Meet Ricky Gervais

Meet Ricky Gervais is a British television comedy talk show written and hosted by Ricky Gervais. It was produced by Talkback for Channel 4 in 2000 and ran for one series on Friday nights.

Meet Ricky Gervais
GenreTalk show
Comedy
Written byRicky Gervais
Jimmy Carr
Robin Ince
Stephen Merchant
Directed byIan Lorimer
Presented byRicky Gervais
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Production
Executive producerPeter Fincham
ProducerIain Morris
Running time30 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production companyTalkback
DistributorFremantle
Release
Original networkChannel 4
Picture format16:9
Original release22 September (2000-09-22) –
27 October 2000 (2000-10-27)

The show aired throughout the time Ricky Gervais was writing the first series of BBC2's The Office, which became highly acclaimed and popular.

OverviewEdit

Guests were supposedly interviewed by Gervais in the original television studio chairs of famous people. Gervais was seated in Michael Aspel's Aspel & Co leather chair and guests seated in Ronnie Corbett's monologue chair, and Grandad from Only Fools and Horses' armchair. Each episode has two celebrity guests, and following the interview segments Gervais would host his version of a classic television panel game, with the guests as contestants.

The show regularly featured darts assistant Tony Green, who would take his place as the general stooge and gameshow assistant. On the first episode, Gervais joked that Green came free with the original Bullseye dartboard, which he supposedly found himself whilst building the rest of the set.

Also, the show did not have a theme tune so at the end of each show, Gervais asked viewers to record and send in their own mixes. Few were received. Two of the episodes used a theme tune co-written and performed by Stewart Ferris and Emma Burgess.

EpisodesEdit

  1. Tommy Walsh and Jimmy Savile. After interviewing each guest separately, Gervais hosts a game of Call My Bluff in which Walsh and Savile are the contestants.
  2. John Virgo and Michael Winner. The guests play Family Fortunes.
  3. Penny Smith and Tony Hart. The guests play Play Your Cards Right.
  4. Wayne Hemingway and Paul Daniels. The guests play Every Second Counts.
  5. Peter Purves and Stefanie Powers. The guests play Child's Play, with dwarves taking the roles of children.
  6. Antony Worrall Thompson and Midge Ure. The guests play The Krypton Factor.

Production notesEdit

The series was produced by Iain Morris and co-written by Jimmy Carr and Robin Ince with additional material provided by Stephen Merchant and Stirling Gallacher (VT clock voiceover).

ReceptionEdit

Gervais admits that this show was an embarrassment and it has since been mocked even by Gervais himself. He was quoted as saying that there was no second series as Channel 4 wanted to see some changes, "ratings mainly". Commenting on the difficulties of securing guests Gervais stated that "either they'd heard of me or they hadn't. Either way it was a problem".

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