British Comedy Guide

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


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.

Press Clippings

Ricky Gervais's disbelief at Derek DVD's 18 certificate

Ricky Gervais has been left stunned after censors gave the Derek DVD an 18 certificate.

Chortle, 8th October 2015

Ricky Gervais could bring back hit show Derek

The 53-year-old Office star has said he "might" bring back the show because he loved the main character so much.

Mark Jefferies, The Daily Mirror, 9th April 2015

Derek Finale - review

The finale has even more sex jokes to the point where I began to believe that this show would have been much better without the character Kev.

Anglonerd, 25th February 2015

Extended Derek finale will be released 3rd April

Netflix viewers will get an extended version of the final moments at Broad Hill Nursing Home on 3rd April, as Gervais's thoughts turn to Life on the Road and Special Correspondents.

Emma Daly, Radio Times, 20th January 2015

Ricky Gervais may attend Golden Globes dressed as Derek

Derek hugs on the red carpet? Yes, that could happen.

Emma Daly, Radio Times, 2nd January 2015

Gervais reveals there's an "even better" Derek special

Netflix viewers will see an extended version of the final moments at Broad Hill Nursing Home, as Ricky Gervais's thoughts turn to Life on the Road and Special Correspondents.

Emma Daly, Radio Times, 30th December 2014

There are people who defend this mockumentary to the death, egged on by Ricky Gervais on his Twitter account, but it doesn't wash with me. It has amusing moments, but the show's always at its best when Gervais's insufferable Derek Noakes is off-screen. Lord knows why this performance earns Golden Globe nominations in the U.S, because it's a cringe-worthy mix of tic's and cartoonish body language. Derek's finale revolved around the wedding of saintly nursing home worker Hannah (Kerry Godliman) to her underwritten bin man boyfriend, which intersected with the expulsion of gross Kev (David Earl). Wisely, Derek's actual role was largely limited to a fairly sweet date with an unconvincingly adoring woman. One gets the sense Gervais, deep down, knows the multitude of ways this show and his character is flawed (he's not an idiot), but despite the fact the finale's a big improvement from the show's first series, it could never overcome the awkward mix of lowbrow gags and unearned sentimentality.

Dan Owen, Dan's Media Digest, 24th December 2014

Ricky Gervais's inexplicably clunky "thing" about a kind man who works in a nursing home. I can find no comedy in it and it lacks the emotional truth required for a drama. It concluded last night with a 65-minute special featuring a wedding, a baby, an anecdote about a bird with a broken wing and an alcoholic's redemption, all laced with Gervais's emotion-flavoured dialogue that sounds as if it should spring from real feelings but doesn't.

Everyone looked embarrassed except Colin Hoult, one of the few good things in the last ever episode as Jeff, a self-contained side character, criminally underused. On the strength of his two or three lines, you could sense a whole life going on under the surface. It wasn't in the lines but the performance, both understated and totally eye-grabbing. I'd like to see a show called Jeff, but written by someone with less of a tin ear for sentiment.

Julia Raeside, The Guardian, 23rd December 2014

Derek, review, final episode: 'glib and manipulative'

The feel-good aura in Ricky Gervais's comedy drama verged on claustrophobic and was laced with irony.

Ed Power, The Telegraph, 23rd December 2014

TV Review: Derek - The Special

It's a strangely low-key ending. Apart from a brilliantly inappropriate speech from Kev it almost all goes off disappointingly smoothly.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 23rd December 2014

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