1 - The End
Season #1, episode #1/6
Original title : The End
First Aired : 15.02.1988 (UK)
Director : Ed Bye
Writing credits : Rob Grant & Doug Naylor
Cast : Robert Bathurst (Frank Todhunter), Mac McDonald (Captain Hollister), Mark Williams (Petersen), Paul Bradley (Chen), David Gillespie (Selby), Robert McCulley (George McIntyre), C.P. Grogan (Kristine Kochanski)
The Story : Aboard the Jupiter Mining Corporation vessel Red Dwarf, Dave Lister, a lowly 3rd Technician, smuggles aboard a cat and is consequently confined to suspended animation for the crime. During his time in stasis his bunkmate Arnold Rimmer, an equally if not more lowly 2nd Technician, is forced to perform the maintenence duties alone and inefficiently repairs the drive plate, causing it to blow and subjecing the entire crew to deadly radiation. 3 million years pass until Holly (the ship's computer), releases Lister from stasis and tells him of the accident and also ressurrects Rimmer as a hologram to be a companion for Lister. After the initial shock, Lister realises that he has the run of the ship, allowing him to be, basically, himself: a no-good layabout slob. Rimmer and Lister discover that the cat had been sealed in the ships hold during the accident and has bred there for the last 3 million years and have evolved into man, one of whom is still on the ship. When he discovers his new friend, Lister decides to complete his dream of owning a farm on Fiji and orders Holly to set a course for Earth. THE BEGINNING!