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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
25 September 2005 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Once in a great while a man really has a chance to shine. This is not that man. (season 1) See more »
Plot:
Andy Millman is an actor with ambition and a script. Reduced to working as an extra with a useless agent, Andy's attempts to boost his career invariably end in failure and embarrassment.
Awards:
Won Golden Globe. Another 11 wins & 37 nominations See more »
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 8 of 17)

Ricky Gervais ... Andy Millman (13 episodes, 2005-2007)

Ashley Jensen ... Maggie Jacobs (13 episodes, 2005-2007)

Stephen Merchant ... Darren Lamb (11 episodes, 2005-2007)
Shaun Williamson ... Barry / ... (10 episodes, 2005-2007)
Shaun Pye ... Greg / ... (7 episodes, 2005-2007)

Sarah Moyle ... Kimberley (6 episodes, 2006-2007)
Andrew Buckley ... Gobbler (6 episodes, 2006-2007)
Jamie Chapman ... Brains (6 episodes, 2006-2007)
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Series Directed by
Ricky Gervais (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
Stephen Merchant (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
 
Series Writing credits
Ricky Gervais (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
Stephen Merchant (13 episodes, 2005-2007)

Series Produced by
Charlie Hanson .... producer (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
Jon Plowman .... executive producer (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
Eirwen Davies .... line producer (7 episodes, 2006-2007)
Ricky Gervais .... executive producer (7 episodes, 2006-2007)
Stephen Merchant .... executive producer (7 episodes, 2006-2007)
Jenny Penrose .... line producer (6 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Original Music by
John Collins (1 episode, 2005)
Glyn Hughes (1 episode, 2007)
 
Series Cinematography by
Martin Hawkins (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
 
Series Film Editing by
Nigel Williams (12 episodes, 2005-2006)
 
Series Casting by
Tracey Gillham (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
 
Series Production Design by
Anna Higginson (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
 
Series Art Direction by
Kaye Robertson (12 episodes, 2005-2006)
Melinda Styles (6 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Costume Design by
Annie Hardinge (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
 
Series Makeup Department
Lisa Cavalli-Green .... hair designer / makeup designer (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
Sophia Burnage .... makeup assistant (12 episodes, 2005-2006)
Susie Munachen .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 2005)
Zoë Styles .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 2005)
Lesley Noble .... make up artist / hair stylist / makeup artist/hair stylist (6 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Production Management
David Colenutt .... unit manager (6 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Dawking .... first assistant director (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
Jennie Fava .... second assistant director / third assistant director (12 episodes, 2005-2006)
Paul Cathie .... third assistant director (7 episodes, 2006-2007)
Bart Bailey .... second assistant director (6 episodes, 2005)
Jude Campbell .... first assistant director (6 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Art Department
Laurence Archer .... prop master / property master (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
Tracy Gallaccio .... production buyer (12 episodes, 2005-2006)
Simon Johnson .... stand-by props (7 episodes, 2005-2007)
Damien Hollands .... assistant art director (6 episodes, 2005)
Elaine Jones .... art department assistant (6 episodes, 2005)
Dawn White .... assistant art director (6 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Sound Department
Glenn Calder .... dubbing mixer (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
Leigh Crisp .... sound recordist (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
Tom Harrison .... boom operator (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
Amber Howorth .... sound assistant / assistant sound / ... (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
Matt Stronge .... sound editor (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
John Brady .... fisher boom operator (7 episodes, 2006-2007)
 
Series Stunts
Ray De-Haan .... stunt coordinator (1 episode, 2007)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Graham Banks .... electrician (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
Martin Blinko .... focus puller (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
Alan Tabner .... grip (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
Nathan Wiley .... focus puller (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
Oliver Poole .... electrician (12 episodes, 2005-2006)
Jonathan Tanner .... electrician (9 episodes, 2005-2007)
Paul Barlow .... gaffer (7 episodes, 2006-2007)
Louise Edmunds .... assistant camera / camera assistant (7 episodes, 2006-2007)
Guy Littlemore .... camera operator (7 episodes, 2006-2007)
Colin McCarthy .... gaffer (6 episodes, 2005)
Trevor Speed .... assistant camera (6 episodes, 2005)
John E. Walker .... camera operator (6 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Animation Department
Laurie Peters .... animator (1 episode, 2006)
 
Series Casting Department
Siobhan Bachman .... casting assistant (6 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Aaron Timperley .... wardrobe assistant (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
Sheena Gunn .... costume assistant (12 episodes, 2005-2006)
Janine Marr .... wardrobe assistant (12 episodes, 2005-2006)
Sarah Ward .... wardrobe assistant (7 episodes, 2005-2007)
 
Series Editorial Department
Vincent Narduzzo .... colorist (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
 
Series Music Department
Glyn Hughes .... composer: incidental music (8 episodes, 2005-2006)
 
