Red Dwarf
Series one

Starring: Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules & Norman Lovett
BBC Worldwide Publishing

RRP: £19.99

Certificate: PG
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A radiation leak wipes out the crew of the mining ship Red Dwarf leaving one survivor - chicken soup machine repairman Dave Lister. After three million years in suspended animation, Lister emerges to find he is the last human being in the universe. But he is not alone...

The first series of Red Dwarf got off to a shaky start. Some of the jokes are pretty poor and the sets look a little on the cheap side. However, as the first series progressed the actors managed to gel together and the scripts delivered some of the shows most memorable episodes.

The first series has some classic episodes including Waiting for God, in which Lister discovers that he has spawned a religion and is revered as a god by the cat race that evolved from his pet. This episode puts current religious conflicts under the microscope, a move that could so easily have failed for the writers.

There are plenty of extras on this two disc collection to keep hardened Red Dwarf fans happy. These include cast commentaries, outtakes and deleted scenes a new documentary about the show and many more extras that make this collection a must buy.

There is even a collection of music tracks from the series and a couple of chapters of one of the later Red Dwarf novels read by Chris Barrie. Also included is a collectors booklet which gives some background information on the making of the episodes, as well as listing the hidden Easter Eggs on the disc (naturally it doesn't tell you were they can be found). A lot of thought has gone into the animated menu screens which adds a nice touch.

The wait was worthwhile.

Darren Rea

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