In 1983 and 1984, long before he became famous as the star and co-creator of the genius BBC comedy The Office, Ricky Gervais was the singer for an obscure synth-pop duo called Seona Dancing. I’ve seen some pictures of him from that period, but nothing as mind-blowing as this one, which Maura just alerted me to:
In other Office-related news, Gervais and his Office co-creator, Stephen Merchant, are developing a new sitcom called Extras for BBC Two:
> Extras is the new sitcom he is writing with Merchant, in which Gervais plays a struggling film and TV comedy actor.
> “My character is a moaner who bitches about the stars and laughs in the face of adversity,” Gervais said. “It’s not filmed as a documentary this time, but fans of The Office should like it.”
> Movie stars Jude Law and Kate Winslet have signed up for cameo roles in Extras, which is being filmed in March and is due to be broadcast on BBC Two this summer.