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Life's Too Short: :  -- Liam Neeson tries to give improvisational comedy a whirl in HBO's upcoming comedy, "Life's Too Short."

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2011 (UK) See more »
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He's big on ego. And a little short on everything else.
Plot:
The show centers on Warwick Davis in his day-to-day life, complete with the frustrations he faces.
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Not too bad. Not too great. Just good. See more (42 total) »

Cast

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Warwick Davis ... Warwick Davis (8 episodes, 2011-2013)

Ricky Gervais ... Ricky Gervais (7 episodes, 2011-2013)

Stephen Merchant ... Stephen Merchant (7 episodes, 2011-2013)

Rosamund Hanson ... Cheryl (7 episodes, 2011-2013)
Steve Brody ... Accountant (6 episodes, 2011-2013)
Jo Enright ... Sue (5 episodes, 2011-2013)
Shaun Williamson ... Shaun Williamson (5 episodes, 2011-2013)

Kiruna Stamell ... Amy (4 episodes, 2011-2013)

Les Dennis ... Les Dennis (4 episodes, 2011-2013)
Matthew Holness ... Ian (3 episodes, 2011)
Keith Chegwin ... Keith Chegwin (3 episodes, 2011-2013)
Peter Bonner ... Little Pete / ... (3 episodes, 2011-2013)
Sarah Bennett ... Ebony / ... (3 episodes, 2011-2013)
Colin Hoult ... Bryan / ... (2 episodes, 2011-2013)
Jon Key ... Anthony (2 episodes, 2011)
Raymond Griffiths ... Ray (2 episodes, 2011-2013)
George Appleby ... Dan (2 episodes, 2011-2013)
Lauren Barrand ... Herself (2 episodes, 2011)
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Series Directed by
Ricky Gervais (8 episodes, 2011-2013)
Stephen Merchant (8 episodes, 2011-2013)
 
Series Writing credits
Warwick Davis (8 episodes, 2011-2013)
Ricky Gervais (8 episodes, 2011-2013)
Stephen Merchant (8 episodes, 2011-2013)

Series Produced by
Mark Freeland .... executive producer (8 episodes, 2011-2013)
Ricky Gervais .... executive producer (8 episodes, 2011-2013)
Charlie Hanson .... producer (8 episodes, 2011-2013)
Stephen Merchant .... executive producer (8 episodes, 2011-2013)
Judith Bantock .... line producer (7 episodes, 2011)
Katie Mavroleon .... associate producer (7 episodes, 2011)

Michelle Farr .... producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
Martin Hawkins (7 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Film Editing by
Richard Halladey (8 episodes, 2011-2013)
Graham Barker (7 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Casting by
Tracey Gillham (7 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Production Design by
Anna Higginson (7 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Art Direction by
Kaye Robertson (7 episodes, 2011)
Mel Thompson (7 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Andy Grogan (7 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Costume Design by
Amanda Monk (8 episodes, 2011-2013)
 
Series Makeup Department
Lisa Cavalli-Green .... hair and make-up designer (7 episodes, 2011)
Hannah Edwards .... makeup artist (7 episodes, 2011)
Pippa Woods .... makeup artist (7 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Production Management
Kate Scarbrough .... production coordinater (1 episode, 2013)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ian Hughes .... third assistant director / second assistant director (8 episodes, 2011-2013)
Sam Dawking .... first assistant director (7 episodes, 2011)
Freddie Hall .... third assistant director (7 episodes, 2011)
Adam Morris .... second assistant director (7 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Art Department
Stephanie Nicolle .... art department assistant / assistant art director (7 episodes, 2011-2013)
James Baylan .... property master (7 episodes, 2011)
Philip A. Brown .... assistant art director (7 episodes, 2011)
Amrita Ghir .... art department assistant (7 episodes, 2011)
Dean Hawley .... hod painter (7 episodes, 2011)
Kamlan Man .... buyer (7 episodes, 2011)
Shaun Mitcheson .... graphic designer (6 episodes, 2011)
Mark Runchman .... art department assistant (6 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Sound Department
Matt Waites .... sound editor (8 episodes, 2011-2013)
Glenn Calder .... dubbing mixer (7 episodes, 2011-2013)
Ben Coleman .... boom operator (7 episodes, 2011)
Leigh Crisp .... sound recordist (7 episodes, 2011)
Amber Howorth .... boom operator (7 episodes, 2011)
Waldo Valenzuela .... dubbing re-recording mixer (7 episodes, 2011)
Adele Fletcher .... dialogue editor (6 episodes, 2011)
Simon Gershon .... fx editor (6 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Adam Graves .... visual effects (1 episode, 2011)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Louise Edmunds .... focus puller / assistant camera / ... (8 episodes, 2011-2013)
Paul Barlow .... gaffer (7 episodes, 2011)
Martin Blinko .... focus puller (7 episodes, 2011)
Trevelyan Oliver .... camera operator (7 episodes, 2011)
Roland C. Phillips .... second assistant camera: 'b' camera / assistant camera (7 episodes, 2011)
Nathan Wiley .... focus puller (7 episodes, 2011)
Graham Banks .... electrician (6 episodes, 2011)
David Tanner .... electrician (6 episodes, 2011)
Jonathan Tanner .... best boy / gaffer (6 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joanne Bradley .... costume assistant / assistant costume designer (8 episodes, 2011-2013)
Georgina Sparrow .... wardrobe assistant / costume assistant (8 episodes, 2011-2013)
 
