10 November 2001

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Xfm Series 1
November 2001 - May 2002
List of episodes


  1. 10 November 2001 (Transcript)
  2. 17 November 2001 (Transcript)
  3. 24 November 2001 (Transcript)
  4. 01 December 2001 (Transcript)
  5. 08 December 2001 (Transcript)
  6. 15 December 2001 (Transcript)
  7. 22 December 2001 (Transcript)
  8. 12 January 2002 (Transcript) Early Years Ep.1
  9. 19 January 2002 (Transcript) Early Years Ep.2
  10. 26 January 2002 (Transcript) Early Years Ep.3
  11. 09 February 2002 (Transcript) Early Years Ep.4
  12. 16 February 2002 (Transcript) Early Years Ep.5
  13. 23 February 2002 (Transcript) Early Years Ep.6
  14. 02 March 2002 (Transcript) Early Years Ep.7
  15. 09 March 2002 (Transcript) Early Years Ep.8
  16. 16 March 2002 (Transcript) Early Years Ep.9
  17. 23 March 2002 (Transcript) Early Years Ep.10
  18. 30 March 2002 (Transcript) Early Years Ep.11
  19. 06 April 2002 (Transcript) Early Years Ep.12
  20. 13 April 2002 (Transcript)
  21. 20 April 2002 (Transcript)
  22. 27 April 2002 (Transcript)
  23. 04 May 2002 (Transcript)

10 November 2001 is the earliest show recording of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant on Xfm following their return to the station after the Capital Group takeover. The recorded show is incomplete, accounting for just 20 minutes of the 2 hour show. The series began several weeks before this episode, including the 06 October 2001 episode in which producer Karl Pilkington forgot to turn the microphones on.

Track Listing

For a full transcript of this episode see 10 November 2001/Transcript.

1. Fly and Dope (0:00:00)

Ricky and Steve start the show with a hi-5.

2. Ricky's Film Review (0:00:33)

Ricky continues to review the latest films with The Jungle Book (1968). He gives it "9 out of 5".
Song For The Lovers: The Smiths - Last Night I Dreamt Somebody Loved Me (00:02:14)

3. Lonely Steve (0:02:27)

Steve gets jealous when he overhears a tramp talking about his girlfriend. But things become more embittered when Steve asks about Karl's relationship and Karl gets defensive.

4. Schindler's Lifts (0:06:12)

Ricky is impressed with the noise the microphone spring makes, while photographers for X-Ray magazine take pictures in the studio. Steve sets a competition for tickets for The Fall at Kentish Town Forum tonight. Steve wonders if Schindler's Lifts has anything to do with Oscar Schindler.

5. Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show Ad (0:10:03)

...Ben Elton appeared to have overdosed on the arsehole tablets that morning.

6. Polaroids (0:10:39)

Ricky and Steve look at the photographer's test snaps and are forced to contemplate the reality of their looks. Ricky confesses he was mistaken for Johnny Vegas earlier. Ricky then wonders if Armitage Shanks should be investigated by the Monopoly and Mergers Commission.

7. Criticizing Steve (0:12:59)

Ricky says he likes U2. Steve finishes The Fall tickets competition. Steve says Noel Edmonds is utterly doomed, while Ricky thinks he's going to make a big comeback... Ricky then wonders why the show has gone so bad. Steve says it's because Ricky and Karl keep having a go at him, but Ricky says that his and Karl's criticism is constructive.

8. I Love The First Hour (0:15:47)

Ricky and Steve further lament the decline of the show since it began all those minutes ago.
Hip-Hop Hooray: Ice Cube - Today Was a Good Day (0:16:50)

9. Saturday Night Steve (0:17:24)

Steve gets excited about later, when he will be drinking weak lager at home and will probably masturbate twice before going to bed alone.


Ricky: You sort of look normal but I wouldn't really want to wind you up to the point of frenzy. (0:04:32)

Karl: I was walking home the other night, and I was thinking about it, and do you worry that when you're old you will be on your own?
Steve: Well, Karl, I'm glad you've brought this up, because for me, I mean, a lightweight frothy entertainment show, on Xfm, on a Saturday afternoon, is exactly the place where I want to discuss the desperate lonely future that's inevitably coming my way. (0:05:33)


  • Karl mentions that he's been seeing Suzanne for seven years. (0:04:16)
  • The answer to the competition question, "Which Radio 1 personality used to be a member of The Fall?", was never revealed, although the winners were. The answer is Marc "Lard" Riley, co-presenter of the Mark Radcliffe show. (0:13:28)
  • Steve says he's known Ricky for 3 years. (0:15:42)


Princess Superstar - Untouchable (Part 1)
PJ Harvey - This is Love
Song For The Lovers: The Smiths - Last Night I Dreamt Somebody Loved Me
Embrace – Make it Last
Hives – Main Offender
Radiohead - Paranoid Android
U2 - Walk On
Groove Armada – Super Stylin'
Hip-Hop Hooray: Ice Cube - It Was a Good Day
Song For The Ladies: Aimee Mann – Wise Up

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