Why Extras had Annie in stitches
SExtras Christmas Special UK TV (Foxtel), Friday, 4pm British comedy classic Duration: 1 hour INGER Annie Lennox watched the Christmas edition of Extras and fell about laughing, especially at a scene where Andy Millman (Ricky Gervais) met George Michael, who was moaning about having to do community service.
Michael said in the show he copped the community order for raising the ire of Lennox.
Lennox, who lives in a five-storey house in London’s plush Notting Hill, explains: ‘‘George moved next door a few years ago and was always putting his rubbish out at the wrong time. It would lie there for days. His bins were a real eyesore.
‘‘I felt he was taking down the tone of the neighbourhood. I went to complain to him, but got his housekeeper instead.
‘‘Soon afterwards George moved out. Maybe I scared him off. That’s why I found Extras so funny. It was George’s way of getting back at me.’’
Lennox also found herself agreeing with Gervais’s rant against celebrities in the Extras episode.
‘‘Celebrity has become a huge industry,’’ she says. ‘‘Even B-list and C-list celebrities can make a lot of money. It seems we love to see ordinary people do well, then we get resentful and jealous about it. Then we like watching them going into rehab— it’s voyeuristic. We all have that streak, though.
‘‘Look at Amy Winehouse. The focus is now on her struggles with her demons. That has now surpassed her music, which is strange because I think she is phenomenal. The interest in Amy is will she or won’t she die — it’s not about her music any more.’’
Lennox, 53, in a 25-year career has sold 80 million records with pop duo Eurythmics and as a solo artist.
Her face is known all over the world, but she insists she’s no celebrity.
‘‘You don’t see me turning up to every red-carpet event, do you?
‘‘Just to be famous for famous’s sake is a dodgy place to be, because once it’s over there’s nothing sadder than being the last one at the party. Suddenly you don’t know who your friends are.’’