Oh no, say it ain’t so! Could it be that the man who brought us The Office and Extras is to leave his comedy roots behind?
Apparently so. For Ricky Gervais has said that the next series of Extras, due to start in September, won’t just be the last of the show, but the last ever sitcom he’ll produce.
Ricky will, however, continue to work with writing partner Stephen Merchant – but it’ll be all serious. “We’d like to do drama,” he told the Sun. “We’d like to do something with more weight, like The Sopranos – not necessarily crime, but something meaty. Revenge is the best theme.” Sad news indeed for British TV. [Amber McNaught]