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Postby harold » Thu Nov 13, 2008 9:39 pm

what does everyone think i have been getting the dvds from the library not as good as steptoe and son
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Postby Archie » Fri Nov 14, 2008 3:06 pm

Never liked it - not my cup of char !.
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Postby charlie » Fri Nov 14, 2008 7:47 pm

brilliant,my second favourite comedy. i've tried explaining the characters to my wife but she can't get her head round it, i love it.....
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Postby steve sheffield » Fri Nov 14, 2008 9:02 pm

Red Dwarf peaked at series 6. There were some previous classics like "Backwards" but every one of series 6 were great. Rimmerworld Emohawk Psirens to name just 3. :lol:
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Postby thatsthatthen » Sat Nov 15, 2008 6:54 pm

I really liked Red Dwarf and have been watching old episodes.
The thing I find fascinating is Kryten's language and how difficult it must have been for the actor (Robert Llewellyn?) to learn those lines. And like so many, Backwards is my favourite episode too (what a cliche I am!).

Has anyone read any of Llewellyn's novels?
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Postby bob » Mon Nov 17, 2008 8:27 am

I'm with Archie on this one
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Postby Rian » Tue Nov 18, 2008 11:58 pm

Not something i would ever watch to be honest
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Postby PhilGlass » Thu Nov 20, 2008 10:11 am

I have never really got into red Dwarf that much - I can watch it and have enjoyed some episodes, and I remember Series 4 quite vividly but I am not a big fan of Craig Charles so that always put me off a little.
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Postby borehamwood » Thu Apr 29, 2010 3:08 am

I am sorry to see so little love for Red Dwarf in this thread.

I was in high school when I first saw Red Dwarf (series 3 and 4 on PBS marathon) and I taped most of it and probably saw those episodes a dozen times before seeing any more.

I think that fans of Steptoe & Son might find it worthwhile to watch the first two seasons of the show. The basic premise is that it is 300 million years in the future and humankind is extinct. One mining vessel still remains inhabited by the single remaining living human being (he was in suspended animation) and a hologram of his former bunkmate. Also on board is a humanoid cat and a senile computer. The first two seasons are very gray and claustrophobic and the influence of a show like Steptoe can be seen somewhat in the relationship between the two main characters (though the balance between love and hate leans a bit more toward hate than in Steptoe).

After series 2 the show is still funny, but it changes. More color, more characters, less focus on the two leads relationship.

After series 6 the show ceases to be watchable.

It was written by another comedy writing partnership known as Grant Naylor (Doug Grant and Rob Naylor) who had previously co-written the radio show 'Son of Cliche' in the mid eighties.
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