David Brent stars in MS training vids
The MS Office
TV boss from hell David Brent lives on in a set of two training videos made for Microsoft UK.
Comedian Ricky Gervais, star of hit sitcom The Office, recorded the videos at Microsoft's Reading campus last month. Posters inviting staff to enter competitions to appear alongside Brent in the training videos - titled I'm Back, and this time it's Personal Development - are still on display in MSN's central London offices.
Microsoft is staying schtum on details on the deal, saying it is an internal matter. Gervais has resisted pressure to make a third series of The Office, the hit BBC series he co-wrote with writing partner Stephen Merchant. The Christmas special episodes shown last month is expected to be the last outing for the Brentmeister, whose hilarious lack of self-awareness has had Brits in stitches for the last two years.
A US remake of the series is in development.
The Microsoft videos are unlikely to be released externally.
Unlike Wernham Hogg, the fictional company ridiculed in The Office, Microsoft is reckoned to be one of the best places to work in the UK, according to list compiled by The Times newspaper.