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. 73 episodes (12 series), 1988 - 2017. Stars Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn and others.

Series III, Episode 1 - Backwards

Rimmer and Kryten crash-land on a planet and are shocked to find it is Earth - but an Earth where time is running in reverse.

Further details

Red Dwarf. Image shows from L to R: Kryten (Robert Llewellyn), Rimmer (Chris Barrie). Copyright: Grant Naylor Productions / BBC.

When Kryten gets sucked into a time hole and crashes Starbug 1 onto a planet during the space-ship equivalent of a driver's test, he and Rimmer are shocked to discover that they've landed on Earth.

It's not quite as normal though: time is running backwards. After the Big Bang the universe expanded, but they've gone so far into the future that the Big Crunch has now happened, the universe is contracting, and everything going in reverse accordingly.

When Lister and Cat finally find them, it's 1993 and Rimmer and Kryten are working as a novelty comic act. They're not keen to leave their popularity and success, but Lister's involvement in a brawl would seem to seal their fate in this backwards world.

Broadcast details

Date
Tuesday 14th November 1989
Time
9pm
Channel
BBC Two
Length
30 minutes

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    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Chris Barrie Rimmer
    Craig Charles Lister
    Danny John-Jules Cat
    Robert Llewellyn Kryten
    Hattie Hayridge Holly
    Guest cast
    Maria Friedman Waitress
    Tony Hawks Compere
    Anna Palmer Customer In Cafe
    Arthur Smith Pub Manager
    Writing team
    Doug Naylor Writer
    Rob Grant Writer
    Production team
    Ed Bye Director
    Ed Bye Producer
    Doug Naylor Producer
    Rob Grant Producer
    Paul Jackson Executive Producer
    Ed Wooden Editor
    Mel Bibby Production Designer
    Howard Goodall Composer

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