Classic TV: Red Dwarf IV (1991)
Seasons 4-6 of the sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf saw the series at its peak, having firmly found its feet with the new line up of Rimmer (Chris Barrie), Lister (Craig Charles), Cat (Danny John-Jules), the android Kryten (Robert Llewellyn) and the female version of the ship's computer Holly (Hattie Hayridge).
|The human version of Kryten (Robert Llewellyn) with Rimmer (Chris Barrie), |
Lister (Craig Charles) and Cat (Danny John-Jules) in "DNA"
|The Justice World space station in "Justice"|
|"Smoke me a kipper" - Chris Barrie as Ace Rimmer in "Dimension Jump"|
The series ends with the classic episode "Meltdown", where the crew find an experimental matter transporter that takes them to the nearest inhabitable planet. There they find a defunct theme park where waxwork droids have broken their programming and run amuck. This has led to perpetual war between the characters of the park's Hero World and the power-hungry inhabitants of Villain World. The latter are led, inevitably, by Adolf Hitler and include Goebbels, Goring, Caligula and Rasputin.
|Rimmer with Elvis (Clayton Mark) in "Meltdown"|
The running order of Red Dwarf IV was altered before broadcast, because of sensitivities about military subjects during the 1991 Gulf War. This was a particular problem for the anti-war satire "Meltdown", although the re-scheduling of the innocuous "Dimension Jump" seems absurd.