critical of Series VI.
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VI. Though, as the article states in a post-script clarification, with the interview being published - and likely held - in 1993, the fact that Chris Barrie was actively filming for both Series VI of Red Dwarf ''and'' Series 4 of The Brittas Empire could have led to exhaustion and burnout at the time. Especially considering Series VI was the only time Red Dwarf won an award; scoring an International Emmy for ''"Gunmen Of The Apocalypse"''.Apocalypse"''.
** Craig Charles and Danny John-Jules don't do much to hide their disdain for Series VII (outside of the first two episodes) during the DVD commentaries, and by "Epideme," it's quite clear that both men don't really want to be there any more.
20th Nov '17 6:56:06 AM cwickham
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* ScrewedByTheLawyers: The song Lister and [[spoiler:Hitler]] sing in "Cured" was originally meant to be "Africa" by Toto. When the record company found out that [[spoiler:Hitler]] was involved they refused to license it, and several other companies also rejected alternative songs. They settled with "The Happy Wanderer" as it's not in copyright.
28th Oct '17 5:23:01 AM Origin
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** Though, as the article states in a post-script clarification, with the interview being published - and likely held - in 1993, the fact that Chris Barrie was actively filming for both Series VI of Red Dwarf ''and'' Series 4 of The Brittas Empire could have led to exhaustion and burnout at the time. Especially considering Series VI was the only time Red Dwarf won an award; scoring an International Emmy for ''"Gunmen Of The Apocalypse"''.
20th Oct '17 11:38:08 AM CynicalBastardo
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* HostilityOnTheSet: Creator/CraigCharles and Chris Barrie didn't get on initially.

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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.


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** UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler first appeared in "Timeslides" by way of stock footage, complete with a CreditsGag announcing him as "Tonight's Guest Star". Kenneth Hadley played him in "Meltdown" and Ryan Gage played him in "Cured". This is justified in that, on both occasions, it's [[ActuallyADoombot a droid of Hitler]].
4th Oct '17 10:26:09 AM ClintEastwood
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* CreatorBacklash: In [[http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2016/10/blast-from-the-past-chris-barrie-attacks-red-dwarf-in-newly-re-emerged-1993-interview/this]] 1993 interview with ''Starbust Magazine'', Chris Barrie was highly critical of Series VI.

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* CreatorBacklash: In [[http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2016/10/blast-from-the-past-chris-barrie-attacks-red-dwarf-in-newly-re-emerged-1993-interview/this]] uk/2016/10/blast-from-the-past-chris-barrie-attacks-red-dwarf-in-newly-re-emerged-1993-interview/ this]] 1993 interview with ''Starbust Magazine'', Chris Barrie was highly critical of Series VI.
4th Oct '17 10:25:15 AM ClintEastwood
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* CreatorBacklash: In http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2016/10/blast-from-the-past-chris-barrie-attacks-red-dwarf-in-newly-re-emerged-1993-interview/this]] 1993 interview with ''Starbust Magazine'', Chris Barrie was highly critical of Series VI.

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* CreatorBacklash: In http://www.[[http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2016/10/blast-from-the-past-chris-barrie-attacks-red-dwarf-in-newly-re-emerged-1993-interview/this]] 1993 interview with ''Starbust Magazine'', Chris Barrie was highly critical of Series VI.
4th Oct '17 8:03:56 AM ClintEastwood
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** ''Back to Earth'' does it. The crew meet [[spoiler: Craig Charles, 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 "Parallel Universe". A more prominent example is the ''Blue Midget'' dance from "Back in the Red".
*** The Cat gliding around on roller skates in Me^2. Danny John-Jules was in Starlight Express.

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** ''Back ''[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Back To Earth}} Back to Earth'' Earth]]'' does it. The crew meet [[spoiler: Craig Charles, 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 "Parallel Universe"."[[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 Me^2."[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season I Me2}} Me2]]". Danny John-Jules was in Starlight Express.



* BreakawayPopHit: The song "Tongue Tied" from (from the Series II episode "Parallel Universe") was so popular amongst fans that it was released as a single (complete with remixes) in order to coincide with Series 6, several years (and four series) after the episode aired. This is especially impressive because the show never spawned an actual soundtrack album. The episode is one of the most popular of Series II largely because of this song.

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* BreakawayPopHit: The song "Tongue Tied" from (from the Series II episode "Parallel Universe") "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season II Parallel Universe}} Parallel Universe]]") was so popular amongst fans that it was released as a single (complete with remixes) in order to coincide with Series 6, several years (and four series) after the episode aired. This is especially impressive because the show never spawned an actual soundtrack album. The episode is one of the most popular of Series II largely because of this song.



** Rimmer's impressions and parroting while he malfunctions in "Queeg". Chris Barrie is a trained impersonator who had already starred in ''Series/SpittingImage''. Chris Barrie's lip synching and mannerisms when playing the other characters are also far more convincing than the other actors' in "Bodyswap".

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** Rimmer's impressions and parroting while he malfunctions in "Queeg"."[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season II Queeg}} Queeg]]". Chris Barrie is a trained impersonator who had already starred in ''Series/SpittingImage''. Chris Barrie's lip synching and mannerisms when playing the other characters are also far more convincing than the other actors' in "Bodyswap"."[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season III Bodyswap}} Bodyswap]]".



** That cool instrumental Kryten is playing air guitar to in "Timeslides"? Craig Charles wrote it. He also wrote and sang the song that plays in the same episode as Lister arrives at his mansion.
* ChannelHop: Originally broadcast on Creator/TheBBC, it fell by the wayside after series VIII. After repeats on Dave became hugely popular, the "Back To Earth" special was created and on the back of that series X came to be.

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** That cool instrumental Kryten is playing air guitar to in "Timeslides"? Craig Charles "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season III Timeslides}} Timeslides]]"? Creator/CraigCharles wrote it. He also wrote and sang the song that plays in the same episode as Lister arrives at his mansion.
* ChannelHop: Originally broadcast on Creator/TheBBC, it fell by the wayside after series VIII. After repeats on Dave became hugely popular, the "Back "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Back To Earth" Earth}} Back to Earth]]" special was created and on the back of that series X came to be.



** Robert Llewellyn's favourite episode was "Krytie TV".

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** Robert Llewellyn's favourite episode was "Krytie TV"."[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VIII Krytie TV}} Krytie TV]]".



* DoingItForTheArt: ''Back To Earth'', despite its small budget, looks quite impressive for a TV production. This is because several members of the production team actually worked for free; the CG Skutter seen in part 1 was done entirely by one person for no pay, simply because he loved the show so much.

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* DoingItForTheArt: ''Back ''[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Back To Earth'', Earth}} Back to Earth]]'', despite its small budget, looks quite impressive for a TV production. This is because several members of the production team actually worked for free; the CG Skutter seen in part 1 was done entirely by one person for no pay, simply because he loved the show so much.



* EnforcedMethodActing: If Craig Charles looks genuinely shocked when handed a picture of Kryten's genitalia in ''"DNA"'', it's because he was handed a Polaroid of some actual bloke's penis, which he hadn't been informed was going to happen beforehand.
** Craig Charles had the flu during the filming of "Fathers And Sons". The heavy sweating and generally ill look during Lister's video rant to himself was genuine.

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If Craig Charles Creator/CraigCharles looks genuinely shocked when handed a picture of Kryten's genitalia in ''"DNA"'', in "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIVDNA D.N.A.]]", it's because he was handed a Polaroid of some actual bloke's penis, which he hadn't been informed was going to happen beforehand.
** Craig Charles had the flu during the filming of "Fathers And Sons"."[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season X Fathers and Suns}} Fathers and Suns]]". The heavy sweating and generally ill look during Lister's video rant to himself was genuine.



* NamesTheSame: "Lemons" has the Dwarfers travel to the past and end up meeting a traveller named [[spoiler:Jesus during the years little was chronicled about him]]...but then it turns out [[spoiler:Jesus]] was a common name back then...
* NoBudget: ''Dwarf'' is no stranger to this, but the most significant example is ''Back to Earth''. The concept grew from short clips celebrating the show's 20th anniversary, to a two-part story accompanied by a live episode, to a full-fledged three-part production filmed in HD; unfortunately, the budget did not. The only saving grace was that advancements in technology allowed them to do a lot more with their meagre budget than they would have been able to a decade or two previously. The ill-fated movie also went through several rewrites based on wildly fluctuating budgets.

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* NamesTheSame: "Lemons" "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season X Lemons}} Lemons]]" has the Dwarfers travel to the past and end up meeting a traveller named [[spoiler:Jesus during the years little was chronicled about him]]...but then it turns out [[spoiler:Jesus]] was a common name back then...
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''Dwarf'' is no stranger to this, but the most significant example is ''Back to Earth''. The concept grew from short clips celebrating the show's 20th anniversary, to a two-part story accompanied by a live episode, to a full-fledged three-part production filmed in HD; unfortunately, the budget did not. The only saving grace was that advancements in technology allowed them to do a lot more with their meagre budget than they would have been able to a decade or two previously. The ill-fated movie also went through several rewrites based on wildly fluctuating budgets.



** Talkie Toaster (ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin) was voiced by John Lenahan in Series I and II (although his scenes were cut for the latter.) When the character resurfaced briefly in a Series IV episode ("White Hole"), not only was he voiced by David Ross (the original Kryten) but the original prop had been replaced as well.

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** Talkie Toaster (ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin) was voiced by John Lenahan in Series I and II (although his scenes were cut for the latter.) When the character resurfaced briefly in a Series IV episode ("White Hole"), ("[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season IV White Hole}} White Hole]]"), not only was he voiced by David Ross (the original Kryten) but the original prop had been replaced as well.



** Rimmer's father was played by John Abineri in series II. After Abineri's death, in series X, he was played by Simon Treves.

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** Rimmer's father was played by John Abineri in series II. "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season II Better Than Life}} Better Than Life]]". After Abineri's death, in series X, "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season X The Beginning}} The Beginning]]", he was played by Simon Treves.



** "Future Echoes" was the fourth episode to be recorded, but it was switched with "Balance of Power" because it was deemed a good intro to the science-fiction aspect of the series.
** "Dimension Jump" and "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 "Camille" (which aired as the first episode of the season).
** "Demons and Angels" was meant to open Series V, but due to technical issues, it was delayed.

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** "Future Echoes" "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season I Future Echoes}} Future Echoes]]" was the fourth episode to be recorded, but it was switched with "Balance "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season I Balance of Power" Power}} Balance of Power]]" because it was deemed a good intro to the science-fiction aspect of the series.
** "Dimension Jump" "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season IV Dimension Jump}} Dimension Jump]]" and "Meltdown" "[[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 "Camille" "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIVCamille Camille]]" (which aired as the first episode of the season).
** "Demons "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season V Demons and Angels" Angels}} Demons and Angels]]" was meant to open Series V, but due to technical issues, it was delayed.



** Even Chris Barrie (Rimmer), although he had acting experience by the time Red Dwarf started, was originally an impressionist.

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** Even Chris Barrie (Rimmer), although he had acting experience by the time Red Dwarf the series started, was originally an impressionist.



** "Meltdown" was intended to be the opening episode of Series IV. However it was moved to the sixth and last episode because of concerns that viewers would consider it insensitive due to the Gulf War. If hostilities had continued, it might not have been shown at all.

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** "Meltdown" "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season IV Meltdown}} Meltdown]]" was intended to be the opening episode of Series IV. However it was moved to the sixth and last episode because of concerns that viewers would consider it insensitive due to the Gulf War. If hostilities had continued, it might not have been shown at all.



** Creator/CraigCharles's younger brother Emile plays Lister's 17-year-old younger self in "Timeslides".
** Robert Llewellyn's wife Judy Pascoe plays the titular love interest[[spoiler:'s mechanoid form]] in "Camille".
** Alexander John-Jules (Danny's nephew) as Baby Lister in "Ouroboros".
** Ed Bye's wife Ruby Wax as Blaze Falconburger in ''Timeslides''.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: In the first episode of Series VI, "Psirens", Lister admits essentially losing Red Dwarf due to not being able to remember which planetoid he has parked it in orbit of. As a result, the 4 of them are confined to the by far smaller scouting vessel Starbug. This was partly down to Grant Naylor wanted to write out Holly as the character had become redundant.

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** Creator/CraigCharles's younger brother Emile plays Lister's 17-year-old younger self in "Timeslides".
"[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season III Timeslides}} Timeslides]]".
** Robert Llewellyn's wife Judy Pascoe plays the titular love interest[[spoiler:'s mechanoid form]] in "Camille".
"[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIVCamille Camille]]".
** Alexander John-Jules (Danny's nephew) as Baby Lister in "Ouroboros".
"[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VII Ouroboros}} Ouroboros]]".
** Ed Bye's wife Ruby Wax as Blaze Falconburger in ''Timeslides''.
"[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season III Timeslides}} Timeslides]]".
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In the first episode of Series VI, "Psirens", "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVIPsirens Psirens]]", Lister admits essentially losing Red Dwarf due to not being able to remember which planetoid he has parked it in orbit of. As a result, the 4 of them are confined to the by far smaller scouting vessel Starbug. This was partly down to Grant Naylor wanted to write out Holly as the character had become redundant.



* RecursiveAdaptation: The novel "Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers" had some plots used for episodes of the TV show, notably in "White Hole". The book also explains a lot of what happened before most of the crew were killed, and some of it was adapted into Series 8. Something of a subversion in that the book is often inconsistent with the show's plot, but this was done deliberately (it is inconsistent in show too). The other books "Better Than Life", "Backwards" and "Last Human" had some features put into the show too, but none as much as the first book.

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* RecursiveAdaptation: The novel "Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers" had some plots used for episodes of the TV show, notably in "White Hole"."[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season IV White Hole}} White Hole]]". The book also explains a lot of what happened before most of the crew were killed, and some of it was adapted into Series 8. Something of a subversion in that the book is often inconsistent with the show's plot, but this was done deliberately (it is inconsistent in show too). The other books "Better Than Life", "Backwards" and "Last Human" had some features put into the show too, but none as much as the first book.



** "Trojan" is the basic premise of "Beyond a Joke" focusing on Rimmer instead of Kryten.
** "The Beginning" takes several elements from a draft of the movie script.
* RecycledSet: For series X, the same set was modified to create the marketplace, the Trojan's bridge and the Simulants' council room. The Blue Midget set seen in "Entangled" and "The Beginning" is a redressed version of the Red Dwarf driveroom set.

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** "Trojan" "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season X Trojan}} Trojan]]" is the basic premise of "Beyond "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VII Beyond a Joke" Joke}} Beyond a Joke]]" focusing on Rimmer instead of Kryten.
** "The Beginning" "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season X The Beginning}} The Beginning]]" takes several elements from a draft of the movie script.
* RecycledSet: For series X, the same set was modified to create the marketplace, the Trojan's bridge and the Simulants' council room. The Blue Midget set seen in "Entangled" "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season X Entangled}} Entangled]]" and "The Beginning" "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season X The Beginning}} The Beginning]]" is a redressed version of the Red Dwarf driveroom set.



** Series V suffered from the departure of long-standing director Ed Bye. His replacement, Juliet May soon proved to be totally out of her element on the show, resulting in the intended season premiere "Demons and Angels" having to be punted back to being the penultimate episode when it turned out that not one of the complicated split-screen shots required to show the crew's "high" and "low" forms was usable. As the season wore on it quickly became apparent that the cast had lost any respect they had for May, resulting in creator Rob Grant and Doug Naylor cutting their losses, firing May and directing the remainder of the season themselves.

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** Series V suffered from the departure of long-standing director Ed Bye. His replacement, Juliet May soon proved to be totally out of her element on the show, resulting in the intended season premiere "Demons "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season V Demons and Angels" Angels}} Demons and Angels]]" having to be punted back to being the penultimate episode when it turned out that not one of the complicated split-screen shots required to show the crew's "high" and "low" forms was usable. As the season wore on it quickly became apparent that the cast had lost any respect they had for May, resulting in creator Rob Grant and Doug Naylor cutting their losses, firing May and directing the remainder of the season themselves.



** Grant and Naylor returned to the UK fully intending to write and direct Series VI themselves, with full creative control, only for the BBC to pour cold water on that dream by giving them just four months to write and film the whole series, forcing them to hire another new director (who, fortunately, proved up to the job this time). The rushed schedule forced a much bigger reliance on {{Running Gag}}s than in previous years, and resulted in the season finale, "Out of Time" being written ''as it was being shot'', with the script being typed directly onto autocues for the cast to read from. To boot, Grant and Naylor then had second thoughts about the original ending to the series and decided to turn it into a cliffhanger; as it was much too late to recall the cast, they had to improvise the cliffhanger in the edit suite using what had already been filmed.

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** Grant and Naylor returned to the UK fully intending to write and direct Series VI themselves, with full creative control, only for the BBC to pour cold water on that dream by giving them just four months to write and film the whole series, forcing them to hire another new director (who, fortunately, proved up to the job this time). The rushed schedule forced a much bigger reliance on {{Running Gag}}s than in previous years, and resulted in the season finale, "Out "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVIOutOfTime Out of Time" Time]]" being written ''as it was being shot'', with the script being typed directly onto autocues for the cast to read from. To boot, Grant and Naylor then had second thoughts about the original ending to the series and decided to turn it into a cliffhanger; as it was much too late to recall the cast, they had to improvise the cliffhanger in the edit suite using what had already been filmed.



** Series VIII was planned to start with an hour-long special, "Back in the Red", which ended up turning into a three-part story when the budget ran out and it was the only way to make the requisite number of episodes; a lot of the third part is just padding to bulk the thing out. "Pete" was also originally a one-part story before it had to become a two-parter for similar reasons. Then the season finale came along. Doug Naylor initially wrote a ludicrously over-ambitious episode that would have seen Red Dwarf finally return to Earth, which couldn't be afforded largely because they had blown the budget on a CGI dinosaur for "Pete", before hastily writing the actual season-ending episode, "Only the Good." Filming of that episode went well, albeit with Naylor having to pay for an all-important model out of his own pocket due to the budget having completely run out. But then Naylor decided to ditch the original ending (which clearly set up a Series IX) in favour of a more open-ended conclusion that would allow him to end the TV series and do a ContinuityReboot with the planned ''Red Dwarf: TheMovie'', while still doing Series IX if he wanted to. This resulted in the episode's eventual ending being something they thought of only ''minutes'' before shooting, with no idea how they were going to resolve it. There are ''four'' different endings to that series: two which were filmed but unused, one which was going to be filmed but cancelled so late that the cast were actually in costume ready to shoot it, and the ultimately used ending which replaced the cancelled ending at the last minute, and required the director to step in to play one of the parts using a costume nicked from another series.

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** Series VIII was planned to start with an hour-long special, "Back in the Red", which ended up turning into a three-part story when the budget ran out and it was the only way to make the requisite number of episodes; a lot of the third part is just padding to bulk the thing out. "Pete" was also originally a one-part story before it had to become a two-parter for similar reasons. Then the season finale came along. Doug Naylor initially wrote a ludicrously over-ambitious episode that would have seen Red Dwarf finally return to Earth, which couldn't be afforded largely because they had blown the budget on a CGI dinosaur for "Pete", before hastily writing the actual season-ending episode, "Only the Good." "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VIII Only The Good}} Only The Good...]]" Filming of that episode went well, albeit with Naylor having to pay for an all-important model out of his own pocket due to the budget having completely run out. But then Naylor decided to ditch the original ending (which clearly set up a Series IX) in favour of a more open-ended conclusion that would allow him to end the TV series and do a ContinuityReboot with the planned ''Red Dwarf: TheMovie'', while still doing Series IX if he wanted to. This resulted in the episode's eventual ending being something they thought of only ''minutes'' before shooting, with no idea how they were going to resolve it. There are ''four'' different endings to that series: two which were filmed but unused, one which was going to be filmed but cancelled so late that the cast were actually in costume ready to shoot it, and the ultimately used ending which replaced the cancelled ending at the last minute, and required the director to step in to play one of the parts using a costume nicked from another series.



** Series X had a myriad of problems which began from two things. Firstly, Chris Barrie and Craig Charles flat-out refused to return unless every episode was shot before a live audience. This wasn't a problem back when the BBC were still making the show, as they handled that in-house, but Grant Naylor had to hire an external agency to do provide the audience at considerable expense, which in turn caused nearly all the season's location scenes to be scrapped. Secondly, the season's intended producer, Jo Howard (who had worked on the show in various capacities since Series III, and produced "Back to Earth") was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, which claimed her life not long afterwards. She was hastily replaced by Doug Naylor's son Richard, who did an admirable job given the circumstances, but made several beginner's mistakes which caused filming to be incredibly rushed. Thirdly, the cancellation of all the location filming meant that the originally planned episodes 5 & 6 were now unusable despite having been written; both had to be thrown out, and replacements were being written ''whilst the other four were being filmed''. Only half of the new episode 5, "Dear Dave", could be filmed in front of an audience ''because that was all that had been written'', and they had to go back later, film new material on greenscreen and splice it together. (The new episode 6 managed to avoid similar problems by cannibalising the script for the abandoned movie.) On top of all this, there was a camera problem that required substantial re-editing on the first episode of the season, something not helped when all the rushes went missing.

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** Series X had a myriad of problems which began from two things. Firstly, Chris Barrie and Craig Charles flat-out refused to return unless every episode was shot before a live audience. This wasn't a problem back when the BBC were still making the show, as they handled that in-house, but Grant Naylor had to hire an external agency to do provide the audience at considerable expense, which in turn caused nearly all the season's location scenes to be scrapped. Secondly, the season's intended producer, Jo Howard (who had worked on the show in various capacities since Series III, and produced "Back "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Back To Earth}} Back to Earth") Earth]]") was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, which claimed her life not long afterwards. She was hastily replaced by Doug Naylor's son Richard, who did an admirable job given the circumstances, but made several beginner's mistakes which caused filming to be incredibly rushed. Thirdly, the cancellation of all the location filming meant that the originally planned episodes 5 & 6 were now unusable despite having been written; both had to be thrown out, and replacements were being written ''whilst the other four were being filmed''. Only half of the new episode 5, "Dear Dave", "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season X Dear Dave}} Dear Dave]]", could be filmed in front of an audience ''because that was all that had been written'', and they had to go back later, film new material on greenscreen and splice it together. (The new episode 6 managed to avoid similar problems by cannibalising the script for the abandoned movie.) On top of all this, there was a camera problem that required substantial re-editing on the first episode of the season, something not helped when all the rushes went missing.



** "Krytie TV" is a pretty specific parody of the prank TV shows that were around in the mid-late 1990s.

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** "Krytie TV" "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VIII Krytie TV}} Krytie TV]]" is a pretty specific parody of the prank TV shows that were around in the mid-late 1990s.



** An episode entitled "Bodysnatcher", in which Rimmer attempted to steal body parts from Lister, was intended to be the second episode of the show. "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 "Me^2" as a new series finale.

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** An episode entitled "Bodysnatcher", in which Rimmer attempted to steal body parts from Lister, was intended to be the second episode of the show. "Confidence "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season I Confidence and Paranoia" 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 "Me^2" "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season I Me2}} Me2]]" as a new series finale.



** The Series VI finale "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.

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** The Series VI finale "Out "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVIOutOfTime Out of Time" 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 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 "Duct Soup".

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** 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 "Duct Soup"."[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VII Duct Soup}} Duct Soup]]".



** The episode "Cassandra" was almost made as a two-parter. Conversely, the two-parter "Pete" began as a single episode titled "Captain's Office".

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** The episode "Cassandra" "[[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".



** Howard Goodall originally composed a score for "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.
** Epideme was originally intended to be played by Creator/PatrickStewart until they decided to make him LaughablyEvil and gave the part to Gary Martin.

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** Howard Goodall originally composed a score for "Backwards" "[[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.
** Epideme "[[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.



** Tony Hawks, who plays the in-game guide to ''Better than Life'' later appears in "Backwards", introducing the Sensational Reverse Brothers. He had also previously been the voice of the vending machines in the first series and later played Caligula in the fourth. The cast referred to him as "The Fifth Dwarfer" during the first two series. The show also contains a deliberate example; between Series II and III, the change in actor for Holly is explained away as him having fallen in love with his mirror universe counterpart Hilly, to the extent that he decided he wanted to ''become'' her - hence Hattie Hayridge playing both characters.

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** Tony Hawks, who plays the in-game guide to ''Better than Life'' later appears in "Backwards", "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season III Backwards}} Backwards]]", introducing the Sensational Reverse Brothers. He had also previously been the voice of the vending machines in the first series and later played Caligula in the fourth. The cast referred to him as "The Fifth Dwarfer" during the first two series. The show also contains a deliberate example; between Series II and III, the change in actor for Holly is explained away as him having fallen in love with his mirror universe counterpart Hilly, to the extent that he decided he wanted to ''become'' her - hence Hattie Hayridge playing both characters.



** As an example of You ''Sound'' Familiar, in the episode "White Hole" Talkie Toaster was voiced by David Ross, who was the original actor for Kryten.
** The BEGG chief in the Series X episode "Entangled" is played by the same man who played Lister's GELF bride in the Series VI episode "Emohawk: Polymorph II".
** Richard O'Callaghan played The Creator in "Back To Earth" and Hogey The Roguey in "The Beginning".
** Rebecca Blackstone played [[AIIsACrapshoot Pree]] in "Fathers And Sons" and returned as [[HotScientist Big Bang Beryl]] in "Twentica".
** Denis Lill was both the Simulant Captain and Death in "Gunmen Of The Apocalypse", which makes sense, since the Simulant Captain would have been the one to create the Armageddon virus and his role as the episode's BigBad would have been etched into Kryten's mind for the BattleInTheCentreOfTheMind that his psyche interprets as a western.


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** As an example of You ''Sound'' Familiar, in the episode "White Hole" "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season IV White Hole}} White Hole]]" Talkie Toaster was voiced by David Ross, who was the original actor for Kryten.
** The BEGG chief in the Series X episode "Entangled" "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season X Entangled}} Entangled]]" is played by the same man who played Lister's GELF bride in the Series VI episode "Emohawk: Polymorph II".
** Richard O'Callaghan played The Creator in "Back "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Back To Earth" Earth}} Back to Earth]]" and Hogey The Roguey in "The Beginning".
"[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season X The Beginning}} The Beginning]]".
** Rebecca Blackstone played [[AIIsACrapshoot Pree]] in "Fathers And Sons" "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season X Fathers and Suns}} Fathers and Suns]]" and returned as [[HotScientist Big Bang Beryl]] in "Twentica".
"[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season XI Twentica}} Twentica]]".
** Denis Lill was both the Simulant Captain and Death in "Gunmen Of The Apocalypse", "[[Recap/{{Red Dwarf Season VI Gunmen of the Apocalypse}} Gunmen of the Apocalypse]]", which makes sense, since the Simulant Captain would have been the one to create the Armageddon virus and his role as the episode's BigBad would have been etched into Kryten's mind for the BattleInTheCentreOfTheMind that his psyche interprets as a western.

3rd Oct '17 7:21:05 AM ChromeFyra
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Older than DVD! A VHS boxset containing one episode from each of the first six series was released, that came with an audio CD containing creator commentaries on each of the episodes.

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** Older than DVD! A VHS boxset containing one episode from each of the first six series was released, that came with an audio CD containing creator commentaries on each of the episodes.
27th Sep '17 10:17:25 AM ClintEastwood
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** The first two series are instantly recognisable as '80s British sitcoms because of their low production values, their focus on a limited range of sets, the comedy mostly being based around two characters arguing, and the fact that there are barely any influences from American comedy. Subverted in that Series III, made in 1989, clearly reverses all of these, and led to the series becoming far more popular.
25th Sep '17 3:11:28 AM cwickham
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** Blue Midget becomes the regular mode of transport, rather than Starbug, in Series X despite the fact the Midget had been phased out after Series II. The series didn't have the time or budget to make a Starbug set they felt was good enough - it was so iconic they felt they should do it properly, or not at all.
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