RED DWARF XII.3 – “Timewave” (TV Review)

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Dave – 9pm – Thursday 26th October 2017

Available to preview NOW on UKTV Play

Created by: Rob Grant and Doug Naylor

Written and directed by: Doug Naylor


 

THE TROUBLE WITH ST. TREMBLES

At this halfway juncture I don’t think it’s premature for me to declare Red Dwarf XII an extraordinary run of the popular British sci-fi sitcom. In three episodes we have had three very diverse and unpredictably inventive approaches to the formula. “Cured” was a confident mystery with historical guest stars, “Siliconia” a grandiose gem borne out of a gimmick, while this week’s standalone instalment is a blatant satirical swipe at the PC brigade; madness mocking madness.

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RED DWARF XII.2 – “Siliconia” (TV Review)

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Dave – 9pm – Thursday 19th October

Available to stream on UKTV Play from: 12th October

Created by: Rob Grant and Doug Naylor

Written and Directed by: Doug Naylor


 

A KREWFUL OF KRYTENS

“Our squeegees are loaded!”

In the run-up to series XII’s transmission, the fanbase were divided between excitement and apprehension at the prospect of this ‘gimmick’ episode, long-teased by Doug and the cast as “the one where everyone’s Kryten.” Would the script provide a plausible-enough in-universe reason for rubbering-up Lister (Craig Charles), Rimmer (Chris Barrie) and Cat (Danny John-Jules)? Would the audience be able to see beyond the uncanny look of the three usually fleshy smegheads? Would it be funny without being farcical?

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RED DWARF XI.6 “Can of Worms” (TV Review)

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Dave – Thursday 27th October 2016 – 9pm

Created by: Rob Grant and Doug Naylor

Written and directed by: Doug Naylor


PIPE DREAMS

Ten series and two episodes ago – in the hazy mists of 1988’s I.4, to be precise – was the last time Cat (Danny John-Jules) was given his own episode. “Waiting For God” established the evolution – and mass-migration – of the felis sapien race away from Red Dwarf. Since then, everyone’s favourite sharp-suited pussy has been ever-present (if not ever reliable) on ship, but more in an auxiliary role.

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RED DWARF XI.5 “Krysis” (TV Review)

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Dave – 20th October 2016 – 9pm

Created by: Rob Grant and Doug Naylor

Written and directed by: Doug Naylor


BEYOND BEYOND A JOKE

Episode five of a standard British six-part sitcom series is – unofficially – considered the “dumping ground” for the less-marketable, less-spectacular episode of the series, hidden deep enough into the run that loyal fans are unlikely to be dissuaded from sticking with it, before the following week’s grand finale knocks everyone’s socks off.

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RED DWARF XI.3 “Give and Take” (TV Review)

Dave – 6th October 2016 – 9pm
Created by: Rob Grant and Doug Naylor
Written and directed by: Doug Naylor


 

LIFE IS BUT A SCREAM

Lister (Craig Charles) will claim it’s curry, while based on this week’s evidence, Cat (Danny John-Jules) will argue strongly in favour of sea salt, but ultimately it seems like variety is the spice of life aboard the Dwarf this series. We are now three episodes in to XI – half way – and we’ve already been treated to a romp to an alternative Earth in the style of series VI (“Twentica”) and a more sombre investigative mystery which harkened back to III’s classic two-hander, “Marooned” (“Samsara”).

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RED DWARF XI.1 “Twentica” (TV Review)

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Dave – Thursday 22nd September – 9pm

Created by: Rob Grant and Doug Naylor

Written and directed by: Doug Naylor


 

BIGGER. BETTER. SMEGGIER.

“Have you been drinking the giggle water?”

Every new series of Red Dwarf has been a reboot of sorts. From the location shooting of II expanding on the grey-scale claustrophobia of the ship-set original run, to the addition of a new main character and the gender-swap of another in III. Since co-creator Rob Grant ejected himself from an airlock after 1993’s series VI leaving Doug Naylor solely in charge at the helm, the boys from the Dwarf have been testing the water with all manner of reinventions, morphing from audience-less sci-fi drama (VII) to broad laugh-prominent farce (VIII).

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