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Red Dwarf: Only The Good...

A dangerous virus begins to eat through Red Dwarf, forcing the crew to abandon ship, leaving the convicted inhabitants of The Tank to die. The Dwarf crew, with only one chance to save their own necks and secure the ship for themselves, send Rimmer into an alternate universe to collect the antidote formula, but Rimmer finds that in the alternate reality, he is in charge of the ship...

Episode Info

Episode number: 8x8
Production Number: 8x5
Airdate: Monday April 05th, 1999

Director: Ed Bye
Writer: Doug Naylor

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Guest Stars
Graham McTavishGraham McTavish
As Ackerman
Mac McDonaldMac McDonald
As Captain
Ricky GroverRicky Grover
As Baxter
Tony SlatteryTony Slattery
As Dispensing Machine
David VerreyDavid Verrey
As Big Meat
Heidi MonsenHeidi Monsen
As Talia

Ed ByeEd Bye
As Death
Main Cast
Chris BarrieChris Barrie
As Rimmer
Craig CharlesCraig Charles
As Lister
Chloe AnnettChloe Annett
As Kochanski
Episode Notes
There were several endings prepared for the conclusion of Series VIII of Red Dwarf. The original plan was for the Red Dwarf crew to return to Earth at hyper-speed and crash into various landmarks en route to landing, but this was deemed too expensive to film.

Another ending, which was filmed but cut at the last minute, saw Rimmer, after several back-and-forth attempts, successfully read the virus-thwarting formula to the Red Dwarf crew, allowing them to save the ship. With pretty much the entire crew having evacuated except for those still in the 'Dwarf's prison The Tank, the 'Dwarfers celebrate the retaking of their home with a party. Rimmer instructs Kryten to ignore the now adrift crew (including a downhearted Captain Hollister) and to keep going forward, he then has another altercation with the vending machine who, as in the transmitted version, knocks him to the ground with a carefully trajected can.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRob Grant (2)  |  Doug Naylor
Executive ProducerDoug Naylor
ProducerEd Bye
Production DesignerMel Bibby
EditorMark Wybourn
First Assistant DirectorJulie Sykes
MusicHoward Goodall
Camera OperatorAndy Martin (2)
Location ManagerKen Hawkins
Script SupervisorGillian Wood
Production CoordinatorRachel Stewart
Director of PhotographyPeter Morgan
Art DirectorIan Reade-hill
Vision MixerJohn Barclay (1)
Boom OperatorMike Reardon
Post Production SoundJem Whippey
Graphic DesignerAndy Spence
Casting DirectorLinda Glover
Make-up DesignerAndrea Finch (2)
CostumeHoward Burden
Script AssociatePaul Alexander
Location SoundNigel Davis
Warning: Red Dwarf season 8 episode 8 guide may contain spoilers
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