In Special Correspondents, Bana will play a radio regular who resorts to faking the news.

Netflix executives insist the project is "a smart social satire with heart".

Announcing the partnership on Monday (06Apr15), Gervais says, "Having shaken up the TV industry, Netflix is about to do the same to Hollywood. It's great to be part of the changing future."

Special Correspondents will be released next year (16).