Stephen Merchant presents new show for BBC 6 Music
Stephen Merchant, Emmy and three-times Bafta award-winning writer, director and
actor, is set to start a new music show on BBC 6 Music in the New Year.
The show will go out on Sundays from 3 to 5pm starting on Sunday 14 January 2007.
Merchant is best known for creating The Office and Extras with Ricky Gervais.
Stephen Merchant says: "When I was a teenager I used to run a mobile disco for
weddings and birthdays, so DJ'ing is in my blood.
"The 6 Music show will be all
about the music - I love making people listen to the tunes that excite me - but
obviously if things are not working, I'll just stick on C'mon Eileen."
Lesley Douglas, Controller, Radio 2 and 6 Music, says: "Stephen Merchant is a great
talent - his wit, warmth and love of music makes him a perfect presenter for 6
"I am delighted that he has agreed to join us, I have long admired his work
on radio... and, like everyone else, I do, of course, love him in The Office and more
As co-creator, co-writer and co-director of The Office, Stephen has won numerous
awards including three Baftas, three British Comedy Awards, a Golden Globe and an
Emmy for the US show.
In the most recent Merchant-Gervais sitcom, the critically acclaimed Extras, shown
earlier this year on BBC Two, Merchant starred as Darren Lamb, the incompetent agent
of Andy Millman (Gervais).
Merchant's first passion was music radio, having hosted shows on university radio
before doing time as a breakfast DJ in his hometown of Bristol.
He later co-presented a popular radio show for Xfm in London with Ricky Gervais and Karl
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