Full Series For Ricky Gervais's Derek
Channel Four asks for more.
With the future of Life's Too Short still up in the air, Ricky Gervais has at least something to celebrate as Channel Four have given the go-ahead for a full series of his solo-penned comedy-drama, Derek.
When the pilot was shown on the channel in April, it managed a consolidated audience of 3.2 million, despite receiving mixed reviews.
Derek is described by Gervais as, "a bittersweet comedy drama about a group of outsiders living on society's margins'. Filmed in Gervais' preferred fly-on-the-wall style, it follows the life of Derek Noakes (Gervais), a simple, but sweet man who works at an old people's home. Derek is 49 years old and loves "animals, Rolf Harris, Jesus, Deal or No Deal, Million Pound Drop and Britain's Got Talent".
Working alongside Derek are handyman Dougie (regular Gervais cohort Karl Pilkington) and fellow care-worker Hannah (Kerry Godliman).
Ricky Gervais says, "David Brent was an egotistical, failed musician and the most annoying man in the world. Derek is a 50 year old man with bad hair and clothes, whose best friend is a whinging bald manc twonk. Where do I get my ideas from?"
Shane Allen, Channel 4's Head of Comedy, adds, "Ricky is a leading voice in British comedy and through Derek he captures and reflects something of the spirit of modern society. A kind-hearted character in a world that TV normally shies away from, it feels like a perfect new direction for Ricky. The pilot triggered an amazing response and Derek's story had only just begun so it's brilliant that we can explore this world and its beautifully drawn characters across a series."
The series is due to air early next year.
Watch some trailers and outtakes from Derek here: