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The Ricky Gervais Show. Image shows from L to R: Stephen Merchant, Ricky Gervais, Karl Pilkington. Copyright: Media Rights Capital / Wildbrain.

The Ricky Gervais Show

E4 chat show. 39 episodes (3 series), 2010 - 2012. Stars Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington.

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A biography of idiocy - how the show came about

The Ricky Gervais Show Series 3 was released on DVD this week. To celebrate this final chapter I thought I'd tell the lovely readers of The Huffington Post the story of how we got here.

Ricky Gervais, The Huffington Post, 16th May 2013

Gervais shares his favourite clip from animated show

It may be hard to picture the usually unassuming Karl Pilkington as a ruthless boss who fires his employees with a single phone call - but that's where this little vignette from The Ricky Gervais Show comes in.

Paul Jones, Radio Times, 13th May 2013

I often watch this when I have a half-hour to fill, and it makes me chuckle. Karl Pilkington works better in an audio or animated context than live-action (An Idiot Abroad), although the quality of his anecdotes and left-field thinking has taken a dip this series. You have to wonder how many times they can pick his brains before, well, he runs out of brains worth picking.

Dan Owen, Dan's Media Digest, 21st July 2012

This animated rendering of Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington's weird podcast ponderings still makes for great late-night viewing. This time around they discuss the Ancient Greeks and what it would be like if Karl was president of society. Heaven help us.

Metro, 10th July 2012

This animated version of Gervais's fantastic podcasts - which also features quick-witted Stephen Merchant and Karl 'head like a f**king orange' Pilkington - returns for a third series. And this opener is one of the most hilarious episodes yet, focusing primarily on Karl's attempt to sell his latest movie idea to a pair of fictional film execs, personified by Gervais and Merchant. For those of you who enjoyed Pilkington's idea for a bizarre sci-fi romance starring Clive Owen (or is that 'Clive Warren'?), just wait until you hear the pitch for Bryan's Brain starring none other than Tom Cruise. This writer genuinely shed tears of laughter.

Digital Spy, 6th May 2012

This episode is so funny that even Stephen Merchant's animated alter ego has to leave his seat for a moment to compose himself. The stupidity
once again hinges on Karl Pilkington's hypochondria and the pearls of wisdom he learned from a 'professional leg rubber'.

Sharon Lougher, Metro, 13th May 2011

We thought the joke of this animated podcast series would eventually wear thin but not so: there's no end to the bizarre logic and mutterings of whipping boy Karl Pilkington when prodded by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. This time, Ricky reads out some predictions for the future, prompting Pilkington to share his theories.

Sharon Lougher, Metro, 28th April 2011

The Ricky Gervais Show gets a third series

Channel 4 has confirmed that The Ricky Gervais Show, the animated TV series based on Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington's hit podcast series, will return for a third series next year.

British Comedy Guide, 8th April 2011

The wonderful thing about Karl Pilkington's idiotic philosophy is that, occasionally, there's a glimmer of logic to it all. For instance, what's the point in going to Covent Garden and taking a picture of all the mime artists, when the static medium of a photograph technically renders them no different to everyone else? He also delves into the realm of psychology of self, as he ponders who he'd actually be if he had his head transplanted on to someone else's body. Something to think about. Sort of.

Sharon Lougher, Metro, 29th March 2011

The animated versions of Ricky Gervais's podcasts, featuring Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington, return for a second run. The voice-over describes them as a "series of pointless conversations", which is about right. Still, they're funny men, it's not without charm, and the animations are amusing.

The Daily Telegraph, 9th March 2011

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