This Saturday, July 9th marks 15 years (15 years!) since The Office premiered on the UK’s BBC Two. If you’re like us, once you discovered the, er, unconventional yet surprisingly endearing charms of the show’s central figure David Brent, you were hooked. Indeed, Ricky Gervais’ masterful performance as the misguided and misunderstood office manager is one of the most memorable to emerge in the past few decades of the small-screen.
Next month, Gervais reprises the role for the first time on the silver screen when David Brent: Life on the Road premieres in UK and Irish theaters on August 19th (a US release date has yet to be confirmed). According to an official press statement, the film “catches up with Brent twelve years on from the BBC mockumentary The Office to find he is now a travelling salesman with Lavichem, a cleaning and ladies’ personal hygiene products company. However, he hasn’t given up on his dream of rock stardom and is about to embark on a self-financed UK tour with his band, Foregone Conclusion. Assembling a group of session musicians who are just in it for the money, and talented rapper Dom (Ben Bailey Smith) in an attempt to gain street cred, Brent cashes in his pensions and takes unpaid leave in a bid to turn his dream into reality.”
In conjunction with the film’s release, Gervais will release the accompanying album Life on the Road, which features 15 songs including the classic “Free Love Freeway” from the original TV series. This week, he unveiled a teaser video for album track “Lady Gypsy,” which, as with his previous musical fare, showcases Brent in all of his ridiculous glory, but also reinforces his penchant for crafting surprisingly catchy melodies with unexpected lyrical twists.
Watch “Lady Gypsy” and revisit a handful of David Brent’s most unforgettable performances below.