Ricky Gervais will bring his comedic character David Brent back to the BBC for one night only in honour of Children In Need.
Introduced in 2001 as the lead character in the Gervais and Stephen Merchant-created The Office, the comedy series ran for 12 episode and two specials on the BBC between 2001 and 2003. Gervais reprise the role for this year’s Brent film, Life On The Road.
As the Radio Times reports, Gervais will appear as Brent for the BBC’s annual televised charity night Children In Need, which airs this year on November 18. While Gervais will not be present during the live broadcast, he will record his segment – in character as Brent performing the title track from the aforementioned film – on November 16.
Children In Need’s executive producer Paul Weight said: “The Children in Need Appeal Show is over the moon to welcome mega star David Brent to sing his heart out and help raise money for disadvantaged children throughout the UK.”
You can apply for tickets for the recording of the performance, which is being staged at Elstree Studios, here.
Back in August, Gervais curated a playlist of David Brent’s favourite songs.
Writing as Brent, he said of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Streets Of Philadelphia’: “Even though this is a song about a bloke slowly dying of Aids, Bruce keeps it upbeat and catchy. That’s why he’s the boss.”