BBC greenlights Gervais sitcom

'Life's Too Short' centers on Warwick Davis

LONDON — The BBC has greenlit another downbeat sitcom from the creators of “The Office” and “Extras,” Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

Show, described by the comics as a cross between “Extras,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and Brit laffer “One Foot in the Grave,” is entitled “Life’s Too Short.”

The story focuses on the diminutive actor Warwick Davis, familiar to fans of “Star Wars” and the Harry Potter movies.

Gervais and Merchant are to appear as themselves.

Gervais said: “Third in our trilogy of TV sitcoms, ‘Life’s Too Short’ is another naturalist observational comedy, dealing with everyday problems, human foibles and social faux pas… but with a dwarf.”

The commission for six 30-minute shows to air in the U.K. on BBC2 follows a broadcast pilot, also on BBC2.

Gervais and Merchant will direct and act as exec producers.

The BBC’s head of comedy, Mark Freeland, will also executive produce, while Charlie Hanson and Michelle Farr will produce.