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Sir Ian McKellen 

Andy's school mate Steve Sherwood visits him on set and inspires Darren to ask Maggie out on a date. Wanting to be recognized more for his acting abilities, Andy auditions for a new play directed by Sir Ian McKellen.
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ricky Gervais ... Andy Millman
Ashley Jensen ... Maggie Jacobs
Stephen Merchant ... Darren Lamb
Shaun Williamson ... Barry
Guy Henry ... Iain Morris
Martin Savage Martin Savage ... Damon Beesley
Shaun Pye ... Greg
Ian McKellen ... Ian McKellen
Liza Tarbuck ... Rita / Liza Tarbuck
Sarah Moyle Sarah Moyle ... Kimberley
Andrew Buckley ... Gobbler
Jamie Chapman ... Brains
Gerard Kelly ... Bunny
Jonathan Cake ... Steve Sherwood
Sarah Preston Sarah Preston ... Make-up Woman
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Andy's school mate Steve Sherwood visits him on set and inspires Darren to ask Maggie out on a date. Wanting to be recognized more for his acting abilities, Andy auditions for a new play directed by Sir Ian McKellen.

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Comedy | Drama

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 2007 (USA) See more »

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Goofs

When Andy Millman asks the make-up artist how her name is spelled she says, it's just the normal way.

But in an earlier episode the make up artist is listed in the credits of When the Whistle Blows as 'Anne'.

Anne could be spelled as Ann or Anne so she would have at least said, 'with an e'. See more »

Quotes

Ian McKellen: [shouting] George, can you get us some vaseline?
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Sir Ian McKellen
15 October 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

With Andy's sitcom being continually lambasted by the critics. Andy decides the play's the thing and he wants to show off his acting chops in the theatre.

Darren gets Andy a part in a play to be directed by Sir Ian McKellen. Only to Andy's dismay, this romantic play features a same sex gay relationship.

Andy is uncomfortable being involved in a gay play. It gets worse on the opening night, his old school friends arrive. Steve Sherwood never had issues in pulling the ladies and Andy resented being called gay by him. Now they will all see Andy being romantic with another man in a gay play.

Jonathan Cake plays the babe magnet Steve, the old school friend of Andy. I really liked how he played it straight especially when Andy's camp old pal Bunny showed up. I think Cake outshone the guest star Ian McKellen.

Both Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant turned up the dial in the embarrassing squirm factor regarding straight actors playing gay parts and being seen by family and friends.

Darren gets his own embarrassing mishap when he invites Maggie to his home for dinner.


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