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Dimension Jump

Series IV, Episode 5
Recorded: 22.11.1990, Shepperton Studios
First Broadcast: 14.03.1991 (BBC 2)
VHS Release: 02.11.1992 (BBCV 4848)
DVD Release: 16.02.2004 (BBCDVD 1307)
Blu-ray Release: 14.01.2019 (BBCBD 0441)

Dimension Jump

Written by Rob Grant & Doug Naylor
Directed by Ed Bye


In a universe almost identical to our own, another Arnold Rimmer exists. A test pilot in the Space Corps, he is charming, popular, brave and modest. After his test craft breaks the speed of reality, he finds himself face to face with his counterpart aboard Red Dwarf.


Chris Barrie (Rimmer), Craig Charles (Lister), Danny John-Jules (Cat), Hattie Hayridge (Holly), Robert Llewellyn (Kryten), Kalli Greenwood (Mrs Rimmer), Simon Gaffney (Young Rimmer), Hetty Baynes (Cockpit Computer)

Did You Know?

This was one of two episodes of Series IV pushed back in the schedules to avoid clashing with news of the then-ongoing Gulf War. In Dimension Jump's case, it was the "war hero" persona of Ace Rimmer that meant that the second-recorded episode went out fifth.

Kalli Greenwood and Simon Gaffney reprise their roles as Mrs Rimmer and Young Rimmer from Polymorph and Timeslides respectively.

For the first time, an episode-specific rearrangement of the closing theme is used: Howard Goodall providing a hefty dose of Hammond organ to play us out (although, where does Rimmer know the tune from?) Howard also produced a note-perfect pastiche of Top Gun's "Take My Breath Away" to soundtrack Ace's arrival - just as he had done with Casablanca and "As Time Goes By" for Camille.

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