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 4 - Waiting For God

Whilst Rimmer preoccupies himself with an unidentified object that Holly has tracked and brought aboard the ship, Lister is in equal measure distraught and amazed to discover that owing to a few horrible misunderstandings all those millennia ago, he is the cat god Cloister.

Further details

Red Dwarf.

Rimmer's stressed and excited in equal amounts when Holly tracks and brings an unidentified object aboard Red Dwarf. Whilst he panics about quarantine and imagines that the alien beings who originated the strange object may be able to restore his body, Lister immediately identifies it - as one of Red Dwarf's own jettisoned garbage pods.

Meanwhile, Cat has shared with Lister a number of books, including the sacred feline Holy Book. But what starts out as a fascinating voyage of discovery into another culture soon sends Lister into spiraling despair as he realises that he is the cat god - 'Cloister' - and that wars have been fought, and many, many cat lives lost in his name. And all because of a misunderstanding over the colour of a hat.

How will Lister cope with the guilt and daunting responsibility of being the sacred deity of an entire race? It remains to be seen whether he or Rimmer, still obsessing over the 'unidentified' alien object, will snap first. But as Holly says, "It's a laugh, isn't it?"

Broadcast details

Monday 7th March 1988
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Chris Barrie Rimmer
Craig Charles Lister
Danny John-Jules Cat
Norman Lovett Holly
Guest cast
Noel Coleman Cat Priest
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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