The BEST episodes directed by Ricky Gervais

Robert Lindsay & Jonathan Ross
star
8.50
300 votes

#1 - Robert Lindsay & Jonathan Ross

Extras - Season 2 - Episode 6

Andy has a new celebrity pal, chat show host Jonathan Ross. His friendship with Maggie is under strain and he's just about had enough of his useless agent. When Andy is pressed into visiting a sick child in hospital by a pushy mum, Andy meets Robert Lindsay who is less than impressed when the child and mum fail to recall his 70's sitcom. Andy is ready to fire his agent, however is offered a chance to meet his idol, Robert De Niro. Will Andy abandon his real friends to meet his hero?

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David Bowie
star
8.41
270 votes

#2 - David Bowie

Extras - Season 2 - Episode 2

Andy is realising that fame is not all it is cracked up to be when his sitcom receives terrible reviews. The public provide him with encouragement when he's recognised by a homeless man and his "biggest fan" in a pub. However, when Andy and his friends head to a classy bar, he discovers that even David Bowie wants to mock him, in the form of a song "the little fat man who sold his soul".

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Episode 6
star
8.36
630 votes

#3 - Episode 6

After Life - Season 3 - Episode 6

An interview with a sick child hits Tony hard. Later, he makes a decision about Lisa's insurance money and joins his friends at the town fair.

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Episode 2
star
8.24
726 votes

#4 - Episode 2

Life's Too Short - Season 1 - Episode 2

Warwick makes a humiliating guest appearance at a Star Wars wedding, but his fortune rises when Johnny Depp hires him to research a new movie role.

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Kate Winslet
star
8.20
419 votes

#5 - Kate Winslet

Extras - Season 1 - Episode 3

Kate Winslet hopes her role as a nun in a film about the Second World War will guarantee her an Oscar. However, her meeting with Andy and Maggie leads her into a very embarrassing situation. Andy also finds himself in an embarrassing situation when a date with a fellow extra doesn't quite turn out as expected.

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Episode 6
star
8.20
820 votes

#6 - Episode 6

After Life - Season 2 - Episode 6

Grieving over another loss, Tony asks his friends and co-workers for space, not sympathy. Later, he wrestles with what it means to move on.

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Episode  6
star
8.11
1114 votes

#7 - Episode 6

After Life - Season 1 - Episode 6

Making an earnest attempt to be happy -- or at least not miserable -- Tony gives some long overdue recognition to those who have stood by him.

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Les Dennis
star
8.10
389 votes

#8 - Les Dennis

Extras - Season 1 - Episode 4

Andy gets a break when he lands the part of the Genie in Aladdin alongside Les Dennis. Andy soon finds himself in a dilemma when he sees Les' young fiancé in a compromising position with a stage hand. Andy decides to tell (a naked) Les what he has seen.

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Episode 6
star
8.00
324 votes

#9 - Episode 6

Derek - Season 1 - Episode 6

A much-loved resident is in decline, which sets in motion a sequence of events culminating in the appearance of an unexpected visitor.

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Ben Stiller
star
8.00
599 votes

#10 - Ben Stiller

Extras - Season 1 - Episode 1

Andy and Maggie are playing extras in the film Ben Stiller is directing, which is based on the life of Goran, an Eastern European man whose wife and son were killed in the Balkans War. Andy attempts to get a speaking part by befriending Goran, who eventually gets Andy a spoken line. However, Andy gets in an argument with Stiller just before shooting his scene and is kicked off the set. Maggie, meanwhile, takes an interest in one of the crew but it goes wrong after Andy points out that her would-be beau has one leg shorter than the other.

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Sir Ian McKellen
star
8.00
270 votes

#11 - Sir Ian McKellen

Extras - Season 2 - Episode 5

While searching for credibility Andy gets a part in a play directed by Sir Ian McKellen. He soon discovers the play 'A Month of Summers', is the tale of love between two men and becomes uncomfortable with the part. Andy finds himself in a personally difficult situation when some old school friends come to see his performance.

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Training
star
7.98
955 votes

#12 - Training

The Office - Season 1 - Episode 4

Wernham Hogg, Slough branch are having a training day. Rowan, an outside consultant tries his best. Dawn has other things on her mind...

