David Brent, erstwhile manager of Wernham Hogg and noted chilled out entertainer, hasn't been seen on our screens since the BBC's hit sitcom The Office bowed out with a Christmas special in 2003. Over a decade on, Ricky Gervais is bringing his most famous comic creation to the big screen in David Brent: Life On The Road.
It may be a new office (the original Slough building which housed Wernham Hogg has sadly since been demolished) but everything feels very familiar – the drab cubicles, the mockumentary realism, and Brent himself in his ill-fitting suit and creepy goatee, making everyone around him feel uncomfortable with inappropriate jokes and unsolicited songs. Truly, it is like he never left.
The new feature length film sees Brent juggling dual roles as a sales rep and wannabe singer-songwriter. His attempts to make it big with his band, Foregone Conclusion, performing classic songs like 'Equality Street' and 'Please Be Kind To The Disabled', are unlikely to go well.
Written and directed by Gervais himself (original co-writer and director Stephen Merchant has not joined him for this one), David Brent: Life On The Road arrives in cinemas on 19 August.