Extras 3 Seasons 2005

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Season 1
(63) IMDb 7.8/10

2. Extras 02 TV-14 CC

The tragic story of a man whose wife was killed in Bosnia is being brought to the screen--with a superstar actor directing. Andy attempts to parlay his friendship with the real-life widower--a consultant on the set--into a speaking role on the film.

Starring:
Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen
Runtime:
30 minutes
Original air date:
October 2, 2005

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Season 1
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    1. Extras 01 Series premiere. On the set of a Holocaust film set in a nunnery, Andy and the film's star, Kate Winslet, learn Maggie's latest secret.

    CC TV-14 29min September 25, 2005
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    2. Extras 02 The tragic story of a man whose wife was killed in Bosnia is being brought to the screen--with a superstar actor directing. Andy attempts to parlay his friendship with the real-life widower--a consultant on the set--into a speaking role on the film.

    CC TV-14 30min October 2, 2005
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    3. Extras 03 On the set of an epic period drama, Andy befriends 'EastEnders' actor Ross Kemp, only to find that Kemp's braggadocio doesn't sit well with soccer star Vinnie Jones, who's shooting on an adjacent set.

    CC TV-14 29min October 9, 2005
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    4. Extras 04 While Maggie is doing everything possible to sabotage her romance with a handsome African-American actor, Andy is badgered into having dinner with a fellow middle-aged extra whose dour company he despises.

    CC TV-14 29min October 16, 2005
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    5. Extras 05 Andy's agent finally gets his client a speaking role--playing a gay genie in a stage adaptation of 'Aladdin.' Despite Andy's best efforts, the play crashes after its star learns from Andy that his hot fiancee has been fooling around with a stagehand.

    CC TV-MA 29min October 30, 2005
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    6. Extras 06 In the Season One finale, on the set of an Elizabethan period piece, Andy pitches a sitcom-pilot script to Patrick Stewart, who exposes a new side of his personality.

    CC TV-MA 29min November 6, 2005

Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
Starring Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen
Supporting actors Stephen Merchant, Shaun Pye, Shaun Williamson, Ross Kemp, Vinnie Jones, Raymond Coulthard, Natasha Little, Peter Sullivan, Emma Thornett, Tony Way, Katherine Parkinson, Emma Gilmour, Barunka O'Shaughnessy, Gabriele Fritz
Season year 2005
Network HBO
Executive Producer Charlie Hanson
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Ricky Gervais and Ashley Jensen seem to have a Laurel & Hardy quality.
Kenneth M. Gelwasser
Just as on "The Office," the characters on "Extras" seem to know exactly what the most awkward, socially unacceptable thing is to say in just about any situation.
C. Wainwright
No, this show is about people, relationships, friendship, love and the discomfort of trying to be polite or politcally correct.
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89 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Hirst on October 27, 2006
Format: DVD
Well, let me help you out! As a British ex-pat living in the USA perhaps I can shed some light on who these "famous" people are:

Ep. 3 Ross Kemp: A former regular cast member of BBC soap "Eastenders", he played tough-thug-with a-heart-of-gold Grant Mitchell ('e loved 'is Mum, 'e did!) for many years, then went on to front a TV show about fishing. Hmm.

Ep. 3 Shaun Williamson: Another Eastenders regular, he played failed son of a second-hand car dealer Barry Evans, who (in the show) married Natalie, who had an affair with Ricky, who was married to Samantha Mitchell (Grant's sister). Oh, and Barry's father was married to Ricky's mother, Pat. It's all true!!

Ep. 3 Vinnie Jones: Actually you may have heard of him - he was recently seen in X-Men 3: The Last Stand as Juggernaut. He was also in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (debt collecting) and Swordfish (random thug). In the UK however, Jones is best known for playing football (sorry, Soccer...) for Wimbledon and grabbing fellow UK football star Paul Gascoigne by the scrotum during a game (all true and caught on film). I realize it may be confusing for those who associate Wimbledon only with Tennis, but the place is well known for its (now defunct) football team and Wombles (but that is another tale for another day).

