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Extras : Complete BBC Series 1 [2005] [DVD]

Ricky Gervais , Ashley Jensen , Ricky Gervais , Stephen Merchant    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant, Charlotte Palmer, Francesca Martinez
  • Directors: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
  • Writers: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
  • Producers: Charlie Hanson, Jenny Penrose, Jon Plowman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures Video
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Oct 2005
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,941 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Extras,Ricky Gervais’ much-anticipated follow-up to The Office, is a quieter affair, and a little less accessible that its award-laden predecessor. But across the six episodes on this first season DVD set are several episodes that will richly reward repeated viewings.

Gervais plays Andy Millman, an actor whose roster of jobs seems to consistently consist of extras work. Each episode follows him on a different production, and also brings in a notable guest star. Lining up throughout the series are the likes of Samuel L Jackson, Kate Winslet and Ben Stiller. And while their presence undoubtedly adds something to each carefully crafted episode, it’s perhaps those with the lesser names that show the programme on top form--certainly the appearance of Les Dennis makes for an excellent half hour of comedy-drama.

At the core though is Gervais’ Millman--a far easier character to warm to than David Brent--and Ashley Jensen’s marvellous Maggie Jacobs. It’s these two who consistently provide the show’s highlights, and while the headlines have been generated by the all-star roster of names attracted to appear in Extras, it’s the two less showy characters who work the best.

Extras isn’t a show full of belly laughs, and its fanbase is likely to be smaller than that of The Office. But it’s still a quality creation, properly crafted, with an awful lot to it to enjoy and appreciated.--Simon Brew

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Starring: Ricky Gervais ; Ashley Jensen ; Stephen Merchant ; Sharon Horgan ; Tony Way ; Ross Kemp ; Patrick Stewart ; Samuel L. Jackson ; Kate Winslet ; Ben Stiller ; Vinnie Jones ; Les Dennis ; Shaun Williamson. Extras is the hotly-anticipated new comedy series from the creators of The Office, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Ricky plays Andy Millman who, having given up his day job to be an actor, finds he just can't land the big parts. In fact, he rarely gets a speaking role so spends most of his days stuck in a green room with other extras, envying the A-list stars, with his fellow actor, Maggie Jacobs (Ashley Jensen). Each week Extras has a different setting and cameo appearances from guest artists including: Samuel L Jackson, Kate Winslet, Ben Stiller, Ross Kemp, Vinnie Jones and Les Dennis!

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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure unadulterated joy 12 Sep 2005
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They have followed the hardest act in the world with another piece of unique and brilliant television. The nuanced perfection of each episode is astounding. In Andy we get a very likeable everyman, intelligent, self aware and, despite what some critics might say, very far away from Brent (with the exception of an uncanny physical resemblance). Merchant excels as his hapless agent, providing a admirable haul of fall-off-the-sofa laughing moments. But the real gem of this series is getting to know the loveable Maggie. She is brilliant; funny, warm and just the right side of silly, it's like you've known her all your life. Brilliantly written and brilliantly performed, Maggie is actually the beating heart of the series (and as long we are using vital organ metaphors, Andy is the brain and his agent is the erm... spleen). The guest stars are all great in their own way, but I think Les Dennis shades it as the most darkly comic - can't imagine what they'll make of him in the US. Kate Winslets advice is hilarious, as is Patrick Stewarts idea for a script, but Ross Kemps collapse in the face of brutish Vinnie Jones is a class act. If you missed this on the telly, buy it, take the phone off the hook, close the curtains, and watch the whole thing from start to finish. It is further proof of the genius of Gervais and Merchant. Well done lads.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It appears lightning can strike twice 18 Mar 2006
By Daniel Arnold VINE VOICE
I must confess, when I heard about this I was worried. The idea of Ricky Gervais following up the mostly brilliant "The Office" with a sitcom about wannabe actors featuring appearances from the likes of Ben Stiller and Samuel L Jackson, smacked of "difficult second album" syndrome in epic proportions.
Against all odds, though, it works. By and large, this is another brilliantly observed, funny and cringemakingly embarassing minor masterpiece of a programme. Stephen Merchant's hilariously inept agent - whose qualification is, in the words of Gervais' character Andy, that he printed out some business cards saying "agent" - together with Ashley Jensen's gaffe-prone Maggie, ensure that, unlike in "The Office", Gervais is not the most embarassing and useless character; indeed, he often comes across as quite witty and smooth, especially when his response to a prima donna-ish Benm stiller's demand of "Do you know who I am?" is an indifferent "Starsky or Hutch, I can never quite remember".
Indeed, the fact that each episode has a different star playing themselves (and usually poking fun at themselves big time) keeps the programme fresh. The famous Les Dennis episode is a definite standout, and the sight of him demonstrating his sexual prowess to Gervais - while naked, of course - is one of those horrid
mental images that will stay with you forever.
However, there are also a wealth of diferent characters in each episode, who often contribute more to the programme; for instance the ultra-clingy Welshman who just wants to be friends defines the fifth episode to a far greater extent than Samuel L Jackson.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extra Special 10 Oct 2005
Yes, Gervais (and Merchant) have done it again. A comedy that breaks new ground in many ways and will permanently alter the TV landscape. Once again, the currency is humiliation. And what could be more demeaning that working as an extra along side the A-listers from the TV/film world.
What is new is that real stars have been persuaded to appear, as themselves, and get ripped to shreds in the process. Only Gervais's huge credibility could have made this possible.
Gervais plays Andy Millman, a theatrical extra in desperate search of a speaking part. He comes close several times but his political incorrectness always trips him up.
Also new is the touching and very credible friendship between Andy and Maggie, a sort of female alter-ego of Gervais's character.
If you caught it on BBC2 you'll be ordering the DVD 'like a rat up a drain-pipe'.
TV comedy perfection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious 30 Jun 2010
By Rebecca
outstanding! incredibly hilarious and what a stunt to have all those celebrities make fun of themselves and enjoying it! quite a blast.
with every view you find new details that make the joke even funnier.
this is very intelligent tv
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inevitably Great 26 Mar 2006
I must admit, when "Extras" was getting it's first run on BBC2 I only managed to watch 2 episodes. This annoyed me, because I'm big fan of the Gervais/Merchant classic "The Office", and was very interested in seeing what their next project would offer.
So, thank goodness for this DVD, because now I know. I'm not disappointed.
Aspiring actor Andy Millman (Gervais) is desperate to become a credible actor, or at least see his screenplay garner some success (a reference to Gervais' pre-"Office" struggles perhaps?) but is continually pushed into non-speaking roles by his inept agent (Merchant). His sweet natured but incredibly naive companion Maggie (Ashley Jensen) provides moments of hilarity and non-belief in equal measure.
A simple enough format, but the central foundation of the show, and it's brilliance, is not the plot (which develops slowly and predictably) but the relationships between the principle characters and the variety of people that they encounter.
There are some high profile celebrity guest stars that merit mention here - Samuel L Jackson, Kate Winslet, Les Dennis, Ben Stiller, Patrick Stewart and Ross Kemp. All bring unique parodies of their "real-life" characters to the screen, Les Dennis standing out especially for his excellent performance of himself, all washed up and full of pent up sex and depression.
There's the usual Gervais material under the surface of this well produced and cleverly written sitcom - race, disability and machismo are all given smart treatment through Millman's eyes.
Andy Millman is effectively a slight extension of Gervais himself. This is a pleasure or a pain, depending upon your opinion of the man.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dry comedy
I liked this series and glad I bought it on DVD to re-watch, however it's often quite a dry humour that can make you cringe so while I enjoy Extras I wouldn't put it on if I'm... Read more
Published 9 days ago by CoffeeandCake
Never tire of watching this DVD over and over - so well written with so much meaning. An absolute genius in my opinion.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs M Thorpe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great dvd, worth watching and buy the next series
Great dvd, worth watching and buy the next series, its just as funny if not funnier !!!!! You will get a good chuckle
Published 8 months ago by jojo wordsworth
4.0 out of 5 stars laugh-a-minute
As far as Ricky Gervais goes, I love him and loath him. His shows a hilarious but I cant bare to which him live. Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2012 by Nollins
2.0 out of 5 stars Cack
This was Gervais and Merchant's poor attempt at trying to be like Curb Your Enthusiasm and they failed miserably. Read more
Published on 14 July 2011 by Jon
4.0 out of 5 stars extras season 1
Ricky gervais returned to the bbc comedy tv show front in 2005 with extras, Telling the story of Andy Millman , a lowly extra with dreams of bigger parts and a comedy sitcom on the... Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2010 by Luke Thrower
4.0 out of 5 stars Could you get me a line ?
I found the first series of Ricky Gervais's "Extras" to be mildly amusing and clever,but certainly not as funny as "The Office". Read more
Published on 4 July 2007 by L. Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars Maggie steals the show
This is one of the best and funniest programmes I have even seen. There are just so many laugh out moments in this series. Read more
Published on 2 July 2007 by Bookman
2.0 out of 5 stars Next time...keep it real
First of all I'd like to say I'm a big fan of Ricky Gervais. I LOVED The Office and The Ricky Gervais Podcast. I also liked Ricky's stand up shows. But Extras just isn't funny. Read more
Published on 16 April 2007 by cayman
Ricky Gervais once again proves that he is the best british comic for years. His subtle humour is a one off and he has a very special talent. Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2007 by Lh Stephenson
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