Season 2 Episode 7

Christmas Special

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 27, 2007 on BBC Two
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Episode Summary

Maggie is still struggling as an actor whilst Andy has found success with When the Whistle Blows. However, the show has been changed so much, it no longer resembles his original idea. To make things worse, Greg is having the kind of success Andy craves, which leads Andy to ask himself what he really wants from fame and whether he really wants it at all.moreless

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  • A perfectly constructed sleight at fame. The conclusion of this groundbreaking series is at once hilarious, powerful and resonant. All engines firing on the comedy and drama front.

    Ricky Gervais' comedy about the struggles of an aspiring actor has always provided an unequaled insight into the hard slog of performance life and Gervais' has concluded this acclaimed series with one of the most entertaining finales I have witnessed. Both the philisophical and comedic engines are at full throttle and this Christmas Special has the feel of a film and the power of one too. It's somewhat ironic that this is a Christmas Special as such 'tv events' are often gimmicky and redundant addendum's to completed series or cynical ratings driven exercises, this episode actually adds to the series and is a finely sculpted encapsulation of the series as a whole it is both tradgedy and comedy in equal measure. Gervais' in his usual self referential and hyper aware style makes reference to the abhorrence of most of these Xmas specials and the makes clear through Andy his feelings about shows that become predictable and overstay their welcome in this way illuminating his own struggles with shows such as The Office and Extras. Gervais is renound for his dislike for pursuing fame for the sake of fame and continuing tv series for the sake of money and/or fame and this episode pronounces these sentiments with verve. It is a wake up call for those obsessed with attaining the celebrity lifestyle, and a kick in the teeth for those vacuous enough to enjoy watching the celebrity circus, a reminder that we are all responsible for the perpetuation of the cruel lie of fame, and it's empty promises are of our own making as much as the media, and corporate suits.moreless
  • the finale

    A Kramer doll? Pure brilliance, the kind of thing you can only get from a Ricky Gervais comedy.

    The only problem with British shows is that they only contain six episodes per series, and most shows end after two series (the Fawlty Towers method.)

    But everything else was just great. You had an excellent take on the Hollywood life and how sometimes being on top is not that great a thing. The scenes with Stephen Merchant at the cell phone shop were great, as even my sister, who has a low attention span, was loving it.

    Ricky Gervais became a breakout star in this series. How many other people can do that in 12 episodes?moreless
  • what to say...

    I thought the episode was overall good, but at times it was truly painful to watch, it was like the last episodes of The Office, where Ricky Gervais' character becomes ridiculusly arrogant and stuck up. I particularly felt bad during the scene where the extra asks Andy to get him some lines, and Andy obviously has forgotten what it was like to be an extra, although it was only like a year ago... And when his self-centeredness goes to far that he can't even ask his friend how she is doing or even listen to her when she's trying to get some comfort from him. Perhaps it's for the best that this was the last episode, I wouldn't like to see that side of him again...moreless
  • Hollywood cliches and Ricky Gervais ripping himself off! How is that possible? I don't know!

    I have yet to be disappointed by anything Ricky Gervais does. That is, until this Christmas Special. I was so looking forward to this episode too!

    I think a bit of Andy Millman started to leak into Ricky's brain (aaaahhhhh Riiiicky), as it felt like the very Hollywood movie Mr. Millman was whining about getting into all this time. The emotional cliches, the incidental music, the oh my gosh look at what fame does to you and how it affects the people you love! it was all there. Part of what made Extras and The Office such amazing series was their lack of background music (or very sparse, if any). It added a level of realism, like you were suffering right along with the characters. Very Ernest Hemingway! And there was just the right amount of emotion, believable emotion, not the kind that every other movie would have you feel. What am I trying to say... it felt like the emotions were forced on us, rather than us feeling them right along with the characters, in this special. But what about the jokes?! You didn't make any jokes, Andy... any new ones anyway! They all felt very forced and/or recycled. Also, are we just supposed to forget about that whole thing with Robert DiNiro?! I was under the impression that this special existed to tie up loose ends such as The Office specials did for that series.

    Nitpicking aside, it wasn't all bad! I mean, I wasn't completely bored out of my mind watching it or anything. Like a lot of fellow viewers, I loved Andy's huge speech at the end about the film/tv industry. It made me cry. It made me cry a lot! I was bawling like a little girl. Very, very good speech, one of the best I've heard in a christmas special! It wasn't enough to make me forget the rest of the episode, however it was nice to end on a high note. And flying into the sea is such a cute idea! Penguins or flying fish, I love it!

