Red Dwarf

Correction: This takes place in a Parallel Universe where Kochanski was the one who was saved from the disaster which wiped out the crew. Therefore, it could be that in this dimension it was a kitten and got pregnant at a later stage

Marooned - S3-E2

Corrected entry: In the scene where Lister is so desperate with hunger that he eats the only thing still available (a can of dog food), Craig Charles (who plays Lister) was not acting. He really DID eat it (it was cat food, which apparently "looked better", but the difference is minimal). Not surprisingly, this scene was completed in only one take...

Correction: If you watch the DVD with the commentary, it is in fact tuna fish made to look like dog food.

Back in the Red (1) - S8-E1

Corrected entry: If the entire crew has been resurrected, shouldn't there be another Kochanski because the one from starbug is the Kochanski from another Dimension?

Correction: Simple. We can assume that Kryten's nanobods know there already is a Kochanski. They didn't feel the need to resurrect another.

Andy Benham Premium member

Back in the Red (1) - S8-E1

Corrected entry: From the first moments of Red Dwarf eight, it is established that the Dwarfers are in the prison for committing a crime. If this is the case why wasn't Lister sent to prison in the very first episode for smuggling Frankenstein on board instead of being sent into stasis?

Correction: Actually, this is explained in the book. It talks about how, after Kochanski broke up with Lister, he spent about a month trying to find the least serious offence that would get him into stasis - breaking Quarantine regulations. If it hasn't already been explained, he wanted to get into stasis to get back to Earth 'instantenously' (which was his reason for joining the Corps in the first place). But, the plan went awry, creating the series we know and love.

Tailkinker Premium member

Polymorph - S3-E3

Corrected entry: In the episode "Polymorph", the 'punchline' at The End of the episode is that the crew of Red Dwarf think they're safe, because they've killed the polymorph creature. But the 'plot twist' is that there was a SECOND polymorph on board Red Dwarf - and the last we see of it is when the Polymorph takes on the appearance of Lister and grins to the camera. But it is never explained what became of this second polymorph. For all we know, it could still be lurking on board.

Correction: According to Doug Naylor in the Re-Mastered edition of this episode, the second Polymorph hid in Lister's underpants drawers and died of starvation due to its stupidity.

Marooned - S3-E2

Corrected entry: Rimmer is seen pressing a button before speaking into a microphone to send out a distress message. But Rimmer is supposed to be a hologram, an intangible being...and as such, can't touch things. HE is not capable of touching things until the Red Dwarf crew meet Legion in Series VI - then Legion upgrades Rimmer with a "Hard-Light" holographic drive, making him a solid being at last.

Correction: However, it's possible for the radio to have holographic controls as well, perhaps reacting to the presence of a light bee, since in an emergency situation, a hologram may be the only one uninjured enough to send a distress signal.

Pete (1) - S8-E6

Corrected entry: In the episode "Pete: Part 1", in the scene with the frozen canaries, you can see them moving very slightly. Again, near The End with the frozen crew, the table tennis players are swaying from side to side very slightly.

Correction: It's not that they are frozen, rather that they are moving in a different timeframe, so they are still able to move just not very quickly.

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Corrected entry: During the episode "Thanks For The Memory" in series two after Rimmer realizes that some of his memories where actually Lister's he says "no wonder I remember having my appendix out twice" (or something like that) meaning that Lister has had his appendix out. But during the episode "Legion" in series 6 Legion takes out Lister's appendix.

Correction: Grant Naylor have said that Lister grew another appendix when his genetic structure was transmogrified in the episode "DNA."

Correction: A number of posts suggest much the same thing, neglecting the fact that Holly is trying to keep Lister's fragile sanity intact. She arranges for Rimmer to appear to land on the table by projecting a holographic image of him doing just that, as Lister would become unhinged if he saw Rimmer magically passing through solid objects all the time. Besides, according to your logic shouldn't he sink through the floor?

Correction: If you look at the scene when the virus is eating their clothes and hair, they don't touch their faces or chests.

Backwards - S3-E1

Corrected entry: Throughout this episode writing is backwards. Why, in a backwards universe, would writing be backwards? Surely it would be the correct way around, just that the people in this universe would read it backwards.

