Secret Red Dwarf Theme Tune Lyrics Discovered After 27 Years

by James Hunt, Mental Floss UK

Sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf is one of the UK's most well-loved TV shows, with a cult fanbase that has kept it alive in some form or another for no fewer than 28 years. The show's 11th season has just aired with a 12th due in 2017 - so it's with some surprise that we bring you the incredible news that one eagle-eared fan has just discovered something everyone else missed: the opening theme tune has its own lyrics.

The theme in question is actually the show's second intro: an upbeat guitar-based tune that combines elements of the show's original orchestral theme (which was attached for the first two series) and the calypso-inspired end-credits that have been in place since day one. The new intro was first aired in 1989 with the premiere of the show's third series, so it's not like it hasn't been around for ages - it's just that no-one else heard this part before now!

The man in question is the Ganymede & Titan forum user Darrell who reported...

"I’ve only just noticed the vocal parts, namely HOWARD GOODALL SINGING THE NAME OF THE SHOW FOUR TIMES THROUGH A VOCODER."

...only for everyone else to confirm that they hadn't ever noticed it either!

Given the level of attention lavished on the show by its fans and the amount of times the song has been heard on broadcast and DVD, it qualifies as genuinely mind-blowing that no-one else knew this was there. You can make it out quite clearly in this phase-inverted version of the theme on YouTube, with the vocoder parts beginning at the 14 second mark:

The theme's composer Howard Goodall himself confirmed the discovery on Twitter saying that he's "honoured & delighted my vo-coded message from the past has been cracked!".

For reference, you can hear the standard version of the intro here. The vocoded parts are slightly less prominent, but still easy to hear once you know what you're listening for:

Kind of makes you wonder what else you've been missing, doesn't it?

Shout! Factory
Original GLOW Wrestling Series Hits Twitch
Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory

When it premiered in June 2017, GLOW was a bit of a sleeper offering for Netflix. With the amount of original programming ordered by the streaming service, a show based on an obscure women’s pro wrestling league from the 1980s seemed destined to get lost in the shuffle.

Instead, the series was a critical and commercial success. Ahead of its second season, which drops on June 29, you'll have a chance to see the mat work of the original women who inspired it.

Shout! Factory has announced they will be live-streaming clips from the first four seasons of GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling), which first premiered in 1986, beginning at 9 p.m. ET on June 28. The stream, which will be available on and Twitch, will feature original footage framed by new interviews with personalities including Godiva, host Johnny C, and Hollywood. The show will air live from the Santino Brothers Wrestling Academy in Los Angeles.

Godiva, who was portrayed by Dawn Maestas, inspired the character Rhonda (a.k.a. Brittanica) on the Netflix series; Hollywood was the alter ego of Jeanne Basone, who inspired the character Cherry in the fictionalized version of the league. Basone later posed for Playboy and takes bookings for one-on-one wrestling matches with fans.

Shout! Factory's site also features a full-length compilation of footage, Brawlin’ Beauties: GLOW, hosted by onetime WWE interviewer “Mean” Gene Okerlund.

Universal Studios
Everything That’s Leaving Netflix in July
Universal Studios
Universal Studios

Here’s some news you won’t be cheering about: Bring It On is leaving Netflix on July 1st—as are the four of its sequels that are currently part of the company’s streaming library (FYI: there are a total of six Bring It On films altogether—yes, six). The Lethal Weapon franchise will bid farewell, too, as will a handful of classic films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s. To make way for July’s slate of new titles, here’s everything that’s leaving Netflix in July.



Along Came Polly

An Honest Liar


Before Midnight

Bring It On

Bring It On Again

Bring It On: All or Nothing

Bring It On: Fight to the Finish

Bring It On: In It to Win It


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Lethal Weapon

Lethal Weapon 2

Lethal Weapon 3

Lethal Weapon 4

Little Women

Michael Clayton

Midnight in Paris

Mixed Signals

More Than a Game


Piglet’s Big Movie

Rugrats Go Wild

Scary Movie

Scream 3

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

The Art of War

Tropic Thunder

V for Vendetta


Breakfast at Tiffany’s


Alpha & Omega: Journey to Bear Kingdom

Real Husbands of Hollywood: Seasons 1-5


Ratchet and Clank



Alice Through the Looking Glass


Wild Hogs



Lockup: State Prisons: Collection 1

Small Is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary





The Den


A Cinderella Story

Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot

Swing State 


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