Xfm Series 1

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Xfm Series 1

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.

Although the series began in September 2001, the earliest show in circulation is 10 November 2001. There are 23 shows from Xfm Series 1 in circulation and each show has an individual page detailing its contents. They can be accessed by clicking the 'Title' (date) of each show.

List of Episodes

Title Xfm Label Season Download #
Xfm.gif 10 November 2001 n/a Xfm Series 1 Download Page 1
This show is the earliest known recording of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant on Xfm following their return to the station after the Capital Group takeover.
Xfm.gif 17 November 2001 n/a Xfm Series 1 Download Page 2
Steve's animal trivia about birds with penises leads to an afternoon of euphemisms and double entendres, much to Karl's chagrin.
Xfm.gif 24 November 2001 n/a Xfm Series 1 Download Page 3
It's Stephen Merchant's birthday. Both he and Ricky are hung over after going out (separately) the previous night.
Xfm.gif 01 December 2001 n/a Xfm Series 1 Download Page 4
Karl: Well...like, when you're born, you're a little baby, you're wrinkly and stuff, when you get older you sort of morph into a baby again.
Xfm.gif 08 December 2001 n/a Xfm Series 1 Download Page 5
Karl talks about his mobile disco.
Xfm.gif 15 December 2001 n/a Xfm Series 1 Download Page 6
Features Ricky's song "Dont cry, it's Christmas" - also, Jonathan Ross stops by and whips out his famous member. Karl wants to know what gem the Pope wears, but then he loses the printoff and can't answer.
Xfm.gif 22 December 2001 n/a Xfm Series 1 Download Page 7
Ricky and Steve discuss Christmas presents and the Bionic Man.
Xfm.gif 12 January 2002 The Early Years Ep. 1 Xfm Series 1 Download Page 8
Steve discusses the drawbacks of being 6´ 7´´ tall, and Karl reveals the origin of baguettes.
Xfm.gif 19 January 2002 The Early Years Ep. 2 Xfm Series 1 Download Page 9
Steve and Ricky talk about driving incidents. Karl tells a story about ghosts he heard from a program called "Mr. Exorcist" involving a depressed budgie. Ricky invites the listeners to send in their questions for Karl.
Xfm.gif 26 January 2002 The Early Years Ep. 3 Xfm Series 1 Download Page 10
Karl informs Ricky and Steve how much it costs to run the Tube escalators 20 hours a day.
Xfm.gif 09 February 2002 The Early Years Ep. 4 Xfm Series 1 Download Page 11
Steve complains about people talking on phones in cinemas, but Karl gets the better of him.
Xfm.gif 16 February 2002 The Early Years Ep. 5 Xfm Series 1 Download Page 12
Ricky talks about feng shui and tries to get Karl to say one of the gods (FUK)
Xfm.gif 23 February 2002 The Early Years Ep. 6 Xfm Series 1 Download Page 13
Karl reveals he never went to receive his GCSE results
Xfm.gif 02 March 2002 The Early Years Ep. 7 Xfm Series 1 Download Page 14
Karl receives his GCSE result, and talks about this classmates from school including his pet, Maggie the magpie.
Xfm.gif 09 March 2002 The Early Years Ep. 8 Xfm Series 1 Download Page 15
Karl's homework: read all about Che Guevara; White Van Karl; Karl's brother; Karl in "Little Donkey"; Elephant woman.
Xfm.gif 16 March 2002 The Early Years Ep. 9 Xfm Series 1 Download Page 16
Karl in Heat; Karl's homework: Hitler; White Van Karl: Will Young, police protest, privacy laws; Attaching 6000 balloons to Karl.
Xfm.gif 23 March 2002 The Early Years Ep. 10 Xfm Series 1 Download Page 17
Ricky wants to have Karl lifted up in the air by balloons. Ricky teaches Karl about fables.
Xfm.gif 30 March 2002 The Early Years Ep. 11 Xfm Series 1 Download Page 18
Karl's homework: Aesop's Fables. Ricky in trouble for coarse sexual innuendo.
Xfm.gif 06 April 2002 n/a Xfm Series 1 Download Page 19
Episode with the now famous, or infamous, White Van Karl links containing the "Horse in the House" story, Karl selling little snippings of flowers for charity, and the Sainsbury tins "that'll be interesting for Meatballs" finalé.
Xfm.gif 13 April 2002 n/a Xfm Series 1 Download Page 20
Karl's dad puts a Forrest Gump In A Wheelie Bin.
Xfm.gif 20 April 2002 n/a Xfm Series 1 Download Page 21
Karl does impressions; Karl beats Ricky at lateral puzzles and "goes a bit mental" over it.
Xfm.gif 27 April 2002 The Early Years Ep. 12 Xfm Series 1 Download Page 22
The boys return from the BAFTAs; they talk about urban myths.
Xfm.gif 04 May 2002 n/a Xfm Series 1 Download Page 23
Last episode in the series. Karl's Room 101

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Series 0   |   Series 1   |   Series 2   |   Series 3   |   Series 4
Presenters Ricky Gervais | Stephen Merchant | Karl Pilkington
Others Claire Sturgess | Ian Camfield | Simon Pegg | Nick Frost
Features Monkey News | Rockbusters | Song For The Ladies | Song For The Lovers
Hip-Hop Hooray | Cheap as Chimps | White Van Karl | Songs of Phrase
Cheeky Freak of the Week | Do We Need 'Em? | More...
Downloads Xfm Series 1 | Xfm Series 2 | Xfm Series 3 | Xfm Series 4 |
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