Ricky Grervais’ The Office And Extras, Good Innit?

David Brent


History will show that I once worked at a video store, turning that gig into this one was not much of a stretch.  Whilst working there I came across The Office (UK).  That is probably the beginning of the whole obsessed appreciation of Ricky Gervais, and the best place to start if you’re wondering.

A home-made pilot (Seedy Boss) for The Office made with XFM partner Stephen Merchant surfaced in 1999/2000, and was bought by the BBC. The first series of The Office garnered low ratings, but through word of mouth and critical acclaim, rated highly during its repeat run. A second series was commissioned and went on to achieve higher ratings and critical acclaim. Two Christmas specials were then aired, to even higher ratings. The show remains the highest selling British comedy DVD ever. The Office has been remade in many countries around the world, France, Germany, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Russia, and the United States.

The Office is one of the best TV shows of all time, but we all know this now.  It took me by surprise, after years of me neglecting anything but The Simpsons, I found a new show in my life could stir up an array of emotions the very same way.  I was a Ricky Gervais fan then and there and have never looked back.  He and Stephen Merchant had second act EXTRAS was another blend of cringe worthy moments and emotion that stands with The Office as some of the best TV in the last twenty years.

Extras BBC UK

The award-winning show, Extras, which first aired on 21 July 2005 ran for 12 episodes and a Christmas special. Although Gervais has toyed with the idea of returning to make another special for Extras, the duo has ultimately decided to stay with their proven format and will move on with other projects.  I miss both shows but understand that it’s best to leave a show on a high rather than stretch every last recycled storyline out of it.  EXTRAS worked so well I think because it had that friendship quality much the same as Laurel & Hardy.  Andy Millman and is best friend Maggie have that same disorder and ridicule for each other, but at the end of the day – they know they love each other and that’s all that matters.