Since Red Dwarf disappeared off our screens fans have been teased with talk of a movie which sadly never happened. Thankfully the television channel Dave came to the rescue when they started repeating the series and created a whole new group of Red Dwarf fans. They tested the water back in 2009 with a Red Dwarf special called Back to Earth but tonight sees the series return properly.
So to mark the triumphant return of Red Dwarf and to get ready for what to expect in the new series here are the top ten Red Dwarf moments.
The Arnold Rimmer experience
Rimmer left behind his fellow Red Dwarf colleagues to follow the work of his parallel self. In truth Chris Barrie partially left the series to work on other projects, namely The Brittas Empire. Unusually Lister found himself missing Rimmer, so Kryten helped out by building the Arnold Rimmer Experience complete with its own song.
The Red Dwarf crew clearly aren’t adverse to having a sing and a dance. Cat dreamt that when he was around women he became tongue-tied and he expressed his emotions through the medium of song.
Gunmen of the Apocalypse
Who would have thought that the Red Dwarf crew entering a computer simulation of the Wild West only to end up facing the four horsemen of the Apocalypse would end up winning an International Emmy Award? Well it did. And it is one of the best episodes of the series ever.
Smoke me a kipper
The Rimmer we know is arrogant and miserable, but Rimmer in a parallel universe is Ace. Ace Rimmer to be exact. The seemingly perfect Ace is modest, popular, a bit of a daredevil and also fond of wearing his gold, fur-lined suits. He also has his own catchphrase “Smoke me a kipper, I’ll be back for breakfast”. What a guy.
Kryten becomes human
When visiting a strange spaceship Cat accidentally pressed some buttons that he shouldn’t have and Kryten was converted from mechanoid to human.
Although he thought he would enjoy the freedom of being a real boy in fact he was disappointed that his nipples could pick up radio stations, his eyes had no zoom function and he was attracted to electrical appliances. So he decided it was best to go back to being a mechanoid again.
Cat is a cat, therefore he likes fish. He also enjoys the benefits of a speaking spaceship only too happy to supply him with fish.
However, Rimmer ends up contracting the holo-virus and turns against the rest of the crew while wearing a red and white checked gingham dress and with the help of glove puppet called Mr Flibble.
Kryten learning to lie
Kryten is programmed to tell the truth and to help people. However, after spending enough time with Lister he is soon being taught how to lie and told to start calling people smegheads.
Holly is the ship’s computer who has an IQ of 6000. But with such a high IQ Holly gets bored. A great example of his boredom was when another computer called Queeg won control of Red Dwarf from Holly through a game of chess. However, turns out that Queeg was Holly all along, in his self-proclaimed “jape of the decade”.
Kicking Death where it hurts
When the series was last on screens, which was 1999, it ended on a cliffhanger. Rimmer was about to die, again, and as the dramatic music built up it looked as if the series was going to have a sad ending. Instead Rimmer kicked Death in the balls.
Watch these classic Red Dwarf moments in our YouTube playlist below.
The new series of Red Dwarf starts tonight on Dave at 9pm.