WATCH: First Look At Ricky Gervais In The New Muppets Movie

Ricky Gervais, Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog in 'Muppets Most Wanted'

Ricky Gervais, Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog in ‘Muppets Most Wanted’

The full story of the mutually-besotted relationship between the Muppets and the UK is one that takes in the TV studios in which the classic series was filmed (Elstree in North London), the various talents brought in as special guests (John Cleese, Glenda Jackson, Bruce Forsyth), the great British songs that Muppets have sung, and the fact that it was commissioned and created in London, for the British TV mogul Lew Grade.

So you can see Ricky Gervais’s involvement in the new Muppet movie, the second in the revitalised franchise, as part of a long tradition. Sadly he does not appear to be vocally represented within this, the first teaser trailer for Muppets Most Wanted, but hey, we still get to see Tina Fey as a prison camp guard, and it’s not as if you watch a Muppet movie to see the humans.

Do you suppose the “Moves Like Jagger” bit is set in London, perhaps?

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 13 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Music.

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.

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