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 is a British writer, broadcaster and the the author of the book Stuff Brits Like. He is Anglophenia's resident Brit blogger, having written BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog, the Top of the Pops website, and for NME, the Guardian and elsewhere. Favorite topics include slang, Doctor Who and cramming as much music into Anglophenia as he can manage. He invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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