The best thing about the Park Bench Hall of Fame is that there's always a seat available. The latest inductee is from Netflix comedy-drama After Life, which often sees protagonist Tony Johnson (Ricky Gervais) sit down and contemplate life and death.
To mark the show's third and final season, agency 'made by blah' and charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) have placed twenty-five permanent benches around the UK. Each is inscribed with the show's mantra, 'Hope is everything', but there's also a modern twist to these wooden pews.
A QR code lets users watch interviews with cast members Gervais, Tony Way, Kerry Godliman, and Jo Hartley, as well as provide links to other CALM resources. According to 'made by blah' co-founder Oli Cole, it's an attempt to extend the show's influence beyond its eighteen episodes.
"Instead of doing an ad, we wanted to build a lasting and authentic legacy for After Life," Cole says. "Our ambition is to get the nation to talk about the theme of hope by creating inviting places where people can connect with others."
It remains to be seen if After Life benches resonate with punters in the same way as Forrest Gump, Eastenders, Withnail & I, and other Hall of Famers, but even one life-saving sit would ensure its success.