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    After The Office, it's the Man from the Pru next for Ricky Gervais



    By Arifa Akbar, Arts Correspondent

    Monday, 18 August 2008



    It is not the usual stuff of celluloid blockbusters � a quirky "dramedy" about two twenty-somethings in the 1970s who work as building society clerks in the dull suburban surrounds of Reading. Then again, nobody thought that about a comedy set in an office in Slough either.



    But now Ricky Gervais has just finished writing the script for The Men at the Pru � a major feature film he describes as a cross between The Office and Mad Men.



    The story is a "coming-of-age" tale about two friends who work for the Prudential, then a building society, amid the concrete "glamour" of the town where Gervais grew up. The idea first started as a television series, but has now morphed into a feature film which is due to begin filming next year. Gervais and his creative partner, Stephen Merchant, visited the Pru's London headquarters in February. They tried to reassure the financial services company that it would provide a backdrop for the drama and not become subject to the same lampooning of white-collar workers as shown in The Office. Jon Bunn, the PR director at the Prudential who met the comedians during their research, said: "They came in to look through our old archived stuff and Merchant then came in separately and went though the archives in more detail. They wanted to find out what the Prudential was like in years gone by.



    "They looked at recruitment material, advertising, staff magazines and various other literature. There was also a recruitment advertisement that was shown in the local cinema in Reading which featured actual members of staff. It was an induction video for the Prudential, about it being a good place to work, which they said in a 1970s kind of way," he said.



    Gervais is not speaking about the film, but wrote on his blog: "Did a bit of scouting for The Men at the Pru. Filming won't start 'til next May or June but locations can really inspire. I've also been reading books about my home town of Reading. That's where the HQ of the Prudential Building Society was in the '70s." Gervais has said it would be set "in the 1970s in a seaside town the sexual revolution never hit ... I'd be a 45-year-old in 1970, so I'd be one of those people who thought the permissive society was disgusting. That's why we're losing our empire."



    The wisdom of Ricky



    * Pol Pot � he rounded up anybody he thought was intellectual and had them executed. And how he decided if someone was intellectual or not was whether they wore glasses. If they're that clever, take them off when they see him coming!



    * Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.



    * Avoid employing unlucky people � throw half of the CVs in the bin without reading them.



    * If you treat people with love and respect, they will never guess you're trying to get them sacked.

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    So it'll be The Office set in 1970 - although not in Slough, all those miles and miles away in Reading. I can't wait.

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    'The Man From The Pru' ???? When I heard RG mention this in an interview, I thought he was producing a comic remake of the Julia Wallace murder. How disappointing to read it's not.

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    The Men At The Pru Gets New Title



    The Men At The Pru � the first feature film to be co-written and directed by The Office and Extras creators, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant � is no longer called The Men At The Pru. Instead, the British comedy will now be called Cemetery Junction.



    Christian Cooke, star of ITV�s glossy monster show, Demons, will star as Freddie, a young man growing up in 1970s England along with his best friends, Bruce (Tom Hughes) and lovable loser Snork (Jack Doolan, aka Tyler from Green Green Grass).



    Although the trio, who all work at Prudential (hence the original title) spend their time laughing, drinking, fighting and chasing after the ladies, Freddie wants more, and gets a job as a door-to-door saleman. There, he bumps into his old school sweetheart, Julie (Felicity Jones, recently seen in Brideshead Revisited), and all bets are off.



    The quartet of young actors join the already-cast Ralph Fiennes and Gervais, and continue Gervais and Merchant�s penchant for unearthing new talent.



    However, it�s the synopsis that has surprised us most. Cemetery Junction will be a gentle, funny, universal tale about someone who wants more out of life.



    � We want to capture the spirit of those classic British New Wave movies of the 1960s that made stars of Albert Finney, Julie Christie and Michael Caine,� said Gervais and Merchant in an official statement. �We are so excited about our fresh young cast � they are all film stars in waiting. Cemetery Junction is going to be glossy and glorious, full of humour, romance and drama as well as our usual observations on the truth and absurdity of real life.�



    Filming will begin in and around London on June 15th, 2009.

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    Does anyone know if Cemetary Junction was actually filmed in Reading?



    I know Ricky lives there and he said in an interview a few months ago ' at least I didn't have far to get out of bed and go to work'.



    I used to live in the Cemetary Junction part of Reading years ago for my sins.

    Haven't seen the film but will be doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angel2407
    Does anyone know if Cemetary Junction was actually filmed in Reading?



    I know Ricky lives there and he said in an interview a few months ago ' at least I didn't have far to get out of bed and go to work'.



    I used to live in the Cemetary Junction part of Reading years ago for my sins.

    Haven't seen the film but will be doing.


    Filming locations included Taylors Bell Foundry and the Great Central Railway both in Loughborough Leicestershire

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    Quote Originally Posted by angel2407
    Does anyone know if Cemetary Junction was actually filmed in Reading?



    I know Ricky lives there and he said in an interview a few months ago ' at least I didn't have far to get out of bed and go to work'.



    I used to live in the Cemetary Junction part of Reading years ago for my sins.

    Haven't seen the film but will be doing.
    Hornsey Town Hall and Crouch End were also locations - here's a link to Rick Gervais's Blog



    Ricky Gervais... Obviously.

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    Caught it on DVD last night. Short and sweet (about 85 mins) though any longer and it would have ben tedious. Quite liked it despite the everything being too heavily telegraphed. Great turns from Ralph Fiennes and Emily Watson.

    Downsides were Gervais looking too young and bland for his part and Anne Reid clearly trying to be Dandy Nichols.

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