Gervais planning Extras spin-off?

Ricky Gervais may be planning an Extras spin-off starring Stephen Merchant’s dopey agent and Barry from EastEnders as a pair of bumbling crimefighters.

Ricky Gervais may be planning an Extras spin-off starring Stephen Merchant’s dopey agent and Barry from EastEnders as a pair of bumbling crimefighters.

The BBC comedy ended after two series and a Christmas special.

But actor Shaun Williamson, who plays Barry, revealed that Gervais has come up with another idea for his character and useless agent Darren Lamb.

He told radio station Heart: “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 said 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.”

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