Ricky Gervais has revealed plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of BBC comedy series, ‘The Office’.
The 59-year-old starred as David Brent in the hit TV show and recently shared his hopes to get pop stars and famous musicians on board to mark the occasion. After twenty years since The Office first aired on BBC TV in 2001, Ricky told supporters and fans alike that he wants these artists to cover David Brent’s songs.
The Office only ran for two series, ending for good in 2003 following a two-part special extended episode, which left the world wanting more.
Ricky posted on Twitter about the idea, “This year marks the 20th anniversary of David Brent hitting our screens.”
“I was thinking of getting real pop stars to cover some of his songs. Who should do which songs? Have a think.”
Fans went crazy over the week following his post, with hundreds of followers heading to the comments section to make their suggestions known, which included Bryan Adams and Dizzee Rascal to name but a few.
Ricky shared a virtual thumbs up to some of the ideas, including “a little known band called Texas” and “Radiohead”.
The stand-up comedian was the lead star in the Office spin-off series, Life on the Road, which followed character David Brent ,as he tried to become a rock star.
Ricky linked fans to the “full album” from the show on YouTube, which audibly shows the star rocking out to a range of songs, much to fans delight.
Fans desperate to see more of The Office however may be disappointed, as Ricky vowed not to bring the successful show back, saying seeing David at 60 would be “just sad”.
“I don’t think I’ll ever bring back the old favourites,” he reported to the The Sun Newspaper. “People think they want more, but they don’t.”
“They just want the feeling they had when they saw it for the first time. David Brent at 60 is too sad.”
The good news though is that Ricky is currently working hard on a third season of successful Netflix exclusive series, After Life, following the success of season two last April.
“For the first time ever, I’ve wanted to do a third season of something,” he commented. “It’s my favourite ensemble I’ve ever done.”
The Office, which also starred Mackenzie Crook and Martin Freeman, is still being hailed as a British comedy classic, despite it’s relatively new age compared to other legacy classic shows.
Its hit success, was followed up by a separate version of the series across the pond, as Steve Carrell took the lead in the American version. It ran ran for nine seasons, which again demonstrates the success of the original concept, and how applicable it is to other cultures.
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