Series Editorial Department
Lyndsey Jones .... post-production coordinator (7 episodes, 2011)
Vincent Narduzzo .... colorist (7 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Music Department
Matt Kaleda .... music supervisor (1 episode, 2011)
 
Series Other crew
Ben Hope .... security leadman (8 episodes, 2011-2013)
Josh Adams .... floor runner (7 episodes, 2011)
Benjamin Bailey .... assistant location manager (7 episodes, 2011)
Dylan Davies .... unit medic (7 episodes, 2011)
Eirwen Davies .... production executive (7 episodes, 2011)
Richard Green .... production accountant / production assistant (7 episodes, 2011)
Gurjit Kharbanda .... production coordinator (7 episodes, 2011)
Marilyn Kirby .... script supervisor (7 episodes, 2011)
Becky Page .... post production coordinator (7 episodes, 2011)
Jo Randall .... location manager (7 episodes, 2011)
Lydia Scott .... production coordinator (7 episodes, 2011)
Jago Lee .... developed in association with: Blink Films (6 episodes, 2011)
 

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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Not too bad. Not too great. Just good., 24 July 2012
Author: Adam Daly from United Kingdom

In writing this review, I think it is only fair to remove any influence that successes such as The Office, Extras, The Ricky Gervais Show and An Idiot Abroad may contribute towards it. I find that in doing so, I may avoid the typically predictable droning about it 'being better or worse that his last show'. I find that argument boring and it's narrowing both the potential comparative and the viewers focus when watching.

So, with my 'Gervais' hat now removed, here is my review for 'Life's Too Short', the new mock-umentary from Stephen Merchant and Ricky Gervais.

Gervais cited a number of ideas that had influenced the making of this show. With an influx of those awful, 'look at me' celebrity documentary things in which a television crew follows one, or a number of deranged, fame hungry socialites doing nothing other than sleeping with each other and shopping for new Ugg Boots and push-up bras.

In Warwick Davies, we have the protagonist, albeit an unlikeable one. Desperate to cling on to fame's back side, he invites a 'film crew' to follow him around, heightening his celebrity status at every opportunity. Much like those awful celebrity docu-soaps, Warwick yearns for all and any publicity, hoping blindly that living his life like an open wound would somehow benefit his career. Only...Warwick is a dwarf actor looking to pay a huge tax bill.

He continually annoys Gervais and Merchant, who both play themselves as conduits to Warwick's celebrity life. Warwick seeks their help in finding his way to higher pastures but is continually berated and mocked, mostly for his size. All in all there is an abundance of misfortune in this man's life, and we're party to all of it.

As you'd expect, there is an abundance of 'short jokes' in this. The casual observer would possibly assume a level of discrimination in doing this, feeling Warwick is somewhat exploited. But that could not be further from the truth. Although we see Warwick's immense difficulty with his stature, it is his small mindedness that we are most amused by. Where some might think forcing a dwarf down the toilet is immoral and wrong, others look at his reasons for agreeing this - trying in vain to impress Johnny Depp. Where some might see his hilarious scaling of a bookshelf and think it is somewhat derogatory, others might point out his ridiculous pride in saving face so not to give his ex-wife's new partner the upper hand. These moments are aptly portrayed in such a way as to mock only Warwick's personality and not his disability. This is a 'small man' in mind alone. He is petty, vain, desperate, small minded and arrogant. He is a small 'Alan Partridge' with the same delusions of grandeur that made Alan such fun to watch.

Most of Life's Too Short is familiar to fans of Gervais. His touch is evidently there, and the overall show is stylistically more similar to The Office as oppose to anything else. The physical comedy is done brilliantly and Warwick has such a commanding grasp on this realm. Yet there is too much missing from the show. The writing is just not funny enough. The incredibly funny parts, such as Liam Neeson's scene are too few and far between. I dare say it, but there is too little of Gervais and Merchant. And once more, Barry, Cheggers and Les Dennis are back to provide the odd laugh inbetween, proving the show needed additional comedy from somewhere. Other than Warwick, nothing stood out. Gone are the level of characters such as Tim, Gareth, Darren Lamb, Barry (who we see too little of), Dawn and the lovable Maggie. Finding incredible characters and creating interesting and brilliant people to play them is what Gervais and Merchant have done brilliantly. Yet there's nothing too special here. It's as though they narrowed their view solely to Warwick and forgot about the outer world he'll exist in.

But still, with my Gervais hat still gone, I will review this show on its merits. Ultimately it is very funny in parts. Watching Warwick scale that bookcase had me in tears. Liam Neeson's bit was one of the greatest scenes the guys have written and the whole idea behind the show is still strong. I enjoyed watching Life's Too Short and it was in no way a bad show. The current viewer rating on IMDb is 7.8/10, a little generous for my liking. If I could be more specific, I'd give the show a 7.4/10...or 74/100...or 74%...whatever works.

All in all - not too bad, not too great. Just good.

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