The Office was one of The BBC’s greatest critical successes, thrusting the show’s creator, Ricky Gervias, onto worldwide notoriety. David Brent’s mannerisms and sound-bytes have reached icon status.
Are we going to be more than learning guitar with David Brent?
And following Gervais’ reprisal of the character for comic relief and subsequent Learn Guitar videos, The Hollywood Reporter are reporting that The BBC and Netlifx are interested in bringing The Office back for more small screen time.
"I love David Brent, but I can't just do it as a vanity project, because the BBC and Netflix are up for it," he said. "I don't know whether to do an on-the-road special or make that the whole series."
For some, this would represent the return of one of Britain’s most-loved comedy characters. How could that be a bad thing? But, as many critics would agree, the legacy left behind by The Office was achieved by leaving on a high, and that legacy could be jeopardised by any return.
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These are heady times for Brent; not only is a TV return on the card – and we suspect that if someone’s funding it then it’ll happen – but the character’s musical career is flourishing into something akin to a little-known Scottish outfit, Texas’.
Now, Glastonbury beckons. But is that biggest music festival on the earth really right for Brent, a man whose story is defined by disappointment and failure? Perhaps this would make him too much like a novelty act and less like the brilliant underdog Gervais created 11 years ago.
"It could happen," Gervais told the Radio Times. "It would be amazing for Ricky Gervais, but I don't know if I can justify it. He can't play venues outside the story."