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.
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
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)
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.
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
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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