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Who/What is Grant Naylor?

"Grant Naylor" is the collective name used by the creative team of Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, who created Red Dwarf, wrote and produced Series 1 through 6, and wrote (individually or as a team) all of the Red Dwarf novels.

In 1996, Rob Grant resigned as co-producer and cowriter of the show. When asked why, he told the Radio Times, "We wrote the pilot for the series in 1983 . . . It's been a long time and it's taken up a lot of time . . . I thought, 'Enough's enough; I want more than just Red Dwarf on my tombstone.'" Grant plans to write additional Red Dwarf novels and may also be involved in the Red Dwarf movie tentatively planned to follow Series 8.

The "About the Author" note in the Red Dwarf novels has this to say about the creator(s) of the series:

Grant Naylor is a gestalt entity occupying two bodies, one of which lives in north London, the other in south London. The product of a horribly botched genetic-engineering experiment, which took place in Manchester in the late fifties, they try to eke out two existences with only one mind. They attended the same school and the same university, but, for tax reasons, have completely different wives.

The first body is called Rob Grant, the second Doug Naylor. Among other things, they spent three years in the mid-eighties as head writers of Spitting Image; wrote Radio Four's award-winning series Son of Cliche; penned the lyrics to a number one single; and created and wrote Red Dwarf for BBC television.

They have made a living variously by being ice-cream salesmen, shoe-shop assistants and by attempting to sell dodgy life-assurance policies to close friends. They also spent almost two years on the night shift loading paper into computer printers at a mail-order factory in Ardwick. They can still taste the cheese 'n' onion toasties.

Their favourite colour is orange.

Grant Naylor's number one single was "The Chicken Song," a Spitting Image spinoff. Philip Pope composed the music and produced the record, which was released in 1986 by Virgin Records.

What are the Space Corps Directives?

The following Space Corps Directives are mentioned in episodes of RED DWARF

Article 5 Gross negligence leading to the endangerment of personnel. ("Queeg")

Article 169 [Exact text not given, but similar to 195.] ("Quarantine")

Article 195 In an emergency power situation, a hologrammatic crewmember must lay down his life in order that the living crewmembers might survive. ("White Hole")

Article 312 [Quarantine berths must] provide minimum leisure facilities. ("Quarantine")

Article 497 You have to work to earn credits for food. ("Queeg")

Article 597 One [quarantine] berth per crew member.("Quarantine")

Article 699 [A crew member may] demand a re-screening after five days in quarantine. ("Quarantine")

Article 1742 No member in the Corps should ever report for active duty in a ginger toupee. ("Psirens")

Article 1743 No registered vessel should attempt to traverse an asteroid belt without deflectors. ("Psirens")

Article 5796 No officer above the rank of mess sergeant is permitted to go into combat with pierced nipples. ("Psirens")

Article 5797 [Exact text not given, but has to do with Lister being unable to enter the ship for the safety of the crew.] ("Psirens")

Article 34124 No officer with false teeth should attempt oral sex in zero gravity. ("Legion")

Article 68250 [Exact text not given, but involves at least one live chicken and a rabbi.] ("Emohawk: Polymorph II")

Article 196156 Any officer caught sniffing the saddle of the exercise bicycle in the women's gym will be discharged without trial. ("Rimmerworld")

(No # given) It is our primary overriding duty to contact other life forms, exchange information, and, whenever possible, bring them home. ("Polymorph")

Two All Nations agreements are also mentioned, both in "Gunmen of the Apocalypse":

39436175880932/C The right of POW's to non-violent constraint.

39436175880932/B All nations attending the conference are only allowed one car-parking space.

Finally, Rimmer cites the following two "Rimmer Directives":

Article 271 No chance, you metal bastard! ("White Hole")

(No # given) Never tangle with anything that's got more teeth than the entire Osmond family. ("Polymorph")

 

Has Red Dwarf won any awards?

At the 1994 International Emmy Awards, the Red Dwarf episode "Gunmen of the Apocalypse," tied with Absolutely Fabulous (Series 2: "Hospital") in the Popular Arts category. The International Emmys are awarded by the International Council of the National Academy of TV Arts & Sciences. Red Dwarf was also nominated for International Emmys in 1987, 1989, and 1992.
In 1991, Series 3 won a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for "Best British Comedy."
At the 1994 British Comedy Awards, Red Dwarf won Best BBC Situation Comedy.
At Eastercon 1989 and 1992, Red Dwarf received the Best Dramatic Presentation award. At the Cult TV 1994 convention, awards were presented to Grant Naylor (Best Writers) and Red Dwarf (Best Show).

