The Complete Second Season

DVD - 2007
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What happens when an unknown actor who can't catch a break actually catches one? For Andy Millman, who's just broken through with a TV sitcom called When the Whistle Blows, celebrity doesn't necessarily mean happiness.
Publisher: New York : Home Box Office, c2007
ISBN: 9780783151397
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (5 hrs.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Extras


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Apr 13, 2017

We were looking forward to enjoying the 2nd season of Extras but the first disk won't read past 00:14 on the display! Make sure the copy you check out does not have bar code #3 1336 09415 1884. It is defective.

Brilliant, hilarious, genius - Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Comedy doesn't get any better. If you can, watch the series in order - there is a flow, and the finale ties everything together. Perfect comedy. Highly recommeded.

Feb 06, 2016

Brilliantly hilarious and cringe inducing!

jpdanzig Jul 14, 2015

This is a funny show, but an "extra" on the DVD raises the age-old issue: how do you feel when a talented star is seen involved in contemptible behavior? Here Ricky Gervais is seen literally binding and trussing (and strangling and humiliating) his video editor. As RG's the show's star and creator, the staff at the BBC all laugh and go along with the "gag," but his sadistic antics made me sick to my stomach. Apparently this strange homoerotic torture is an everyday occurrence in the show's editing room. Well, I had to stop following Woody Allen, Mel Gibson, and Bill Cosby for their misdeeds, and now I'm afraid I must add Ricky Gervais to the list. He's very talented, but I can't stop thinking that's he's also a self-loathing, evil little troll as well. Heavy sigh...

noisyflowers Mar 05, 2015

The show really hits its stride here. Much more consitently funny and with a stronger sense of narrative than in the first season though it still feels a bit thin. The show had barely enough character development to sustain itself and the same ground seemed to get tread a lot in its very hort run but that's not a deal breaker when the entertainment value is high and it was at its highest here.

Mar 02, 2011

interesting transition from the first season's all out British humour to a more poignant story line. Still sprinkled with British wit but moving more directly to the main characters' personal growth . Enjoyed it , but in a different way than the first season.

Oct 25, 2007

In true Ricky Gervais style, EXTRAS Season 2 takes the most ordinary and uncomfortable situations ridiculously funny!

Not to mention getting the biggest movie stars in the business to make fun of themselves.


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Mar 02, 2011

Coarse Language: Excessive swearing

Mar 02, 2011

Sexual Content: heavy insinuations


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Oct 25, 2007

When Andy Millman finally gets his big break from a "background Artist" to Sitcom star, it doesn't turnout as he expected.

"Episode 2.1"
Primary: Orlando Bloom
Secondary: Keith Chegwin & Sophia Myles September 14, 2006

Andy's new sitcom, When The Whistle Blows, is being filmed, whilst Maggie appears as an extra in a courtroom drama with Orlando Bloom and Sophia Myles. The audience find the heavily-rewritten sitcom funny but Andy, forced to wear glasses and a wig, feels like he has sold out. Meanwhile, Orlando Bloom refuses to believe that Maggie does not find him attractive.

"Episode 2.2"
Primary: David Bowie September 21, 2006

The critical response for When the Whistle Blows is entirely negative but Andy gets encouragement from the public as he is recognised in the street and in his local pub. However, he isn't eager to endlessly repeat his catchphrase from the show. Andy visits a celebrity bar, where he is briefly treated as a VIP. He tries to talk with David Bowie, who proceeds to make up a song ridiculing him, resulting in Andy returning to the pub to be surrounded by genuine fans.

"Episode 2.3"
Primary: Daniel Radcliffe
Secondary: Warwick Davis and Diana Rigg September 28, 2006

Andy receives a bit part in a new fantasy film starring Daniel Radcliffe, who appears as a highly sexed teenager trying to seduce every woman he meets. During filming Andy takes Maggie out for a meal and inadvertently offends the mother of a disabled teenager in a restaurant, leading to an increasingly hysterical reaction in the British media, who take his comments out of context. Andy manages to quell the anger, but gets into a fight with dwarf actor Warwick Davis, leading to the loss of his bit part and further embarrassment.

"Episode 2.4"
Primary: Chris Martin (Cold Play)
Secondary: Ronnie Corbett, Richard Briers, Moira Stuart, Davina McCall, Patricia Potter and Stephen Fry
October 5, 2006

Andy makes a charity appeal video and meets Chris Martin from Coldplay, who appears as a shameless self-promoter interested only in advertising his album. Martin requests to make a cameo on When the Whistle Blows and appears on the show to play "Fix You." Despite angry reviews at the shameless celebrity appearance on his sitcom, Andy is nominated for a BAFTA. During the award ceremony, Andy manages to upset both Richard Briers and an ex-girlfriend, who goes on to humiliate him from the stage. Stephen Fry wins the award and privately rebukes Andy for his sitcom's use of laughter tracks, silly wigs and catchphrases. Andy, Darren Lamb and Ronnie Corbett are banned from future BAFTAs after they are caught with drugs. Martin sings "Tea for the Tillerman" at the end of the episode. (In the US version, after the end credits, Martin and Andy - in character as Ray Stokes - perform a rendition of "Fix You" together.)

"Episode 2.5"
Primary: Sir Ian McKellen
Secondary: Germaine Greer, Mark Kermode and Mark Lawson
October 12, 2006

With the critical reaction to his sitcom getting more scathing, Andy is desperate for any role to show his credibility. He is recommended to Ian McKellen, and is cast in a play about a homosexual relationship. With his school friends coming to the first night, and McKellen's sudden decision that Andy should kiss another man in the play, he feels increasingly uncomfortable to the point of leaving the play midway through the first performance. Darren asks Maggie on a date, which comes to an awkward conclusion.

"Episode 2.6"
Primary: Jonathan Ross
Secondary: Robert Lindsay and Robert De Niro October 19, 2006

Convinced that he can outgrow his sitcom and agent, Andy becomes detached from his friends in his pursuit of media connections. Andy appears on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross and becomes friends with Ross. Despite making excuses, Andy has to agree to visit a boy who is in hospital with cancer. He asks Maggie to go with him. Andy is determined to fire Darren Lamb for incompetence, until Darren tells Andy he


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