Xfm Shows

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Xfm Shows

Xfm Shows: From 2001 to 2005, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington broadcast nearly 100 radio shows on Xfm, of which 92 had been recorded. This page gives summary information on all four series of the Xfm Shows and links to more in depth pages about the shows' content.



Despite Ricky Gervais occasionally calling the programme The Ricky Gervais Show on air, there is uncertainty as to whether that's its official title. In listings guides the radio show was often simply called Ricky Gervais, but this is presumably for the sake of concision. On official Xfm advertising from the time the show is referred to as Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant. The show is still referred to as Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant, and sometimes The Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant Show, on the official Xfm site.


Xfm Series 1

Main Article: Xfm Series 1

Xfm Series 1 ran from September 2001 to May 2002 and marked the return of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant to their former employers, Xfm following the Capital Group takeover in 1998. Karl Pilkington joined them as producer and steadily became more involved. The development of Ricky and Steve's relationship with Karl was apparent over the course of the series, and by the end Karl had become an essential part of the show.

Xfm Series 2

Main Article: Xfm Series 2

Xfm Series 2 saw Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant return after filming the second series of The Office, and Karl Pilkington was back having recently produced Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's Xfm show.

Xfm Series 3

Main Article: Xfm Series 3

Xfm Series 3 began with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant fresh from filming The Office Christmas specials. Meanwhile, Karl has gone back on his promise never to do another radio show with Ricky and Steve again because he's managed to get Mondays off.

Xfm Series 4

Main Article: Xfm Series 4

This time Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant had just finished making Extras. Highlights of this short run included Karl confessing he doesn't have medical check-ups for fear of the "finger up the arse" test, the first on air discussion about an accusation of Karl being invented by Ricky and Steve, and the story of Ricky and Karl's golfing adventures. The series ended with a shorter-than-usual show, as Ricky had to go to Live8 to introduce R.E.M.

Series 0   |   Series 1   |   Series 2   |   Series 3   |   Series 4
Presenters Ricky Gervais | Stephen Merchant | Karl Pilkington
Others Claire Sturgess | Ian Camfield | Simon Pegg | Nick Frost
Features Monkey News | Rockbusters | Song For The Ladies | Song For The Lovers
Hip-Hop Hooray | Cheap as Chimps | White Van Karl | Songs of Phrase
Cheeky Freak of the Week | Do We Need 'Em? | More...
Downloads Xfm Series 1 | Xfm Series 2 | Xfm Series 3 | Xfm Series 4 |