TV GUIDE

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - Front Page - with FREYJA POSTLETHWAITE

THERE’S noth­ing quite like clas­sic British hu­mour.

It says a lot about a tele­vi­sion se­ries that can be broad­cast for the first time in the late 1980s and have episodes con­tin­u­ing to grace the sil­ver screen some 30 years later.

Some­times it can be easy to get dis­il­lu­sioned by gems of­fered by mod­ern tele­vi­sion net­works like Mar­ried at First Sight and The Block, but the re­runs of old shows on the ABC give me the en­ter­tain­ment I need.

As a mil­len­nial, I may not be the type of per­son Red Dwarf was tar­geted to­ward – but this al­ways has been a favourite of mine and I can’t see that chang­ing any time soon.

The com­edy meets sci­ence-fic­tion show fol­lows the kooky mis­ad­ven­tures of the Red Dwarf space ship’s crew and all kinds of hu­mans and aliens they meet.

Dave Lis­ter, the id­i­otic but no less love­able sole sur­vivor of a min­ing space ship, his pet cat’s hu­manoid de­scen­dent, Cat, the ship’s se­nile com­puter, Holly, an ir­ri­tat­ing holo­graphic for­mer ship­mate Arnold Rim­mer and some­what-help­ful droid Kry­ten are a dys­func­tional team at best, but al­ways man­age to make it out alive.

Al­though Red Dwarf is goofy, se­ri­ous themes are oc­ca­sion­ally touched on in a light­hearted way to give the show a (slightly) more deep and mean­ing­ful feel.

The char­ac­ters are all deeply flawed in an in­tense and al­most re­lat­able way that makes you love them more and more with each line of di­a­logue.

But be warned: the theme song is catchy and is likely to stick in your head for quite a while af­ter the cred­its stop rolling.

RE­VIEW: RED DWARF

SPACE SPOOF: Red Dwarf will make you laugh so hard you’ll be sure you’ve de­vel­oped a six pack.

SHOW: Red Dwarf CHAN­NEL: ABC Com­edy

TIME: Late, week­nights

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