Ricky Gervais has brought The Office's David Brent back for a special Comic Relief sketch, with the promise of more episodes of Brent to follow.
"What's happened in the last 10 years? What hasn't happened in the last 10 years?" David Brent asks in his triumphant return.
To describe Brent as a beloved character of British comedy is something of a fallacy. He's a grotesque caricature of someone we can all recognise. A character we love to hate to love; monstrously irritating, casually racist, sexist but ultimately endearing in his endeavours to do right. He just doesn't quite know what right is.
Now a part time music producer, part time cleaning product salesman, the 10 minute episode that aired on YouTube last night during Comic Relief exhibited Brent at his cringe-tastic best, with hilarious one liners and those uncomfortable moments that go on a little too long. New Brent gems include: "I'm like a local Simon Cowell... better really!", "So can all you lot rap then? Could Trevor McDonald rap if he really had to?" and "I don't look at what things say. I know how they feel."
Speaking to Deadline Gervais explained his reasoning behind opting to broadcast with YouTube as opposed to a television channel: "Any artist will tell you that they want as many people to see their work with as little interference to that work as possible. To create, get final edit, and be the broadcaster is the ultimate artistic experience. This is why I have partnered with YouTube for original programming. And because of all that money they gave me too, obviously." Adding, "Viewing habits are changing. And anyone who doesn't realise that will be left behind. I am very excited to be working with a platform that is so instant and accessible. And to catch up with David Brent is going to be fantastic."