The duo are writing and executive producing “Life’s Too Short,” a fake documentary starring actor Warwick Davis (Prof. Flitwick in the “Harry Potter” movies) that premieres on the BBC later this year and on HBO in 2012. Davis is playing a version of himself who’s fallen on hard times and is scraping his way back into the limelight — in part by agreeing to let cameras follow him around.
Jo Enright and Rosamund Hanson also star. As with “Extras,” the show will also feature a number of celebrity cameos, including ones from American “Office” star Steve Carell, Johnny Depp and Sting. Gervais and Merchant will also have “minor” on-camera parts as themselves, HBO says.
Gervais explains a little bit more about the show in the video from the Beeb below. You’ll also catch a glimpse of Shaun Williamson (Barry off “Eastenders,” as Merchant constantly referred to him in “Extras”) delivering coffee to Gervais and Merchant — but not to Davis, who looks a little put out by the snub.