Matt Berry in superb form as drunken and incompetent copper .Sean O'Grady, The Independent, 10th June 2019
Sweary, mutton-chopped Victorian detective Eli Rabbit proves to be an ideal role for Matt Berry in this roistering police spoof. Alun Armstrong plays Rabbit's bewhiskered boss and Paul Kaye his nemesis as laughs meet Whitechapel-flavoured murder mystery. Heart-stoppingly funny.Mike Bradley, The Guardian, 10th June 2019
After Life is the latest offering from Ricky Gervais, where he plays widower Tony, a man corroded by grief (staying alive only to feed his dog) who decides to be as obnoxious as he likes and then kill himself, behaviour that he thinks is "like a superpower."
The cast includes Penelope Wilton as a widow, Diane Morgan as Tony's gobby co-worker, and Paul Kaye as a self-satisfied therapist. Apart from videos left by Tony's late wife (a touching Kerry Godliman), the heart is mainly provided by Ashley Jensen as a care-home worker looking after Tony's dad (David Bradley), and Mandeep Dhillon's rookie journalist at the local newspaper where Tony works.
The problem is the wildly swerving tone - from obnoxious to sentimental to caustic to maudlin to pointlessly vile. At one point Tony helps a junkie (Tim Plester) buy enough drugs to kill himself. Ho and ho. This just won't cut it as edgy comedy in the era of Succession, Russian Doll and so much more. After Life worked better during the running joke featuring Tony covering hopeless local stories, such as a boy playing recorders with his nostrils: "Why would people rather be famous for being shit than not famous at all?" This is Gervais's true superpower - as a carping, eye-rolling everyman.Barbara Ellen, The Observer, 17th March 2019
What is the new six-part Netflix series from Ricky Gervais? After Life is certainly funny but it is no sitcom. There is too much going on here that isn't funny to file it snugly under that genre. It's not that safety net catch-all "comedy drama" either though. It's something totally unique. And it deserves a category of its own.Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 7th March 2019
Keeley Hawes has been announced amongst the supporting cast of upcoming Channel 4 period sitcom Year Of The Rabbit, starring Matt Berry. Alun Armstrong, Sally Phillips and Paul Kaye also enjoy roles in the series.British Comedy Guide, 30th January 2019