Ricky Gervais has insisted he was right to bring back much-loved character David Brent, despite the original version of The Office finishing in 2003.

Speaking in an interview with the Radio Times, the British comedian refuted claims made by some critics that his reprisal of the role is merely a money making exercise. "The show was 12 episodes - seven-and-a-half hours - and the film is 90 minutes. Nine hours in 15 years. How is that milking it?", he said.

The film, which charts the fledgling music career of saleman David Brent, has received largely mixed reviews from critics to date.

However, the 55 year old former Golden Globes host, went on to state, "Joseph Heller was told he'd never written anything as good as Catch-22, and he replied, ‘Yeah, but neither has anyone else'. Lovely, isn't it? It's a bit of an analogy for The Office,”

"I love Laurel and Hardy because they fall down and pick themselves up for our pleasure, which is what I try to do with Brent. Character is much more important than plot in a sitcom" - and boy, what a character he is”, he said.

Earlier this week, RTÉ Entertainment gave the movie a two and a half star rating. That review can be accessed here.

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