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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."

Ricky Gervais has said he is working on material for a film about his Office character David Brent

The Office The Movie? Ricky Gervais to bring David Brent to the silver screen

The former Wernham Hogg boss will be seen trying to make it in the music industry

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David Brent: The Album? Ricky Gervais inundated with offers from record labels

Ricky Gervais has received a number of “ridiculous offers from major record deals” to produce a David Brent album.

Where bad banter meets worse suits: BBC Three's 'The Call Centre'

Life imitating art at The Call Centre: Meet Nev, he’s just a chilled-out entertainer

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.

Regal bearing: Emilia Clarke stars as the dragon-mother Daenerys Targaryen

Heads Up: Game of Thrones

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

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.

David Brent with Dom Johnson in The Office Comic Relief special

Ricky Gervais resurrects David Brent for one-off special of The Office

David Brent will be back on our TV screens in March - “fact”.

Ricky Gervais in Channel 4 show Derek

Ricky Gervais' Derek may be clumsy but he’s not cruel

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?

Stand down patriotic TV watchers; Julian Fellowes is going Stateside, but all is not lost.

The Office has been a big part of NBC’s schedule for years. It is also a prominent product placer, with plots revolving around such brands as Chili’s and Stap

It's the age of Reverse Product Placement: Fictional items from The Office go on sale

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.

Merlin to be axed after five years - but epic two-part finale planned

The family show has 'run its natural course' according to actor Colin Morgan

Downton Abbey: Fellowes’ biggest success would also qualify, as it has a British cast and makes lavish use of Highclere Castle in Berkshire

Michelle Obama wants a sneak preview of Downton Abbey because, weirdly, it captures the zeitgeist

Why is it this buttoned-up drama is such a hit in the US?

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OperaUpClose veer towards greatest-hits territory while a lupine concert holds toddlers transfixed

Jonny Duddle's 'The Pirates Next Door' wins Waterstone's Children's Book Prize

One famous pirate lost out to a whole family of them when the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize was awarded.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lyric Hammersmith, London

Two very funny Shakespeares and an 18th-century romp join the wave of comedies rolling across the British stage

The Recruiting Officer, Donmar Warehouse, London

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.

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