The NME Show

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.


The NME Radio Show was a one-off programme by Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington. It was recorded on Thursday 5th June in London and premiered on Monday 9th June 2008, 12pm (BST). The two-hour radio show was part of the test transmissions for the new radio station NME Radio.

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