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:
Ricky Gervais ... Andy Millman
Ashley Jensen ... Maggie Jacobs
Stephen Merchant ... Darren Lamb
Shaun Williamson ... Shaun Williamson / Barry from Eastenders
Shaun Pye ... Greg Lindley Jones
Clive Owen ... Clive Owen
George Michael ... George Michael
Gordon Ramsay ... Gordon Ramsay
David Tennant ... David Tennant
Gareth Hale Gareth Hale ... Gareth Hale
Norman Pace ... Norman Pace
Lionel Blair ... Lionel Blair
Dean Gaffney Dean Gaffney ... Dean Gaffney
June Sarpong June Sarpong ... June Sarpong
Lisa Scott-Lee Lisa Scott-Lee ... Lisa Scott-Lee
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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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Comedy | Drama

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 2007 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

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

Goofs

In the department store, before Maggie asks Andy one her inane 'what would you rather' questions, she calls him 'Ray' (his sitcom character's name) rather than 'Andy'. See more »

Quotes

Clive Owen: Oh, fuck off! I'm Clive Owen. That's mental!
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Connections

Featured in The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want
(uncredited)
Written by Morrissey and Johnny Marr
Performed by The Smiths
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13 December 2015 | by LejinkSee 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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