« Shows | The Original Ricky Gervais Show (1998) on XFM
Xfm Series 0 refers to the original Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant show on the pre-takeover Xfm. The show was broadcast from January to August 1998 from 4pm to 6pm on Sundays, and was followed by The X-Rated Review Show presented by Lawrie Hallett (who Ricky and Steve called 'Rory Halibut'). These shows were before both the creation of The Office and the duo meeting Karl Pilkington and as such the show was mostly filled with their own anecdotes and attempts to interact with the audience. Unlike the later XFM shows, many of these featured a lot of pre-recorded content such as jingles, fake adverts and phone calls to Ricky's mother. Only a few known recordings of the original shows exist. In August 1998, Ricky and Steve took voluntary redundancy after the Capital Radio Group bought out Xfm.
In December 2008, a new member to Pilkipedia, Jezoc, shared material from four different cassette tapes of Ricky and Steve's Xfm shows that he recorded from the live broadcasts during the summer of 1998.
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