Ricky Gervais

'The Office' Cast: Fifteen Years On

Fifteen years have flown by since we first met the employees of Werham Hogg Paper Merchants, the Slough branch.  In its unblinking mockumentary style, The Office followed the day to day lives of the staff in a typical British workplace. The show was a great springboard for the careers of quite a few of the ensemble's principle actors so at this time let's take a look at what they’ve been up to these past decade and a half.

Watch: Martin Freeman in Middle Earth’s Answer to ‘The Office’

Hi gang! I’ve been on vacation for the past week – so if you noticed that the blog was dark over this time, that’s why – and now that I’m back catching up it seems like a lot happened during the past few days!

Clearly the best thing that I missed out on – and it’s so good I’m not even upset that I’m writing about it so late – is the fact that Sherlock star Martin Freeman hosted the iconic Saturday Night Live last weekend. While I haven’t managed to watch the entire episode yet – though I hear from various corners of the internet that the whole thing was actually good, something of a rarity during the past few years of SNL – I did catch the standout moment that resulted when the worlds of two of Freeman’s biggest hits collided.

The Office: Middle Earth imagines what life might be like for Bilbo Baggins following the conclusion of his quest in The Hobbit. It turns out that life looks a lot like the iconic British sitcom The Office, which also starred Freeman as loveable everyman Tim way back when. Only this time, there are definitely more orcs.

‘Sherlock’ Waves the Flag for British Telly at 2014 Primetime Emmys

With over two dozen British actors, writers, directors and productions nominated for Emmys this year, less than a handful brought home the gold earlier this week during the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony. A disappointing result for an telly addict like me to be sure, but with the rising popularity of UK television in the States you’d expect a little bit better showing from our talented performers across the pond.

Well, with one notable exception, anyway. Read on for a full report and highlights of how our favorite nominated Brits did this year.

Ricky Gervais’ 'Derek' is Coming to Netflix

When I say Ricky Gervais, what comes to mind? Attention seeking, somewhat delusional Wernham Hogg Regional Manager, David Brent from The Office ?

Or the always controversial, sometimes snarky, host of the Golden Globes?

If so, then prepare yourself for a whole other side to this edgy writer, director and comic. It's my pleasure to introduce you to the heart of Gervais’ most recent series, Mr. Derek Noakes, star of the comedy-dramaDerek, which is coming to Netflix beginning September 12.

Get your first look below - and learn more about why you should give this series a try.

The Office’s David Brent Returns For a Good Cause

For the many people who love British comedy, The Office is often awarded a spot on their top ten lists of favorite programs (oh, let’s be real, for most of us it’s probably top five). While many of us also love the American remake of The Office, the US version has nothing on the awesomeness of the British original. Sadly the UK version only ran for two series originally, and it’s been ten years since we’ve seen David Brent (the original Michael Scott) and company on our screens.

Luckily, that wait is apparently over. Star Ricky Gervais has confirmed that he will be reprising his most famous role for this year’s Comic Relief on BBC One. The character will return in a special “mini-episode” called The Office Revisited for Comic Relief’s annual Red Nose Day charity telethon next week on March 15.