Red Dwarf finally returns to Earth
Cast reunited for Easter special
It's taken them 21 years, but this Easter the crew of Red Dwarf will finally return to Earth in a two-part special which reunites many of the original cast.
The homecoming is courtesy of digital channel Dave, which on Friday 10 April will broadcast the first installment of Red Dwarf: Back to Earth - penned by the show's co-creator Doug Naylor and featuring Chris Barrie as Rimmer, Craig Charles as Lister, Danny John-Jules as Cat and Robert Llewellyn as Kryten.
Once fans have enjoyed the second part of Back to Earth, the Easter dwarfest continues with Red Dwarf: Unplugged which "will deliver the cast of Red Dwarf as they’ve never been seen before - no sets, no effects… and no cue cards". The weekend wraps with Red Dwarf: the Making of Back to Earth, unsurprisingly described as a "behind the scenes special from the new production".
The original Red Dwarf ran for eight series on the BBC between 1988 and 1999, pulling a peak of around eight million viewers. It was shown in 25 countries and has sold an impressive seven million DVDs and videos, according to the Beeb. ®
Holoship - S5E01 ..
One of the most memorable scenes - the Binks / Lister scouting report ..
(Talking into a fag packet with one pulled out antenna - esque) "Lister to Red Dwarf. We have in our midst a complete smegpot. Brains in the anal region, chin absent presumed missing. Genitalia small and inoffensive. Of no value or interest"
This Life special
I had a winter vomiting bug when the This Life reunion was on, so I spent half the time rushing to the loo and yakking up my guts. Guess which half of the time I was having more fun.
Expect nothing of the RD reunion and you won't be disappointed. I think these things are just a weird prurient nostalgia thing - people like to wallow in the weirdness of it with the chemistry of the cast disrupted by years away and everyone looking older. It's always poignant to see the lines around people's eyes when they're still all baby-faced in your head. It's very mild televisual self-torture, basically, and an excuse to whinge about how stuff is never as good as it was and things are only going to get worse and less entertaining.
Thank smeg me Mum's got Dave...
...and I'm back home to Blighty for Easter!
No (especially 2nd incarnation of) Kochanski, that's all I ask.
Other than that, it can be barrel-scrapingly bad and it will still beat what passes for sitcom these days.
Totally agree that the "This Life" reunion was shite - changing backup tapes was more fun than watching that drivel, so that's what I went upstairs and did!!!