Season 2 Episode 5

Episode 5: Ian McKellen

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 12, 2006 on BBC Two
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Episode Summary

Andy, in search of some credibility, gets a part in a play with Sir Ian McKellen. But when he finds out that the play - 'A Month of Summers', is a tale of love between men, he's uncomfortable with the part. He feels even less comfortable when some of his old school friends come to see the play.


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  • The best of Season Two

    In some respects this episode seemed more consistent with the premise of the show as established in Season One, with Andy struggling to catch a break. Once he got his own TV show, he was no longer an "extra", so his problems became different, and -- at times -- less funny.

    Ian McKellen's homily on the secrets of acting is hilarious: "I pretend to be the character," he tells Andy in a tone that suggests he's revealing something profound. Then he explains that Andy will be playing a character -- pretending to be John. "You aren't really John," McKellen solemnly informs Andy. The entire scene is brilliant.

    For low comedy, there's Darren botching his date with Maggie by sharing way too much information about the plumbing problems he has provoked. Not exactly sophisticated humor... but very funny.

    This episode has many moments of laugh-out-loud comedy -- it's Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant at their best.moreless
Shaun Williamson

Shaun Williamson


Guest Star

Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen


Guest Star

Martin Savage

Martin Savage

Damon Beesley

Guest Star

Jamie Chapman

Jamie Chapman


Recurring Role

Stephen Merchant

Stephen Merchant

Andy's agent

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Andy: Idiot.
      Agent: You talking to me?
      Andy: Yes, I'm talking to you! Didn't you read the play?
      Agent: What play?
      Andy: The play I'm in, the play that you got me a part in. It's a gay play. I've got to play a gay, with another gay. Acting all gay. All through the play, it's so gay!

    • Ian McKellen: How did I know what to say? They had my lines written down on a script. How did I know where to stand? People showed me.

  • NOTES (1)


    • (Andy is involved in a scene in which Ian McKellen is physically holding Andy's head while another male character is attempting to kiss him)
      Andy: It's like bloody Deliverance...

      Deliverance is a 1972 film that is shot primarily in the rivers and woods of Appalachia. In the film's most psychologically terrifying sequence a sexually-perverted Appalachian native humiliates the character of Bobby (a chubby-faced, defenceless man). He forces the man to first strip down to his underwear. He then makes Bobby squeal like a pig before sodomising him.