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Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant unveil pilot

Single-camera comedy 'Life's Too Short' stars Warwick Davis

LONDON -- "The Office" and "Extras" creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant have unveiled their new project, "Life's Too Short," a 30-minute single-camera comedy pilot for BBC2.

The show centers on Warwick Davis, Britain's pre-eminent little person actor who has appeared in such boxoffice hit franchises as "Star Wars" and "Harry Potter." Gervais and Merchant appear in minor roles.

The observational comedy follows Davis in his day-to-day life, complete with the frustrations he faces, in his first major role for the BBC.

"We're having so much fun working with Warwick. Pound for pound he is one of the funniest men I know," Gervais said.

The pilot will be produced by Charlie Hanson with Michelle Farr for the BBC's in-house comedy production unit and will be executive produced by Gervais and Merchant, with Mark Freeland.

BBC2 controller Janice Hadlow said the project was part of the network's comedy mission.

"Experimenting with innovative, broad appeal comedy projects are an important part of BBC2 plans for the future," she said.