Derek. Image shows from L to R: Dougie (Karl Pilkington), Derek (Ricky Gervais). Copyright: Derek Productions.

Derek

Channel 4 sitcom. 15 episodes (pilot + 2 series), 2012 - 2014. Stars Ricky Gervais, Kerry Godliman, David Earl, Holli Dempsey, Brett Goldstein, Karl Pilkington, Tony Rohr and others.

Derek. Image shows from L to R: Hannah (Kerry Godliman), Derek (Ricky Gervais). Copyright: Derek Productions.

Derek

Bittersweet comedy drama written by and starring Ricky Gervais as a worker in a retirement home

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
2012 - 2014
Channel
Channel 4
Episodes
15   (1 pilot + 2 series)
Starring
Ricky Gervais, Kerry Godliman, David Earl, Holli Dempsey, Brett Goldstein, Karl Pilkington, Tony Rohr, Kay Noone and others
Writer
Ricky Gervais
Director
Ricky Gervais
Producers
Charlie Hanson, Ricky Gervais and Duncan Hayes

Derek is a bitter sweet comedy drama about a group of outsiders living on society's margins.

Derek Noakes is a tender, innocent man whose love for his job and the people he cares for shines through. He's 50, adores animals, Rolf Harris, Jesus, Deal Or No Deal, Million Pound Drop and Britain's Got Talent - but his main hobby is autograph hunting.

He works in Broad Hill retirement home where he cares deeply for old people because they're kind and funny and tell him stories about the olden days.

Hannah is the manager and lead care worker at the home and is Derek's best friend. She's smart, witty and hard-working, but unlucky in love, and like Derek, always puts other people first.

Alongside the residents of the home - including, for the last few months of his life, Derek's long-lost father, Tony - Hannah and Derek are joined by the unemployed (and frankly, unemployable) Kev; former young-delinquent carer Vicky; and the home's caretaker, initially Derek's friend and landlord, Dougie, and later the objectionable but far more qualified Geoff.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 12th April 2012 on Channel 4 at 10pm
Last new broadcast
Monday 22nd December 2014 on Channel 4 at 10pm
Last repeat
Sunday 28th December 2014 at 11:35pm on 4seven

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