Correction: It's a fictional universe. The writers can create whatever customs/rules they like.

Phixius Premium member

Blue - S7-E5

Corrected entry: The flashback sequence of Rimmer and Lister searching everyone's lockers is supposed to have happened not long after the accident which killed the crew. Rimmer is wearing his most up to date blue hard-light hologram costume, when he actually should have been wearing his standard cream shirt uniform.


Correction: This scene is supposed to have taken place in the alternative dimension, i.e. the one where Kochanski rescued Frankenstein and was put into stasis. Apparently Grant & Naylor never liked the look of the original uniforms, but had no choice owing to budget limitations. They probably took this opportunity to make the uniforms more like they had originally wanted. Kochanski is also wearing a blue uniform - which would have been made for this series, indicating that this was a deliberate difference.

The End - S1-E1

Corrected entry: When Rimmer and Lister walk back into the teaching room after seeing the Cat for the first time, Lister bumps into the table that he was eating the piles of human ash from, but all the ash has disappeared.


Correction: There may be more than one teaching room on the ship. This may be a similar room but not the one that Lister entered earlier in the episode.

Correction: There was a deleted scene where Lister sweeps up the dead crew's ashes and dumps them into space, but it seemed silly rather than dramatic and was cut.

Brian Katcher

Quarantine - S5-E4

Corrected entry: When demonstrating the luck virus with the deck of cards, Lister only shuffles the top few cards, then draws the four aces from the bottom of the deck.

Correction: It takes luck to be able to cheat at cards so well without any practice.

Better Than Life - S2-E2

Corrected entry: At the restaurant, the guide hands Lister his caviar vindaloo, which he states is "half rice, half chips and more bread and butter to follow", but there are visibly no chips on the plate. There are caviar, vindaloo, rice and potato wedges shown on the plate, but no chips. (00:19:25)

Casual Person

Correction: In this case, no. I've been to many places where the restaurant makes no distinctions in why type of fries or chips they serve. I've been served fries that look exactly like the potato wedges Lister got before.


Correction: The potato wedges are the "chips." It's a British term for fried potatoes or what Americans may call "fries."


Potato wedges and chips are made from potato, but are still two different things. If the guide wanted to say it was half potato wedges, then he could have just said "half potato wedges."

Casual Person

Timeslides - S3-E5

Corrected entry: Want to know why Rimmer is alive at The End of 'Timeslides'? Here's a theory. Rimmer as a child sees himself from the future visit him to offer advice. He later works out that this was himself from the future. Later in the events of 'Stasis Leak', Rimmer is visited again by his future self. Because of his childhood experience, now Rimmer does not panic but takes his future self's advice and goes into Stasis, therefore surviving the radiation leak.

Correction: Sorry, but pet theories are not valid trivia.

Tailkinker Premium member

Justice - S4-E3

Corrected entry: During Rimmer's appeal against his 9,000 year sentence for second degree murder, Kryten's entire defence strategy is proving that Rimmer is "a jumped-up grease monkey" who would never be trusted with critically important repairs on the Red Dwarf - that is, the drive plate. The court accepts this and Rimmer is released. The trouble is, Rimmer WAS trusted with the drive plate repairs and he WAS responsible for the crew's death. Kryten's defence is wrong, and on the court's terms the charge is correct and Rimmer is guilty. It's not as if Rimmer and Kryten believe Rimmer is too dumb to be guilty - they know the facts of the case and they are under 'polygraphic surveillance'. Their opinions don't count, the facts stand, and Rimmer is doomed.

Correction: Kryten's argument was that whoever gave Rimmer the orders to repair the drive plate was at fault, and not Rimmer, as he was not properly trained to repair something as critical as a drive plate. Rimmer, never one to doubt his superiors, decided that he was at fault, so was found guilty in the first place.

Andy Benham Premium member

Psirens - S6-E1

Corrected entry: Kryten shows Lister a picture of Kochanski and says that he dated her for three weeks, but in the first series it is established that Lister always wanted to ask Kochanski out but never worked up the courage.


