Extras: Season 1

Extras: Season 1

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Ricky Gervais plays a wannabe actor hungry for his big shot on screen, but still lives the life of an extra, in this cameo-heavy comedy series created by Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

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Ben Stiller

Andy and Maggie are playing extras in the film Ben... More Stiller is directing, which is based on the life of Goran, an Eastern European man whose wife and son were killed in the Balkans War. Andy attempts to get a speaking part by befriending Goran, who eventually gets Andy a spoken line. However, Andy gets in an argument with Stiller just before shooting his scene and is kicked off the set. Maggie, meanwhile, takes an interest in one of the crew but it goes wrong after Andy points out that her would-be beau has one leg shorter than the other.


Ross Kemp and Vinnie Jones

Andy is working on a television period drama starring Ross... More Kemp. Andy's rival, Greg, is working on a film with Kemp's rival, footballer Vinnie Jones, in the adjacent studio building. Kemp claims he has had SAS training and tells Andy that he is more of a "hard man" than Jones. Millman then relays this information to Greg, his rival, who himself tells Jones. Angered by this, Jones later confronts Kemp, who denies having said anything, and cowers at Jones's threats. After this embarrassment, Kemp admits to a disillusioned Andy that none of his prior claims were true and that wherever he works, he's bullied, contradicting his reputation as a hard man.


Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet hopes her role as a nun in a... More film about the Second World War will guarantee her an Oscar. However, her meeting with Andy and Maggie leads her into a very embarrassing situation. Andy also finds himself in an embarrassing situation when a date with a fellow extra doesn't quite turn out as expected.


Les Dennis

Andy gets a break when he lands the part of... More the Genie in Aladdin alongside, Les Dennis. Andy soon finds himself in a dilemma when he sees Les' young fiancé in a compromising position with a stage hand. Andy decides to tell (a naked) Les what he has seen.


Samuel L. Jackson

Andy is trying to avoid a fellow extra who is... More 'dull'. When the extra helps to get Andy a line of dialogue, Andy mentions he 'owes him one'. The extra suggests that they should go out for a meal to return the favour. Meanwhile, Maggie is going out of her way to show she isn't racist, whilst on a date with a black actor.


Patrick Stewart

Andy has written a script for a sitcom. While working... More on a production with Patrick Stewart, he gives him the script and asks if he can help by passing it on to people in the business. Stewart is able to "make it so". The BBC shows interest and Andy is asked to write a pilot. While working on the script with an editor from the BBC, who Andy finds difficult to tolerate because he is "too gay", Andy makes the mistake of mentioning this to Maggie.

Extras: Season 1 | Release Details

Extras: Season 1 is available to stream in New Zealand now on TVNZ On Demand.