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  • Corpsing: Although they were in character, Chris Barrie and Craig Charles's reactions in the ending scene when Cat has a reverse shit in the bushes were genuine, and if you look closely you can see Barrie and Charles were smirking and trying not to laugh when it was filmed.
  • Deleted Scene:
    • Hattie Hayridge, now portraying Holly, had recorded a number of introduction jokes as possible episode openers, much in the same way as Norman Lovett had done for the previous two series. However Hattie's jokes were not considered up-to-scratch by Doug Naylor and Rob Grant, having a low opinion of their own material, and especially since the jokes were mostly topical on the issues of the time, with the writers wanting jokes that were more 'timeless'. Eventually a montage of scenes from the series over the theme music was chosen instead; a format which would remain for all series thereafter. Hattie's introduction jokes are included in the Series III DVD deleted scenes.
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    • An extended scene of Lister and the Cat discussing Wilma Flintstone being the sexiest woman alive.
    • An additional scene could have explained how a reverse audience can understand The Sensational Reverse Brothers. Rimmer has apparently altered his Light Bee so that he can speak certain phrases backwards like Kryten can. The idea was continued in a cut from a following extra cut scene. This explanation found its way into Rob Grant's solo novel, which was also titled Backwards. Rimmer also mentions that they're due to go on the backwards Opportunity Knocks, hosted by boB esuohknoM.
  • Doubling for London: Although Rimmer and Kryten read a sign that states the distance to London (albeit written backwards), the city scenes that follow were filmed in Manchester.
  • Hostility on the Set: According to production manager Mike Agnew, he was so angered at Craig Charles for arriving late to the set that he yelled at Charles and almost started a fight with him. They later apologized to each other and remained friendly.
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  • Inspiration for the Work: Doug Naylor was inspired by reading Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time in a waiting room.
  • On-Set Injury: Craig Charles nearly drowned during a stunt where he had to walk backwards into a lake. Possibly referenced in "Last Human", in which we learn that Lister has a lifelong fear of drowning.
  • What Could Have Been: Howard Goodall originally composed a score in reverse, which was sadly not used for the episode. There are also extra unused verses for the end credits theme on the Series VI DVD.

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