Red Dwarf Series 5 – Episodes and Best Bits

The fifth series of Red Dwarf first aired in 1992, and is often thought to be one of the best series of the Sci-Fi TV Comedy.

Series 5 Red Dwarf

Consisting of six hilarious episodes, writers Rob Grant and Doug Naylor ended up directing some of the episodes due to Ed Bye being unavailable.

The main cast members of of the fifth series were:

  • Craig Charles (Dave Lister)
  • Chris Barrie (Arnold Rimmer)
  • Danny John-Jules (Cat)
  • Robert Llewellyn (Kryten)
  • Hattie Hayridge (Holly)

With more Sci-Fi elements combined intricate storylines, this series showed a maturing for Red Dwarf.

The six episodes are shown below, where you can also go and check out the full scripts foe the entire fifth series.


Rimmer is kidnapped by the Holographic crew of a Holographic space ship, while an obnoxious and arrogant Binks gives an insulting review of the rest of the crew.

Rimmer from Red Dwarf on the Holoship

Rimmer discovers that life on the Holoship is all he ever dreamed of and decides he wants to join them. After falling in love with Commander Nirvanah Crane, what will happen though?

More here: Red Dwarf Full Script Series 5 Episode 1 Holoship

The Inquisitor

The inquisitor, a robotic life form who has established himself as judge, jury, and executioner of all humanity throughout history, is encountered by the Red Dwarf crew.

Red Dwarf Inquisitor

You are erased and re-created if he decides your existence hasn’t been deserving enough. The Boys from the Dwarf might be in trouble!

More here: Red Dwarf Full Script Series 5 Episode 2 The Inquisitor


When Lister, Kryten, Cat, and Holly go on a trip to an artificial moon where Rimmer has been kidnapped, they discover that it’s actually Rimmer’s mind.

Red Dwarf Terrorform

More here: Red Dwarf Full Script Series 5 Episode 3 Terrorform


Lister, Cat, and Kryten discover an abandoned research centre on a frozen planet and return to Red Dwarf.

Mr Flibble is very cross

Lister, Cat, and Kryten have been sentenced to Quarantine for three months as a result of Rimmer’s infection with a holo virus. Or is Mr. Flibbles in charge?

More here: Red Dwarf Full Script Series 5 Episode 4 Quarantine

Demons & Angels

A machine capable of producing duplicates of an item goes awry, causing Red Dwarf to explode.

The angel version of the Red Dwarf crew

The entire crew of the Red Dwarf find that the machine has generated two copies of Red Dwarf: one containing its good and bad sides.

More here: Red Dwarf Full Script Series 5 Episode 5 Demons and Angels

Back to Reality

The Red Dwarf investigates an ocean liner, The Esperanto, where they come upon the crew who have all committed suicide and are slain by a sea monster known as The Despair Squid.

What a bunch of Twonks!

The gang wake up to discover that they are not who they believed themselves to be and have been playing an artificial reality computer game for four years.

More here: Red Dwarf Full Script Series 5 Episode 6 Back to Reality

FAQ About Red Dwarf Season 5 And More

Here are some popular questions about the mining spaceship Red Dwarf TV series:

Is Red Dwarf coming back?

After The Promised Land (which may or may not have been Red Dwarf Season 13), the main cast have said they are up for reuniting for future specials.

Why did Chris Barrie leave Red Dwarf?

The official version, is that after filming six series of the sci-fi sitcom, Chris Barrie decided he needed a break from playing hologram Arnold J Rimmer. He appeared in a few episodes of Series 7 Red Dwarf, and returned as a full cast member for Series 8 Red dwarf and onward.

What is the best series of Red Dwarf?

Series 5 and Series 3 of Red Dwarf are often acknowledged to be the strongest of the Red Dwarf Series in terms of writing, production, and acting.

When did Red Dwarf end?

Red Dwarf hasn’t officially ended, as the cast have often times mentioned they are open to future red Dwarf specials.