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Extras to be screened worldwide
Ashley Jensen, Samuel L Jackson and Ricky Gervais in Extras
Samuel L Jackson was among the Hollywood stars to appear in Extras
Extras, Ricky Gervais' follow-up to hit sitcom The Office, is to be screened in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Television channels from nine countries including Norway and Sweden have signed deals to air the BBC show, which stars Gervais as a frustrated bit-part actor.

ABC TV in Australia and New Zealand's Prime Television will screen the six-part series next year.

A second series of the show, which made its debut in the UK in July, has been commissioned by the BBC.

Extras has also been licensed to TV channels in Denmark, Belgium, Iceland, Israel and Holland.

Critical success

Gervais said: "We make television for a British audience and it's still amazing to me that most countries in the world have my fat face beamed into homes once a week."

The first series received favourable reviews when it debuted in the US on HBO last month.

Written by Gervais and The Office co-creator Stephen Merchant, it attracted an average of 3.9m viewers an episode in the UK.

Kate Winslet, Ben Stiller and Patrick Stewart were among the celebrity guest stars who appeared in the first series.

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

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