    Aaaanyway, you should definately watch it if you've seen the series. Just don't get your hopes up too much!moreless
  • This was such a disappointing last episode, I think all other episodes of the show were brilliant and think they should have left it where it was.

    I couldn't wait for this Christmas special episode of Extras, I had no doubt that it would be just as funny as the previous episodes, sadly I was wrong. I thought it was throughout extremely unfunny, yeah I laughed now and then but not half as much as I should have. It wasn't unwatchable but in my view I thought it was very un Extras. A lot of the scenes were sad and had sad depressing music in the background, fair enough one scene but it was extremely overdone. It was fairly predictable at times as well, I thought the guest stars could have been used in a better way, Gordon Ramsey was actually the only one that stood out. I liked the celebrity Big Brother idea but I thought that could have been ten times funnier. Basically I think they shouldn't have made this episode, it should have stayed where it was. So disappointing!!moreless
Scott Baker

Scott Baker


Guest Star

Liam Barham

Liam Barham


Guest Star

Jason Barnett

Jason Barnett


Guest Star

Stephen Merchant

Stephen Merchant

Andy's agent

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Karl Pilkington, Ricky and Stephen's podcast companion, makes an appearance: He is the fan with the black jacket outside Ivy, who rejects the autograph.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Andy: At least nip to the kitchen, make me a cheese sandwich, you cook.
      Gordon Ramsay: Cock. Haven't you had enough cheese sandwiches, fat boy?
      Andy: Oh, you round puffy-faced git!
      Gordon Ramsay: You catchphrase shouting wig-wearing wannabe!
      Andy: You publicity hungry failed footballing fuck!
      Gordon Ramsay: You're a has been! Go home!
      Andy: You think you're so hard, don't you 'cause you shout at people who work in kitchens? Who works in kitchens? Ooh, women and gays. Oh, and the French! You're well hard.
      Gordon Ramsay: Let's just leave it at that, shall we? I don't want to get into a fight. I heard your girdle can explode at any minute.

    • Maggie: Any jobs going?
      Agent: Not really, no. I mean, aside from the extensive training needed, we are a bit overstaffed. I think the only way there would be a vacancy is if one of these guys got an acting job.
      Barry: Or if one of us dies.
      Dean: That is more likely.
      Barry: Statistically, yes.

    • Andy: To the general public, there is no difference between me and that (Ray) Doll.
      Agent: What? Little, fat ugly thing - Pathetic?

    • Barry: Kids can be cruel, eh?
      Agent: Yeah, they can.
      Barry: What do they say?
      Agent: You know what they say.
      Barry: What: "lanky four-eyed twat"?
      Agent: Yeah.
      Barry: "Weirdo, goggle-eyed geek"?
      Agent: Sometimes.
      Barry: "Frankenstein's albino gonk".
      Agent: I never heard that one.

    • Andy: [Discussing 'The Ray Doll'] Oh, thank God for the exploitation of 10-year-old children.
      Agent: Absolutely. And the funny thing is, of course, is that's your key demographic!

    • Maggie: Where are we going?
      Andy: Somewhere where no-one cares who I am.
      Maggie: Back to the Ivy, then?
      Andy: Seriously, somewhere where no-one knows who me.
      Maggie: Hollywood?

    • Bunny: Andy Millman!
      Andy: Hello, Bunny. What are you doing?
      Bunny: Waiting.
      Andy: Waiting? For what?
      Bunny: Cock.
      Andy: Yeah, it's never too early for that is it?

  • NOTES (3)

    • In the United States version of this episode, the doll which the store manager showcases with 2 of the person's (in)famous quotes is a replica of Kramer from Seinfeld; In the UK version, the doll which the store manager showcases with 2 of the person's (in)famous quotes is a replica of Jade Goody.

    • In the U.K. version of this episode, the last T-Shirt displayed after the the Ray, Gobbler and Mr. Yamaguchi shirt, depicts Victoria Wood with the phrase: A.S.D.A.! on it. In the United States version of this episode, the last T-Shirt displayed is of Sigourney Weaver with an advertisement for DirecTv.

    • This episode premièred on the HBO network in the United States on December 16th, 2007, and aired in the UK for the first time some eleven days later.