Season 1 Episode 6

Episode 6: Patrick Stewart

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Aug 25, 2005 on BBC Two
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Episode Summary

Andy has written a script for a sitcom. As he is working on a production with Patrick Stewart, he gives him the script and asks him if he can help by passing it on to people in the business. Stewart is able to "make it so" as he has a production company. The BBC shows interest and Andy is asked to make a pilot. He starts working on the script with a script editor from the BBC, an outrageously camp man who Andy finds difficult to tolerate because he is "too gay". He makes the mistake of mentioning this to, Maggie.moreless

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  • "But by then i have seen everything...i've seen it all"

    Extras is a very special show. It is brilliant in so many different ways it is difficult to figure out where really to begin when one wants to explain how good this show is. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Marchant (who play Andy, and Andy's agent, respectivley) did the impossible and managed to top themselves and make a show more funny, more satirical, more hair pullingly awkward then the Office(a show which Gervais and Marchant both wrote/directed as well)

    The thing i found most hysterical about this show was the way the famous guest stars played completley and hilarious exaggerations of themselves. The best one by a long shot is the performance of Patrick Stewart in the season finale of series 1.

    The encounter between Millman(Gervais' character) and Stewart in Stewart's trailer is among some of the best comedy ever witnessed on television. Stephen Marchant and Ricky Gervais have established themselves as perhaps one of the best comedy duos of all time, and this episode highlights tbat brilliantly.moreless
  • One of the BEST of the series.

    A great Season One Finale! Patrick Stewart is absolutely hysterical in every scene he is in. Darren (Andy's Agent, played by the incomparable Stephen Merchant) steals every scene he is in. Andy gets his big chance for a sitcom to air on BBC, if he can handle editing and writing with a man he considers 'too' gay.

    He never intends on Damon (the gay guy Andy is writing with) to hear any of those comments, but Maggie accidentally tells Damon as she passes him by in the hallway at the BBC.

    During the end of the episode, Maggie and Andy's friendship gets tested, but, in the end, they end up even closer friends. A wonderfully hysterical episode. One of the best of the series.moreless
  • make it so...

    So I really laughed at this episode. I grew up watching The Next Generation. Jean Luc and his make it so. I loved the part where he was giving Andy such a hard time about being single and never watching Star Trek. And the thing about his entire show basically about seeing woman’s boobs – so funny as it is so different then the stiff Brit that we always pictured. And once again I hate Andy’s agent – the man is so pointless – he is actually beyond pointless – he is actually hurting Andy’s career. BBC1, BBD2, BBC3, and BBC4 – us Americans are so spoiled with digital cable…moreless
  • Brilliant episode

    I really enjoyed this episode. Patrick Stewart was very funny, especially with his idea for a film.

    One criticism is that in general i felt it wasn't the funniest episode of the series, however it had the best storyline.

    This episode finished the series very well and i can't wait till the second series!
  • best episode in series.

    as a trekkie i was loving patrick being in the show and i must say he was brilliant.

    his scenes were brilliant, mostly taking the piss at his own expense. brilliantly written.

    the later scenes at the bbc were also nice and funny if also a little cringe worthy, but it made a nice change from ricky working as an extra.

    some of the best comedy sequencies i've seen in years.
Marlon Bulger

Marlon Bulger

Male Extra

Guest Star

Guy Henry

Guy Henry

Iain Morris

Guest Star

Martin Savage

Martin Savage

Damon Beesley

Guest Star

Stephen Merchant

Stephen Merchant

Andy's agent

Recurring Role

Shaun Williamson

Shaun Williamson


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the last moments of the episode, while the camera pans out and Andy and Maggie walk away, there's a giant Alfie poster on the side of the building. Alfie's star, Jude Law, was supposed to star in this episode (instead of Patrick Stewart), but withdrew at the last minute.

    • The song featured in this episode is, 'Gonna make you a star' by David Essex. It reached No. 1 in the U.K. Top 40 in October 1974.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Damon: I'm not too gay for you, then?
      Iain: Damon.
      Damon: I said I wasn't going to say anything, but he's lying through his teeth. Excuse me.
      Iain: Your friend, Maggie, is it? She told him what you said about him. Andy: What did I say about him? Iain: That he's "too gay".
      Andy: No, she's an idiot. She's an idiot.
      Iain: So you didn't say that? Andy: Yes, but he wasn't meant to hear it.

    • [Andy enters room, singing 'Celebrate good times']
      Maggie: Did you get it? Oh, brilliant!
      Andy: Oh, yes.
      Maggie: Well done.
      Greg: Someone's celebrating. Wealthy old relative popped her clogs?
      Andy: No, sir, why am I celebrating? Could it be because of the TV show the BBC has just given me?
      Greg: TV show?
      Andy: Yeah, a pilot for a sitcom.
      Greg: What sitcom?
      Andy: Sitcom that I wrote.
      Greg: You're not funny.
      Andy: Well, BBC begs to differ.

    • Agent: I don't get Barry any work, and he's happy.
      Barry: I'm not entirely happy.
      Agent: All right, Barry. Calm down. If you've got an issue, have a private meeting with me. You've been hanging around him to much.[Pointing at Andy]

    • Agent: Even if I haven't done anything towards this, please can I still have my 12.5%? Please?
      Andy: Yeah, why not?
      Agent: Yeah? Thank you. I mean, that is sort of the way it's done.

    • Agent: You're probably wondering why I called you in for an unscheduled meeting.
      Andy: Got the wrong day?

    • Patrick Stewart: So in my film, I play a man who controls the world with his mind. For example, I'm walking along and I see this beautiful girl and I think I'd like to see her naked, and so all her clothes fall off.
      Andy: All her...clothes fall off?
      Patrick Stewart: Mmm hmm... yes. And she's scrambling around to get them back on again, and even before she can get her knickers on, I've seen everything. I've seen it all.
      Andy: ...Okay. It's a comedy, is it?
      Patrick Stewart: No.

    • Andy: I'm doing the lead in this OK I'm playing the lead character. That's it I don't want to discuss it.
      Agent: Are you sure?
      Andy: Yes.
      Agent: I dunno... you've never struck me as a funny bloke.

    • Patrick Stewart: You've seen Star Trek: The Next Generation have you?
      Andy: I haven't no.
      Patrick Stewart: Why your wife won't let you have it on, is it?
      Andy: I'm not married.
      Patrick Stewart: Oh, your girlfriend then?
      Andy: I haven't got a girlfriend, I live alone.
      Patrick Stewart: You're not married, you haven't got a girlfriend and you never watch Star Trek?
      Andy No.
      Patrick Stewart: Good lord.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Stewart lampoons his best-known role and stereotypes surrounding "Trekkies" when he finds out that Andy has never seen Star Trek: The Next Generation, even though (he notes with surprise) the man has no girlfriend.

    • The initial scene, featuring Patrick Stewart as Prospero, is a nod to the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, Emergence, the initial scene of which features Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard coaching Brent Spiner as Data in exactly the same scene. Stewart also appeared as Prospero in a Broadway production of The Tempest in 1995.