Golden Years (TV programme)

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"Golden Years"
Comedy Lab episode
Ricky Gervais in Golden Years.jpg
Gervais in character impersonating David Bowie
Episode no. Series 2
Episode 6
Directed by Blake Bedford
Written by Ricky Gervais
Stephen Merchant
Original air date 8 September 1999 (1999-09-08)
Running time 23 minutes
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"Golden Years" is the sixth episode of the second series of British comedy anthology series Comedy Lab. It first aired on 8 September 1999 on Channel 4. Written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, it stars Gervais as the co-owner of a video rental company who has a David Bowie obsession. The episode follows him as he prepares for his appearance on the talent show Stars In Their Eyes.[1][2][3][4]

Production[edit]

Plot[edit]

Gervais plays Clive Meadows, the main character who has a David Bowie obsession. Clive Meadows is the 32 (or 37, he is somewhat unclear) year old co-owner of 'Video Zone', a video rental company based in Reading. The show follows Clive as he prepares for his appearance on the ITV talent show Stars In Their Eyes.

Reception[edit]

Legacy[edit]

The documentary style of the show and in particular the behaviour of Gervais' character present like prototypes for The Office and its lead character David Brent.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guidry, Ken (18 July 2013). "Watch: Ricky Gervais Is A David Bowie Impersonator In 1999 Comedy Pilot 'Golden Years'". Indiewire. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Haas, Rachel (19 July 2013). "Unearthed Clip Shows Ricky Gervais as Bowie Impersonator in 1999 Comedy Pilot". Paste. Wolfgang's Vault. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Mellor, Louisa (26 June 2011). "Top 10 on-screen David Bowie impressions". Den of Geek. Dennis Publishing. Retrieved 27 May 2016. 
  4. ^ Heatley, Michael (2006). Ricky Gervais: The Story So Far. London, UK: Michael O'Mara Books. ISBN 978-1843172376. 

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