During the shows first couple of Seasons there was a real-life animosity between Barrie and Charles, which gave the on-screen adversary between the two conflicting personalities a palpable edge. But before the two were even cast it was somewhat of a miracle the show was even commissioned. The creators Rob Grant and Doug Naylor had been pitching the idea for some time at the BBC in London, but the executives were more-than sceptical about a sitcom in space. In was only when, a few years later, that the idea was pitched to the newly formed BBC Manchester that the show finally got a chance. Once given the go ahead the creators set about casting a group of “actors” as equally rag-tag as the characters they were due to portray. A poet, an impressionist, a stand-up comic and a dancer were all brought together to fill the shoes of of our intrepid crew and thus, history was created. Now, 26 years and 10 Seasons constituting 61 episodes later the show is still going strong, still attracting new fans and, whilst I'll admit that I miss the original sets from the first few Seasons, is still adapting and evolving as both filming techniques and the shows budget improve.