Red Dwarf

Season 7 Episode 2

Stoke Me A Clipper

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 24, 1997 on BBC Two



  • Trivia

    • The wig that Ace Rimmer wears in this episode is a different one from the one in Dimension Jump.
      The producers suspect Chris Barrie kept it as it couldn't be found anywhere.
      (Source: series 7 documentary)

  • Quotes

    • Lister: We have lost the finest, the most dedicated vending machine repair man the Space Corps - no, no - the *universe* has ever known. No one ever pressed for a Coke, and got oxtail soup and orange juice by mistake on *his* shift - well, actually, that's not true: we all did but what the smeg, this is his eulogy.

    • Kryten: Ah, I was just wondering, sir… we've run out of bacofoil about six months ago; I don't suppose you have a spare jacket I might roast a chicken in?

    • Ace: The universe needs a chap to look up to. Someone to right wrongs, just generally be brave, handsome and all-round magnificent.

    • Lister: But Rimmer, he asked for you. He obviously feels some sort of bond.
      Rimmer: The only 'bonding' I want to do with him involves a tube of superglue and a rabid hamster!

    • Kryten: So, what have you been up to, sir?
      Ace: Nothing special. Saved a couple of universes, overthrown a few dictatorships, turned down a heapful of marriage proposals, and had my highlights done.

    • Ace: All the better for seeing you, Cat old friend. Is that a new suit you're wearing? Why, it's sharper than a page of Oscar Wilde witticisms that have been rolled up into a point, sprinkled with lemon juice and jabbed into someone's eye.
      Cat: Wow, that's sharp. Thanks buddy!

    • Lister: The red, green, and blue alert signs are all flashing! What the smeg is happening?
      Kryten: Well, either we're under attack, sir, or we're having a disco.

    • Rimmer: Stoke Me a Clipper, I'll be back for Christmas... whatever.

    • Lister: We're talking about a man who, at the first sight of danger, cowers under tables with a colander on his head.
      Ace: Skipper, you can't judge a book by its cover.
      Lister: And you can't confuse Rimmer with a book; for a start a book's got a spine.

    • Ace: Arnie, up for a stroll?
      Rimmer: Thanks for the offer, but I'd rather smear my genitalia with fish paste and dangle them in a pool of hungry piranhas.
      Ace: I'll take that as a 'no', then.

    • King: Good Knight - bring me this knave's manhood on a silver platter -
      Lister: 'Ey, steady!
      King: - then disembowel him, and feed his innards to the crows!
      Lister: This is worse than playing away at Leeds!

    • King: Is there any man, across the length and breadth of our great land, that dare challenge the King's best knight?
      Lister: I do, sir!
      King: And you are, sir?
      Lister: Lister of Smeg.

    • Ace: Princess Bonjella; Ace Rimmer. There'll be time for explanations later and, hopefully, some sex.
      Princess: What a guy!

  • Notes

    • The Ace from "Dimension Jump" was killed in a Nuclear accident. The Ace in this episode is his Hard-light hologram.

    • According to the deleted scenes featured on the Series Seven DVD, The Ace featured in "Dimension Jump" is actually a Rimmer who used the time drive to go to Renaissance era France, and who was recruited by another Ace.

    • The James Bond Scene from this episode is regarded as one of Red Dwarf's best ever.

    • This is the first episode not to have the "It's cold outside..." Red Dwarf theme song over the end credits in any form. Instead we have the "Ace Rimmer" theme playing.

    • Due to the chaotic schedule of Series VI, Chris Barrie had asked only to appear in two episodes this season, but was persuaded to film four. However, Rimmer was written out in the second episode to allow development of the new Kochanski and appeared in flashbacks or dream sequences for the other two episodes. With production of Series VII being more relaxed and not filmed before a studio audience, Chris decided to return to the show for Series VIII.

    • Chris Barrie leaves the series at this point. He returns as a regular cast member for Season 8.

  • Allusions

    • Ace Rimmer: Princess Bonjella?

      Bonjella is a type of gum ointment, previously referenced in the season three episode Marooned.

    • Film reference: James Bond

      The opening sequence mimics the James Bond series of films where Bond always gets out of hopeless situations, kills all the bad guys and escapes with the captured woman whom he usually has sex with after. The exchange between Ace and Voorheese(Ace: Do you expect me to concede? Voorhese: No Mr. Rimmer, I expect you to die.) is taken from dialogue in 1964's Goldfinger between Bond (Sean Connery) and Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe).