-Dave Lister (RD: The Last Day)
Red Dwarf is a comedy/science-fiction television program that ran for eight series, from 1988 to 1999. It was created and originally written by Grant Naylor, a pseudonym of the writing team composed by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor.
Red Dwarf is about the adventures of a Dave Lister, the only survivor of a disaster that killed the crew of the Jupiter Mining Company spaceship Red Dwarf. Lister, the lowest ranking crewmember of Red Dwarf, smuggled a pregnant cat, Frankenstein on board after shore leave on Titan. He was caught in possession of an illegal animal, but refused to surrender it to the ship's captain for dissection. As punishment he was sentenced to eighteen months in suspended animation. However, during this time, a radiation leak killed every living thing on board Red Dwarf except for Lister and his cat, who was safely stashed in the ship's vast cargo hold. After three million years, when the radiation finally faded into background levels, Lister was revived by the ship's artificial intelligence Holly.
As Lister makes his way back to Earth his only companions are Arnold Rimmer, a hologramatic representation of a dead shipmate, and The Cat, a member of a feline race that evolved from Lister's pet cat and who was, other than Lister, the only known remaining living being aboard the vessel. The crew of the Red Dwarf is later joined by Kryten, a mechanoid and Kristine Kochanski, a parallel universe version of Lister's dream woman. There was once an attempt to make an American version (two pilots were produced, neither of which sold a series) and three specials were created as the "Red Dwarf Night". There was also a magazine about and based on the series.
The series was resurrected for three episodes by Dave as Red Dwarf: Back to Earth in 2009, as well as the creation of two making of documentaries and DVD and Blueray sets filled with special features. Doug Naylor and others involved in production have shown interest in creating a new series, and Craig Charles has confirmed that two new series are being produced, and that filming will begin in November 2011. On January 21, 2011 it was confirmed by Robert Llewellyn that a new series will be filmed in late 2011 to be broadcast in 2012 on the digital channel Dave. On April 15, 2011 both Doug Naylor and Dave have officially announced that there will be a new series of Red Dwarf which will air in 2012.
- ↑ The episode "Waiting for God" revealed that an elderly cat priest, who worshipped Lister as a god, also lived aboard the vessel for some time after Lister's resurrection, but he died moments after being discovered by Lister.