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 IV, Episode 3 - Justice

In hopes of discovering a live human woman inside an escape pod found in the midsts of space, the Red Dwarf crew head to a prison colony to use its facilities. However, Rimmer could be in for a longer stay than he bargained for.

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Red Dwarf. Rimmer (Chris Barrie). Copyright: Grant Naylor Productions / BBC.

After recovering an emergency escape pod claiming to carry a cryogenically frozen female, Cat is desperate to open it - after all, what woman wouldn't want to date him? Lister and Rimmer however are less keen, particularly after viewing the pod's black box data.

It reveals that the pod has in fact come from a prison ship that suffered a violent mutiny: it could contain a female warden, or it could contain a near-indestructible criminal Simulant. Unable to deal with the pod aboard Red Dwarf, the crew head onto Starbug and aim for the penal space colony that the prison ship had been travelling to.

Venturing aboard the prison colony, the Dwarfers find themselves subjected to a mind reading probe as part of the complex's security measures. It determines that whilst Kryten, Lister and Cat may go freely, Rimmer should serve 8 years' for each of the 1,167 lives lost aboard Red Dwarf!

He is duly sent to the 'Justice Zone', a sector within the colony complex where it is impossible to commit any unjust act without the same, equal act being perpetrated against you.

However, Kryten saves the day when he proves to the ship's computer that the only 'guilt' weighing on Rimmer is firmly in his mind; a man so pitiful and weak had no real power, certainly responsibility or culpability for the drive plate leak!

The computer is, thankfully, convinced, and Rimmer duly released from the Justice Zone. Unfortunately the escape pod has now thawed out - and it is indeed a Simulant inside...

Broadcast details

Thursday 28th February 1991
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Chris Barrie Rimmer
Craig Charles Lister
Danny John-Jules Cat
Robert Llewellyn Kryten
Hattie Hayridge Holly
Guest cast
Nicholas Ball The Simulant
James Smilie (as James Smillie) Justice Computer Voice (Voice)
Writing team
Doug Naylor Writer
Rob Grant Writer
Production team
Ed Bye Director
Ed Bye Producer
Doug Naylor Producer
Rob Grant Producer
Graham Hutchings Editor
Mel Bibby Production Designer
Howard Goodall Composer

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