Ep. 5 Les Dennis: Les came to the public eye as part of a comedy/impersonations duo with Dustin Gee on Russ Abbott's Mad House (old-fashioned British humor from the eighties, say no more), which led to their own show "The Laughter Show". Their best known skit featured impersonations of Vera Duckworth (Gee) and Mavis Riley (Dennis) from UK soap Coronation Street.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By wendy sullivan on November 1, 2006
Format: DVD
As a huge fan of The Office, which I think is one of the best sitcoms ever, I was anxiously anticipating Extras by the brilliant Ricky Gervais.

Extras follows Andy Millman who earns a living as a "background artist" in film and television. Andy wants to break out into bigger and better parts but first needs to at least get one line in a feature that won't end up on the cutting room floor. Andy's best friend Maggie, played by the adorable Ashley Jensen shares Andy's dream but is also in search of a relationship she can maintain past the two week mark.

Gervais' underacheiving Andy is not a cringe-worthy David Brent knock off but a multi-dimensional character whose struggles are shared by the audiance albeit in a unique field. Each episode features a relatively big named star such as Kate Winslet, Ben Stiller, Samual L Jackson and Patrick Stewart, though some stars such as Les Dennis and Vinny Jones are less well known here in the United States, though we get the general idea, Andy wants a speaking part and tries to befriend each of the stars in order to snag a speaking part.

Andy, pretending to be catholic, or "the "C" word" as he calls it and claiming that Michael Flatly was his childhood priest certainly remind us of David Brent but moments such as keeping suicidal Les Dennis company for the night or taking a more pathetic and desparate extra to dinner show Andy isn't quite the narcissist Brent was. Watching highly acclaimed and well respected actress Kate Winslet offer phone sex suggestions to Maggie is one of the most hilarious moments in television. Ben Stiller as a control freak threatening to shoot a childs mother in order for the child to act better and Samual L Jackson putting up with Maggie calling Louis Armstrong Sasquatch are refreshing and original compared to most watered down sitcoms.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 26, 2007
Format: DVD
For those of you familiar with Ricky Gervais, the man behind the original and best BBC Office, Extras is a real treat. For those of you unfamiliar with Gervais, Extras may take some time getting into, but once you do, you'll find a rewarding and comedic experience. Gervais plays Andy, a bit actor who desperately wants to make the big time. His partner throughout most of his antics is Maggie (Ashley Jenson), whose acting troubles are overshadowed even more by her man troubles. Andy's woes are only exasperated by his useless agent (Stephen Merchant), who seems to be doing Andy's would-be career more harm than good. The real highlight of Extras besides the excellent Gervais is the celebrity guest spots playing themselves on every episode that are brilliantly done. Ben Stiller is a scream, as is Samuel L. Jackson, while Patrick Stewart is laugh out loud hilarious as he tells Andy of his plans of writing a screenplay where he has mental powers and women have no clothing. It's Kate Winslet though that will leave you doubling over in laughter, as she attempts to help Maggie in the "talking dirty" department. Though it's only six episodes long, the first season of Extras is superb hilarity all the way, and this DVD set deserves to be picked up by fans of Gervais old and new.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brian J. Sleeman on January 15, 2007
Format: DVD
You're most likely reading this if you're a fan of Gervais & Merchant from "The Office," the podcast, or the old XFM shows. Whatever your background of familiarity with these guys, "the difficult second album" as Gervais refers to it is quite a follow-up.

Ricky plays Andy Millman, a deeper character and one tougher to play than the hilariously obnoxious and uncomfortable David Brent. Never an actor before "The Office," Ricky is given more range and more of a challenge and proves he's up to the task. The bonus here is that Stephen Merchant gets a lot more screen time (and even more in season two) as the ridiculous non-agent Darren Lamb. Fans of Merchant from the old radio shows and podcast will certainly enjoy his greater participation.

Rather than blather on about how original, creative, and brilliant this series is (see everyone else's review for that), I'll clue you in on the special features.

OUT-TAKES: Thankfully, Gervais and Merchant have always been generous in their inclusion of their mis-steps and "behind the scenes" views of their work in "The Office," and that trend continues here. Try not to hurt yourself watching all of the takes of Ricky in the "You're aware that I'm gay" confrontation with the BBC producer from the last episode of series one. Or the multiple, failed renditions of "Mustang Sally" featuring "Barry off 'EastEnders'" with Stephen Merchant on backing vocals. It's absolutely hilarious stuff along the lines of Ricky's 70 takes with Martin Freeman trying to get through his staff appraisal in "The Office" (you remember, "the hot seat").
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