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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 August 2005, 11:32 GMT 12:32 UK
Second series of Extras planned
Ricky Gervais in Extras
Gervais plays Andy Millman in the current series
BBC Two has commissioned a second series of the Ricky Gervais hit comedy Extras.

Extras, which stars Gervais as a frustrated bit-part actor who envies the A-list stars, has attracted an average of 3.9m viewers an episode.

It is Gervais' second sitcom, along with co-creator Stephen Merchant, and follows their success with The Office.

Roly Keating, controller of BBC Two, praised the show's "brilliant scripts and superb observation".

Cameo roles

He added: "I'm thrilled that Ricky and Stephen will be making a second series and that the audience will be able to share more of Andy and Maggie's excruciating experiences in the world of showbiz.

"We've discussed ideas for the new series and the potential is huge."

Episodes of the comedy so far have featured cameo appearances from actor Ben Stiller, Kate Winslet, Les Dennis and Ross Kemp.

Hollywood actor Samuel L Jackson will star in the penultimate episode of the series on Thursday.

'Good job'

Gervais, who plays Andy Millman in the comedy, will return in the new series next year along with Merchant, who plays his agent, and Ashley Jensen, who plays friend Maggie.

He said: "It's a good job the BBC offered us a second series, Stephen and I had already booked the studio and promised about 30 actors a job.

"Mind you, we'd done that before the first series had been commissioned too.

"The BBC has never interfered on any level. We know how rare that is and thank them for always 'giving us enough rope'."

The first series of Extras is also due to transmit in the US on HBO from 25 September.




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