Ricky Gervais says series Life's Too Short like Extras

10/11/11

Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais says his new "fake documentary" series is a cross between The Office and Extras.

The writer is playing himself in Life's Too Short, along with comedy partner Stephen Merchant and Warwick Davis.

"The joke is we are bothered by everyone we have ever worked with. People annoy us by asking if there will be any more Office or Extras," said Ricky Gervais.

The actor described the series as "more modern".

"The Office was one of those reflected quaint docusodes where normal people are thrust into the limelight for a while," he said.

"This is more of a modern documentary where C-list celebrities live their lives like an open wound and will do anything to get back on telly."

Cameo roles

The storyline is based around 3ft 6in (1.06m) actor Warwick Davis's, dwarfs-for-hire agency.

"Warwick Davis plays a twisted version of himself," he added.

He's [Johnny Depp] the bravest actor. He plays this strange bohemian, power-crazed actor. The joke is that he's doing a new film with director Tim Burton and he hires Warwick and it all goes wrong from there
Ricky Gervais on working with Johnny Depp

"His career is on the slide, he's going through a messy divorce with a massive tax bill.

"He's nasty and manipulative. He runs an agency for dwarfs but nicks all the best jobs for himself."

The BBC series sees guest appearances from Steve Carell, Helena Bonham Carter, Liam Neeson, Johnny Depp and Cat Deeley.

Ricky Gervais describes the episode featuring Johnny Depp.

"He's the bravest actor," he said. "He plays this strange bohemian, power-crazed actor.

"The joke is that he's doing a new film with director Tim Burton and he hires Warwick and it all goes wrong from there.

"There will also be some home-grown family, familiar faces from the Office and Extras."

Life's Too Short starts on BBC Two at 9.30pm on Wednesday 10 November.