Gervais plea over Office scripts

RICKY Gervais has appealed for his lost scripts for The Office to be returned as a "Christmas present for the nation".Scripts for the eagerly-awaited Christmas special were accidentally posted to the wrong address and have ended up in the hands of Joanne Hiley, of Saffron Walden.

RICKY Gervais has appealed for his lost scripts for The Office to be returned as a "Christmas present for the nation".

Scripts for the eagerly-awaited Christmas special were accidentally posted to the wrong address and have ended up in the hands of Joanne Hiley, of Saffron Walden.

She is reportedly trying to sell them to a newspaper and Gervais said publishing the plot would ruin the enjoyment for viewers.

"I would say to the papers - don't publish it. Buy it and give it back as a little Christmas present for the nation,' he told Radio 1 Newsbeat.

Asked about Ms Hiley, he said: "Good luck to her - if she sells it and they print it, all it will do is ruin it a bit for some people.

"I've never spoken to her - I won't speak to her and I certainly won't beg for it back. She can do what she wants with it but I think she has to remember she shouldn't really have opened it.

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"If she wants to know what she should do with it, she should either keep it as a souvenir or throw it away or give it back to the BBC.

"What she shouldn't do is sell it to a newspaper to publish the plot of a TV programme that is fun to watch when you don't know the outcome.'

Even the stars of the BBC2 show do not know everything that will happen in the Christmas special, Gervais said.

The scripts were meant for a technician called Andy who also lives in Saffron Walden, but were accidentally sent to Ms Hiley's home.

"It's just a shame, isn't it? Even the actors didn't get full scripts unless it was absolutely necessary so this is just a terrible mistake,' Gervais said.

The shows are scheduled for Boxing Day and December 27 and Gervais has said they will be the final outing for nightmare boss David Brent.

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