Extras

BBC releases Doctor Who teaser

The BBC has released this very short teaser for the upcoming new season of Doctor Who. The season will kick off with the two-part episodes ‘The Impossible Astronaut’ and ‘Day of the Moon’.

Futurama renewed

Futurama has been renewed for a seventh season by Comedy Central with 13 episodes ordered for 2012.

Dushku joins comedy pilot

Eliza Dushku has joined a new comedy pilot that features Damon Wayans as a popular, quick-witted sports radio host. Dushku is expected to play Wayans’ on-air sidekick in the yet-to-be-named project.

Depp joins new Gervais sitcom

Ricky Gervais has acquired the services of Johnny Depp for his new BBC sitcom Life’s Too Short. The Pirates of the Caribbean actor will feature in the comedy series that continues the story of dwarf actor Warwick Davis who appeared on Extras.

David Brent to apply for Michael Scott’s job?

Details of Ricky Gervais’ guest appearance on the season finale of The Office are said to have been released that suggest the actor’s character David Brent will be interviewing for Michael Scott’s (Steve Carell) job.

Spartacus actor leaves second season

Spartacus: Blood & Sand actor Andy Whitfield has announced his departure from the series’ second season after a recurrence of his cancer which delayed its initial filming. Whitfield, who plays Spartacus on the show, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in March this year.

Cuoco to miss more Big Bang

The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco will miss the filming of several more episodes of the comedy series after sustaining a broken leg in an accident last week. The actress, who plays Penny, was only expected to be written out of one episode initially, but estimates are now at three or four.

Gervais and Merchant working on new series

Ricky Gervais and The Office co-creator Stephen Merchant are at work on a new series called Life’s Too Short for the BBC. The show will centre on the life of Britain’s premiere little-person actor Warwick Davis, who appeared on an episode of Extras as well as in the Harry Potter and Star Wars franchises. It will be Gervais and Merchant’s third TV series following The Office and Extras.

True Lies TV project to be developed

James Cameron’s TV adaptation of his hit 1994 movie True Lies, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, has been acquired by American network ABC. The network will develop the script for the show and should it go to air, it will be Cameron’s first TV project since 2000’s Dark Angel.

UKTV – Thursday 24 December, 8.30pm

Former ‘background artist’ Andy Millman has achieved fame and fortune. His transformation from bit-part stand-in to household name is now complete. And he has the new, hot-shot agent to prove it. But best friend Maggie is finding life harder to fathom, as her luck has gone from bad to worse and she’s on the breadline doing cleaning jobs to make ends meet.

Andy’s hit sitcom has suffered so many changes that it bears no resemblance to his original idea. As his discontent grows, could he pull the plug on his own show?

Cameos from George Michael, Clive Owen, David Tennant and Gordon Ramsay amongst others.

Starring: Ricky Gervais (The Office) and Ashley Jensen (Ugly Betty).

UKTV – Fridays from 13 February, 9pm

Life in the limelight. Kind of.

It may be bursting with big names, but Ricky Gervais’s acerbic new comedy is based around the mundane tedium of life as a lowly supporting artist. Bitter, grumpy, sarcastic actor Andy Millman gave up his day job five years ago in the hope of achieving fame and fortune. So far he’s yet to land a speaking part, let alone saunter down the red carpet to pick up a BAFTA.

He remains optimistic however, as rubbing shoulders with the A-list on-set only serves to reinforce his belief that the big time is just a job or two away. If only his agent wasn’t so stupendously useless.

Andy and best friend Maggie, also a bit-part actor of little repute, can usually be found in the green room swigging coffee, bitching about their peers or whinging about their lot in life. Either that or Andy is ingratiating himself with the latest producer in the hope of getting a line to deliver, while hopeless romantic Maggie falls head over heels in love, again.

From Kate Winslet’s Nazi-battling nun to Ben Stiller’s narcissistic film director, the impressive array of guest stars are forced into mercilessly self-mocking pastiches of their public personas.

Stars Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen and Stephen Merchant.

Guest stars Kate Winslet (Titanic, Finding Neverland), Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Coach Carter), Ben Stiller (Zoolander, Meet the Parents), Patrick Stewart (X-Men, Star Trek: The Next Generation), Vinnie Jones (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels)

“All hail to the undisputed King of Comedy – show your respect by staying in and watching Ricky Gervais’s new gift to the people, the cringingly funny Extras.” The Times

Former ‘background artist’ Andy Millman has achieved fame and fortune. His transformation from bit-part stand-in to household name is now complete. And he has the new, hot-shot agent to prove it.

But does fame come at a price – Andy’s hit sitcom has suffered so many changes that it bears no resemblance to his original idea. As his discontent grows, could he pull the plug on his own show?

With Andy’s fifteen minutes drawing to a possible close, will he bow out gracefully or shamelessly cling to the wreckage of his short-lived career?

The final part of Extras features cameos from George Michael at his self-deprecating best, Clive Owen being particularly vile, David Tennant as the ever-wonderful Doctor and Gordon Ramsay, effing and blinding like a trooper.

Thursday 25th December

Saturday 9th August 8.30pm

Former ‘background artist’ Andy Millman has achieved fame and fortune. His transformation from bit-part stand-in to household name is now complete. And he has the new, hot-shot agent to prove it.
But does fame come at a price – Andy’s hit sitcom has suffered so many changes that it bears no resemblance to his original idea. As his discontent grows, could he pull the plug on his own show?

With Andy’s fifteen minutes drawing to a possible close, will he bow out gracefully or shamelessly cling to the wreckage of his short-lived career?

Best friend Maggie is also finding life hard harder to fathom, as her luck has gone from bad to worse and she’s on the breadline doing cleaning jobs to make ends meet.

The final part of Extras features cameos from George Michael at his self-deprecating best, Clive Owen being particularly vile, David Tennant as the ever-wonderful Doctor and Gordon Ramsay, effing and blinding like a trooper.

Andy Millman has changed. With a new celebrity chum, chat show host Jonathan Ross, he seems to be leaving behind his old best friend, Maggie. He even decides to get rid of his useless agent.

When Andy is pressed into visiting a sick child in hospital by his pushy mum, Andy meets Robert Lindsay, who is less than impressed when the child and his mum fail to recall his 1970s sitcom, Citizen Smith. Guest stars include Jonathan Ross, Robert Lindsay (My Family, Hornblower)

Thursday 6th March at 10.05pm on Prime

In pursuit of credibility, Andy Millman takes a role in a play directed by Sir Ian McKellen.

But Andy’s agent neglects to tell him the play, A Month Of Summers, is about gay lovers. Guest stars include Ian McKellen, Germaine Greer, Guy Henry (Rome), Gerard Kelly (Brookside)

Thursday 28th February at 10.00pm on Prime

Good news: When the Whistle Blows has received a BAFTA nomination. Bad news: Chris Martin, lead singer of Coldplay, wants to be in the show.

At the awards ceremony, not only does the show not win, but Darren and Maggie both contrive to get Andy into trouble. Tonight’s guest stars include Chris Martin, Richard Briers, Stephen Fry, Patricia Potter (Holby City), Ronnie Corbett.

Thursday 21st February at 10.00pm on Prime

First comes the success, then the backlash and the British press aren’t about to change the rules.

In episode three, Andy has incurred their wrath and needs an experienced PR guru to help him. On the set of his new film, Daniel Radcliffe is trying his staggeringly poor chat-up lines on anything female. Guest stars include Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Diana Rigg, Warwick Davies (Harry Potter), Fern Britain, Phillip Schofield, Judy Finnigan, Richard Madeley, Helen Anderson (London’s Burning)

Thursday 14th February 10.00pm