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Saturday Stuff – Elmo Meets Ricky Gervais

Two TV giants, together on screen for the first time.

One is a big-mouthed, squeaky-voiced muppet with an annoying laugh… the other is Elmo from Sesame Street.

Ricky Gervais sings Elmo a lullaby about the letter ‘N’:

N is for… uh, “necrophilia”:

Elmo bites back (literally):


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The Monday Movie – A Room For Romeo Brass

Shane  Meadows is one of my favourite film directors and, for my money, the best, most interesting and exciting contemporary British filmmaker.

More recent films such as Dead Man’s Shoes and This Is England have cemented his reputation but his talent was clear from the very start.

His first feature film was 1997’s Twentyfour Seven, shot in stark black and white and starring Bob Hoskins.

It was good but it was his second feature, A Room For Romeo Brass, that really won me over. I saw it at a press screening during the 1999 Edinburgh Film Festival and I was hooked from the moment the opening credits rolled.

The film, which like much of his work is semi-autobiographical, is a coming-of-age story co-written by Meadows and his childhood friend (and frequent collaborator) Paul Fraser. It stars Andrew Shim and Ben Marshall as the titular Romeo Brass and his best pal Gavin Woolley.

Here is the films’s fantastic opening credits sequence (featuring the excellent A Message To You, Rudi by The Specials), which introduces the pair (watch out for a cameo from Meadows as a chip-shop worker):

Their friendship is put to the test by the arrival of eccentric loner Morell. The role showcases an astonishing, outstanding debut performance by Paddy Considine, a long-time friend of Meadows’, who has gone on to become arguably the finest British actor of his generation.

Initially Morell, who takes a shine to Romeo’s older sister Ladine (Vicky McClure), seems like a harmless, amiable, socially awkward buffoon – only for the plot to take a darker turn when a prank played by Gavin makes Morell look stupid in front of Ladine and he doesn’t get his own way.

Here are a few scenes of Considine in action:

Here’s a glimpse of his more menacing side:

And finally, could this have been Ricky Gervais‘ inspiration for David Brent’s infamous dance in The Office?

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Teaser Trailer For Gervais And Merchant’s First Film

Here’s a funny teaser trailer for Cemetery Junction, the first feature film written and directed by The Office and Extras duo Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

The film is set in the 1970s in Reading and Gervais describes it as a coming of age tale that is a cross between The Office and Mad Men. It’s due for release early next year.

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David Brent Back In The Office..? Michael Scott Moving On..?

David Brent, the boss-from-hell from the UK version of The Office, may be returning to our TV screens – and the award-winning US remake of the show could be shutting up shop after season 7.

It’s hard to believe that it’s now more than five years since the original UK version of The Office bowed out with an outstanding two-part Christmas special.

Writer/directors/co-creators Ricky Gervais, who also played David Brent, and Stephen Merchant vowed there would be no more.

However, while there’s no sign that they will ever go back on their word and make more episodes of the show, it seems they may not quite be finished with David Brent (right).

Tabloid rumours are suggesting that Gervais will reprise the role for a special guest appearance on the US version of the show, which is currently mid-way through its fifth season.

If true, it would see incompetent (former) paper-mill boss Brent come face-to-face with his American counterpart, the equally incompetent paper-mill boss Michael Scott (below), played by Steve Carell.

Although all such newspaper speculation should be taken with a large pinch of salt, there are a few reasons to believe that this is more than just a wild rumour or wishful thinking.

First of all, Gervais and Merchant enjoy a relatively close relationship with the makers of the US show – they are executive producers and also wrote an episode a couple of years ago.

Second, there have been discussions in the past about some of the characters from the UK show having guest roles, though nothing ever came of it.

Thirdly, and lending the most credibility, the news of Brent’s possible appearance comes not from some nameless, faceless production “source” but from one the the main stars of the US show – Rainn Wilson, who plays Dwight K Schrute, the American version of Gareth.

Wilson is quoted as saying at a party in Los Angeles: “We’ve been looking at trying to do something with Steve and Ricky for a while but it’s never quite worked out and the right thing has never come up. But I think it will happen before the show ends.

“Hopefully we’ll do it for the final show – that looks like two years’ time.”

That would make season seven the show’s last.

Gervais and Carell have already come face-to-face on TV – the pair had a hilarious encounter at last year’s Emmy awards. You can see it here:

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