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Did Arnold Rimmer kill the Red Dwarf crew?

Yes. In the Pilot episode, titled The End, after Lister has woken from suspension he asks Holly how everyone died: LISTER: How? HOLLY: The drive plate was inefficiently repaired. It blew, and ...
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Did Arnold Rimmer kill the Red Dwarf crew?

No. In the episode "Justice" it was established in a court of law that although Rimmer was responsible for failing to re-secure the drive plate (the act that ultimately resulted in the deaths of the ...
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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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Why did Holly decide to simply wait out the radioactivity?

In the first book, Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers by Grant Naylor, Holly tells Dave this: Part 2, Chapt. One: ‘So, what happened?’ Holly told him about the cadmium II radiation ...
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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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Why didn't the Red Dwarf decay during Lister's 3,000,000 years in stasis?

Well, realistically speaking, the show shouldn't have happened at all, since the ship would have deteriorated to the point of losing functionality. Three million years is a really really long time. ...
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How did Rimmer's three-dimensional 'Soft Light Light Bee' pass through solid material?

On several occasions we see Rimmer moving around the ship without the (evident) use of his light bee, strongly suggesting that the projection is remote rather than local. Notably in the episode ...
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Has Zero-G Football game play ever been defined, or is it just a open ended plot device in the show?

As pointed out by @Hassleinbooks, the game is extensively described in the official Red Dwarf Smegazine - Vol. 1 #8. You can see in the panels below that the rules are essentially nonsensical, ...
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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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Please identify the Red Dwarf character that dies writing his name on Earth

The monumental graffiti artist's name was John Ewe. For the record, the book he appears in is Red Dwarf: Better Than Life, not Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers John Ewe shut down the ...
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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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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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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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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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How did Lister to come exist in the parallel universe?

I shall start by ignoring the fact that the answer is quite clearly "because it's funny!" Theoretically, the parallel universe that you've dubbed "Universe B" could have been formed after Lister was ...
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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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Has Zero-G Football game play ever been defined, or is it just a open ended plot device in the show?

Issue 1.8 of the Smegazines has a full story on the rules and regulations of the game. You can find it here: http://hassleinbooks.com/pages/resources.php
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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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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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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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What happened between Red Dwarf series VIII and "Back to Earth"?

Rimmer: Rimmer probably didn't survive. The Rimmer in Back to Earth is a hologram while the Rimmer who kick Death in the crotch was reconstructed by the nanobots. Likely Rimmer was brought back as ...
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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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Why did Holly decide to simply wait out the radioactivity?

In Red Dwarf it is safe to assume that every plot point is poking fun at at least one other idea. In this case there are two that quickly come to mind. The first is Asimov's laws of robotics. Holly's ...
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