Three million years ago, a radiation leak killed the crew of the mining ship, Red Dwarf. The only survivor was Dave Lister, the chicken soup machine repairman. He spends his time on the ship with a holographic projection of Arnold Rimmer (his dead bunkmate), Cat (a life-form that evolved from Dave's cat), Holly (the ship's senile computer), and Kryten (a service mechanoid). Written by Garrett Hobbs[1]

Errors and Explanations [N 1]Edit

Movie MistakesEdit


Deliberate mistakeEdit

  1. In the first few series, it is suggested Lister and Kochanski barely know each other. In 'Balance of Power' Holly says that Lister has only ever spoken 173 words to her. However, by series 4 Kochanski is referred to as Lister's ex-girlfriend with whom he shared a relationship. (MM)In the series 4 documentary, Doug Naylor explains that Lister's attitude towards Kochanski was imature in the first series which is why they changed his back story from wanting to be with Kochanski to actually having been with her by series 4.


  1. During the episode "Thanks For The Memory" in series two After Rimmer realizes that some of his memories where actually Lister's he says "no wonder I remember having my appendix out twice" (or something like that) meaning that Lister has had his appendix out. But during the episode "Legion" in series 6 Legion takes out Lister's appendix. Grant and Naylor have said that Lister grew another appendix when his genetic structure was transmogrified in the episode "DNA."
  2. In some episodes, we are told there were originally 169 crew members on board the ship. In others it was 1169. We are told there were 169 crew members on board but 1169 PEOPLE. The others could be non-crew members such as miners (it was a mining vessel, after all), passengers (commercial ships often carry them) or even crew members families (not unreasonable on a five year trip). There are many possible explanations.
  3. Lister does not seem to know much about his childhood, as he tells several contradicting stories about it. In series 2 Lister talks about how upset he was when his father died in the episode "Better Than Life". It is possible that he was talking about a foster father when he said this, but we learn in the episode "Ouroboros" in series 7 that he was abandoned, and never knew his parents at all. He also said in series 7 that he lived with his granny too, which leaves the question that if he knew his own granny, then why didn't he know who his parents were? Three different stories of his childhood. We established that Lister was abandoned in Series 3 in 'The Last Day'. Therefore we can assume that everyone in his family that he talks about being alive are his foster family and their relatives.
  4. Throughout the whole show, Kryten alternates between obeying Rimmer because he outranks Lister, and obeying Lister because he's a human whereas Rimmer is a hologram. We don't know exactly what protocols he's forced to obey. It may just be in certain situations (Kryten seems to side with Lister a lot more when it's "Life or death", perhaps with a Hologram's decisions would be biased, since they're already dead) that he's programmed to do this. Also, considering that it was Lister who repaired him at the start of series three (and has repaired him again at least once since), there are likely to be one or two faults in him. Corrected by Gary O'Reilly
  5. If Rimmer is a hologram, why does his head make an impression on the pillow when he lies down? The pillow isn't a hologram. Rimmer doesn't ask for it to be turned on and its there when he's not in the room. Rimmer's blankets and pillow are hologrammatic as well, since a hologram sleeps in them. They may just be left on full time for simplicity's sake. Corrected by Captain Defenestrator
  6. In the entire series, the Cat says Lister's name only once. Not true, he actually says Lister's name twice, in "Parallel Universe" and "The Inquisitor".
  7. When Ace's spaceship crashes into Starbug in "Dimension Jump," the two craft are roughly the same size. But in "Stoke Me a Clipper," he is able to comfortably park inside Starbug. The run-in with the future selves and being killed by them at the end of season 6 caused reality to destabilize and changes to the ship. (At one point, one of the cargo decks is said to have increased capacity 44%.) Making it big enough to land Ace's dimension ship inside could be one of those changes. Corrected by Captain Defenestrator
  8. Unfortunately the whole basis of the show is one big factual error. Throughout the series we see that Red Dwarf sustains damage from collisions, explosions, end so on. The rocket engine nozzle - surely made from the strongest materials available - has been punctured by some kind of impact. The systems require constant maintenance by humans (painting, repairs, etc), so skutters are not enough by themselves. So, we know that Red Dwarf is not made of some sort of fictional, indestructible materials. So, after three thousand - never mind three million! - years the whole ship would be a clump of useless, corroded junk. The rubber and plastics in seals, electronic components and furniture would have crumbled to powder. The electronics themselves would have failed after a few hundred years at most. Metals in contact with liquids in pipes or reservoirs would have oxidised, and even the oxygen in the air would have been corrosive after that amount of time. The resulting pile of scrap would also be fatal to anyone going near it; subject to slow, subtle but constant radioactivity in space, after three million years it would be hotter than the inside of a working reactor. Apart from the fact you are missing the point that this is a sit-com not a science documentary, unless you can provide schematics of the Red Dwarf and a detailed list of the manufacturing process of all the things you describe, your complaint is invalid. You are basing your argument on 20th century technology, not future technology that can construct 5 mile long space ships, holographic simulations of dead people, and computers with IQs of 6000. Corrected by SoylentPurple
  9. From series 4 onwards, Rimmer is held in place by a "light bee" which is solid. But, at several points in series 1 and 2, he is able to walk through solid objects, which his light bee would be unable to do. In "Thanks For The Memory", Rimmer uses a projection cage to visit the surface of a nearby world, showing that he didn't have a light bee at that point. The addition of the light bee is clearly an upgrade made at some point after that time, making it entirely reasonable that he could be seen to walk through solid objects in the early seasons. Corrected by Captain Defenestrator
  10. If Rimmer's bedsheets are holographic, Lister shouldn't be able to move them. One of Holly's most important jobs is keeping Lister's fragile sanity intact. Having him see his hands go through objects when he touches them would tip him over the edge. She 'moves' the holographic items to fit Lister's movements.


  1. Errors listed here apply to more than one episode. For errors that only apply to a single episode, see the entry for that episode.


  1. IMDB entry tt0094535
  2. Movie Mistakes Website Entry tv3069

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