Red Dwarf – they thought it was an arts programme
You want comedy? I’ll show you comedy.
And they got the Sunday Arts presenters to introduce the episodes. The first one, read by Helen Wellings, included a run-down of the plot, just in case we couldn’t figure it out for ourselves.
Just to further irk the fans, they also managed to get the name of the show wrong, repeatedly calling it The Red Dwarf.
Oh wait, you want proof? Very well.
The other consequence of showing it in the middle of the day is that they took the knife to the episodes and made numerous cuts, particularly to the second season. One episode got skipped completely.
A year or two later the ABC figured out what kind of show Red Dwarf really was — a potential cult comedy classic — and started airing it in the evenings.
In a way it’s similar to how other free-to-air networks have treated sci-fi over the years. Badly, mostly.
And the Sunday Arts show? It’s getting a revamp.