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


Channel 4 sitcom set in a retirement home. 15 episodes (pilot + 2 series), 2012 - 2014. Stars Ricky Gervais, Kerry Godliman, David Earl, Holli Dempsey and others.

Series 1, Episode 4

Derek decides to sell some of his autographs in order to raise money for the retirement home. Meanwhile, an outing to the beach for some of the residents means a blissful afternoon in the sunshine.

Further details

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

One of Derek's favourite hobbies is autograph hunting but he's decided to sell some of his autographs in order to raise money for the retirement home. Kev, Dougie and Derek head to a local shop that sells autographed photos of iconic celebrities to see how much they can get. The shop assistant however isn't overly impressed by the signatures Derek's managed to collect - the main reason being, Derek can't actually remember who a lot of them belong to.

Kev also has some autographs he'd like to sell including a signed photo of him and Baby Spice, a Katie Holmes signed Harvester pub menu and a signature which he claims belongs to the one and only Uncle Ben. But the shop assistant struggles to believe that Katie would ever visit a Harvester pub or that Uncle Ben is in fact a real person and the boys leave empty handed.

Another of Derek's passions is wrestling. He often pounces on Kev and Dougie unannounced and wrestles them to the floor trapping them so they can't move. "I loves wrestling because I'm strong and grabby" says Derek. "In real fighting you fights people what you don't like so you can hurt them but in wrestling I wrestles people what I do like. It's like strong cuddling really."

Today, some of the residents at Broad Hill Retirement Home are going on a trip to the seaside whilst Hannah stays behind to register a new resident. Dougie drives the mini bus but finds it very hard to concentrate with Derek sitting directly behind bombarding him with questions such as; "What would win out of aids and rabies?"

Back at the home, new resident Mrs Shaw arrives accompanied by her daughter Rebecca who recognises Hannah from school. Rebecca is a well-dressed successful woman who can't help but make remarks about the fact Hannah left school at 16. Her comments leave Hannah wondering whether her life has really turned out as she intended.

At the beach, the residents relax whilst the boys have a paddle in the sea but before they leave - Kev makes sure he's made his mark by writing rude words on crabs with a marker pen.

On their return Hannah couldn't be happier, as she's had enough of Rebecca's snide remarks, and it makes her realise just how much she's missed everyone's company.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 20th February 2013
Channel 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Ricky Gervais Derek
Kerry Godliman Hannah
David Earl Kev
Holli Dempsey Vicky
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
Guest cast
Susannah Wise Rebecca
Laura June Hudson Rebecca's Mum
Tom Basden Autograph Expert
Writing team
Ricky Gervais Writer
Production team
Ricky Gervais Director
Charlie Hanson Producer
Ricky Gervais Executive Producer
Richard Halladey Editor
Graham Barker Editor
Anna Higginson Production Designer


Derek - Comfort Break

The bus stops for a comfort break.

Featuring: Ricky Gervais (Derek), David Earl (Kev), Karl Pilkington (Dougie).


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