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There's a massive spider on the wall in the men's toilet at the nursing home where Derek (Channel 4) works. Is it after the fly perhaps? No, because this is Ricky Gervais wobbly hand-held mockumentary style. Who is this camera operator supposed to be though? A recovering alcoholic? A resident? Maybe with Parkinson's? Certainly with no previous experience of camera operation - it's lurching all over the place, zooming in and out, I'm feeling a bit airsick to be honest. Oh for a bit of fly-on-a-wall steadiness.
Would this have been recommissioned if it had been anybody but Ricky Gervais behind it? Probably not. Is the TV schedule better for it being included? Definitely.
Written by Caroline Frost. The Huffington Post, 24th April 2014
This show is the most rancid dollop of insincere gloop ever served up on telly.
Written by Christopher Stevens. The Daily Mail, 24th April 2014
Ricky Gervais and Karl Pilkington are back for the second series of Derek and we've already learned some pretty important lessons.
Written by Emily Hewett. Metro, 23rd April 2014
It's a fine start overall, with numerous emotional responses neatly housed within an ultimately safe environment.
Written by Julian Hall. Chortle, 23rd April 2014
The trouble isn't Derek's condition, or lack of, it's Derek himself. He feels like a cartoon in a world of verisimilitude.
Written by Will Dean. The Independent, 23rd April 2014
The new series of Derek opens with brilliant comic scenes about spiders, electrocution and sex between clowns and chimps but, by the end of the half hour, viewers just might be quietly weeping.
Written by Julie McDowall. The Herald, 23rd April 2014
My issue with Derek is that I can never really relax into it and believe that I'm actually watching a group of characters who live and work in a care home.
Written by Matt D.. Unreality Primetime, 23rd April 2014
A second series does give Gervais the chance to explore the characters more deeply, but with Karl Pilkington leaving in this opener the series instantly loses its main comedy draw.
The Custard TV, 23rd April 2014
Yes, Normcore. The 'theory' proposed by American trend forecasting collective K-Hole and picked up by New York Magazine as a fashion (or anti- fashion) movement that has become such a 'thing' that it's even been given a full page explanation in The Sun. The idea is that rather than trying to be different with what you wear, you try to be 'ardently ordinary' or 'endearingly awkward', and, for a character rarely seen out of his zip-up polyester cardigan and sweat pants, it means Derek is not just riding a Normcore wave, he's the king of the movement.
Written by Tom Atkinson. The Huffington Post, 23rd April 2014
There are reports that a third series is being considered. My advice, for what it's worth, is: don't do it. It is possible to have too much of a sloppy, sentimental, embarrassing thing, you know - even when it stars Ricky Gervais.
Written by Terry Ramsey. The Daily Telegraph, 23rd April 2014
The comic insisted that he will round off his Channel 4 comedy with either a full third run or a one-off special.
Written by Morgan Jeffery. Digital Spy, 23rd April 2014
The controversial sitcom about a mentally disabled man in a care home is back for another series. But are there signs that the creator has taken on board the vociferous criticism?
Written by Mark Lawson. The Guardian, 23rd April 2014
The pilot episode of Ricky Gervais's comedy set in a retirement home provoked a firestorm. The series that followed proved to be Marmite, so it's a surprise to find it back for a second outing. Critics protest that it mocks people with learning difficulties because Derek, the careworker of the title, shuffles around with his lower jaw stuck out and asks childlike questions. Naturally, Gervais - who also writes and directs - denied any such thing, arguing Derek can hold his own against Baldrick, Father Dougal and Mr Bean.
Claire Webb, Radio Times, 23rd April 2014
If MasterChef was about comedy instead of food, it's easy to imagine what John Torode and Gregg Wallace would make of this Ricky Gervais sitcom as it comes back for a second series.
Here's what Kerry Godliman and Holli Dempsey had to say about becoming a 'double act', working with Ricky and the public reaction to their characters...
Written by Elliot Gonzalez. I Talk Telly, 19th April 2014
In 2010, Time Magazine named him one of the world's 100 most influential people. His latest film is Muppets Most Wanted, and Series 2 of Derek starts on Channel 4 on Wednesday.
Written by Rosanna Greenstreet. The Guardian, 19th April 2014
As the second series of his divisive sitcom Derek hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work - and why he loves his 'sweet and funny' protagonist.
Written by James Rampton. The Independent, 16th April 2014
He spoke so passionately about Derek, a project you can sense he's really proud of.
Written by Elliot Gonzalez. I Talk Telly, 15th April 2014
Ricky Gervais is feeling pretty happy with his lot. As his surprisingly heart-warming mockumentary Derek returns to Channel 4 for a second series, Gervais explains his upbeat mood.
Written by Emma Saunders. BBC News, 15th April 2014
Somewhere between David Brent and Derek Noakes - around Andy Milman time - Ricky Gervais started to make the jump from cynicism and irony to kindness and honesty. It's a jump that not all fans of The Office have found easy to make.
Written by Julian Hall. Chortle, 15th April 2014
"Derek is perfect. He doesn't get stressed by things. I've got a lot in common with him because he's based on me when we were about eight."
Written by Mark Jefferies. The Daily Mirror, 10th April 2014
Ricky Gervais has revealed he is 'all for' euthanasia - and hopes it will be as easy as popping into Boots for a tablet when his time comes.
Written by Graham Wray. The Mail Online, 5th April 2014
The debate this time isn't about whether Ricky Gervais is mocking people with learning difficulties, it is whether his portrayal of innocent, saintly, simple soul Derek Noakes has any connection whatsoever with reality.
Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 4th April 2014
The writer and star of the Channel 4 comedy reveals he will do "a special, at least" to follow the second series set to air from 23 April.
Written by Susanna Lazarus. The Radio Times, 28th March 2014