History Trivia / RedDwarf

6th Apr '17 7:00:32 PM TravisWells
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** Creator/GrahamChapman was originally cast as the newsreader in "Timelslides", but died before filming started. He was replaced by Ruby Wax.

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** Creator/GrahamChapman was originally cast as the newsreader in "Timelslides", "Timeslides", but died before filming started. He was replaced by Ruby Wax.
18th Nov '16 5:04:42 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* PayingTheirDues: Of the four original main characters, only one was played by an experienced actor. Craig Charles (Lister) was a poet, Danny John-Jules (The Cat) was a dancer, and Norman Lovett (Holly) was a stand-up comic.

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* OutOfOrder:
** "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.
** "Meltdown" was supposed to open Series IV and "Dimension Jump" was meant to be the finale, but both were pushed back because of the Gulf War.
** "Demons and Angels" was meant to open Series V, but due to technical issues, it was delayed.
* PayingTheirDues: Of the four original main characters, only one was played by an experienced actor. Craig Charles Creator/CraigCharles (Lister) was a poet, Danny John-Jules (The Cat) was a dancer, and Norman Lovett (Holly) was a stand-up comic.



** Craig Charles's younger brother Emile plays Lister's 17-year-old younger self in "Timeslides".

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** Craig Charles's Creator/CraigCharles's younger brother Emile plays Lister's 17-year-old younger self in "Timeslides".
5th Nov '16 5:28:04 PM DorisWildthyme
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** 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 reconsider it 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".

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** 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 reconsider it 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".
5th Nov '16 5:25:05 PM DorisWildthyme
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** 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 reconsider it 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".
21st Oct '16 1:40:41 PM NB2000
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* On its first day of airing, PAX (now Creator/{{Ion}}) had a movie-based quiz show called ''The Reel to Reel Picture Show'', hosted by [[Series/TheHollywoodSquares Peter Marshall]]. 200 episodes were ordered, but due to the production company going bankrupt, only 25 were made. In addition neither Peter, the celebrity guests, or any of the contestants were ever paid.
* The third series of ''Series/RobotWars'' was seriously affected by an incident where a robot was dropped whilst being moved, causing its weapon to fire and stab a crew member in the leg. The ensuing investigation caused several side events to be scaled back or cancelled altogether, with the Pinball and Football tournaments being shorter than planned and events such as Tag Team and Sumo being completely dropped; many robots would never be seen on television as a result. The alternative weight classes' championships were also scrapped, save for the Middleweight tournament which was reduced to a single battle; this had the biggest impact as non-Heavyweight robots would never really take off again. The injury which caused all this was the culmination of a seriously lax attitude to health and safety, and although things improved the following series, it was too little too late for Rex Garrod (one of the most talented roboteers), who boycotted the show in response.
20th Oct '16 2:28:01 PM sabremeister
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: In the first episode of series 6, "Psirens", Lister admits essentially losing Red Dwarf due to not being able to remember which planetoid he has parked it on. As a result, the 4 of them are confined to the by far smaller scouting vessel Starbug. The real life truth is that much or all of the Red Dwarf set was lost inbetween the making of series 5 and 6.

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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: In the first episode of series 6, "Psirens", Lister admits essentially losing Red Dwarf due to not being able to remember which planetoid he has parked it on.in orbit of. As a result, the 4 of them are confined to the by far smaller scouting vessel Starbug. The real life truth is that much or all of the Red Dwarf set was lost inbetween the making of series 5 and 6.
7th Oct '16 1:29:56 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: In the first episode of series 6, "Psirens", Lister admits essentially losing Red Dwarf due to not being able to remember which planetoid he has parked it on. As a result, the 4 of them are confined to the by far smaller scouting vessel Starbug. The real life truth is that much or all of the Red Dwarf set was lost inbetween the making of series 5 and 6.



* TroubledProduction: The making-of documentary for Series X makes the entire production process sound like an absolute nightmare for Doug Naylor. The fact that four episodes were shot whilst the remaining two ''were still being written'' thanks to significant production cock-ups on behalf of the producer (a late and inexperienced replacement after the initial producer died from breast cancer just before the series went into full production) is just the tip of the iceberg - the original episodes 5 & 6 had to be thrown out when all the location filming was cancelled (the only location filming in the entire series is a single scene in episode 3), and the short amount of time available to write the remaining two episodes meant that only half of episode 5 could be recorded in front of a studio audience ''because that was all that had been written'', and they had to film extra material with greenscreen later on and edit it all together. (As the documentary was being filmed they still weren't sure if they would be able to film everything.) Beyond that, the original ending to episode 4 had to be abandoned when it was discovered late in the day that there are limits on how long an actor in a chimp costume can work for, and in post-production it was first found that episode one would not pass quality control due to camera issues, and then they ''lost all the rushes''.

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* TroubledProduction: The making-of documentary for TroubledProduction:
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Series X makes the entire production process sound like an absolute nightmare I was held up for six months by industrial action at Creator/TheBBC. They also had so much trouble finding studio audiences that co-creator Doug Naylor. Naylor had to go around pubs near the studio to recruit audience members. The fact that four episodes were shot whilst the remaining two ''were still being written'' thanks to significant production cock-ups on behalf recording of the producer (a late and inexperienced replacement after first episode went so badly that they had to do it again at the initial producer died from breast cancer just before end of the series went into full production) is just with a reworked script.
** Series V suffered from
the tip 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 iceberg - 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.
** The abortive ''Red Dwarf USA'' pilot suffered from friction between Grant Naylor and the American creative team, the latter of whom quickly adopted a TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong stance and shut their British counterparts out of the writing process. Not to be deterred, Grant and Naylor rewrote the pilot script themselves, and the cast and director much preferred their script, but the American producers insisted on going ahead with
the original version, which proved a bomb. Not to be deterred, Grant and Naylor managed to shoot a second pilot, a glorified promo reel with NoBudget... which got an even ''worse'' reception than the first pilot, and killed the whole thing completely.
** 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.
** Series VII had a lot of trouble just getting to the point where they could even make it. Craig Charles was imprisoned due to a (eventually proven false) rape allegation, while Chris Barrie decided that he wanted to leave the show to focus on his own sitcom, ''Series/TheBrittasEmpire'' (eventually just starring in two
episodes 5 & 6 of Series VII, with cameos in two more). More seriously however, the strain of ''Red Dwarf USA'' and Series VI had caused the Grant Naylor writing partnership to collapse, leaving Doug Naylor to write the show alongside a bunch of new writers whose work always required extensive retooling. This time the troublesome creative process proved obvious on-screen, with Series VII being a ratings hit, but near-universally considered the show's worst season by some distance.
** 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 thrown 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.
** After ''Red Dwarf: The Movie'' died in DevelopmentHell, the eventual Series IX took the form of a three-part miniseries called "Back to Earth." Unfortunately, they only had the budget for a ''two''-part miniseries; it was originally supposed to be accompanied by a standalone special named "Red Dwarf Unplugged," where the cast would have performed classic ''Red Dwarf'' sketches before a live audience, but during a run-through it was realized that the special simply didn't work on any level whatsoever. Since Grant Naylor was still under contract to provide three episodes however, they had to stretch their minimal budget out in any way they could.
** 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 was cancelled (the only location filming in the entire series is a single scene in episode 3), and the short amount of time available to write the remaining two episodes meant that only 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 5, "Dear Dave", could be recorded filmed in front of a studio an audience ''because that was all that had been written'', and they had to go back later, film extra new material with on greenscreen later on and edit splice it all together. (As the documentary was being filmed they still weren't sure if they would be able to film everything.) Beyond that, the original ending to (The new episode 4 had 6 managed to be avoid similar problems by cannibalising the script for the abandoned when it was discovered late in the day that movie.) On top of all this, there are limits on how long an actor in a chimp costume can work for, and in post-production it was a camera problem that required substantial re-editing on the first found that episode one would of the season, something not pass quality control due to camera issues, and then they ''lost helped when all the rushes''.rushes went missing.
* On its first day of airing, PAX (now Creator/{{Ion}}) had a movie-based quiz show called ''The Reel to Reel Picture Show'', hosted by [[Series/TheHollywoodSquares Peter Marshall]]. 200 episodes were ordered, but due to the production company going bankrupt, only 25 were made. In addition neither Peter, the celebrity guests, or any of the contestants were ever paid.
* The third series of ''Series/RobotWars'' was seriously affected by an incident where a robot was dropped whilst being moved, causing its weapon to fire and stab a crew member in the leg. The ensuing investigation caused several side events to be scaled back or cancelled altogether, with the Pinball and Football tournaments being shorter than planned and events such as Tag Team and Sumo being completely dropped; many robots would never be seen on television as a result. The alternative weight classes' championships were also scrapped, save for the Middleweight tournament which was reduced to a single battle; this had the biggest impact as non-Heavyweight robots would never really take off again. The injury which caused all this was the culmination of a seriously lax attitude to health and safety, and although things improved the following series, it was too little too late for Rex Garrod (one of the most talented roboteers), who boycotted the show in response.



** Creator/HughLaurie auditioned for Lister.



** Creator/GrahamChapman was originally cast as the newsreader in "Timelslides", but died before filming started. He was replaced by Ruby Wax.



* YouLookFamiliar: 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", 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.
24th Aug '16 2:17:55 PM PicardsDouble
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** Epideme was originally intended to be played by Creator/PatrickStewart until they decided to make him LaughablyEvil.

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** Epideme was originally intended to be played by Creator/PatrickStewart until they decided to make him LaughablyEvil.LaughablyEvil and gave the part to Gary Martin.
24th Aug '16 2:06:21 PM PicardsDouble
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** Ed Bye's wife Ruby Wax as Blaze Falconburger in ''Timeslides''.
12th Aug '16 2:30:05 PM CynicalBastardo
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\n** Richard O'Callaghan played The Creator in "Back To Earth" and Hogey The Roguey in "The Beginning".

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