Extras (2005–2007)
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The Extra Special Series Finale 

Andy is unhappy with the fame he has achieved. When a new agent approaches him, Andy fires Darren and quits 'When The Whistle Blows'. Meanwhile, Maggie has hit rock bottom, having given up ... See full summary »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Jacobs
George Michael
Gordon Ramsay
David Tennant
Gareth Hale ...
Gareth Hale
Norman Pace
Lionel Blair
Dean Gaffney ...
Dean Gaffney
June Sarpong ...
June Sarpong
Lisa Scott-Lee ...
Lisa Scott-Lee


Andy is unhappy with the fame he has achieved. When a new agent approaches him, Andy fires Darren and quits 'When The Whistle Blows'. Meanwhile, Maggie has hit rock bottom, having given up working as an extra and living in a tiny, dismal flat. Andy however is too self obsessed to notice Maggie's plight. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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16 December 2007 (USA)  »

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Karl Pilkington makes a cameo in this episode as an autograph collector waiting outside The Ivy. See more »


Clive Owen: Oh, fuck off! I'm Clive Owen. That's mental!
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References Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »


This Woman's Work
Performed by Kate Bush
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13 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

It's been a while since I last watched "Extras" and actually wasn't aware of this final extended episode which aired originally as a Christmas Special, I believe. Now "on-top" as a household name TV star with his own inane catch-phrase in an imaginary series which eerily prefigures the awful, but apparently awfully successful "Mrs Brown's Boys", Gervais's Andy can now hob-nob at the best club in town brushing shoulders with other celebs and live in a swank pad, but he's not happy. Frustrated that he might be wasting his potential as a typecast character in an outdated show, he changes agents, spurred by the growing success of old rival Shaun Pye. The show follows his "journey to redemption" taking in some so-called highs and very definite lows, ending up on "Celebrity Big Brother", which is about as low as you can get I would imagine, the last refuge of the used-to-be-famous.

Gervais is playing with a lot of clichés here and as ever, many of them are in character form, particularly his new hot-shot agent but as before he manages to mix well the humour and the bathos, the latter we see in particular through his worsening treatment of his down-on-her-luck old chum Ashley Jensen's Maggie.

Again as before, Gervais makes use of his A-list contacts to bring in some very funny celebrity cameos, with George Michael lampooning his wastrel image, Clive Owen as an odious, sexist, dismissive leading man and Gordon Ramsey as a loud-mouthed, vulgar social climber, with maybe two out of three of these looking like rather thinly-veiled thumbmail sketches drawn from life. Stephen Marchant and Shaun Williamson (Barry from "Eastenders") are also caught in the fall-out from Andy's rebellion and wind up hilariously working at "Carphone Warehouse".

Arguably Gervais overloads his tale with too much morality where a few more belly-laughs might have been welcome, but by the time Andy recovers his soul at the end, I had found much to savour over the intervening ninety minutes and admired his ability to so effectively satirise the lives of the acting community.

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