Ricky Gervais will perform as The Office’s David Brent for Children In Need
David Brent will be making a comeback for one night only as Ricky Gervais in the annual BBC charity event Children In Need.
The Office was a complete work of genius when it was released to television screens in 2001. The ‘mockumentary’ sitcom was written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant and the concept was wonderfully simple, being about the everyday life of office employees within a branch of a paper company.
The series’ awkward comedy and focus on the trivialities of adult behaviour made the show a complete success but it was the self-absorbed and passive aggressive character of David Brent that made The Office just plain hilarious.
Fans of the sitcom will be delighted to hear that Gervais will be appearing as Brent for one night only on November 18 for the BBC’s Children In Need charity night.
Although the comedian will not be there for the actual live broadcast, the show will feature a pre-recorded segment of David Brent singing the title track from his film David Brent: Life on the Road, which was released earlier this year.
Paul Wright, Executive Producer of Children In Need, has spoken out about the Brent-comeback: “Children in Need 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.”
We can’t wait to see David Brent resurrected for one last time, but that’s not all there is to get excited about. Gervais’ segment will be amongst a whole host of entertaining performances including a special sketch featuring Eddie Redmayne, a performance from the Eastenders cast, a Would I Lie To You? special edition and dances from Team GB athletes in the Strictly Children In Need Special.
Children In Need will, as ever, have an array of hosts throughout the night and this year will be presented by Tess Daly, Greg James, Graham Norton, Ade Adepitan and husband and wife duo Rochelle and Marvin Humes.
Children In Need airs on BBC One and BBC Two on Friday 18 November at 7.30pm.