Correction: Answered elsewhere - just because he didn't ask her out didn't mean they never dated. Maybe she asked him?

In an early episode, Holly says Kochanski and Lister had only spoken a few hundred words, they hardly could have dated for weeks. It's an acknowledged continuity error; the writers thought it would make more sense for Lister to obsess over a failed relationship than an unrequited crush.

Brian Katcher

Correction: Kryten only SAID that everything would be forgotten - obviously, the sanitation droid got it wrong.

I've often thought this is an error and your explanation is inadequate.

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Corrected entry: Unfortunately the whole basis of the show is one big factual error. Throughout the series we see that Red Dwarf sustains damage from collisions, explosions, and so on. Most important of all, the rocket engine nozzle - surely made from the strongest materials available - has been punctured by some kind of impact. The systems require constant maintenance by humans (painting, repairs, etc), so skutters are not enough by themselves. So, we know that Red Dwarf is not made of some sort of fictional, indestructible materials, it is made of the kind of metals, plastics and other construction materials we build space shuttles and the like out of nowadays. So, after three thousand - never mind three million! - years the whole ship would be a clump of useless, corroded junk. The rubber and plastics in seals, electronic components and furniture would have crumbled to powder. The electronics themselves would have failed after a few hundred years at most. Metals in contact with liquids in pipes or reservoirs would have oxidized, and even the oxygen in the air would have been corrosive after that amount of time. Red Dwarf is not immune from the effects of long term decay and deterioration - if it were when Lister was released from stasis he would have found rooms full of relatively intact dead bodies instead of piles of crumbled dust. After three million years in space Red Dwarf would have been a pile of scrap, fatal to anyone going near it; subject to slow, subtle but constant radioactivity in space, after three million years it would be hotter than the inside of a working reactor.

Correction: Apart from the fact you are missing the point that this is a sit-com not a science documentary, unless you can provide schematics of the Red Dwarf and a detailed list of the manufacturing process of all the things you describe, your complaint is invalid. You are basing your argument on 20th century technology, not future technology that can construct 5 mile long space ships, holographic simulations of dead people, and computers with IQs of 6000.


Read the posting again. "Throughout the series we see that Red Dwarf sustains damage from collisions, explosions, end so on. The rocket engine nozzle - surely made from the strongest materials available - has been punctured by some kind of impact. The systems require constant maintenance by humans (painting, repairs, etc), so skutters are not enough by themselves. So, we know that Red Dwarf is not made of some sort of fictional, indestructible materials." Red Dwarf is constructed from perfectly ordinary materials, and not from some science fiction super metal or similar. It is subject to damage and deterioration, which will not be selective. Science fiction sitcom or not the posting is accurate.

Material strength might be defeated by explosions and other impacts, but you're still making a leap assuming that rubber, plastics, etc. are being used as they are today. Maintenance/corrosion-free materials may well exist in order to minimise replacement - it's too big an assumption to state as fact that just because the engine nozzle has been punctured, the entire ship would fall to bits. And again...sitcom. Willing suspension of disbelief plays a part sometimes.

Jon Sandys Premium member

Nothing in this comment corrects any of the points raised in the original post. During the series are constantly shown that Red Dwarf requires perfectly ordinary manual maintenance and can be damaged in all sorts of different ways. As is pointed out, if the rocket engine exhaust bell can be punctured by some sort of impact, then Red Dwarf is not made of fictional, indestructible materials. The posting is absolutely correct.

M-Corp - S12-E5

Other mistake: When Cat picks up the can of Leopard lager which is invisible to Lister, he shakes it, pops the cap and sprays Lister with foam. The foam is visible but the can remains invisible, and that makes no sense. If we are seeing the scene from Cat's point of view the can and foam should both be visible, and if it is from Lister's then neither should be.

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Answer: Presumably he does, but it's never been used in any material related to the show. He is the only Cat left (as shown in Series 1), so even if he had once had a name, nobody would know it.

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Answer: In the book, the Cat finds the concept of a name confusing, as he's convinced he's the center of the universe and the idea that someone wouldn't know who he was is baffling.

Brian Katcher

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