Life’s Too Short Details and Episode Guide

Life's Too ShortHBO’s new comedy series Life’s Too Short, created by Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Warwick Davis, will premiere on February 19, 2012 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. The seven episode faux documentary series starring Warwick Davis playing a fictionalized version of himself will air on Sunday nights after Eastbound and Down.

HBO offers this synopsis of Life’s Too Short: “Actor Warwick Davis is struggling to jumpstart his fading career and maintain his status as Britain’s ‘go-to’ little person. He runs a talent agency for fellow showbiz little people called ‘Dwarves for Hire,’ though he often takes the best roles for himself, and serves as vice chairman of a society for small people, though he’d rather be chairman. Davis also seeks advice from his old pals Gervais and Merchant (playing versions of themselves) in hopes that their A-list celebrity connections will aid his career.”

The series will include cameos by Johnny Depp, Liam Neeson, Sting, Helena Bonham Carter, Steve Carell, Kat Deeley, and other celebrities. Joining Davis in the cast are series regulars are Jo Enright as Davis’ soon to be ex-wife Sue, Rosamund Hanson as his dim-witted assistant Cheryl, Steve Brody as his incompetent accountant and EastEnders actor Shaun Williamson as himself.

February 2012 Episodes:

Episode #1
Debut: SUNDAY, FEB. 19 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Other HBO playdates: Feb. 19 (12:30 a.m.), 20 (11:00 p.m.) and 23 (9:30 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Feb. 20 (9:30 p.m.), 21 (1:25 a.m.), 22 (12:10 a.m.) and 24 (8:30 p.m.)


For more than two decades, Warwick Davis was Britain’s “go-to dwarf.” Now, with his career on the slide, a massive tax bill caused by his useless accountant and a wife who’s divorcing him, he decides to open his doors to a reality TV film crew. After interviewing a new assistant, he drops by unannounced to see old pals Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, but Liam Neeson already has an appointment to pitch himself as a serious actor who is serious about breaking into comedy.
Written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

Episode #2
Debut: SUNDAY, FEB. 26 (10:30-11:00 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: Feb. 26 (12:30 a.m.) and 27 (11:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Feb. 27 (9:30 p.m.), 28 (1:25 a.m.) and 29 (11:30 p.m.)

While selling autographs at a sci-fi convention, Davis agrees to be the special guest at a “Star Wars”-themed wedding. His fortunes appear to rise when Johnny Depp hires him to help research a new movie role, but Depp ends up having a bone to pick with Ricky Gervais.
Written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

Watch a preview:

Source: HBO – January 9, 2012

Rebecca Murray

Editor in Chief at ShowbizJunkies
Journalist covering the entertainment industry for more than 13 years. Member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Alliance of Women Film Journalists, and San Diego Film Critics Society.

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