Delving into the extraordinary and often highly amusing world of extras in the UK, this series promises to lift the lid on what really goes on behind the doors of one of the biggest extras agencies in the UK, The Casting Suite, and the clients that use them. From Page 3 wannabes to successful models and ageing transvestites to bulky body builders, whoever you want they can provide. The series features eccentrics and one-off characters as they embarrass, astound, shock and entertain us through auditions for every imaginable vacancy. But for some, being an extra isn’t all it’s cracked up to be; dressed as a mascot on the hottest day of August or selling car insurance isn’t exactly living the life of an A-List celeb.
Some of the characters we encounter range from part-time extras who just want to earn a bit more cash, to career driven wannabe-actors who will do anything to get to the top. The Real Extras also exposes just what life on set is really like – from standing in the Queen Vic pub on the Eastenders set all afternoon to smiling for the fiftieth time whilst chasing the Andrex puppy for a toilet roll commercial. The extras are open, honest and frank about their lives and jobs and what the future holds for them. With the veterans and new talent all vying for the same jobs, the claws are out and competition is fierce. Not everyone can get the part, and tears are shed. The Real Extras showcases some of Britain’s top talent – the only problem is, can life at the bottom ever be as good as life at the top?