WHAT THE SMEG?
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.