Life could be short for Gervais comedy

As his American career continues to prosper, Ricky Gervais is finding that his adoring public back home in the UK is beginning to weary of his work. That’s the conclusion that can be drawn from the BBC’s reluctance to commission a new series of the patchy comedy Life’s Too Short.

Gervais had claimed that a second series was commissioned and would air in 2013, but that seems to have been premature. BBC bosses have arranged a meeting with Gervais and co-writer Stephen Merchant to discuss the series, which did not enjoy the acclaim and audiences of previous Gervais successes The Office and Extras.

By the end of its run, Life Is Short, a spoof documentary following the life of celebrity dwarf Warwick Davis, was getting just 1.2 million viewers. The critical response was also less than enthusiastic.

Recently Gervais appears to have become lukewarm about the idea of a follow-up series. He recently tweeted: "We are thinking of going straight to the Xmas Special. Lazier and lazier. Now it's down to ONE series and a special. Ha ha."

A spokesman for Gervais told a different story in The Guardian: "He and Stephen are getting on with working out what the next instalment of Life's Too Short will be. At the moment they are working through ideas and writing, so the BBC are waiting for Ricky and Stephen to confirm next steps."

A BBC spokesperson aid no decision would be made until they had spoken to the writers. "By the time the first series ended, Stephen was touring his stand up and Ricky was in the States. Until they are both around no decision will be made."

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