12 September 2010

New Ricky Gervais & Steven Merchant Comedy

The Beeb have given the greenlight to a new series from Ricky Gervais and Steven Merchant. Called Life’s Too Short, it’s going to star Star Wars, Harry Potter and Willow actor Warwick Davies as himself. Gervais describes it as “another naturalist observational comedy, dealing with everyday problems, human foibles and social faux pas... but with a dwarf." Obviously…

Nicely timed announcement by the Beeb too. Just in time for journalists to ask the pair about the series as they do PR for their upcoming new Sky1 show,
An Idiot Abroad (which starts 23 September).

The full BBC press release is pasted below...

Life's Too Short

Following on from the pilot of Life's Too Short, BBC Two Controller, Janice Hadlow, and Cheryl Taylor, Controller, BBC Comedy Commissioning, have today announced a six-part series to be filmed next year.
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, creators of award-winning series The Office and Extras, have already begun writing six 30-minute single-camera episodes for BBC in-house Comedy. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant will also make an appearance as themselves.
As with the pilot, the series centres on
Warwick Davis – whose credits include Star Wars and the Harry Potter series – and who is one of Britain's pre-eminent dwarf actors. It is an observational comedy following Warwick's day-to-day frustrations, but still managing to find the optimism and warmth in a small world where big things happen.
Ricky Gervais said: "Third in our trilogy of TV sitcoms, Life's Too Short is another naturalist observational comedy, dealing with everyday problems, human foibles and social faux pas... but with a dwarf."
Warwick Davis said: "I am absolutely thrilled that the BBC has 'green-lit' the first series of Life's Too Short. For me, it is my dream acting job. I will be collaborating with the very best in the business – the BBC, who produce the finest television in the world, and Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, who are without doubt the best comedy writer/directors there are (they've won a couple of awards!)."
Mark Freeland, Head of BBC in-house Comedy, said: "Warwick Davis has done it all – blockbuster movies, books... but never starred in a comedy series on BBC Two, written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. But that's about to change and it's incredibly exciting."
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant will direct as well as being the executive producers. BBC's Head of Comedy, Mark Freeland will also be an executive producer. The series will be produced by
Charlie Hanson with Michelle Farr.

Seven Days

Channel 4 are trying something slightly different next week. They’re punting out a fast-reaction docu series called Seven Days about “some of Notting Hill’s most colourful characters” but they’re setting it up so that viewers can interact with the characters online. Yes, the title they’ve given this service – Chat Nav – is cringeworthy, but the idea is still an interesting one. We’ve pasted the press release and trailer below…

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SEVEN DAYS

Wednesday 22 September 2010, 10pm, Channel 4 - www.channel4.com/sevendays
 
Follow the interwoven lives of some of Notting Hill's most colourful characters, in the documentary series where what you see has only just happened. An outspoken hairdresser, a budding rapper, two glamorous models, a single mother, a student, two pet therapists, a flamboyant restaurateur and many more, all with stories to tell and decisions to make. What have they been doing in the last seven days? 
 
And here is a bit more info on the interactive side of the show.
 
Combining not only up to the minute documentary footage that's filmed, edited and on air in just Seven Days the 8 part series includes ground breaking online interactivity at its core. Through a unique offering called Chat Nav that combines digital and social media the Seven Days audience will be able to communicate with, and influence how, the real people of Notting Hill live their everyday lives by interacting with them at www.channel4.com/sevendays
 
Using specially created components the site aggregates all media activity and packages it up so that the people on screen will be able to see, and act on, what the people at home say about them.