British comedian Ricky Gervais turned down the opportunity to make a one-off Christmas edition of his Grammy-winning TV show The Office.

Gervais, who secured cult status as nightmare boss David Brent in the BBC programme, immediately dismissed the idea of a seasonal episode set in Spain.

He says, "Put David Brent in the Costa Del Sol and he's allowed to behave like an idiot, isn't he? The comedy's gone.

"Apart from anything else, I truly believe that if you don't compromise in the early days you'll make it much bigger in the end."