Ed directed every episode of the first four series, but had to bow out in order to work on The Full Wax, prompting the producers to hire Juliet May and Andy de Emmony to direct Series V and VI respectively. When Series VII came around, he was available once again.
When last minute rewrites required someone to play the Grim Reaper in "Only the Good...", Ed was the obvious choice because he was so tall. He put on the robe and sandals and stepped into the breech to end the show.
He has had an extensive career as a film and television director, producer and writer. He started the production company Tall TV in 2011.
Ed Bye has stated that his favorite Red Dwarf character is Talkie Toaster.