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Episode 5
star
7.97
1114 votes

#13 - Episode 5

After Life - Season 1 - Episode 5

Brian (finally) convinces Tony and company to visit his apartment for a story. Meanwhile, Matt receives a distressing call from his son's school.

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Orlando Bloom
star
7.91
357 votes

#14 - Orlando Bloom

Extras - Season 2 - Episode 1

Andy Millman is very excited at the prospect of his sitcom 'When the Whistle Blows', being made by the BBC. He wants it to be realistic and something the audience can relate to. However, the BBC have other ideas making Andy's character wear a wig and silly glasses. It's not long before the comedy is totally different to Andy's original idea. Meanwhile, Maggie is an extra on Orlando Blooms latest movie. Orlando is obsessed with himself and with Maggie. But she doesn't fancy him at all.

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Episode 7
star
7.90
567 votes

#15 - Episode 7

Life's Too Short - Season 1 - Episode 7

Warwick attends a charity event in the hope of hanging out with celebrities. However, in trying to impress Sting he ends up spending more than he can afford. Consequently he has to look for a new home and hopes Amy will see him again.

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Samuel L. Jackson
star
7.90
479 votes

#16 - Samuel L. Jackson

Extras - Season 1 - Episode 5

Andy is trying to avoid a fellow extra who is 'dull'. When the extra helps to get Andy a line of dialogue, Andy mentions he 'owes him one'. The extra suggests that they should go out for a meal to return the favour. Meanwhile, Maggie is going out of her way to show she isn't racist, whilst on a date with a black actor.

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Episode 4
star
7.90
432 votes

#17 - Episode 4

Derek - Season 1 - Episode 4

Derek decides to sell some of his autographs to raise money for the retirement home. But it doesn't go too well when he can't remember who the autographs belong to.

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Charity
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7.88
852 votes

#18 - Charity

The Office - Season 2 - Episode 5

It's Comic Relief Day and the staff of Werhnam Hogg all do their bit to raise money including Dawn, whose 'kisses for 1' stand finally provides Tim with the opportunity he's been waiting for. But when David can only produce a draft of his new gameshow concept in place of an important company report, Neil and Jennifer draw the line and inform him that he is being made redundant.

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Interview
star
7.86
789 votes

#19 - Interview

The Office - Season 2 - Episode 6

Although slightly peeved that the staff seem to be taking his redundancy in their stride, David's spirits remain high as he plans his future while also being interviewed for an article in 'Inside Paper'. Tim takes drastic action when he learns that Dawn has resigned in order to move to the USA with boyfriend Lee. However, when David is told that his services as a motivational speaker are also no longer required he sinks to his lowest ebb and begs Neil to reconsider the dismissal. But is it too late?

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New Girl
star
7.84
904 votes

#20 - New Girl

The Office - Season 1 - Episode 5

Brent decides to take on a new secretary despite the spectre of redundancies in the Slough branch. He can choose between some bloke that's turned up for interview and a pretty young blonde. The day is rounded off with a trip to Chasers nightclub...

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Episode 5
star
7.84
779 votes

#21 - Episode 5

After Life - Season 2 - Episode 5

The curtains go up on the community theater revue and things go about as well as can be expected. Tony receives devastating news.

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Episode 4
star
7.81
1130 votes

#22 - Episode 4

After Life - Season 1 - Episode 4

Tony pushes back on Matt's idea to go on a blind date. Also, Tony makes an introduction and issues an uncharacteristic apology.

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Episode 3
star
7.80
486 votes

#23 - Episode 3

Derek - Season 1 - Episode 3

Derek is desperate to save the life of a baby bird that's fallen from a tree. Some of the residents attend a jumble sale. And Hannah forgets about her date with Tom.

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Merger
star
7.79
790 votes

#24 - Merger

The Office - Season 2 - Episode 1

As a result of the Swindon merger, a group of new staff arrive at Slough branch and David wastes no time in familiarising them with his unique style of management. Meanwhile, Tim seems to be taking his promotion very seriously.

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Episode 5
star
7.78
604 votes

#25 - Episode 5

Life's Too Short - Season 1 - Episode 5

Warwick seeks spiritual guidance, and following a visit to the dating agency where he met his wife, he embarks on a quest to find a new partner.

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Party
star
7.78
828 votes

#26 - Party

The Office - Season 2 - Episode 3

A colleague's birthday provides a welcome distraction for the employees of Wernham Hogg and leads to a series of practical jokes at the expense of David and Gareth. Meanwhile, David's growing frustrations with new boss Neil constantly looking over his shoulder are somewhat alleviated by the arrival of two representatives from a public speaking company who seem keen to recruit him.

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Episode 6
star
7.75
545 votes

#27 - Episode 6

Life's Too Short - Season 1 - Episode 6

Warwick throws a party in his new apartment to show it to his ex-wife and his new date Amy. But when Cat Deeley shows up, he can't resist being a player, and no one is impressed.

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Work Experience
star
7.75
1192 votes

#28 - Work Experience

The Office - Season 1 - Episode 2

A new girl arrives on work experience. The day is brightened up even more by a doctored picture of David Brent that's been e-mailed around the office. Cue Gareth Keenan Special Investigator...

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Motivation
star
7.74
854 votes

#29 - Motivation

The Office - Season 2 - Episode 4

David's preparations for his first motivational training seminar that evening don't get off to the perfect start when he first discovers the staff's new nicknames for him that are doing the rounds and then receives another reprimand from Neil for neglecting his duties. Meanwhile, Tim and Rachel finally go public with their relationship, much to the dismay of Gareth.

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Daniel Radcliffe
star
7.71
360 votes

#30 - Daniel Radcliffe

Extras - Season 2 - Episode 3

First comes success, then the backlash and the British press aren't about to change the rules. Andy has incurred their wrath and searches for ways to lift his profile. Meanwhile, on the set of his new film, Daniel Radcliffe is trying his staggeringly poor chat-up lines on anyone female.

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Patrick Stewart
star
7.71
389 votes

#31 - Patrick Stewart

Extras - Season 1 - Episode 6

Andy has written a script for a sitcom. While working on a production with Patrick Stewart, he gives him the script and asks if he can help by passing it on to people in the business. Stewart is able to "make it so". The BBC shows interest and Andy is asked to write a pilot. While working on the script with an editor from the BBC, who Andy finds difficult to tolerate because he is "too gay", Andy makes the mistake of mentioning this to Maggie.

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Episode 2
star
7.70
594 votes

#32 - Episode 2

Derek - Season 1 - Episode 2

It's Derek's 50th birthday; what better way to celebrate than with a party at Broadhill retirement home?

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Episode 4
star
7.69
790 votes

#33 - Episode 4

After Life - Season 2 - Episode 4

Tony interviews a local woman addicted to corrective surgery. Later, he holds back the snark in hopes of cheering up Kath.

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Judgement
star
7.67
897 votes

#34 - Judgement

The Office - Season 1 - Episode 6

Jennifer arrives to give the final decision. The Slough branch is to be merged with Swindon and some people will lose their jobs, and Dave has been offered Jennifer's job, which he accepts.

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Episode 4
star
7.66
698 votes

#35 - Episode 4

Life's Too Short - Season 1 - Episode 4

During messy divorce negotiations, Warwick asks Ricky and Stephen for personal advice. Meanwhile, he moves into a new apartment and seeks election as chairman of the Society of People of Small Stature.

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Episode 3
star
7.66
810 votes

#36 - Episode 3

After Life - Season 2 - Episode 3

A turn of events at the paper hits Sandy hard. Roxy and Pat share a meal, and Tony tries to support Matt's desire to get back out there.

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Episode 3
star
7.66
715 votes

#37 - Episode 3

Life's Too Short - Season 1 - Episode 3

After complaints that he takes all the best roles for himself, Warwick launches a website and creates showreels for his clients. But he still takes on a role opposite Helena Bonham Carter.

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Episode 2
star
7.65
1216 votes

#38 - Episode 2

After Life - Season 1 - Episode 2

Thinking he has nothing to lose, Tony contemplates trying heroin. He babysits his nephew and starts to bond -- just a bit -- with Sandy.

