Life's Too Short. Warwick (Warwick Davis). Copyright: BBC
Life's Too Short

Life's Too Short

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC Two
  • 2011 - 2013
  • 8 episodes (1 series)

Mockumentary series about the life of dwarf actor Warwick Davis, written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. Stars Warwick Davis, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Steve Brody, Rosamund Hanson and more.

Life's Too Short. Image shows from L to R: Stephen (Stephen Merchant), Warwick (Warwick Davis), Ricky (Ricky Gervais). Copyright: BBC

Key details

2011 - 2013
8 (1 series), plus 1 documentary
Warwick Davis, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Steve Brody, Rosamund Hanson, Jo Enright, Keith Chegwin, Les Dennis and Shaun Williamson
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant
Charlie Hanson, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Mark Freeland

Mockumentary written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant in which Britain's pre-eminent dwarf actor Warwick Davis plays a spoof version of himself.

With his career on the slide, a massive tax bill caused by his useless accountant, and a wife who's divorcing him, the showbiz actor has no choice but to open his doors to a film crew 24/7. Maybe living his life like an open wound will get him back on top? The film crew charts Warwick's every move as he tries to maintain his pride and self-respect in some very unusual situations.

Warwick plays a fictional version of himself where he is desperate, conniving, fame-hungry and self-centred, but always gets his comeuppance.

He runs a talent agency, Dwarves For Hire, for small people but is always taking the best jobs for himself.

Being a "showbiz dwarf" creates many an unusual situation for Warwick and he is constantly trying to use this to his advantage - it's just a shame that nobody recognises him without his costumes...

Stars making cameo appearances in the series include Johnny Depp, Sting, Liam Neeson, Helena Bonham Carter, Steve Carell, Cat Deeley, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Les Dennis, Keith Chegwin and Shaun Williamson.

Additional details

Also known as
  • The Making Of Life's Too Short (Documentary special)
Camera set-up
Single camera

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 10th November 2011 at 9:30pm on BBC Two
Last new broadcast
Saturday 30th March 2013 at 10pm on BBC Two
Most recent repeats
  • Saturday 13th February 2016 at 1:45am on Gold - Episode 7
  • Saturday 6th February 2016 at 2:20am on Gold - Episode 6
  • Saturday 6th February 2016 at 1:40am on Gold - Episode 5

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