Red Dwarf. Image shows from L to R: Cat (Danny John-Jules), Rimmer (Chris Barrie), Lister (Craig Charles), Kryten (Robert Llewellyn). Copyright: UKTV.

Red Dwarf

Dave and BBC Two sitcom set on a space ship. 74 episodes (12 series), 1988 - 2020. Stars Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn and others.

Series II, Episode 2 is repeated today at 2:55am.

Red Dwarf. Image shows from L to R: Kryten (Robert Llewellyn), Cat (Danny John-Jules), Rimmer (Chris Barrie), Lister (Craig Charles). Copyright: BBC.

Red Dwarf

Science fiction sitcom based in space. The crew aboard the damaged mining spaceship Red Dwarf are doomed to drift in space for the rest of eternity

1988 - 2020
Dave, BBC Two
74   (12 series)
Rob Grant and Doug Naylor
Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn, Norman Lovett, Hattie Hayridge, Chloƫ Annett, Clare Grogan and others
Doug Naylor and Rob Grant
Ed Bye, Andy de Emmony, Doug Naylor, Rob Grant and Juliet May
Ed Bye, Doug Naylor, Rob Grant, Hilary Bevan Jones, Justin Judd, Jo Howard, Helen Norman, Richard Naylor and Kerry Waddell

Following a catastrophic leak of radiation aboard mining space ship Red Dwarf, technician Dave Lister finds himself as the last living human. Having been held in a form of suspended animation known as stasis at the time of the leak he was shielded from its fatal effects whilst all of his colleagues were turned into piles of dust.

Now, some 3 million years later with background radiation at a safe level, the ship's computer Holly has revived him in readiness for the long journey home. However, Dave's not quite alone: his arch-nemesis and workmate, Rimmer, survives as a Hologram; as does a descendant of Lister's own pet cat, called Cat; and Kryten, an emotionless android.

Red Dwarf follows their adventures across the universe as they attempt to get back to Earth and discover whether Lister really is the last surviving human being.

Production Details

Production companies
Also known as
  • Red Dwarf I (Other official name)
  • Red Dwarf II (Other official name)
  • Red Dwarf III (Other official name)
  • Red Dwarf IV (Other official name)
  • Red Dwarf V (Other official name)
  • Red Dwarf VI (Other official name)
  • Red Dwarf VII (Other official name)
  • Red Dwarf VIII (Other official name)
  • Red Dwarf IX (Other official name)
  • Red Dwarf X (Other official name)
  • Red Dwarf XI (Other official name)
  • Red Dwarf XII (Other official name)
  • Red Dwarf XIII (Other official name)
  • Red Dwarf: The Promised Land (Other official name)
  • Red Dwaf: Back To Earth (Other official name)
Music composed by Howard Goodall.
Laugh track
Yes and no; it varies

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 15th February 1988 on BBC Two at 9pm
Last new broadcast
Thursday 9th April 2020 on Dave at 9pm
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series II Episode 2: Today at 2:55am on Dave
  2. Series II Episode 2: Today at 10pm on Dave
  3. Series II Episode 3: Today at 10:40pm on Dave
  4. Series II Episode 1: Tomorrow at 1:40am on Dave
  5. Series II Episode 4: Tomorrow at 2:15am on Dave
  6. Series II Episode 6: Tomorrow at 2:45am on Dave
  7. The Promised Land Episode 1: Tomorrow at 9pm on Dave
  8. Series IV Episode 1: Saturday at 6pm on Dave
  9. Series IV Episode 2: Saturday at 6:40pm on Dave
  10. Series IV Episode 3: Saturday at 7:20pm on DaveShow all repeats
  11. Series II Episode 5: Thursday 13th August at 10pm on Dave
  12. Series III Episode 2: Thursday 13th August at 10:40pm on Dave
  13. Series III Episode 2: Friday 14th August at 2:35am on Dave
  14. Series IV Episode 4: Saturday 15th August at 6pm on Dave
  15. Series IV Episode 5: Saturday 15th August at 6:40pm on Dave
  16. Series IV Episode 6: Saturday 15th August at 7:20pm on Dave
  17. Series III Episode 1: Tuesday 18th August at 3:20am on Dave
  18. Series III Episode 4: Wednesday 19th August at 3:20am on Dave
  19. Series III Episode 5: Thursday 20th August at 3:20am on Dave
  20. Series XII Episode 6: Thursday 20th August at 10pm on Dave
  21. Series XII Episode 3: Thursday 20th August at 10:40pm on Dave
  22. Series XII Episode 6: Friday 21st August at 2:45am on Dave
  23. Series III Episode 6: Friday 21st August at 3:15am on Dave

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