Episode 2: Ross Kemp

Season 1, Ep 2, Aired 7/28/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Fellow extra and rival, Greg is working on a film with Vinnie Jones, he's got a line too. Andy is working on a television programme with Ross Kemp and as usual, he hasn't got a line, so Maggie persuades him to ask Kemp if he can get him a line of dialogue. Ross Kemp is keen to convince Andy that his hardman image on TV is also true in reality. Andy isn't convinced, especially when Ross is confronted by Vinnie Jones.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ricky Gervais

    Andy Millman

  • Raymond Coulthard


  • Stephen Merchant

  • Ashley Jensen

    Maggie Jacobs

  • Emma Gilmour

    Female Extra

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • "Beating him up and that... kicking him in the b0ll0cks"

    By Shoxxu, Oct 20, 2012

  • The "difficult 2th episode" ended up even better than the first one.

    By Yegg84, Feb 17, 2006

  • Well written (as always) and very funny.

    By gbvfan13, May 24, 2007

  • not my fav...

    By xblvr, Apr 02, 2007

  • Better than the first episode.

    By samelen, Mar 14, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Andy: The man does not know where to start, okay? This is my CV that he's sending out to people. I mean, casting agents, producers. He typed it himself, okay. 'From 1986 to 1999 Andy Millman worked at the Natwest in Workingham. Andy left this comfortable, adequetely paid job to try and become an actor dispite his age, weight and looks. Andy claims to be a great actor but has not yet had the chance to prove it because, so far, he has had no offers except extra work which, as you know, is pointless and badly paid. Acting is Andy's dream, if you can make that dream come true please, please call'. I mean it's like he's writing to Jim'll Fix It.

    • Ross: I head butted a horse once.
      Andy: He must have really annoyed you.

    • Maggie: One time I went out with this bloke and we were in the pub and we were playing the quiz machine and it was for a fiver and the question came up 'who discovered America?' and I just panicked and said 'Columbo'.

    • Mark: Come on love, you're like a dead horse. Put a bit of minge around it.

    • [Andy and Maggie are discussing Ross Kemp's hair over lunch] Maggie: It's, like, cool. It's like Vin Diesel. Andy: Vin Diesel? Are we looking at the same bloke? Have another look. Look at him. He looks more like Zippy from 'Rainbow.'

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    Notes (3)

    • Gervais intended this to be the first episode, and it appears as such on the DVD, however the BBC swapped episodes one and two around, but restored the correct order when they repeated the series at Christmas.

    • The joke that Shaun Williamson is so readily identified with his former EastEnders character, that even his own agent calls him 'Barry'. This is carried through to the end credits which list him as playing Barry (rather than playing himself, which is actually the case).

    • The music played at the end of every episode of Extras is, 'Tea for the tillerman' by, Cat Stevens.

    Trivia (1)

    • Shaun Pye who plays Greg, is better-known as a comedy writer, writing for such shows as, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross and Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

    Allusions (1)

    • Greg: Well yeah, either that or I threaten to sign on, and lo the cheque doth commeth in the post. “Sign on”. This term is slang; it is used to describe the way in which unemployed people in the United Kingdom can receive state benefits. To claim the money to which you are entitled, you must visit the benefit office and sigh the appropriate form. The money you receive can then be spent on lager, gambling video games or various narcotics. You could even spend it on food or medicine.

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