In E4's new US import, Saturday Night Live alumnus Andy Samberg stars as Detective Jake Peralta, a police officer who doesn't take his job as seriously as he should, yet somehow manages to get results. As his squad leader Sergeant Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews from Everybody Hates Chris) put it: "The only puzzle he hasn't solved is how to grow up."
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Thursday 22 August 2013
The former Wernham Hogg boss will be seen trying to make it in the music industry
Wednesday 31 July 2013
Ricky Gervais has received a number of “ridiculous offers from major record deals” to produce a David Brent album.
Wednesday 05 June 2013
You aren’t alone if you could watch only some of The Call Centre, BBC3’s fly-on-the-wall series filmed at a Swansea cold-call factory, where bad banter met worse suits. The man in charge, Nev (that’s him in the brown suit with one of his acolytes) emerged instantly as a real-life David Brent, dispensing business park maxims and behaviour to make an HR department shudder.
Saturday 16 March 2013
Bring on the swords, sex, saucy language ... oh, and dragons
Rebecca Tyrrel: Ricky Gervais may be the only person to have written more fictional works than he’s read
Saturday 09 March 2013
Who knew that Ricky Gervais claims to have read precisely the one novel? Aged 28, he heroically ploughed through JD Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. He says he was not impressed and when, another 28 years later, he did Desert Island Discs, it was a book of coffee-table art that Kirsty Young gave the nod to.
Thursday 28 February 2013
David Brent will be back on our TV screens in March - “fact”.
Thursday 31 January 2013
Gervais claims the character in his controversial new sitcom isn't meant to be disabled - but how is he perceived?
Downton Abbey gives way to the Gilded Age, just as The Office and Shameless gave way to remakes. Why are we Brits so snobby about them?
Wednesday 28 November 2012
Stand down patriotic TV watchers; Julian Fellowes is going Stateside, but all is not lost.
Monday 26 November 2012
The media giant NBC- Universal broke US ad-sale records for its Olympic programming this year. But, as more people skip ad breaks, television shows must do all they can to make money. Product placement has long been a fixture of American TV, with some shows working real-life products into scripts without too much damage to reputations.
Monday 26 November 2012
The family show has 'run its natural course' according to actor Colin Morgan
Wednesday 14 November 2012
Why is it this buttoned-up drama is such a hit in the US?
Sunday 15 April 2012
OperaUpClose veer towards greatest-hits territory while a lupine concert holds toddlers transfixed
Thursday 29 March 2012
One famous pirate lost out to a whole family of them when the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize was awarded.
The Recruiting Officer, Donmar Warehouse, London
The Taming of the Shrew, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lyric Hammersmith, London
Sunday 19 February 2012
Two very funny Shakespeares and an 18th-century romp join the wave of comedies rolling across the British stage
Wednesday 15 February 2012
Sam Mendes was a hard act to follow as inaugural artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse. But Michael Grandage overcame that difficulty with flamboyantly flying colours.
Children's bookseller wins The Independent's new author search
Board creates magnetic field to achieve lift
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage
Lord Freud hangs on as MPs of all parties 'call for his head' over disability comments
- 5 Paralysed man Darek Fidyka walks again after treatment by British doctors on brink of 'cure'