'Meet Ricky Gervais' (2000)
Based on his success on The 11 O’Clock Show, Gervais landed his own show, Meet Ricky Gervais, also on Channel 4. Combining celebrity interviews and game show elements, the show was a commercial bomb and sputtered out after one season. "It was a mistake to use my own name. I thought people would understand that I was playing a character. I should have called myself Billy Bigot. Some people really did seem to think that I thought famine was a good thing, and so on," Gervais has since said about his obnoxious heightened style. It was during the show’s run that Gervais and Merchant wrote what would become his break-through project, The Office.