LIFE’S TOO SHORT
ABC1, tonight, 9.05pm ★★★★ It’s the new mockumentary from comedy genius Ricky Gervais, but early episodes suggest it may struggle to reach the heights of his previous shows The Office and Extras. To be fair though, they are two of TV comedy’s all-time greats. If Life’s Too Short has one key problem to overcome it is that it seems a bit derivative. You can imagine some of star Warwick Davis’s one-liners coming out of the mouth of Gervais characters David Brent ( The Office) or Andy Millman ( Extras). But while Life’s Too Short is patchy and has been branded by some as offensive to little people, the opening episode, with a guest appearance from Liam Neeson, delivers one of the funniest scenes in TV in years. The show is a star vehicle for Davis, who plays an exaggerated version of himself — the UK’s No.1 go-to-dwarf actor. Like Brent and Millman, Davis is deluded and self-obsessed. He’s meant to be running an agency for ‘‘little’’ actors, but keeps stealing all the good roles for himself. He’s so egotistical that it’s impossible not to applaud when one of his schemes ends in embarrassment.
Funny men: Warwick Davis with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.