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Back in the Red: Part 1 

The Nano Bots have rebuilt Red Dwarf and Lister, Kochansi, Kryten and Cat find that the Nano Bots have not only rebuilt the ship, the Nano Bots have resurrected the crew and they find ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Chris Barrie ... Rimmer
Craig Charles ... Lister
Danny John-Jules ... Cat
Robert Llewellyn ... Kryten
Chloë Annett ... Kochanski
Norman Lovett ... Holly
Mac McDonald ... Captain Hollister
Paul Bradley Paul Bradley ... Chen
David Gillespie David Gillespie ... Selby
Karl Glenn Stimpson Karl Glenn Stimpson ... MP Thornton
Kika Mirylees ... Doc Newton
Andy Taylor Andy Taylor ... Dr. Lucas McClaren


The Nano Bots have rebuilt Red Dwarf and Lister, Kochansi, Kryten and Cat find that the Nano Bots have not only rebuilt the ship, the Nano Bots have resurrected the crew and they find themselves in big trouble, as they find themselves standing trial for a series of crimes. Lister tries to persuade Rimmer to allow him to escape and to track down the Nano Bots, the only way for Lister to convince Rimmer is by helping Rimmer find the Luck virus in Starbug's wreckage. Written by Daniel Williamson

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Release Date:

18 February 1999 (UK) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was originally planned as an hour-long episode. But when the episode ran over time it was decided to add more scenes and make it into a three-parter. See more »


The entire Red Dwarf crew are resurrected by the Nanobots, apart from Kochanski. Although there is already a Kochanski amongst them that comes from another dimension. The Nanobots would had also resurrected the original Kochanski, whom died in the radiation leak. See more »


Lister: [about Yvonne McGruder] I used to go out with her you know, before you did. You didn't know that did you? Broke up in the end. Really hurt me. Still got the scars today. They never heal, carpet burns, do they? Both cheeks man. She nearly wore them down to the bone.
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Featured in Cinematic Excrement: Jack and Jill (2012) See more »


Red Dwarf Theme
Written by Howard Goodall
Performed by Jenna Russell
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love dwarf series 8 esp Back in the Red
26 February 2017 | by jwikstroSee all my reviews

7 slightly missed the mark, 8 is wrongly maligned...inspired performances in back in the Red esp Craig Charles at his best as Lister...difficult to believe that others have not stated so...

anyway, timing in comedy is key, and Danny John Jules as well as Criag Charles are in top form for series 8....Chris Barrie is great as usual and the return of Norman Lovett is great, while Hattie Hayridge was great as well...Chloe Annett's Kochanski is much improved from series 7, has her comic form down why is it so knocked? The whole atmosphere around the show was great at that time...

so much laughter is provided by series 8 and it deserves far more in the way of kudos...lighten up ye of stodgy temperament!

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