Red Dwarf has been going strong now for a whopping 28 years. Over the course of three decades it has amassed a total of 11 series and 67 episodes. Everyone will have their favourite episode, be it the virtual reality escapades of Gunmen of the Apocalypse or the escalating desperation of Marooned.
The cat from Red Dwarf is a bona fide style guru, whether he’s fishing for compliments about his hair, or literally fishing for Lister’s goldfish, you know he always looks ‘sharper than a page of Oscar Wilde witticisms that have been rolled up into a point, sprinkled with lemon juice and jabbed into someone’s eye’, which is pretty darn sharp. Here we take a gander at eight of the best.
It was 28 years ago that we first met Dave Lister and Arnold Rimmer aboard their Jupiter Mining Corporation vessel and over the years we’ve seen them time travel, defeat hyper-intelligent alien life, and even survive a trip to Rimmerworld. It’s a very simple set up for this episode, but it’s one that is mined perfectly for full comic effect. As you may assume from the episode’s title, the plot sees Lister and Rimmer stranded on a remote ice planet with only each other for company.
Only I know I’m not dreaming, I’ve still got my trousers on,” proclaims Chris Barrie’s jobsworth leisure centre manager Gordon Brittas. Created by Andrew Norriss, a children’s author behind the 'Woof!’ series of books, and Richard Fegen, it ran through 53 episodes, and was at times amazingly dark. Brittas’s bewilderingly annoying – yet still somehow sympathetic – character made the lives of those around him a nightmare, notably his jittery, pill-popping wife Helen (Pippa Haywood) and the mentally fragile Carol (Harriet Thorpe), who kept her three children in the cupboards and drawers of the reception desk.
Viewers of reality television show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! will recall Craig receiving the devastating news of his brother Dean’s death last year. The Scouse star immediately fled the jungle to return home and grieve with his family but, shortly after, he also left his role as Corrie’s favourite, lovable Cabbie Lloyd Mullaney.