Derek - In The Press
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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
Ricky Gervais has been busy drumming up support for Derek at the National TV Awards and is even offering fans signed DVDs if they vote for the show.
Written by Ann Lee. Metro, 15th January 2014
I don't know what happened to Ricky Gervais, but the grace he earned from The Office has finally run out. Derek is painfully unfunny and misguided in so many ways, but the most galling thing about this so-called comedy is how Gervais has convinced himself it's a significant, important and affective piece of social commentary. It's not. It's just lazy manipulation hiding its sins behind the fact it's ostensible about elderly care in modern Britain. But if that were true, why are the genuine old folks just silent stooges or background extras, as Gervais pulls faces next to grumpy best-mate Karl Pilkington in a comb-over wig? Abysmal. Even the title's font is bad.
Derek, which comes out on DVD this week, is perhaps the bravest move of Gervais' career so far.
Written by Ed Cripps. The Huffington Post, 10th November 2013
An interview with Ricky Gervais to promote Derek being shown on Netflix in the US.
Written by Lacey Rose. Hollywood Reporter, 21st August 2013
Ricky Gervais' most recent TV series, Derek, is to make its debut on Netflix later this year, it has been announced.
Metro, 22nd May 2013
The emotional response to the show grew steadily each week and the reaction to the finale is still going on. I've never had a reaction like it to be honest.
Derek isn't for me - quite apart from the fact it leans heavily on basic tricks learned from The Office, but hasn't the skill to use them well or progress them, which shows how poorly Ricky Gervais has evolved since 2003.
Written by Dan Owen. Dan's Media Digest, 10th March 2013
Derek is an odd show - watchable light viewing, always a couple of good lines from Pilkington, charmingly straight-forward in a fraught world, weirdly preoccupied with montages, but I'm not sure it's saying anything much, or possibly even at all.
Written by Nick Bryan. The Digital Fix, 7th March 2013
The series finale of Derek might have been sentimental, but it packed an emotional punch which left you longing for more.
Written by Keith Watson. Metro, 7th March 2013
For the finale, Ricky Gervais takes the soppy undercurrents of this series and makes them a gushing torrent. A care home resident dies, which provides an excuse for the characters to deliver homilies and reflections on their lives to an imaginary interviewer. "When I does nice things, I feels nice. And when I does bad things, I feels bad," Derek explains helpfully. Even lairy drunk Kevin gives a lecture on the importance of not taking shortcuts in life, as the best shortcut is kindness.
David Butcher, Radio Times, 6th March 2013
So sentimental is the final episode of Ricky Gervais's care home-set comedy that it's easy to think the whole thing is spoofing itself. The death of elderly resident Lizzie turns the team at Broad Hill introspective and we get their soundbite views on God and the meaning of life. Occasional moments of humour (mostly from Karl Pilkington's put-upon Dougie) are outweighed by cloying cod philosophising. To top it all, a maudlin reunion between Derek and his dad, an alcoholic, is sound-tracked by crashing chords from Coldplay. Channel 4, meanwhile, announced this week that there will be a second series.
This week brought perhaps the worst episode of Derek yet. A young rapper called Deon (Doc Brown) came to Broad Hill care home to do community service, provoking the expected reaction from characters written by Ricky Gervais: awkwardness around a black man. Mentally vulnerable helper Derek (Gervais) touched Deon's hair and noted that it was curly, while crass drunk Kev (David Earl) tried to appear cool - "Blacks and whites unite!" - but then spoilt it by slagging off the "Chinkies".
This episode didn't hit the heights of last week's euphoric beach outing, but, even amid the shambles of the cabaret, the residents laughing at, not with, the "band", rescued by a rap from Deon, the series continues to extend its quiet power, and cement its place in my affections.
Written by Caroline Frost. Huffington Post, 28th February 2013
Lord knows Derek has its ups and downs, but however syrupy or preachy it gets, it's worth watching just for Karl Pilkington's turn as Dougie. The world-weary caretaker doesn't have a lot to do tonight, but one despairing speech he has is worth the price of admission on its own. Dougie is roped in to helping with a cabaret night, the centrepiece of which will be a performance of loutish Kevin's play about Duran Duran, apparently the only thing he cares about besides sex and Special Brew. Meanwhile, a would-be rapper is on community service at the home.
David Butcher, Radio Times, 27th February 2013
Ricky Gervais has courted controversy with his series about a retirement-home worker with learning difficulties. In tonight's episode Broadhill retirement home wants to host a cabaret show and Derek (Gervais) forms an entertainment committee to discuss plans for the evening. Meanwhile, a would-be rapper is on community service at the home. This is followed at 10.35pm by The Making of Derek, in which Gervais and his cast mates Karl Pilkington, Kerry Godliman and David Earl, explain why they made the series. At one point, Gervais becomes quite metaphysical about the whole thing: "The Office touched on existentialism but it touched on the existentialism of being 30. Derek touches on the existentialism of being 90."
Just when I think I've got Ricky Gervais figured out, he undertakes a new project that turns my preconceptions on their head.
Written by Carmen Croghan. Smitten By Britain, 25th February 2013
When Derek started on Channel 4 a month ago I was fairly indifferent to it. After the controversial one-off last year and the disappointingly broad Life's Too Short it looked as if Ricky Gervais had maybe mislaid his mojo. Four episodes in, however, I'm wondering if he has found it again.
Written by Bruce Dessau. 22nd February 2013
So, all in all, a triumph of an episode, apart from the initial foray into autograph-selling, which veered dangerously into meta-Extras territory.
Written by Caroline Frost. Huffington Post, 21st February 2013