Extras (TV series)

Extras (English: the extras ) is a British comedy television series written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, which was first broadcast in the UK ( on 21 July 2005 on BBC Two).

In 2005, the first season was aired six episodes on BBC Two, from September 14, 2006 was the second season. On 27 December 2007, the 90-minute Christmas special that completes the history of the series ran.

As of 16 January 2007, the series was broadcast on Comedy Central.

Main characters

  • Andy Millman, an unsuccessful actor who considers himself as an extra on water, played by co-writer and co-director Ricky Gervais.
  • Maggie Jacobs, his colleague (Ashley Jensen )


Each Extras episode takes on another movie set, on which a film each with another famous actor is rotated. Common to all consequences are Andy's desperate efforts to get a reel with text and tow Maggie's futile attempts colleagues. In the second season is Andy's sitcom When the Whistle Blows additional theme of each episode.

Episode List

Season 1

Season 2

Christmas Special


In 2007, Ricky Gervais was honored for his role as Andy Millman with the Emmy for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, while the format was nominated in 2006 and 2007 a ​​total of four times for the American Television Award. Other awards include a BAFTA Award, two British Comedy Awards and twice the Rose d'Or. The series with the Golden Globe Award in the category Best Series ( Comedy / Musical) Award 2008.

DVD releases

The first and second season will be released in Germany on 15 November 2013.


  • Karl Pilkington, who has hosted along with Gervais and Merchant to a radio broadcast and later as related audio podcasts, has to write the series finale a brief cameo as autograph hunters, the Andys offer him an autograph, due rejects its drop in popularity. In Leaving Andy making quiet a derogatory remark about the round head of the fans, an allusion to the previously mentioned radio show, was in the Charles head shape also frequently discussed and mocked by Gervais.