Extras (2005–2007)
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The first episode of Andy's sitcom, "When the Whistle Blows" is getting harsh reviews but draws respectable viewing numbers. Andy begins to get recognized on the street and in pubs.
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ricky Gervais ... Andy Millman
Ashley Jensen ... Maggie Jacobs
Stephen Merchant ... Darren Lamb
Shaun Williamson ... Barry
David Bowie ... David Bowie
Liza Tarbuck ... Rita / Liza Tarbuck
Sarah Moyle Sarah Moyle ... Kimberley
Andrew Buckley ... Gobbler
Jamie Chapman ... Brains
Shaun Pye ... Greg
Claire Adams Claire Adams ... Cathy
Ryozo Kohira Ryozo Kohira ... Mr. Yamaguchi
Richard Morris Richard Morris ... Homeless Man
David Earl David Earl ... Obsessive Fan
Nicola Sanderson Nicola Sanderson ... Receptionist
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The first episode of Andy's sitcom, "When the Whistle Blows" is getting harsh reviews but draws respectable viewing numbers. Andy begins to get recognized on the street and in pubs.

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pub | vip area | song | homeless man | See All (4) »

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

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English

Release Date:

15 January 2007 (USA) See more »

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Darren Lamb: [Barry and Darren is standing at a designer bar's counter, Darren is scoping the room. Barry is facing away from Darren, and takes a sip off his cocktail, winces at its strength. Excitedly, to Barry's back] Barry, don't look round a'right... there's a couple of birds, a'right, without drinks.
[pleased with himself]
Darren Lamb: I think you know what to do.
Barry: [knowingly] Oh yes...
[turns to the bartender, calls him over]
Barry: Excuse me, uh... there's a couple of girls over there not drinking, so... I think you should ...
[...]
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A very nice continuation of the newest struggle for Andy Millman
26 September 2006 | by Mike-on-TVSee all my reviews

There is a bit of a change of taste for the second episode in season 2 of Extras. Andy, dealing with his new celebrity, must live through scathing reviews and the sadness of success as his critically acclaimed sitcom gains popularity.

It's funny how pathetic Andy can be in both of the two different bar scenes he visits. In the local pub he shrugs the appraise he gets from authentic fans, yet Andy feels he should be valued with more demeanors. So at the more illustrious setting he is ridiculed and tormented by the entire clientele of the lounge during a breakout singing session lead by mega-celebrity David Bowie.

The episode played fair to the structure we are used to from Extras however there are signs that Maggie is still not feeling on the same level with Andy. Although they both feel the gimmick role he has on his show is a joke, Andy still goes along with it. Maggie looked pretty disgusted when they had to return to the original tavern to entertain the lot of underachievers who truly appreciate Andy's pitiable character role.

This game shouldn't go on much longer (as the title of the show suggest). I predict the staged sitcom 'When the (Wind) Whistle Blows' will be canceled in the coming episodes. Keep watching

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