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Gervais and Merchant's new project: Life's Too Short

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David Thair | 11:00 UK time, Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Exciting news, hot out of the press office:

'Janice Hadlow, Controller, BBC Two & Cheryl Taylor, Controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning, have commissioned Life's Too Short, a 30 min, single camera comedy pilot from BBC In House Comedy, written by the creators of The Office and Extras, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

The show centres around Warwick Davis, Britain's pre-eminent dwarf actor and star of box office hit movies such as Star Wars, Willow and Harry Potter. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant will also appear on screen in minor roles.

Life's Too Short is an observation comedy which follows Warwick's day-to-day life in a small world where big things happen. It's a frustrating world, but an optimistic and warm one. This is a comedy where truth and big laughs sit side by side.

Gervais said: "We're having so much fun working with Warwick. Pound for pound he is one of the funniest men I know"

Says Janice Hadlow, Controller BBC Two: "I'm very excited to see the return of Ricky and Stephen to BBC Two, but also to welcome Warwick Davis, a great talent, to the channel. Experimenting with innovative, broad appeal comedy projects are an important part of BBC Two's plans for the future."   

The pilot will be produced by Charlie Hanson with Michelle Farr. It will be Executive Produced by Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant with Mark Freeland.'

Warwick with Merchant and Gervais
Warwick, Steven and Ricky on the set of Extras.


  • Comment number 1.

    Like The Office, Extras is so fully realized that they could do it all in just 2 seasons. I thought the Extras Christmas Special was a masterpiece of wrapping up everything, yet stood beautifully on its own as a film. Ricky and Stephen are a force to be reckoned with.
    An easy bet is that Life's Too Short will be wonderful.

  • Comment number 2.

    I would love to know when this will air as it looks and sounds really good


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