Gervais Brings Podcasts to Life in Animated Series

British comic Ricky Gervais is set to animate the TV market — he will voice a new cartoon series based on podcasts he created for a British newspaper.

The funnyman, who created and starred in the original Office TV show, is using animation to bring to life a series of Web broadcasts, which he produced with creative partner Stephen Merchant for Britain’s The Guardian newspaper.

The 13-show series, which will see Gervais, Merchant and friend Karl Pilkington lend their voices to the characters, will feature musings on a range of topics.

The comedy will premiere on HBO on Feb. 19.

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