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The Office creator's new online channel will host new sketches and podcasts as well as original clips of the Slough manager

Ten years after David Brent departed British TV screens, the "chilled-out entertainer" is to be resurrected online as its creator Ricky Gervais launches an original YouTube channel.

The channel, which went live on Friday, will host new sketches, podcasts, and behind-the scenes interviews from the forthcoming sequel The Muppets… Again! starring Gervais and Us comic Tina Fey.

It will also be home to original clips of Brent, the hapless Slough middle manager who will feature in BBC1's Comic Relief special on Friday night.

The online move makes Gervais the best-known addition yet to YouTube's growing lineup of original channels, which it launched in October last year in an attempt to capture the rise of internet-connected TV and compete with traditional rivals.

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