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 IV, Episode 1 is repeated on Friday at 11pm.

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

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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 IV Episode 1: Friday at 11pm on Dave
  2. Series IV Episode 2: Friday at 11:40pm on Dave
  3. Series IV Episode 3: Saturday at 12:20am on Dave
  4. Series IV Episode 4: Friday 5th November at 11pm on Dave
  5. Series IV Episode 5: Friday 5th November at 11:40pm on Dave
  6. Series IV Episode 6: Saturday 6th November at 12:20am on Dave

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