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


  • TV sitcom
  • Channel 4
  • 2012 - 2014
  • 14 episodes (2 series)

Bittersweet comedy drama written by and starring Ricky Gervais as a worker in a retirement home. Also features Kerry Godliman, David Earl, Holli Dempsey, Brett Goldstein, Karl Pilkington and more.

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It's Derek's 50th birthday and what better way to celebrate than with a party at the retirement home?

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Derek. Image shows from L to R: Derek (Ricky Gervais), Kev (David Earl), Dougie (Karl Pilkington), Hannah (Kerry Godliman). Copyright: Derek Productions

It's Derek's 50th birthday and what better way to celebrate than with a party at the retirement home?

Hannah, Dougie and Kev gather round whilst Derek goes into great detail about what music and food he would like including chart toppers JLS, Susan Boyle and... Stacy Solomon? Not to mention the vol-au-vents, sausage rolls and chicken kievs. Kev on the other hand thinks he knows exactly what present Derek would like for his birthday.

There's also a new addition to the Broad Hill Retirement Home staff this week, community service worker Vicky who's been sent there because she was caught nicking shoes from the shop she used to work in. Vicky is convinced she bears an uncanny resemblance to one Victoria Beckham especially as they share the same name, are both posh and have the same taste in bags and shoes.

Whilst Derek introduces Vicky to the residents, Hannah helps her get to grips with all the daily chores, which to Vicky's disgust includes changing beds and cleaning urinals. Fed up and frustrated, Vicky is really losing the will until one of the residents gives her the boost she needs to get motivated and turn things around.

Once a week, Dougie drives the elderly residents to the library. Derek and Kev tag along too, mainly so that Kev can scour the books for nudity and Derek can read up on his favourite animal, cats. He's fascinated by them and he likes kittens the most. He says, "Kittens are my favourite. I love's 'em... sometimes you wants to squeeze them but you've got to be careful. I likes old cats, I likes all the ones in between, I likes all cats."

When they arrive back at the home, Derek's 50th birthday party gets well underway with classics such as Will Smith's Getting Jiggy With It. Everyone is having a great time until Kev decides to supply Derek with a can of special brew which doesn't end well leaving Hannah to come to the rescue.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 6th February 2013
Channel 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 8th February 2013 11:50pm 4seven
Saturday 9th February 2013 11:00pm 4seven
Tuesday 12th February 2013 11:10pm C4
Sunday 2nd June 2013 11:05pm E4
Monday 3rd June 2013 1:50am E4

Cast & crew

Ricky Gervais Derek
Kerry Godliman Hannah
David Earl Kev
Holli Dempsey Vicky
Brett Goldstein Tom
Karl Pilkington Dougie
Kay Noone Lizzie
Tim Barlow Jack
Arthur Nightingale Arthur
Sheila Collings Sheila
Margaret Towner Edna
Prem Modgil Prem
Barry Martin Joe
Blanche Williams Precious
Ninette Finch Annie
Ruth Bratt Mary
Guest cast
Pamela Lyne Marge
Writing team
Ricky Gervais Writer
Production team
Ricky Gervais Director
Charlie Hanson Producer
Ricky Gervais Executive Producer
Richard Halladay (as Richard Halladey) Editor
Graham Barker Editor
Anna Higginson Production Designer


Jokes on You

Kev tells Derek a joke.

Featuring: Ricky Gervais (Derek), David Earl (Kev) & Holli Dempsey (Vicky).

Fat Country

Dougie gives his opinion on books.

Featuring: Karl Pilkington (Dougie).

Birthday Boy

It's time for Derek's birthday.

Featuring: Ricky Gervais (Derek), Karl Pilkington (Dougie) & Arthur Nightingale (Arthur).


Dougie correctly predicts what Derek is up to.

Featuring: Ricky Gervais (Derek) & Karl Pilkington (Dougie).

Stylish Cut

Dougie talks about his hair.

Featuring: Karl Pilkington (Dougie).

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