Red Dwarf: The First Three Million Years

Boys from the Dwarf

Series 1 - Episode 1 Boys from the Dwarf



In an alternative sci-fi universe, Alan Rickman could have played slobby, last-human-alive Dave Lister, only he didn’t like the thought of performing in front of a studio audience. Instead, the part went to Liverpudlian poet Craig Charles – who’s since been called a smeg-head every day for the last 32 years.

He reveals this last point proudly, as he should, seeing as Red Dwarf is now one of the UK’s longest-running sitcoms. But its genesis is a story of sniffy, London-based BBC executives who couldn’t grasp the concept, an electricians’ strike that almost scuppered filming and a baffled studio audience that (initially, at least) wasn’t laughing at the jokes. Find out how the team triumphed against the odds in this nostalgic look back that’ll certainly appeal to those of us who love the show, have read the books and (I’m slightly ashamed to admit) even bought the T-shirts.


A look at the troubled origins of what was soon to become the most celebrated and successful sci-fi comedy ever, as told by the people who were there.