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Why didn't Dave Lister go home?

This is explained in the episode; LISTER: For a long time, you'll think that you were abandoned, but you weren't, man. You were put here to create a paradox, an unbreakable circle. With us ...
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Why did Lister bother painting Red Dwarf?

In Stasis Leak, first episode of Series II, we saw Captain Hollister sentencing Lister, and later Rimmer, to "PD", or Punishment Detail. Rimmer describes it thusly RIMMER: Why didn't you tell the ...
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What is the bottle that Lister uses as a carafe at dinner?

It's hard to tell, unless you are familiar with older hospital equipment, but it's an older style hospital urinal. It's not on screen much, but here's a grab where you can see the rough shape: And, ...
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Who raised Lister, and how was he related to them?

I think you've partially answered your own question... Lister cannot possibly have grown up with his biological family for multiple reasons: 1) He was abandoned under a pool table in Liverpool- any ...
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Doctor Who / Red Dwarf Crossovers?

According to this article on Ganymede one of the special effects crew says There is a TARDIS model in the Blue Midget hanger from series 3 Red Dwarf– fact. (I know’ cos I put it there) (Images via ...
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What is the meteor/rock protruding from the Red Dwarf?

According to the show's model-maker, the asteroid hit the Red Dwarf significantly before everyone died. "Rob and Doug didn't want it to look like a sophisticated spaceship – they wanted it to ...
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Why do Lister and Rimmer live together?

Why doesn’t Basil Fawlty leave Cybil? Why doesn’t Tim quit Wernham Hogg? Why doesn’t Mark stop living with Jeremy? In the grand tradition of British sitcoms, they suffer in situations that torment ...
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Why does the Cat Priest from 'Waiting for God' have a blackened hand?

The information about the black hand, is actually from the DVD Liner notes. The Cat Priest has one white hand and one black hand; according to the DVD liner notes, this is because the Felis sapiens, ...
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David Lister is the last human being in the Universe. What happened to the rest of the human race?

There's been no explicit, in-universe confirmation that Dave Lister is actually the last human. Holly simply assumes (as explained in the tie-in novel 'Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers') that since ...
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Red Dwarf episode in period costume where a time travelling assassin droid or simulant out to kill Lister or one of the others

The period costume dinner is S7E6 "Beyond a Joke". Excerpts from Wikipedia: Meanwhile, Kochanski decides to educate Lister and Cat on the finer points of etiquette by introducing them to a virtual ...
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Why is Dave Lister clean-shaven?

He shaves because it's part of his general cleaning routine. The script directions for Future Echoes indicate that this makes him feel "fresh". Note that although Dave's personal habits ...
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Why was Kryten asked to check his chair?

My take on it was that the Counsellor was concerned that Kryten was displaying some quite bizarre and truly irrational behaviours. After speaking to him for just a few seconds, he formed the ...
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How far away from Earth did Red Dwarf get?

According to the script for Back in the Red, Part I, the Red Dwarf is 3 million light years from Earth. I think we can assume this number has been rounded up or down slightly. CMO: What's this ...
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Does The Cat ever show any interest in Kristine Kochanski?

The cat seems (initially) to be interested in Kochanski, but evidently loses interest after just a few episodes. He's obsessed with her underwear for two episodes. LISTER: I'm not here because I'm a ...
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Did Arnold Rimmer kill the Red Dwarf crew?

Hollister sent a 2nd class technician (vending machine repairman specialization), the 2nd lowest ranked person on the ship to make a critical repair with no supervision from the people who were aboard ...
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How much interaction did Holly have with the Cat people?

It's hard to prove a negative, but I'd posit that Holly and the Cats didn't interact at all, and that Holly only watched the Cats a little at most. In the first episode "The End", Holly tells Lister ...
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Is "Smegheads" useable as a term for Red Dwarf fans?

In a word, no. The preferred fandom name for Red Dwarf fans (for themselves) is "Dwarfer". Referring to oneself as a smeghead would be funny, but inaccurate. Examples include In any case,...
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Have the positive viruses ever been used in the Red Dwarf books?

YES. the novel Last Human by Doug Naylor covers the events of several episodes in series 5 and 6, including episode 5x28 "Quarantine" in which the Positive Viruses are introduced. From the Red Dwarf ...
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Doctor Who / Red Dwarf Crossovers?

Not sure if this counts at all? Red Dwarf A-Z was a 1998 BBC TV special. Although principally spun off from the series Red Dwarf, one of its segments featured essentially a crossover between the Red ...
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Why didn't the Red Dwarf decay during Lister's 3,000,000 years in stasis?

Anyone ever consider the possibility that Holly LIED about how much time had passed? We know the computer has gone a bit 'wonky' over time; it is not unreasonable to suppose that it had to shut down ...
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Who is driving Red Dwarf?

On Red Dwarf, although Holly can control the flight of the ship, all commands go via the Navicomp (Fitted to both Red Dwarf and all Starbug class ships). Starbug is capable of flying itself without ...
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Red Dwarf episode in period costume where a time travelling assassin droid or simulant out to kill Lister or one of the others

Are you thinking of episode 7.2 "Stoke Me A Clipper"? The period costume element may be the AR game Lister is playing in which he is cast as a jousting knight. Later in the episode, Lister pretends ...
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Who is driving Red Dwarf?

"Holly, plot a course for Fiji. Look out Earth, the slime's coming home!" Lister has it right. Despite Holly's implied lack of intelligence the AI is responsible for piloting the ship. The other ...
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After "Timeslides", did the others remember a live Rimmer and a different hologram?

When Lister went back in time and changed his own past, he but neither Holly's nor Rimmer's memories were changed to correspond to the new reality. Logically, then, when Rimmer went back into the ...
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Does The Cat ever show any interest in Kristine Kochanski?

Cat tries to impress Kochanski a number of times in the episode Ouroboros, giving her the pet name "Officer Bud-Babe". In the subsequent episode Duct Soup he also shows an interest in her ...
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What is the meteor/rock protruding from the Red Dwarf?

Red Dwarf is a mining ship owned by the Jupiter Mining Corporation. The asteroid(s) we see attached to the hull of the ship are being mined. Wikipedia cites DVD commentary for this: "So in the ...
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What is the name of the track Rimmer is listening to in Red Dwarf IX when the others are in the diving bell being attacked by the despair squid?

Getting to Know You / I Whistle a Happy Tune - Ray Conniff The official episode guide identifies the piece: Getting to Know You / I Whistle a Happy Tune by Ray Coniff [sic], played by Rimmer in ...
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Timeslides: Why didn't Rimmer disappear?

Don't think too hard about it It's not explained on the programme and it's unlikely the writers even thought about it, but technically it's not impossible for Holly to bring Rimmer back, so it's all ...
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