Type
Scripted
Premiered
Feb. 1988
Status
Returning Series
Runtime
30 min.
Country
UK
Network
BBC TWO TV Network

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1x01 The End

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First Aired: Feb. 15, 1988 on BBC TWO
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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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

Lister: I'm *not* the lowest rank on this ship. What about the laboratory mice? I tell them to do something and they jump straight to it. "Yes, Mr Lister Sir, eek, eek, eek."
Captain Hollister: Lister, not only are you so stupid that you bring on board an unquarantined animal and jeopardize every living man and woman; not only that, but you take a photograph of yourself with the cat and send it to be processed in the ship's lab. Now I'm gonna ask you this: do you have a cat?
Lister: No.
Captain Hollister: [showing a photo of Lister holding his cat] Do you have a cat?
Lister: It's stupid anyway, all this maintenance business. The only reason they don't give this job to the service robots is they've got a better union than us.

Mistakes/Goofs

  • Goof (crew or equipment visible): When Lister says to Todhunter "Will stasis hurt?" a camera's shadow can be seen on the wall moving out of the shot.
  • Goof (continuity error): When Lister says his cigarette is a chicken he looks at it. In the next shot he looks at it again.
  • Goof (miscellaneous): In the Remastered version of the episode, Robert Bathurst's name is misspelled 'Robert Bathhurst' in the closing credits.
  • 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.

Trivia

  • 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.
  • 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".
  • During the scene from the first episode in which Lister feeds his cat Frankenstein, it was discovered that 'Craig Charles' had a testicle showing. An earlier, slightly inferior take was substituted.
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