IT Crowd’s Richard Ayoade heads to ‘The Crystal Maze’

There is now joy in Mudville today and, yes, Virginia there is a Santa Clause as Channel 4 has finally confirmed that the brilliant 90s classic, The Crystal Maze, will return for a 20-part series beginning in 2017. Originally hosted by the greatness of Richard O’Brien (Rocky Horror Picture Show), the newest incarnation will see former IT Crowd star […]

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Stephen Merchant wishes America a Happy 4th of July…sort of.

As co-writer and co-director of BBC’s The Office, Stephen Merchant is best known for his collaborations with Ricky Gervais. The British writer, director, radio presenter, stand-up comedian and actor added a London West-End appearance last July to his CV with his first play, The Mentalists by Richard Bean, alongside Steffan Rhodri at the Wyndham Theatre. Known for his brilliant command of the English language, […]

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Stephen Merchant answers the burning question: “What if the British won?”

As co-writer and co-director of BBC’s The Office, Stephen Merchant is best known for his collaborations with Ricky Gervais. The British writer, director, radio presenter, stand-up comedian and actor has, just recently, added a London West-End appearance to his CV with his first play, The Mentalists by Richard Bean alongside Steffan Rhodri at the Wyndham Theatre. Known for his brilliant command […]

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The Office UK – Happy 10th!

Somehow, I had the strange feeling as I was beginning to write this that I was starting the lyrics to Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (you know, “It was 20 years ago today that Sgt Pepper taught the band to play…”). Ok, not quite, but it WAS 10 years ago today that the world (well, […]

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Dunder-Mifflen to hire David Brent?

Fresh from his brilliant stint as host of the 2011 Golden Globes, word is that Ricky Gervais, alias, David Brent, has had enough of Michael Scott and is set to show everyone at Dunder-Mifflen just how it’s done at the Wernham Hogg Paper Company in Slough. While Gervais has, for seven seasons, retained the executive producer […]

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Ricky Gervais gets 'out of The Office'

The brilliance of The Office ranks right up there with the genius of Fawlty Towers in the fact there were only 12 episodes (plus, two 45-minutes specials) ever produced. Since quitting the Wernham Hogg Paper Company and leaving the world of David Brent and his life in Slough, Berkshire behind, Ricky Gervais has been a busy, […]

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Gervais & Merchant take on the big screen with Cemetery Junction

Office co-creators/writers Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant take the leap to the big screen with their upcoming film, Cemetery Junction, scheduled for an April 2010 release in the U.K. Unfortunately, no scheduled release date set as of yet in the United States. Taking place in 1970’s England, Gervais describes the film as a ‘coming of age’ […]

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