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

Life's Too Short

BBC Two sitcom about a dwarf actor. 8 episodes (1 series), 2011 - 2013. Stars Warwick Davis, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Steve Brody and others.

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

Life's Too Short

Mockumentary series about the life of dwarf actor Warwick Davis, written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant

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

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.

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Also known as
  • The Making Of Life's Too Short (Documentary special)
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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 10th November 2011 on BBC Two at 9:30pm
Last new broadcast
Saturday 30th March 2013 on BBC Two at 10pm
Last repeat
Saturday 13th February 2016 at 1:45am on Gold

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