New Ricky Gervais & Steven Merchant Comedy

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.