When I first heard about Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s The Men from the Pru it was an untitled TV project. This was before even Extras, and at the time, it was talked about as an immediate concern. For some reason, however, it never did end up on BBC2 as originally anticipated.

Even this time last year, when Gervais was calling the project by its name and spilling plot details, it was touted as television and not cinema. Now Variety have reported that it will be a film after all, and the second production from Sony International Motion Picture Group after The Damned United. Is the small screen too small – or not budgeted sufficiently – for Gervais new ambitions?

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