Stephen Merchant’s ‘Hello Ladies’ releases first trailer – watch

HBO series loosely based on 'The Office' co-creator's 2011 stand-up

The first teaser trailer for Stephen Merchant‘s Hello Ladies has been released – you can watch it by scrolling down the page and clicking ‘play’.

The short, 20-second clip sees Stuart, played by Merchant, and his friend Wade (Nate Torrance) awkwardly attempt to chat up two women in a bar, and somehow bring up abortion as the topic of conversation.

Hello Ladies, which is loosely based on Merchant’s 2011 stand-up of the same name, is directed by the Extras creator. He shares the writing credits with Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, who both co-wrote NBC’s version of the Office.

The series will run for an initial eight episodes on HBO this September, but there is currently no news on whether the show, which follows Stuart as he attempts to woo the beautiful ladies of Los Angeles, will be picked up by a UK network.