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Meet Ricky Gervais
Genre Chat show
Developed by Talkback Thames
Written by Ricky Gervais
Jimmy Carr
Robin Ince
Stephen Merchant
Directed by Ian Lorimer
Presented by Ricky Gervais
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6
Executive producer(s) Peter Fincham
Producer(s) Iain Morris
Running time 30 min per episode
Original channel Channel 4
Original run 22 September 2000 – 27 October 2000

Meet Ricky Gervais was a chat show written and hosted by the comedy writer and performer Ricky Gervais. It was produced by Talkback for Channel 4 in 2000 (repeated 2003) and ran for one series on Friday nights.

The show aired throughout the time Ricky Gervais was also writing the first series of the highly successful The Office for BBC2.

Guests were 'supposedly' interviewed by Gervais in the original TV 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. The guests included John Virgo, Paul Daniels, Tony Hart, Penny Smith and Sir Jimmy Saville.

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 claimed that Tony came free with the original Bullseye dartboard, which he supposedly found himself whilst building the rest of the set.

Also, the show didn't 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.

It 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).

To this day, Ricky Gervais admits that this show was an embarrassment and 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".

"It was a mistake to use my own name," he says now. "I thought people would understand that I was playing a character. I should have called myself Billy Bigot. Some people really did seem to think that I thought famine was a good thing, and so on."[1]

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