After the success of The Office, two years later Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant returned to TV screens with an eagerly awaited second comedy series.
Their second offering was a joint venture between HBO and the BBC entitled ‘Extras’, ruuning for 2 series of 6 episodes between 2005 and 2006 and like the Office signed off in 2007 with a Christmas Special.
Unlike The Office, Extras was filmed in a more traditional sitcom style than the mockumentary style used by Gervais and Merchant in their previous series The Office.
Extras follows the lives of Andy Millman, his friend Maggie Jacobs and Andy’s substandard agent and part-time Carphone Warehouse employee Darren Lamb, as Millman rises to fame.
Each episode had at least one guest star; a television or film celebrity, who play an exaggerated or inverted parody of their famous public selves.
Created By: Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant
Written By: Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant
Produced By: Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant
Directed By: Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant
Original Run: 21st July 2005 – 27th December 2007