'The Office' character will return in BBC film 'Life on the Road'
Ricky Gervais will resurrect Slough paper merchant David Brent for a big screen outing backed by BBC Films. The character last appeared in BBC2’s ‘The Office’ more than a decade ago but will return in mockumentary Life on the Road.
Gervais has recently brought the character back for one-off appearances on Comic Relief and a series of spoof guitar tutorials on YouTube but a BBC press release reveals it’s been 15 years since Brent’s redundancy from his beloved Wernham Hogg:
“He’s a sales rep now, selling cleaning products up and down the country, but has never really given up on his dream of being a rock star.”
Set to follow Brent’s self-funded UK tour, cinemagoers will see the self-deluded character believing the doc will be remembered like “Scorcese shooting The Rolling Stones” for Shine a Light.
However, Brent ends up having to “cash in a couple of pensions because the session musicians in the band are costing him more than he’s getting in ticket sales”.
The film will shoot next year and echoes the gigs Gervais has performed in character as Brent with his band Foregone Conclusion rolling out ‘hits’ from the TV show alongside new material.
Watch Gervais/Brent performing Life on the Road on Richard Bacon’s BBC Radio 5 show: