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dc.contributor.authorAmy-Chinn, Deeen_UK
dc.contributor.editorLavery, Den_UK
dc.description.abstractFirst paragraph: Red Dwarf is the most successful and long-running comedy yet shown on BBC2. First broadcast on 15 February 1988, the show was celebrated ten years later by Red Dwarf night hosted by Jean-Luc Picard himself, Patrick Stewart, a die-hard Dwarfer. The content of that evening stands as testimony to Dwarf's achievement of cult status, demonstrating many of the features - quizzes, trivia, shared expertise - described as key features of cult TV. The evening began with a spoof version of a then-popular cookery program Can't Cook, Won't Cook (1995-1999), in which the cast was challenged to cook a chicken vindaloo (a mouth-burningly hot curry) - the favorite dish of lead character, Dave Lister. The Dwarf version was billed as Can't Smeg, Won't Smeg (smeg being a generic term of abuse within the show-as in "smeg-head") and given added resonance for fans as Can't Cook, Won't Cook's regular host - TV Chef Ainsley Harriot - had made a well disguised appearance as the Gelf Chief in the Season Six episode "Emohawk-Polymorph II" (6.4). This was followed by a version of another popular BBC show, a Dwarf-themed University Challenge (1962-present), in which members of the cast lost (not surprisingly) to a team of Dwarf fans. Another special, Red Dwarf A-Z saw famous fans including Stewart, Stephen Hawking, and Terry Pratchett focusing on different aspects of the show. The evening concluded with a screening of the Emmy award-winning episode "Gunmen of the Apocalypse" (6.3).en_UK
dc.publisherUniversity Press of Kentuckyen_UK
dc.relationAmy-Chinn D (2010) Red Dwarf. In: Lavery D (ed.) The Essential Cult TV Reader. Essential Readers in Contemporary Media and Culture. Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky, pp. 208-213.en_UK
dc.relation.ispartofseriesEssential Readers in Contemporary Media and Cultureen_UK
dc.rightsThis chapter was published in The Essential Cult TV Reader, ed. by David Lavery, 2010, copyright the University Press of Kentucky:
dc.titleRed Dwarfen_UK
dc.typePart of book or chapter of booken_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.citation.btitleThe Essential Cult TV Readeren_UK
dc.publisher.addressLexington, Kentuckyen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationCommunications, Media and Cultureen_UK
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local.rioxx.authorAmy-Chinn, Dee|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
local.rioxx.contributorLavery, D|en_UK
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