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on 20 January 2013
Was a real emotional rollercoaster of a ride as Andy finally sees the price of fame as we essentially see him rise & fall as he ends up where all washed up, attention seeking has beens end up, Celebrity Big Brother... With a wonderful array of stars to boost his rise & kick him as he falls... Although, I would like one of those tacky Andy Melman dolls... Is he avin a laugh???
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on 12 December 2009
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant have really outdone themselves here...having never really been a fan of The Office I took very warmly to the concept of Extras. Both Seasons 1 & 2 charted Andy Millmans rise to fame brilliantly and this Special is the icing on the cake.

The shows strives for two things. Firstly, to entertain and to be funny, to poke fun at the celebrities we all know and kove but then also it strives to show us how these celebrity lifestyles we envision as being so picture perfect can lose their way. Andy has reached this point. His show is popular with millions tuning in to see it and yet he still feels that he should be seeking critical acclaim. He therefore fires his useless Agent (Merchant) and sets about burning the bridges he laid out with the BBC.

However it's not just Andy who's on a slippery slope. His friend Maggie (Jensen) struggles with Andy's new found resentment of his fame as she herself has to struggle with her own life.

Although the show has plenty of genuinely funny moments, it's this portrayal of the way fame can change a person that makes this show make it the masterpiece it is.

The DVD also features some great special features with Outtakes (always great, Gervais' laugh cracks me up every time), a featurette on the "Real Extras", Deleted Scenes and a great bit where Ricky and Stephen answer questions sent in from the viewers.
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on 16 September 2013
I enjoyed this Christmas extra but not as much as the original two series, as it had to be more strongly plot-driven. But worth it for the poignant scene in the Big Brother house, which was doubtless Ricky Gervais's passport to Hollywood.
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on 19 September 2008
With the usual dearth of decent laughs on the telly last Christmas, this one-off feature-length finale to Extras was more than a tonic, it was like the best Christmas dinner you've ever tasted - in comedy form. The stars must love Ricky Gervais's take on life, as they positively queue up to get skewered, much as in a previous era they secretly loved getting 'done' on Spitting Image. Gordon Ramsay, George Michael, Clive Owen, David Tennant...not to mention an old mate of Barry's from Eastenders days. No mercy is shown, but the fact that they can clearly laugh at themselves makes them all slightly better people in our book!

The real venom, however, is reserved for Celebrity Big Brother, that cauldron of has-beens and wannabes willing to undergo any kind of himiliation in order to keep themselves in the headlines. I recall seeing a bit of the particular reality show which doutless inspired the character of the mother whose sole claim to fame is that her child had been killed in a street crime. One minute she is calling it a tragedy, the next everyone is singing and dancing to 'Tragedy'. Uncomfortably dark, perhaps, but desperately accurate in identifying how far 'reality' progamming has fallen - a long way from any genuine reality, for a start. You can feel the anger behind the comedy: this is satire at its most contemporary and most cutting.

Don't get the idea that it's all savage, though. The friendships (and their occasional betrayal) come across as warm and genuine. Simple human values triumph over crass celebrity distortion in the end.

This is excellent entertainment. Would it be nit-picking to point out that The Ivy looks nothing like that?
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on 2 July 2011
This, like everything else Merchant and Gervais have ever been involved in is simply - amazing!!! It is absolutely hilarious - downright pee-your-pants laughing at some points. Of course it is also heart felt and incredibly smart too! It really does beg the question 'why on earth are there only 13 episodes of this fantastic show?'
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on 5 September 2013
A more serious side of Extras and one I prefer. The more realistic it gets, the better. Ricky Gervais in top form.
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on 13 February 2011
A good DVD well worth watching.

Would watch again

If you like the office, this is for you
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on 25 September 2008
From the second this final episode starts you think you can see exactly what our Ricky is getting at, but half way through you realise this 'comedy' is so much more than jokes and humour. I doubt anyone has ever publically attempted such a blatent swipe at celebrity and media. The scene in the Big Brother House is probably the one of the most powerful pieces of modern commentary on the state of fame that has ever been made. If it doesnt so much as put a lump in your throat your a robot, and more over proves our own Gervais is much more than a stand up, writer, producer and broadcaster (irony there people) he is absolutely one of the best actors I have seen.
Gervais was once asked by a reporter if he had any advice for people who want to be famous, and his contraversal reply was 'go and kill a prostitue' You would have to a few pence short not to understand what he ment by that, but this amazingly truthful and painful look at fame is exactly what he shows us in this episode. Im sorry, but if you dont get it (no pun intended) give up.
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on 11 November 2008
This is more than just a comedy. It has some uncomfortable truths in it about modern-day fame and celebrity; about how people are prepared to sell their souls to the devil for a slice of stardom. Dont get me wrong here, the comedy is brilliant. But at the same time it mourns the state of society when young people are left uncontrollable sobbing wrecks because they have nothing else in their lives than some dream about celebrity on the X Factor. This DVD is brilliance. It is comedy, but it takes a huge swipe at the greed and self-centredness of fame and celebrity while the true stars and heros are probably sitting next to you on your sofa
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on 4 May 2015
The best story in the collection, a biting satire with a poignant ending revealing Ricky Gervaise's real feelings about the egoecentric and trivial world of celebrities.
Good performances all round.
Highly recommended
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