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Episode 1
star
7.64
847 votes

#39 - Episode 1

Life's Too Short - Season 1 - Episode 1

With his career on the slide, a massive tax bill, and his wife divorcing him, showbiz dwarf Warwick Davis is forced to open his doors to a film crew 24/7. He seeks advice from old pals Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, but Liam Neeson has beaten him to it.

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Appraisals
star
7.62
783 votes

#40 - Appraisals

The Office - Season 2 - Episode 2

As David conducts the annual staff appraisals he discovers that the group from Swindon are less than impressed with their new boss and a lunchtime trip to the pub does little to improve the situation. The same cannot be said for Tim however, who is getting on particularly well with new girl Rachel.

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Episode 3
star
7.62
1150 votes

#41 - Episode 3

After Life - Season 1 - Episode 3

Tony hires a sex worker -- but it's not what you think. A trip to the comedy club turns awkward. The nurse gives Tony a piece of her mind.

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The Quiz
star
7.60
1079 votes

#42 - The Quiz

The Office - Season 1 - Episode 3

Tim is 30 today and receives some special gifts. Dawn wants to organize after-work drinks for him but it's also the annual quiz night. Brent & Finchy see it as a point of honour that they win. The only real competition comes from Tim & Ricky...

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Episode 2
star
7.60
841 votes

#43 - Episode 2

After Life - Season 2 - Episode 2

Lenny's girlfriend's son takes a position at the Gazette. Sandy contemplates writing a gossip column. Matt gets iffy advice from his therapist.

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Chris Martin
star
7.60
359 votes

#44 - Chris Martin

Extras - Season 2 - Episode 4

Chris Martin, lead singer of Coldplay, suggests he can appear and sing in Andy's sitcom, much to Andy's reluctance. Bad reviews continue to flood in, but things start to look up when Andy gets a surprise nomination for a BAFTA award for Best Comedy Performance. At the ceremony Andy is caught in the wrong place at the wrong time with Ronnie Corbett. Maggie tells Andy's former girlfriend an embarrassing secret which she uses to get her own back at Andy for calling her, "the most boring woman in the world".

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Ross Kemp and Vinnie Jones
star
7.60
388 votes

#45 - Ross Kemp and Vinnie Jones

Extras - Season 1 - Episode 2

Andy is working on a television period drama starring Ross Kemp. Andy's rival, Greg, is working on a film with Kemp's rival, footballer Vinnie Jones, in the adjacent studio building. Kemp claims he has had SAS training and tells Andy that he is more of a "hard man" than Jones. Millman then relays this information to Greg, his rival, who himself tells Jones. Angered by this, Jones later confronts Kemp, who denies having said anything, and cowers at Jones's threats. After this embarrassment, Kemp admits to a disillusioned Andy that none of his prior claims were true and that wherever he works, he's bullied, contradicting his reputation as a hard man.

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Episode 4
star
7.58
559 votes

#46 - Episode 4

After Life - Season 3 - Episode 4

Matt searches for a sport at which he can beat Tony, Lenny asks Tony to be his best man, and Kath has dinner with a persnickety teacher.

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Episode 5
star
7.58
555 votes

#47 - Episode 5

After Life - Season 3 - Episode 5

Anne gives Tony some advice on moving forward, Emma crosses paths with an old friend, Matt suffers a health scare, and James stands up for himself.

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Episode 3
star
7.56
572 votes

#48 - Episode 3

After Life - Season 3 - Episode 3

Tony takes a trip with Matt to honour his father. James has second thoughts about his new living arrangements. Tony helps Kath score a date.

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Episode 1
star
7.54
905 votes

#49 - Episode 1

After Life - Season 2 - Episode 1

Determined to be kind but still struggling to be happy, Tony attends a Zen meditation course with Matt, whose own marriage is on the rocks.

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Episode 5
star
7.50
378 votes

#50 - Episode 5

Derek - Season 1 - Episode 5

Derek forms an entertainment committee to discuss plans for a cabaret show at Broadhill. Kev wants to produce a play of his Duran Duran film script, starring staff and residents as the band.

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