Extras. Image shows from L to R: Maggie Jacobs (Ashley Jensen), Andy Millman (Ricky Gervais), Darren Lamb (Stephen Merchant)
Extras

Extras

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Two
  • 2005 - 2007
  • 13 episodes (2 series)

Andy Milman is a TV and film extra who dreams of stardom and that elusive big break. Stars Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant, Shaun Williamson, Sarah Moyle and more.

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Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
2005 - 2007
Channels
BBC Two
Episodes
13 (2 series)
Stars
Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant, Shaun Williamson, Sarah Moyle, Andrew Buckley and Jamie Chapman
Writers
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant
Directors
Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Sam Dawking and Jude Campbell
Producers
Charlie Hanson, Jon Plowman, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Jenny Penrose and Eirwen Davies
Companies

Andy Millman gives up his day job to become an actor but finds that the lead roles elude him, so he instead has to settle for work as an 'extra' (background actor). During his time on set Millman has to work with stars such as Kate Winslet, Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Stiller.

In Series 2, Andy Millman begins filming his sitcom (When The Whistle Blows) and moves from background artist to TV face. Despite his burgeoning success, Andy is still surrounded by the usual cast of idiots: his hapless best friend Maggie, his incompetent agent Darren Lamb and "Barry Off EastEnders". Before long Andy realises fame isn't quite as great as it looks.

The final special sees Andy Millman as a big star with a new, more efficient agent and a new house overlooking Hampstead Heath. Meanwhile, Maggie has been forced to move into an even smaller flat and is doing cleaning jobs to make ends meet. Sadly, Andy hasn't even noticed.

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Location
Camera set-up
Single camera
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Colour

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 21st July 2005 at 9pm on BBC Two
Most recent repeats

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