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Some things are better left alone, Ricky - just look at poor Del Boy and Rodney

David Brent is off to the movies. Hurrah? Not quite.

In case you've been living under a rock all these years, Brent - a dim-witted, fictional office middle-manager, and the brainchild of Ricky Gervais and writing partner, Stephen Merchant - was the main attraction of the much-loved BBC show, The Office.

He's also one of the greatest characters to have ever featured in a British comedy series, played to perfection by none other than Gervais himself.

But did you know that there were only two seasons of The Office?

Done and dusted - exactly what Gervais had always wanted. Until now, that is.

One of the best things about Gervais is that he's always known when to stop.

He doesn't know yet if there will be a third season of Derek. He wrapped up the marvellous Extras after just two years. Put the art first, man - it's a trend that both he and Merchant started with The Office.

And, if that meant calling time on a popular series before it had a chance to run out of steam, then so be it.

So why risk ruining things now by digging up an old character (The Office finished in 2003) for a big-screen adventure?

Entitled Life on the Road, the film (due for release next year) will focus on Brent's aspirations to become a rock star.

More mockumentary madness, then. But what if it's not funny? What if it bombs at the box office? Is Gervais doing it for the art or for the cash? It's not like he needs the extra dough.

Is he in danger of tarnishing David Brent's reputation as an ingenious comic creation? Yes. Because it's always the 'last' appearance that people remember most.

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Last month, the lads (minus Graham Chapman, who passed away in 1989) reconvened for a series of shows in London.

It was the first time that Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin had performed on a stage together in 30 years. Reviews were mixed.

Some critics shrugged their shoulders. Others slated it. I think a lot of us know the real reason behind the comeback (clue: extra zeroes on the bank balance).

Did we expect these fine gents to reinvent the wheel so late into their careers? Of course not.

But I would have hated to have seen the gig and walked away utterly disappointed, as I've heard some fans did on the night. I'll stick with the DVDs, thanks.

That's the thing. Some of my favourite TV shows (The X-Files, Friends, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) have been off the air for years, and I never want to see them return.

They had their day - another season or two would be greedy. It would feel forced. Sometimes, a big comeback really isn't necessary. We all have the box sets - is that not enough?

A few months back, former Friends star Courteney Cox fielded questions about a possible movie adaptation of the classic 90s sitcom. How many times have we heard that one?

In short, it's not going to happen. Friends ran for ten successful years - another instalment would be a bad idea. Why? Well, it was very much of its time.

So was The Office, and I really do believe that the great David Brent already had his moment in the sun.

Just look at what happened when Rodney and Del Boy refused to give up. Hands up who thought Only Fools and Horses should have called it quits in 1996 after the boys finally made their millions?

Yeah, I thought as much. Shame about all those flimsy Christmas specials that followed.

Some things are better left alone. Who knows how Brent's cinematic excursion will pan out?

I trust that, after all this time, Ricky Gervais wouldn't risk throwing away everything on a half-assed piece of work for a pay cheque. Or would he?


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