Ricky Gervais has cast off the cloak of humorous benevolence; the second series of his top ten podcast will no longer be free.
If you want to check out Season 2 of the Ricky Gervais Show you’ll be charged 95 pence a go, through Audible.co.uk or iTunes, or £3.75 for all four shows.
Since the first series was downloaded 2.9million times, Gervais and his cronies could be raking in £250,000 per episode.
They’re even cashing in on the backlog; from Tuesday 7th March, £2.75 will get you all 12 episodes of Season 1 – arguably the most downloaded Podcast of all time.
To our mind, podcasting is free, which is why it has become the phenomenon it has. We’re well aware of the commercial pressures on products like The Ricky Gervais Show, and we like to think that the artists themselves complained but were beaten down by men in suits.
Still, the good news is that Gervais’ ramblings just became an AudioBook, and so the free Stuff podcast just took one step further up the charts.
Season 2 of the Ricky Gervais Show will be available online from audible.co.uk and the iTunes music store from the 28th February. If you click here, you can sample the new show and, if impressed, sign up. For more information on Ricky Gervais’ podcasting antics click here.