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


BBC Two sitcom by Gervais & Merchant. 13 episodes (2 series), 2005 - 2007. Stars Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant, Shaun Williamson and others.

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Andy Milman is a TV and film extra who dreams of stardom and that elusive big break

2005 - 2007
13   (2 series)
Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant, Shaun Williamson, Sarah Moyle, Andrew Buckley and Jamie Chapman
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant
Charlie Hanson

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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First broadcast
Thursday 21st July 2005 on BBC Two at 9pm
Last new broadcast
Sunday 30th December 2007 on BBC Two at 9pm
Last repeat
Saturday 28th March 2020 at 10:20pm on BBC1

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