Extras! Extras! Read all about it!

I guess my TV viewing is a little out of date, what with me being reliant on the iplayer, but I’ve only just caught up with ‘Extras.’  I don’t really like Ricky Gervais; he’s very talented but I prefer to laugh rather than squirm when I’m watching a comedy, and though ‘The Office’ was brilliant I didn’t much enjoy it.  But ‘Extras’ is great.  There’s a different scene every week and the opportunity to bring in guest stars who are playing ‘themselves’ – such as Kate Winslet, Les Dennis and Ross Kemp.  And although it has its awkward, ‘Office’-type moments, you grow to like the characters.  It’s unpredictable, and I like that.  Of course you know things are going to go horribly wrong, but you don’t know how – and it’s not always the central characters that are to blame.

It reminds me of the more recent ‘W1A’.  A spoof fly-on-the-wall documentary with David Tennant doing the v/o, my favourite character is the grinning shit-stirrer whose catch-phrase is ‘Very good – very strong’ – and who always tries to land his boss in it by saying things like; ‘is this something you’d like to be across in terms of Values?’ to which Ian Fletcher can only reply ‘Yes, no – yes, absolutely,’ while wanting to throttle the guy (people are always saying ‘Yes – no’ or ‘No – yes’ in this series.  And in the blue corner we have Anna, promoted to a job neither she nor anyone else can understand, and jabbering things like ‘the fact is,’ and ‘this is all about Better’ in a panicky sort of way. The only genuine character, ‘lovely’ Lucy, is being stalked by her one-time colleague who constantly tries to dump his problems onto her.  The voice-over is full of gems such as ‘meanwhile, in the Syncopati-cafe, it is becoming increasingly obvious to Lucy that she is having some sort of breakfast.’

It’s terrific stuff, and the more I watch it, the more I see in it.

‘Extras’ is on Netflix and W1A may still be floating about on i-player, so go watch.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03yv1mv

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extras_(TV_series)

Kirk out

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One response to “Extras! Extras! Read all about it!

  1. totesball agree with you, oh yah,

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