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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. Earlier in the year Ricky and Steve had written and directed the first series of their sitcom The Office. It was broadcast in July 2001 to critical acclaim and the success of the sitcom was thought to have been a factor in Xfm's re-hiring of Ricky and Steve. Further evidence of their success could be seen in the fact that Xfm had given them a producer, unlike their old Xfm show which they had had to produce themselves. Their new producer was a laconic, round-headed Mancunian by the name of Karl Pilkington, who was originally an off-air producer. However, Ricky and Steve found his contributions hilarious and with their encouragement Karl got steadily 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.

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The Ricky Gervais Show on XFM, Series 1

Episode 1 Aired 10 November 2001

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.


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The Ricky Gervais Show on XFM, Series 1

Episode 2 Aired 17 November 2001

17 November 2001 opens with Ricky joking about Karl turning their microphones on because on the 06 October 2001 episode, Karl forgot to turn the microphones on.


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The Ricky Gervais Show on XFM, Series 1

Episode 3 Aired 24 November 2001

24 November 2001 and it's Steve Merchant's birthday. Both he and Ricky are hungover after going out (separately) the previous night.


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The Ricky Gervais Show on XFM, Series 1

Episode 4 Aired 01 December 2001

Today's show is all about things that are dying out, That Film Sounds Good debuts as a feature, and Karl is officially established by Ricky as the third member of the team, much to Steve's dismay.


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The Ricky Gervais Show on XFM, Series 1

Episode 5 Aired 08 December 2001

The 08 December 2001 show is all about embarrassing anecdotes and music of questionable quality.


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The Ricky Gervais Show on XFM, Series 1

Episode 6 Aired 15 December 2001

Ricky and Steve face off in a quiz hosted by Karl, Jonathan Ross pops in, and then pops himself out and Ricky does his last ever film review.


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The Ricky Gervais Show on XFM, Series 1

Episode 7 Aired 22 December 2001

Claire sits in for Karl and is equally as gormless as the boys discuss all things Christmas.


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The Ricky Gervais Show on XFM, Series 1

Episode 8 Aired 12 January 2002

A fire breaks out in the Xfm building, Karl explains the history of the baguette and Ricky describes his brief encounter with "The Fizz".


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The Ricky Gervais Show on XFM, Series 1

Episode 9 Aired 19 January 2002

Ricky and Steve recount embarrassing personal stories, Karl gets opinionated and the idea for 'White Van Karl' is born.


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The Ricky Gervais Show on XFM, Series 1

Episode 10 Aired 26 January 2002

The boys discuss Steve's thriftiness, dying on a rainy day, selected facts from Steve's book, America and crabs.


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The Ricky Gervais Show on XFM, Series 1

Episode 11 Aired 09 February 2002

Special use for Jaffa Cakes, Karl's holiday tales, things that annoy Steve, some earnest Pop Idol chat and an hilarious combine harvester mishap.


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The Ricky Gervais Show on XFM, Series 1

Episode 12 Aired 16 February 2002

Please welcome to the stage... Ricky, Steve and Karl. The lads discuss rubbish band names, big-headed lads and feng shui.


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The Ricky Gervais Show on XFM, Series 1

Episode 13 Aired 23 February 2002

Some posh lads come as part of a scavenger hunt, Karl struggles to remember Mogwai, but... speaks English quite good.


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The Ricky Gervais Show on XFM, Series 1

Episode 14 Aired 02 March 2002

The grand revealing of Karl's GCSE results, results in disappointment, educational plans and nostalgia.


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The Ricky Gervais Show on XFM, Series 1

Episode 15 Aired 09 March 2002

The lads talk about 'Frog Men', Che Guevara, Little Donkey & Mark Pilkington's tank.


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