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.

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Series V, Episode 3 is repeated today at 9pm.

Series I, Episode 3 - Balance Of Power

Sickened to the last by Rimmer's toe-curlingly officious, petty nature - particularly galling considering he's the only actual human alive - Lister resolves to improve his standing on the ship and become the superior crew member.

Further details

Red Dwarf. Cat (Danny John-Jules). Copyright: Grant Naylor Productions / BBC.

When Rimmer refuses to bring back Kochanski's hologram, Lister decides to get his revenge by taking a Chef's exam so he can rise to Officer and become Rimmer's superior.

Knowing that Rimmer unquestioningly respects and follows commands from people of a higher rank than him, Lister proceeds to take the exam. To try and divert him from completing it, Rimmer turns himself into Kochanski in hologram form and tries to change Lister's mind by telling him she never loved him.

Lister sees through this ruse and completes the exam anyway. At the end of the episode, Lister appears to have passed - but has he?


Lister's disco music in this episode was by Motor City Diva.

Broadcast details

Monday 29th February 1988
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Chris Barrie Rimmer
Craig Charles Lister
Danny John-Jules Cat
Norman Lovett Holly
Clare Grogan (as C P Grogan) Kochanski
Guest cast
Paul Bradley Chen
David Gillespie Selby
Mark Williams Peterson
Rupert Bates Chef (Video Tutorial)
Rupert Bates Trout A La Creme (Voice)
Writing team
Doug Naylor Writer
Rob Grant Writer
Production team
Ed Bye Director
Ed Bye Producer
Paul Jackson Executive Producer
Ed Wooden Editor
Paul Montague Production Designer
Howard Goodall Composer
Motor City Diva Composer

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