David Brent:  Life on the road

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David Brent:  Life on the road


Thu, 18/08/2016 - 13:52


From desks to discs: Ricky Gervais in David Brent: Life on the Road
From desks to discs: Ricky Gervais in David Brent: Life on the Road
18 August, 2016

Certificate 12a

THE Office was a game-changing BBC 2 sitcom that has aged well: watch it again and it is as funny and touching and brilliant as it was when Ricky Gervais made it 15 years ago.

Ricky has said on numerous occasions he has moved on from the mockumentary series that made his name and would never go back to Wernham Hogg, the stationery salesmen’s office in Slough.

Yet he obviously didn’t rule out a big bucks film version, and for fans of the sitcom, it may be a welcome trip down memory lane.

Brent is now selling a range of cleaning products in his new job at a company called Lavichem. It’s a similar set-up to his previous occupation – set in a faceless business park in the Shires, he’s seen traipsing down ring roads to sell the most boring products imaginable.

But we also learn that, heady with his brush with fame from being the star of The Office, he has decided to blow his pension on taking his rock and roll band, Foregone Conclusion, on tour.

He takes two weeks’ unpaid leave and goes with his backing group to do gigs in various pubs and clubs, offering a situation for Gervais’s own brand of humour to prance about through.

Gervais is, as ever, brilliant with the tics and foibles of the character we love.

But it falls down as the jokes become repetitive – every scene is essentially about what a total wally the lead character is – and it feels very much like a rehashed greatest hits of David Brent.

To make matters worse, some parts are cringingly unfunny. It isn’t a case of laughing with or at – it is a case of just not laughing at all.

It would be a much better use of your time – and money – to buy The Office box set and watch Brent when he was at the top of his game.

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