Ricky Gervais - aka David Brent of The Office fame - is launching a 12-week podcast which will be available from The Guardian.

Gervais had the leading role (as David Brent) in The Office, the award-winning show which took two Golden Globes, six BAFTAs, four British Comedy Awards and the prestigious US Peabody award.

He has broadcasting experience, too, from years spent at XFM.

Gervais will work with his long-time collaborator and The Office co-writer Stephen Merchant on the transmission, the first episode of which will be available on December 12.

Gervais said: "I want to do a radio show where I can say what I want, when I want, for as long as I want and that's free for anybody who can be bothered to listen anywhere in the world," he told The Guardian.