Season 1 Episode 6

Episode 6: Patrick Stewart

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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.