Ricky Gervais based 'Cemetery Junction' around a Sir Elton John song.

The British funnyman claims he and co-writer Stephen Marchant agreed to set the movie - about a group of teenagers growing up in Reading, South East England - in 1973 after receiving permission from the legendary singer to use one of his tracks in a project.

Ricky explained: "About four years ago, I asked Elton John if I could use his song 'Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)' to open a film with and he said yes, so I told Stephen Merchant, and he said, 'Right, let's set it in 1973, then'. That's the truth."

Although Ricky is now a huge star In America and spends a lot of his time there, he says his first love will always be his native England.

Talking about 'Cemetery Junction' he said recently: "It's my love letter to England and an acknowledgement to all my family and everyone I knew growing up. I love England. I don't know anyone more patriotic than me."