WHAT THE SMEG?

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Welcome -

More than 28 years af­ter our first en­counter with Rim­mer, Lis­ter, Holly and the Cat, Red Dwarf is back this month for its 11th se­ries. Just to put that in per­spec­tive, when the show launched back in 1988, Margaret Thatcher was prime min­is­ter, Ron­ald Rea­gan was Pres­i­dent of the USA, and the Cold War was still on­go­ing. The high­est gross­ing films of the year were Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rab­bit and Com­ing To Amer­ica, and Liverpool were the dom­i­nant foot­ball team in Eng­land.

The world has changed mas­sively since then (sorry, Liverpool fans), but Red Dwarf is still thriv­ing, both one of the long­est-run­ning sit­coms and one of the long­est run­ning sci-fi shows – par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive see­ing as, un­like Doc­tor Who, it still has the same core cast as when it be­gan. Over its 61 episodes it’s made us laugh a lot, and in­tro­duced us to some in­ge­nious and mem­o­rable sci-fi ideas – of­ten in the same breath. It also broke au­di­ence records on BBC Two, and brought the terms “smeg­head”, “gim­boid” and “goit” into the lex­i­con.

We think all of those achieve­ments make Red Dwarf well worth cel­e­brat­ing, so in the 36 pages of this ex­clu­sive mini-mag SFX has done just that, trav­el­ling three mil­lion years into the fu­ture to take in “The End”, “The Be­gin­ning” and the bits in be­tween. So thanks for the mem­ory, Red Dwarf – we hope you en­joy our trib­ute.

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