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 - Better Than Life

The long-overdue arrival of a postal delivery brings untold goodies for the Dwarf crew: films, letters from home, news reels, and plenty more besides. One particular video game, the virtual reality title Better Than Life, is of particular interest.

Further details

Red Dwarf. Image shows from L to R: The Guide (Tony Hawks), Lister (Craig Charles), Cat (Danny John-Jules). Copyright: Grant Naylor Productions / BBC.

When the Red Dwarf post pod finally arrives on the ship three million years late (although as Holly says "That's about average for a second class post!"), amongst its contents are found to be letters from home, video games, films and newsreels.

One particular video game, Better Than Life, reads brainwaves to create a virtual universe of the mind's deepest desires and fantasies - naturally, the Dwarfers can't wait to try it out..

Initially, things couldn't be better. Cat's found a girlfriend, Marilyn Monroe fancies him, and Lister's got a vibrating water bed in the shape of a guitar; but things begin to go awry before long. It seems that Rimmer's mind cannot accept good things happening to him, even in virtual reality. It rejects all happiness and turns his best wishes into his worst nightmares.

The trio escape from the game just in time to avoid being eaten alive by killer ants. Better Than Life, however, doesn't seem keen to let them go.

Broadcast details

Tuesday 13th September 1988
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Chris Barrie Rimmer
Craig Charles Lister
Danny John-Jules Cat
Norman Lovett Holly
Guest cast
John Abineri Rimmer's Dad
Debbie Ash Marilyn Monroe
Jeremy Austin Rathbone (Autograph Seeker)
Nigel Carrivick The Captain
Tony Hawks The Guide
Judy Hawkins McGruder
Tina Jenkins The Newsreader
Ron Pember The Taxman
Gordon Salkilld Gordon
Writing team
Doug Naylor Writer
Rob Grant Writer
Production team
Ed Bye Director
Ed Bye Producer
Paul Jackson Executive Producer

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