Series Other crew
Jez Nightingale .... production executive (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
Jo Randall .... location manager (13 episodes, 2005-2007)
Jackie Byrne .... production accountant (12 episodes, 2005-2006)
Lloyd Shepherd .... artists contracts (12 episodes, 2005-2006)
Elise Mytton .... script supervisor (7 episodes, 2006-2007)
Tessa Kimbell .... script supervisor (6 episodes, 2005)
Mona Sahlabadi .... production runner (6 episodes, 2005)
Samantha Waite .... production coordinator (6 episodes, 2005)
Matt Walmsley .... production runner (6 episodes, 2005)
Ria Bradburn .... runner (6 episodes, 2006)
Lucy Crayford .... production coordinator (6 episodes, 2006)
Georgie Fallon .... runner (6 episodes, 2006)
Emily Mayson .... runner: work experience (6 episodes, 2006)
Georgina Roberts .... production secretary (6 episodes, 2006)
Jane White .... production coordinator (6 episodes, 2006)

Angela R. Knight .... double: Kate Winslet / stand-in: Kate Winslet (unknown episodes)
Adam White .... assistant location manager (unknown episodes)
 

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Runtime:
30 min | 84 min (1 Episode)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-13 (season 3) (tv rating) | Iceland:LH | Singapore:M18 (season 1) | Singapore:NC-16 (season 2) | UK:15

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Damon Beesley and Iain Morris are the names of two real British producers, both of whom worked on projects such as Jimmy Carr: Stand Up (2005) (V).See more »
Quotes:
Andy Millman:What's happening with my script?
Darren Lamb:What script?
Andy Millman:[rolls eyes] The script I gave you two months ago.
Darren Lamb:Is it funny?
Andy Millman:You haven't read it?
Darren Lamb:What's it called?
Andy Millman:"When the Whistle Blows".
Darren Lamb:[writing] "When the W Blows".
Andy Millman:Don't just write "W" you'll forget what the W stands for.
Darren Lamb:"When the Wind Blows".
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Big Fat Anniversary Quiz (2007) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Tea for the TillermanSee more »

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A testament to one of the world's most brilliant comic minds, 22 September 2006
Author: morphion2 from Australia

What is it about irony that tickles us so? In some ways it reminds me of films that I find delightful in their atrocity: "Doom", "DOA", "Snakes on a Plane" are some recent prime examples of Goodness By Antithesis; films that are so brazenly and proudly bad that you have to like them. Irony, as we like to see it, is similar in that it is Humor By Antithesis: situations and events that are so mundanely tragic, so cringe-making and excruciating that we just have to laugh. It is a bizarre logic, it's a twisted logic, but it's also worth noting that it's a line so fine that only the cleverest and subtlest of writers can really make it work. America's Larry David is one. England's Ricky Gervais is the other.

In creating a follow-up series to "The Office", Gervais risked destroying a damn-near flawless career. It's hard to imagine there wasn't a niggling in his ear telling him to quit while he was ahead. What would really be the harm in letting the world remember him as David Brent? Apart from the nature of the character, the real harm in this would have been that to deny us Andy Millman would be to deny himself status as one of the world's most brilliant comic minds. "Extras" doesn't just further establish Gervais' incredible comedy prowess, it deepens it.

On the surface, the series patiently shows us the mundane and rather fruitless life of a working film Extra, Millman (Gervais), who fancies himself a "real actor" but has never gotten any real acting work. He bitches about this to his friend, confidant and fellow Extra Maggie (Ashley Jensen), who also shares her problems with him. Deep down, however, "Extras" is a deliciously satirical look at the ambitions of the human heart, the ironic overthrow of those ambitions and the emotional chaos of breaking the unspoken rules of society (such as 'Don't Lie To A Catholic Priest About Your Nonexistent Catholicism', and 'Don't Tell Your Best Friend's Colleague That Your Best Friend Said He Was "Too Gay"').

Other reviews have called "Extras" a watered down "Office", and I think this is a fair observation, but not at all a bad thing. After all, despite sequential order "Seinfeld" is much more diluted than "Curb Your Enthusiasm", but the former is still a far superior show. Not that any inferiority between Gervais' shows is being inferred, of course. Where "Extras" is softer than "The Office" is not in humor, or intelligence, merely in character. Andy is really quite a nice guy; insensitive at times, but only in a mild, charming kind of way. Your pity for him is genuine, and not the result of a deeper emotion such as bewilderment or frustration.

The David Brents of "Extras" are not Gervais at all but the transient side characters, and often (brilliantly, fantastically) the celebrity cameos. In short, and this is said with no inflation whatsoever, Celebrity Cameos as a film/television device has its worth made and sold in "Extras". We thought we'd seen self-parody work before. We were wrong. The sheer reckless abandon with which Gervais and the gallant celebrity meat send themselves up (and up and up) practically creates fireworks. Ben Stiller, Kate Winslet and Patrick Stewart are not only the draw cards but the dazzling high lights. They are forever heroes in my eyes.

Maybe it's this ultimate irony that galvanizes "Extras"' brilliance: the celebrity personalities who live the life Andy dreams of reveal themselves exclusively to him as being petty, irresponsible, greedy, insensitive, sexually perverted megalomaniacs, while he, the nobody Extra, cops all sorts of cosmic flack for, mostly, trying to do the right thing. Naturally, this kind of thing borders on cruel, but just before we begin to feel bad for laughing at his hopeless misfortune he lets us know it's alright by cracking a smile himself, telling a joke to Maggie and shaking it off. Then Cat Stevens washes us clean with "Tea for the Tillerman". Yes sir, Ricky Gervais knows how to make it work.

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