Life's Too Short will air as a 30-minute pilot on BBC Two and will star Warwick Davis, who took the lead role in the movie Willow, as well as appearing in the Harry Potter films.
"It's a frustrating world, but an optimistic and warm one. This is a comedy where truth and big laughs sit side by side," said the BBC.
Ricky and comedy partner Stephen Merchant, who both created The Office and Extras, have written the show and will be executive producers. The pair will also have roles.
The show is billed as "an observation comedy" giving an insight into Warwick's daily life.
Warwick is also known for his role as Wicket The Ewok in Return Of The Jedi.
Ricky said: "We're having so much fun working with Warwick. Pound for pound he is one of the ...Read more
The three-time Golden Globe award winner joins previous winners John Cleese and Kelsey Grammer to receive his gong at the glitzy three-day Banff World Television Festival in Alberta, Canada, from June 13.
"This is probably the greatest honour of my career - only the Nobel Peace Prize can top this, but I will only accept that in person if the ceremony is held somewhere as beautiful as Banff; I think they Fedex, luckily," joked the funnyman.
Peter Vamos, executive director of the festival, said Ricky - who created award-winning series The Office and Extras - deserved the gong for being the most influential British comedian since Charlie Chaplin.
He added: "We could think of not one funny man so deserving of this prestigious award this year, than Ricky Gervais. The Office is the most critically acclaimed sitcom of all time and Gervais' worldwide influence in the ...Read more
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The Office and Extras star's animated television series is based on comedy podcasts and will hit the UK on Channel 4 in April.
The 13-episode first series, also created by Ricky's long-time collaborator, Stephen Merchant, and their friend, Karl Pilkington, debuted on HBO in February.
"Ricky's hilarious show has sparked a loyal and enthusiastic following that is growing steadily throughout the season, and we're happy to bring the show back for another season," said Michael Lombardo, president, Programming Group and West Coast Operations, HBO.
Production on the new episodes will begin later this year and they are due to air in 2011.
Ricky said: "With this second series we would have already done as many episodes as The Office and Extras put together.
"This can run and run as long as Karl remains a global village idiot."
Office cocreator Ricky Gervais' book series Flanimals is being made into a prime-time stop-motion animation show for Britain's ITV, the network's director of entertainment and comedy, Paul Jackson, said Tuesday.
The humorous fantasy creatures that go by the names of Clunge Ambler, Grundit, Puddloflaj, and Munty Flumple have proved to be best-sellers on both sides of the Atlantic.
They will star in six 30-minute episodes, written and narrated by the cocreator and star of The Office and Extras, that are expected to be ready to air by the end of 2007. The characters will be animated by ex-Aardman Animations pioneers Charles Mills and Terry Brain.
"This will go into the prime-time schedule; it's not just a children's show," Jackson said at a lunch hosted by the Broadcast Press Guild.
"This is Ricky's first major project since Extras," he said, adding that he hopes the relationship ...Read more
Martin Scorsese's 2005 documentary No Direction Home: Bob Dylan was the big winner at the 27th Banff Rockie Awards on Monday night, taking home the grand prize and the arts documentary prize at the Banff World Television Festival.
Scorsese's Dylan chronicle, which aired on the BBC and on public television in the United States, was chosen by an international jury led by chair Loren Mawhinney, a Canadian producer.
For the second straight year, British producers grabbed the bulk of trophies, beating out US producers during their traditional Banff Rockie award shoot-out.
British independent producers came away with seven Banff Rockie awards in all, either for programs the British produced on their own or as part of co-productions.
BBC 2's Extras: Kate Winslet grabbed the trophy for comedy, while BBC's Life on Mars earned the continuing series prize. And BBC 3's Mischief: A Dirty Weekend in ...Read more
The series stars Gervais as a struggling actor with delusions of grandeur, and it boasts high-profile guest stars such as Ben Stiller, Kate Winslet, and Samuel L. Jackson. This star power and the success of Gervais' previous hit show, The Office, prompted the BBC to schedule Extras on its largest station, the BBC1.
Gervais, however, demanded that the show be aired on the lower-profile BBC2 and has stated his refusal to write a second season if the change is not made. He believes that overexposure and a quick rise to hit status will surely ruin Extras, and he wants the series to win viewers' favor at a less hurried speed.
"The mainstream really scares me," Gervais declared. "All my favorite things ...Read more