Ricky makes tracks

Gervais records 'hit' for planned sitcom

Ricky Gervais has written a song for a new sitcom created by two of his Office colleagues.

Ewen Macintosh, who plays Keith, right, and Jamie Deeks (Jamie) have written two episodes of Toyboyz, about two one-time boy band stars grasping for fame 20 years after their heyday.

The band had a solitary No 1 hit in 1985, when the members were just 11, but reunite today when one of their tracks is used in a mobile phone advert.

Gervais, who was himself a member of Eighties synth-pop band Seona Dancing, has written the song that supposedly made the band famous.

He has previously helped out the duo by providing voiceovers for Edinburgh shows they performed with sketch team Navelgazing.

Fellow Office alumnus Stirling Gallcher, who played David Brent’s boss Jennifer, is also said to be lined up for a role in the show.

However, the BBC denied newspaper reports it was funding two pilot episodes of the project, saying only: “There is no pilot commissioned at this stage.”

Published: 7 Dec 2004

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