Life’s Too Short by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant – coming to BBC Two!

by Lisa McGarry

Following on from the pilot of Life’s Too Short, BBC Two 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 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.”