The Fight

Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant returned to XFM, the alternative London-based radio station in September 2001 after the first series of The Office had been broadcast. Due to the phenomenal success of the show, Ricky was important enough to now be given his own producer, one Karl Pilkington. Although Karl was hired to just "press the buttons", Ricky and Steve got him involved more and more with the show over the subsequent weeks and soon became fascinated with his personal life, unconventional childhood and ridiculous stories. By the end of the first season Karl had become a crucial part of the show's success.


Karl holds forth on what his approach would be to teaching. He throws out a few examples of provocative discussion topics including a dishwasher being found on Mars and dinosaurs as a form of population control. Questions from fans lead to a discussion about the viability of changing the length of a day. Stephen reads from Karl’'s diary, highlighting observations about whistling, worried ducks and a different kind of doppelganger. In Monkey News: A man with failing eye sight who ends up at a chimp doctor.