[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 April, 2005, 16:31 GMT 17:31 UK
Gervais sitcom to be shown in US
Ricky Gervais
Gervais has lined up a host of A-list stars for the new sitcom
Ricky Gervais' latest sitcom Extras is to be shown on US television, after BBC Worldwide signed its first comedy co-production deal with US channel HBO.

The comedy, which sees Gervais play a struggling bit-part actor who is openly jealous and rude to the stars he meets, is premiered on BBC Two this summer.

"HBO is extremely proud to join with the BBC in bringing his new show to America," said HBO's Carolyn Strauss.

"Ricky Gervais is one of the most original comic voices working today."

Patrick Stewart, Samuel L Jackson, Kate Winslet and Ben Stiller are among the stars set to play themselves in the sitcom, which is co-written and directed by the Golden Globe-winning Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

James Gandolfini
Hit HBO drama The Sopranos is now in its sixth series

Gervais secured the Hollywood stars on the back of the success of his first sitcom, The Office, which found a huge fanbase in both the UK and US.

"It's an honour to be on the same channel that gave us The Sopranos, and they made me an offer I couldn't refuse," said Gervais.

Previous BBC co-productions with HBO, the US cable channel behind Sex and the City and Six Feet Under, include The Gathering Storm, Band of Brothers and the forthcoming Rome.

"I am thrilled to be partnering with HBO, an American network renowned for the quality and originality of its programming," said the BBC's Jon Plowman.

"I'm confident that Ricky's new show will add to their superb line-up."


SEE ALSO:
Gervais lands Star Trek captain
26 Apr 05 |  Entertainment
Law pulls out of Gervais comedy
21 Mar 05 |  Entertainment
Gervais comedy in BBC Two line-up
16 Mar 05 |  Entertainment
A-listers flock to Gervais sitcom
24 Jan 05 |  Entertainment
Gervais puts new BBC sitcom first
07 Jan 05 |  Entertainment
The channel that transformed TV
25 Feb 04 |  Entertainment


RELATED BBC LINKS:

RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific