Type
Scripted
Premiered
Feb. 15, 1988
Status
Returning Series
Runtime
30 min.
Country
UK
Network
Dave TV Network

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1x01 The End

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First Aired: Feb. 15, 1988 on Dave
Summary: A radiation leak wipes out the crew of the mining ship Red Dwarf, leaving only one survivor - chicken soup machine repair man named Dave Lister. After three million years in suspended animation, Lister emerges to find he is the last human being in the universe. But he is not alone...

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Series Main Characters


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Guest Stars

Rimmer played by Chris Barrie
Lister played by Craig Charles
Cat played by Danny John-Jules
Holly played by Norman Lovett
Todhunter played by Robert Bathurst
Chen played by Paul Bradley (VI)
Selby played by David Gillespie
Captain Hollister played by Mac McDonald

Episode Quotes

Captain Hollister: Just one thing before the disco. Holly tells me that he has sensed a non-human life form aboard.
Lister: Sir, it's Rimmer.
Lister: You didn't have the right parents? Whose parents did you have?
Lister: Not until you pass your engineer's exam. And you won't do that because you'll just go in there and flunk again.
Rimmer: Lister, last time I only failed by the *narrowest* of narrow margins.
Lister: You what? You walked in there, wrote 'I am a fish' four hundred times, did a funny little dance, and fainted.

Mistakes/Goofs

  • Goof (continuity error): After first meeting the cat and returning to the teaching room, all the piles of crew members' ashes have disappeared from the desks.
  • Goof (crew or equipment visible): When Lister tells the door to lock after Rimmer leaves for the exam, you can see a crew member's hand out the window.
  • Goof (boom mic visible): When everyone stands to cut George McIntyre's cake at his funeral, you can see a boom at the left hand of the screen.
  • Goof (revealing mistake): Lister's hand disappears just a second before he puts it through Rimmer.
  • Goof (miscellaneous): In the Remastered version of the episode, Robert Bathurst's name is misspelled 'Robert Bathhurst' in the closing credits.

Trivia

  • Lister is worshipped by the Cat race as "Cloister the Stupid"; a cloister is a covered walk, open gallery, or open arcade running along the walls of buildings forming a quadrangle or garth.
  • In the original script, George McIntyre's funeral song was "Heaven is Ten Zillion Light Years Away" (Stevie Wonder) rather than the final version's "See Ya Later, Alligator".
  • A scene was cut from the first episode in which Lister performs a funeral service for his dead shipmates. It can be seen on the Series I DVD.
  • Danny John-Jules performed "See You Later, Alligator" by Bill Haley, which was used in the George McIntyre funeral scene.
  • In the pilot, Rimmer is in his early 30s and Lister is in his early 20s. Chris Barrie was 26 and Craig Charles was 22 when it was filmed.
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