Ricky Gervais animated show to go out in the U.K.
December 4, 2009
A U.S. animated television show based on the podcasts of comedian Ricky Gervais is to be aired in the U.K. Gervais said that Channel 4 made him an offer he simply could not ignore to buy the U.K. rights. The show is to be aired next February on HBO and is scheduled to go out on U.K. screens in March.
The TV show features Ricky Gervais alongside Stephen Merchant and uses podcasts from their Radio show on Xfm which started to broadcast in 2001. In 2007 the Guinness Book of Records declared that the show was the most downloaded of the year.
However, according to Gervais the real star of the show is its producer, Karl Pilkington. He says that Pilkington is an endless source of stupidity and has announced that the world now has a real life Homer Simpson. Gervais went on to say that unlike his television series The Office and Extras, which he admits were prematurely stopped because of the fear that he would run out of ideas, he hopes that the animated version of the podcasts will run and run.
Ricky Gervais is due to host the Golden Globes in January. He said that being asked to perform at the ceremony was one of those opportunities he could not turn down. The new show will go out in thirteen episodes and is called The Ricky Gervais Show. The comedian said that he could not believe that a show based around three friends chatting in a room could ever have been so lucrative.