THE OFFICE star Ricky Gervais was stunned when he discovered the filming schedule for TV show ALIAS - because it was much harder work than he's used to.

According to co-star Jennifer Garner, the English comedian found the gruelling hours on the spy drama hard work, because his work on the GOLDEN GLOBE-winning sitcom was much easier.

She says, "He didn't know what hit him. He worked eight-hour days on The Office - he was used to starting at 10am and finishing at 6pm or something ludicrous like that.

"But we'd start at 4pm and keep going until four or five the next morning. He'd say, 'This is what you do every day? I'm used to doing six episodes a year then having a lie-down.'"

10/03/2004 13:39