The ever-busy Ricky Gervais has just finished work on the pilot edition of a new web-based series called Learn English with Ricky Gervais.
He’s also released a clip of the show, which co-stars Karl Pilkington and makes light of the odder elements of the English languge:
Gervais said that the pilot had “turned out great” and added that he would be giving away Learn English’s first edition for free via iTunes before working out how best to distribute the rest of the series.
Posting on his blog, Gervais wrote: “I finished editing the pilot episode of our new internet project. It will be called Learn English with Ricky Gervais and it’s turned out great. We hope to have it subtitled into as many languages as possible.”
He continued: “I’m going to put out the first one free as a taster then work out the best way to distribute. Might charge a small fee or get it sponsored. Unlike the audio podcasts this actually costs quite a bit to make, but even if we charge it will still only be a couple of quid.“
Perhaps hinting that subtitling will make up a big part of the show’s humour, the 51-year-old comic added that he was thinking about posting an un-subtitled version of the show online, which fans could then annotate themselves.
He said: “I’m thinking of making a clean version of the pilot available for download so people can put their own subtitles on it and repost it. You can do a Klingon version if you want.”
In the same blog post, Gervais added that rehearsals for the first series of Channel 4 comedy-drama Derek will begin next week.