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Season 2 Episode 2

Episode 2: David Bowie

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Sep 21, 2006 on BBC Two
8.7
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Andy has realised that fame is not all it is cracked up to be, when his sitcom receives terrible reviews.

The public, however, give him encouragement. He's recognised by a homeless man and his "biggest fan" in a pub.

But when Andy and his friends head to a classy bar, he discovers that even David Bowie wants to mock him, in the form of a song - "the little fat man who sold his soul".moreless

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  • hilarious

    10
    This is probably the most funniest episode ever. The best part was seeing David Bowie mocking Andy with song. His song was so funny. Gotta love David :)
  • "mmm betty, the cat's just shat out the worst sitcom of all time"

    10
    This episode is hilarious just for that line. Shaun Pye delivered the line with comedic perfection, proving that his role in this season is just as vital as the last. I've never had this kind of attachment to a tv series before. I feel like I need everyone I know to watch this series just as a public service really. So that other people can experience the joy it brings me every time I watch it.



    In this episode, David Bowie makes a mediocre on-screen cameo, which is quite funny and all but to see the full extent of Bowie's comedic talent you really need to watch the special features on the dvd to see the off-screen interview where he talks about the phrases he has coined over the years with perfect conviction. I didn't even realise he was joking until I really paid attention to what he was saying. David Bowie is hilarious.moreless
  • Andy is finding out that being famous isn't all it's cracked up to be, after getting bad reviews for his sitcom. He and Maggie even try to go to a 'high class' club. Even there he becomes the butt of a joke/song made by David Bowie!moreless

    10
    This is yet another funny episode. It starts out on a laugh when Andy and Maggie walk past a homeless man who asks them for change. Andy, fearing that the homeless man will go to the press gives the man a twenty but askes for change. Ofcourse the man has no change. While hanging out at a pub, Andy runs into some obsessive fans. Wanting to get away from the crazed fan Andy and Maggie go to a 'swanky' club and are surprisingly put in the VIP section. Just as Andy begins to gloat that he is sitting in VIP, David Bowie shows up and Andy is asked to leave the VIP section. After bribing the bouncer Andy and Maggie are allowed back in VIP. The laughs don't stop there. After telling David Bowie about his sitcom... David comes up with a song about Andy, some of the words are 'Pathetic little fat man.' This was a very clever episode. Thru out the entire episode Andy gets terrible reviews from random strangers, even bouncers! I give this one a 10! For all the Laughs!moreless
  • Absolutely Hysterical.

    9.9
    In this episode, Andy is distraught over the very poor reviews his sitcom, "When the Whistle Blows," has received. He is ashamed that he gave in to producers at the BBC in regards to changing the show from what Andy originally had planned. Darren (Stephen Merchant) and Barry (Shaun Williamson) have an exchange of dialogue in a pub that could possibly be the funniest bit part of the entire series. It will have you on the floor laughing. The 'star' in this episode is David Bowie, who isn't all that involved. In the end, Andy realizes that where he belongs and fits in isn't quite the same as places that David Bowie frequent.moreless
  • Great, but not the best

    7.5
    I didn't particularly care for this episode like I did the other ones. Again, Andy's agent is hilarious, especially when he can't seem to remember what the name of the sitcom is and actually reads a review for a completely different book/movie (?). I thought that David Bowie would have a bigger part in this episode, like Kate Winslet or Ben Stiller did, but he didn't. But the song he "writes" at the end about Andy is both hilarious and completely random.moreless
Claire Adams

Claire Adams

Cathy

Guest Star

Naomi Bentley

Naomi Bentley

Linda

Guest Star

David Bowie

David Bowie

Himself

Guest Star

Jamie Chapman

Jamie Chapman

Brains

Recurring Role

Stephen Merchant

Stephen Merchant

Andy's agent

Recurring Role

Shaun Williamson

Shaun Williamson

Barry

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (6)

    • Greg: How's your sitcom going?
      Andy: Yeah good, good.
      Greg: The reviews. Very harsh, very harsh. I think I've got one right here. I've been meaning to throw it away.
      Andy: Throw it away then.
      Greg:(finds review in his wallet) Oh no, 'When the whistle blows: As i watched this abysmal time warp comedy, i half expected somebody to shout "I'm free" and for Andy Millman to exclaim: Mmm Betty, the cats just shat out the worst sitcom of all time'

    • [Andy is talking on a mobile to a crazed fan]
      Andy: Oh, Pete, I've gotta go mate, because life's too short.

    • [Maggie is offering suggestions to a distraught Andy about other television shows he could possibly appear on]
      Maggie
      : There's Celebrity Love Island.
      Andy
      : Why would I do a show that when I watched it, I was praying for a tsunami?

    • [Darren yawns as Andy and he watch an episode of "When the Whistle Blows"]
      Andy: It's bad.
      Darren: It's not bad, is it?
      Andy: It is.
      Darren: No, no. Bad suggests that, you know, it's evil or something. You know it's not.. It's poor. It's rubbish. It's shit. It's a shitcom!
      Andy: It's a shitcom? Well, we've sorted that out then.

    • Andy: [referring to a bad review of When the Whistle Blows] No, don't pop it in the scrapbook. Put the good ones in the scrapbook.
      Barry: What... what good ones?
      Andy: There's no good ones?
      Agent: Uh, best one was the Telegraph.
      Andy: What'd they say?
      Agent: They didn't review it.

    • Andy: I'm an entertainer too.
      David Bowie: What do you do?
      Andy: I'm in a sitcom.
      Maggie: It's called "When The Whistle Blows". Have you seen it?
      David Bowie: I haven't, no, is it any good?
      Heckler: (Off screen) Na, it's shit.

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