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Series V, Episode 4
Recorded: 29.11.1991, Shepperton Studios
First Broadcast: 12.03.1992 (BBC 2)
VHS Release: 01.08.1994 (BBCV 5212)
DVD Release: 08.11.2004 (BBCDVD 1371)
Blu-ray Release: 14.01.2019 (BBCBD 0441)


Written by Rob Grant & Doug Naylor
Directed by Grant Naylor


After an encounter at a viral research centre, Rimmer forces the crew to spend twelve weeks in quarantine. But who's watching the watcher?


Chris Barrie (Rimmer), Craig Charles (Lister), Danny John-Jules (Cat), Hattie Hayridge (Holly), Robert Llewellyn (Kryten), Maggie Steed (Dr Hildegarde Lanstrom)

Did You Know?

It's hard to imagine now, given his iconic status in Red Dwarf history, but originally Mr Flibble was only intended as a placeholder. The penguin glove-puppet was hastily assembled by Howard Burden while the crew scoured the shops for a more complex puppet - but it quickly became apparent that the supposedly temporary solution was an ideal permanent fixture.

Rather than being a new build, the Quarantine set for this episode was simply the existing sleeping quarters repainted - requiring the top bunk to be covered up, to account for the script's reference to single-bunk accommodation!

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