WATCH: Ricky Gervais’s On-Set Trailer For ‘Life’s Too Short’

Warwick Davis, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant

Fresh details have emerged about Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s new series, the follow-up to Extras and The Office, which will be hitting BBC screens later this year.

The show is called Life’s Too Short, and it’s another mock-documentary set in the media world. This time, the star is the dwarf actor Warwick Davis, who you’ll have seen in the Harry Potter films, Willow, or even Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (assuming your eyes can penetrate Ewok-skin).

He plays Warwick Davis , a dwarf actor who runs a booking agency for dwarf actors, called Dwarves For Hire, but takes all the plum roles for himself. Naturally Warwick isn’t being himself, but he presents himself as an ego-driven, underhand sort of actor, desperate for fame, but thwarted by his own shortsightedness. His only reason for doing the documentary, for example. is an imminent tax bill.

Here’s a special filmed message from Ricky, on the set:

Want to play Where’s Waldo? with the cameo appearances there? OK, GO!

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2. He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage. Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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