 

Online Resources for Red Dwarf

News Group - alt.tv.red-dwarf

Where to find the latest FAQ List
You can obtain the current FAQ List by several methods:
World Wide Web: The HTML version (which is updated continually) resides at http://home.interpath.net/pat/rd/faq.html.
Usenet: A plain-text version is created from the HTML on the first of each month. The current plain-text version is posted every 14 days to alt.tv.red-dwarf, alt.answers, and news.answers.
FAQ archive: The most recently posted plain-text version is archived at:
http://www.faqs.org/faqs/tv/red_dwarf-faq
ftp://ftp.faqs.org/faqs/tv/red_dwarf-faq

E-mail: You can request a copy of the archived version by e-mail. Send a message to mail-server@rtfm.mit.edu with the following as the body of the message:
send /pub/usenet/news.answers/tv/red_dwarf-faq

Red Dwarf Mailing Lists
Information about Red Dwarf Mailling lists and how to subscribe can be found in the FAQ at:
http://home.interpath.net/pat/rd/faq.html#MailLists

 

Document : Plot Inconsistencies Project (Hypertext)
Content : A list of, and explanations for, all of the plot inconsistencies within the Red Dwarf TV series. Also lists production errors.
Size : hypertext version (roughly 90Kb)
On WWW : http://www.cobalt.demon.co.uk/alt.tv.red-dwarf/hyperpip2.html

Document : Plot Inconsistencies Project
Comment: Plain text format. This is version 5.55 of the document, and is a mighty tome! It weighs in at roughly 150Kb.
On WWW: http://www.cobalt.demon.co.uk/alt.tv.red-dwarf/pip555.html

 

Document : THE BOOK PLOT INCONSISTENCIES PROJECT (BPIP).
Content : A list of, and explanations for, all of the plot inconsistencies within the four Red Dwarf novels.
Size : 44K
On WWW : http://www.cobalt.demon.co.uk/alt.tv.red-dwarf/bpip.html

Document : THE QUIETLY ASKED QUESTIONS LIST (QAQ).
Content : A list of the other acting roles of the stars and guest actors of Red Dwarf.
Size : 36K.
On WWW : http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Arcade/7567/qaq.html
By email : jim@curved-logic.com

 

Document : THE RED DWARF REFERENCES LIST, TV (RDRL TV).
Content: A list of, and explanations for, all references to books, movies, famous people, quotes etc made in Red Dwarf (TV series).
Size : 160K.
On WWW : http://www.cobalt.demon.co.uk/alt.tv.red-dwarf/reflist-tv-210.html
By email : mcintosh@netlink.com.au

 

Document : THE RED DWARF REFERENCES LIST, BOOK (RDRL BOOK).
Content : A list of, and explanations for, all references to books, movies, famous people, quotes etc made in Red Dwarf (fiction books).
Size : 100K.
On WWW : http://www.cobalt.demon.co.uk/alt.tv.red-dwarf/reflist-book-200.html
By email : mcintosh@netlink.com.au

 

Document : THE RED DWARF TIME LINE.
Content : A time line of the Red Dwarf universe.
Size : 20K
On WWW : http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/6122/timeline.htm
By email : charlesd@calweb.com

 

Document : THE RARELY ASKED QUESTIONS LIST (RAQ).
Content : An indexed list of general episode information; common questions, actor listings, trivia and behind-the-scenes.
Size : 37K
On WWW : http://www.mushroom.demon.co.uk/red-dwarf/raq/raq.htm
By email : raz@mushroom.demon.co.uk

 

Document : THE SPACE CORPS DIRECTIVES LIST.
Content : The collected Space Corps Directives, Rimmer Directives, Articles, and All-Nation Agreements.
Size : 10K.
On WWW : http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/6122/directiv.htm
By email : charlesd@calweb.com

 

Document : THE SMEG LIST.
Content : A detailed list of all the instances of the word "smeg" (and its variations) used in the TV series of Red Dwarf.
Size : 20K.
On WWW : http://www.transend.com.tw/~mah/smeglist.htm
By email : mah@transend.com.tw

 

Document : THE NO-ALIENS FAQ.
Content : A detailed FAQ to explain exactly why and how it is that there are *no* aliens in the Red Dwarf universe.
Size : 9K.
On WWW : http://skynet.ul.ie/~colm/red/noaliens.html
By email : mcintosh@netlink.com.au

 

Document : THE RED DWARF FOOD AND DRINK GUIDE.
Content : A list of the foods and drinks mentioned in Red Dwarf, with some recipes included.
Size : 21K.
On WWW : http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Hills/6061/index.html
By email : dencage@coleg-powys.ac.uk

 

Document : THE RED DWARF FISHLIST.
Content : A list of all the references to fish ever made in Red Dwarf (TV series and books).
Size : 23K.
On WWW : http://www.cobalt.demon.co.uk/alt.tv.red-dwarf/fishlist.html
By email : mcintosh@netlink.com.au