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 I, Episode 2 - Future Echoes

As the ship accelerates toward light speed in the readiness for the 3,000,000 year journey back in the other direction, toward Earth, peculiar things start happening. How can Cat be in two places at once? Holly's got some explaining to do - about something he terms 'future echoes'.

Further details

Red Dwarf. Lister (Craig Charles). Copyright: Grant Naylor Productions / BBC.

The Dwarfers are starting their journey back to Earth: even at the speed of light, it'll be another 3 million years before they arrive. Understandably, Lister plans to go back into suspended animation for the duration of the journey.

As they accelerate toward the speed of light, time dilates and the crew end up seeing pockets of their future in their own time. After some spooky but comical initial confusion, things turn darker when Rimmer believes he sees Lister being blown up in the drive room. In fact, it is actually Lister's son being killed far in the future!

Broadcast details

Monday 22nd February 1988
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Chris Barrie Rimmer
Craig Charles Lister
Danny John-Jules Cat
Norman Lovett Holly
Guest cast
John Lenahan Toaster (Voice)
Tony Hawks Dispensing Machine (Voice)
Writing team
Doug Naylor Writer
Rob Grant Writer
Production team
Ed Bye Director
Ed Bye Producer
Paul Jackson Executive Producer

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