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Red Dwarf -Gigantic mining ship adrift in space some three million years from Earth on the unpredictable British sci-fi series RED DWARF/BBC/1988-1999.

Red Dwarf Mining Ship

Red Dwarf Mining Ship

The series followed the strange and irreverent adventures of a group of mismatched travelers wandering the universe in the Red Dwarf. The main crew members were:

  • Dave Lister (Craig Charles), a beer guzzling slob who woke from stasis after three million years to find the rest of the ship's crew long since destroyed by a radiation leak.
  • Arnold Rimmer (Chris Barrie), an annoying hologram of a former crewman
  • Cat (Danny John-Jules), a cat-like humanoid that had evolved from the original ship's cat who now dressed in stylish clothing and gorged itself on fish
  • Kryten (Robert Llwellyn) a befuddled robot
  • Holly, the ship's computer which communicated through a human face displayed on TV monitors throughout the ship (played by John Lovett and later Hattie Hayridge)

Kryten, Cat, Lister and Rimmer - Cast of RED DWARF
Kryten, Cat, Lister and Rimmer

The ship also housed The Starbug I, an onboard shuttle craft (shaped like a green flying insect) used to travel from ship-to-planet. During the 8th season, nanobots recreated the damaged Red Dwarf, and even populated the ship with its old crew including the original non-hologram version of Rimmer, Captain Hollister, Selby and Chen.

Starbug I Spacecraft - RED DWARF

The two official languages displayed on the Red Dwarf are English and Esperanto. Samples of both can be seen on the signs in the ship's corridors. For example a sign reading "NIVELO" is the Esperanto for the word "LEVEL." Lister, Kryten and Holly all conversed in Esperanto in the episode "Kryten."

TRIVIA NOTE: The Esperanto language was developed in the late 19th century by Polish ophthalmologist Dr. L.L. Zamenhof (1859-1917). He published the book in 1887 under the pseudonym "Dr. Esperanto", meaning "one who hopes", and this is the name that stuck as the name of the language itself. See also LANGUAGES & PHRASES: "Smeg" 

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