Heard the one about MP and David Brent

THE one-liners from his nightmarish creation David Brent have become the morning chat of office staff nationwide.Every employee could recognise their own boss within the character and identify with his long-suffering minions in the hit BBC 2 comedy The Office.

THE one-liners from his nightmarish creation David Brent have become the morning chat of office staff nationwide.

Every employee could recognise their own boss within the character and identify with his long-suffering minions in the hit BBC 2 comedy The Office.

During each working day, staff endured 'uplifting' management talks and unconventional dance displays, impromptu guitar recitals.

When the staff shut up shop for the final time last Christmas, the show's fans, including west Suffolk MP Richard Spring, wondered what actor and writer Ricky Gervais would do next.


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But little did the Conservative politician know he would stumble into the award-winning comedian's latest project while giving an interview outside the Palace of Westminster on College Green.

Filming next to Mr Spring was Gervais, who picked up two Golden Globe awards for his hit show earlier this year. Knowing his secretary was a great fan of The Office, the MP approached the comedian and a skit for the forthcoming Politics DVD and live show was born.

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"I approached him while he was eating his lunch and asked if he would mind signing a piece of paper for my secretary, who is the biggest fan of The Office," said Mr Spring. "He was really nice, so I rang through to my secretary to tell her who I had just been talking too.

"I then asked if he would mind saying hello to her, and handed the phone over. He asked if I was a good boss and chatted quite amicably to her for a few minutes.

"As I walked off the person orchestrating the filming asked me to stop and told me Ricky was putting out a thing about politics on DVD. He asked me a few questions but I didn't think any more about it.

"Then I discovered Ricky has a live show in the pipeline which I understand includes a screening of me chatting to this man. Apparently, I am also appearing on his DVD and everybody is pretty excited about it.

Mr Spring, who described himself as a great fan of The Office, admitted he "sort of" looking forward to seeing the DVD, which is released in November.

He added that he was planning to invite Gervais to the House of Commons for lunch following his unsuspecting stumble into the comedian's latest project.

The comedian's spokesman Amanda Emery said: "He will release the DVD in November but has no plans for a TV series at the moment. He is using part of the film from the interviews outside Westminster in the live show. I think the incident with Mr Spring was a chance meeting."

Gervais, 42, who is currently preparing for a trip to America and could not speak to the EADT yesterday, will play a cringe-making loud-mouthed "political comedian" in the new project.

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