Gervais eyes Extras spin-off with Andy's agent and Barry

Last updated at 16:07 03 January 2008

Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais is considering an Extras spin-off starring Stephen Merchant's useless agent Darren Lamb and his sidekick Barry.

The BBC comedy, following the rise of Gervais' character Andy Millman from extra to TV comedy star, ended after a Christmas special on December 27.

The last ever episode attracted 5.3 million viewers.

Actor Shaun Williamson, whose Extras character Barry was named after his role in EastEnders, told London radio station Heart FM that Gervais had considered a spin-off show.

Williamson said: "I would have loved another 10 series of Extras but I can totally understand them wanting to call it a day.

"The one thing we did bandy about, half in jest and half seriously, was the idea of a spin-off for my character Barry and the agent.

"Ricky thought they could go around in a camper van solving crimes or something."

He added: "That's strictly on the backburner for now as Ricky is busy in Hollywood at the moment. I'd jump at the chance to work with him again."

Williamson admitted he nearly turned down the Extras role.

"I thought for about 10 minutes about not taking it and then I realised I might never get the chance to work with Ricky and Stephen again.

"I am so proud to have been involved with Extras and I can understand them wanting to finish it.

"They've got so much more going for them and I think they have got a great film in them to make, whether it's an Extras film or just a great British film, and I'm sure they'll make it."