Ben Stiller
Extras Season 1

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On the set of a very serious film about atrocities in Bonia, directed by Ben Stiller, Maggie (Ashley Jensen) expresses an interest in Goran (Boris Boskovic), the on-set advisor whose tragic story is being told in the film. Andy (Ricky Gervais) helpfully warns her, "Never get involved with a man whose wife has been murdered." Luckily for Maggie, she's told that her brutal death in the film counts as a "supplemental performance," for which she is due additional pay, and when she goes to the production office to look into it (fake bullet hole still oozing on her forehead), she meets Jon (Steve Jackson). Maggie and Andy are invited to a birthday celebration by Jackie (Liza Sadovy), and while neither wants to go, only Andy is quick enough on his feet to come up with a plausible excuse. But Maggie is delighted when she learns that Jon will also be there, and Andy decides to go after all when Jon tells him that Martin (Jay Villiers), one of the film's producers, will also be in attendance. Andy is desperate to be given a line in the film, and plans to ingratiate himself in any way he can. He also approaches Goran, unfortunately interrupting the man while he is looking at photos of his dead family. Undeterred, he later gives Goran a book of coupons to thank him for asking Stiller about getting him a line. He tells the perplexed Goran that he might not remember promising to do so because "you were crying about your dead family." This was the premiere episode of the program's run on the BBC, but was the second episode shown on HBO.