Twenty-nine years ago today, Red Dwarf made its debut on BBC Two.
It’s actually rather incredible that it even debut – according to the Red Dwarf website, production was almost killed off due to several strikes. Who, from the head honchos at the BBC, to Grant/Naylor, to Craig, Chris, Danny, and Norman, all the way to even the casual viewer, would’ve thought it would still be in production today?
Of course, there’s an explanation for everything – with the exception of little Jimmy Osmond. And that is, the second series was commissioned before the first even aired. (Yes, Star Vs. wasn’t alone in this department.) Somebody had to have hope… and apparently, it was Michael Grade. (Yes, Grade actually did something other than cancel Doctor Who. Maybe he deserves that knighthood after all… nah.)
Here’s hoping that Red Dwarf remains loved for generations to come.