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Series V, Episode 1
Recorded: 15.11.1991, Shepperton Studios
First Broadcast: 20.02.1992 (BBC 2)
VHS Release: 04.07.1994 (BBCV 5197)
DVD Release: 08.11.2004 (BBCDVD 1371)
Blu-ray Release: 14.01.2019 (BBCBD 0441)


Written by Rob Grant & Doug Naylor
Directed by Juliet May


Rimmer is transmitted from Red Dwarf to the advanced Holoship "Enlightenment" which contains the cream of the Space Corps. Everything he has dreamed of exists on this ship. Can he earn a commission to join this fantastic vessel?


Chris Barrie (Rimmer), Craig Charles (Lister), Danny John-Jules (Cat), Hattie Hayridge (Holly), Robert Llewellyn (Kryten), Jane Horrocks (Nirvanah Crane), Matthew Marsh (Captain Platini), Don Warrington (Commander Binks), Lucy Briers (Harrison), Simon Day (Number Two), Jane Montgomery (Number One)

Did You Know?

Over twelve minutes of footage were cut from this episode to reach the required length, making it the longest Red Dwarf episode recorded to date. As well as being featured on the DVDs, the cut scenes could be found in the Son of Soup script book.

Guest star Jane Horrocks based her performance as Nirvanah Crane on the actress Joanna Lumley; ironically, this was several months before Horrocks would co-star with Lumley in the hit sitcom Absolutely Fabulous.

Holoship was the third-recorded episode of Series V, but chosen to go out first when the original opener, Back to Reality, was judged to be better-placed as a finale.

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