Airdate: Derek

Actor Ricky Gervais behind the scenes filming of series Derek Sept 2012ABC has scheduled Ricky Gervais’ new comedy Derek into schedule tomorrow night, following Would I Lie to You?

Gervais plays Derek Noakes a carer in a retirement home. The series attracted some controversy in the UK when some argued it was making fun of the intellectually disabled. But Gervais has never shied away from controversy and his fans love him for it….

Multi award-winning comedian Ricky Gervais once again showcases his talents for character driven comedy/drama by creating a series full of heart, with characters and situations so real you forget that they’re not. “For me personally, it’s my favourite thing I’ve ever created or worked on. I love Derek more than any other character. In fact, I wish I were more like him”….says creator Ricky Gervais.

Derek Noakes (Ricky Gervais) is a tender, innocent man whose love for his job and the people he cares for shines through. He’s 49 years old and loves animals, Jesus, Deal or No Deal, and Britain’s Got Talent – but his main hobby is autograph hunting. He works in a retirement home with his mate and landlord, Dougie (Karl Pilkington). Derek cares very deeply for old people because they’re kind and funny and tell him stories about the olden days. Hannah (Kerry Godliman) is a care worker at the home and is Derek’s best friend. She’s smart, witty and hardworking, but unlucky in love, and like Derek, always puts other people first.

Comedian, actor, musician, director Ricky Gervais shot to fame playing David Brent in the popular series The Office and struggling actor Andy Millman in Extras. Ricky continues to enjoy a hugely successful career, being involved in many projects across the entertainment industry worldwide. Some of his credits include, starring in the Hollywood movies, The Invention of Lying and Ghost Town, hosting the Golden Globes, performing sell-out comedy shows and even writing a children’s book series called Flanimals.

Production Credits: Derek productions ltd for Channel 4. Written, directed and starring Ricky Gervais. Produced by Charlie Hanson. Executive producer Ricky Gervais.

Thursday 15th August at 10pm on ABC1.



  1. I just has the pleasure of watching the first episode tonight & I haven’t seen such a sweet, kind, tender, good natured program in a long time until now. Also, I’ve never read a more wrong comment on TV Tonight than the one posted by Filmlover99 below (& that’s saying something). Ricky… Wow! You continue to surprise & amaze me after all these years. I urge everyone here to iView it as soon as you can.

  2. The Other Adam

    filmlover99 – Not sure why you think they’re mocking the disabled when the laughing and joking you’re referring to is when out of character… Ricky Gervais is a pretty eccentric comedian but he has always treated Derek with seriousness and respect

    Anyway, a fairly decent series – not their best work but enjoyable. I am a fan of Karl Pilkington but not in this though.

  3. What ever was Ricky Gervais thinking of? One of the most appalling series ever made. What made anybody think making fun of vulnerable and disabled people would be a good idea for a comedy series? I did stay with ep 1 but then I called it quits. From the “making of” special it’s obvious that Gervais and the main cast (mainly friends of Gervais) had a ball making it. They roll round in fits of hysterics at their own antics. Pity the jokes are not enjoyed by the viewers!

    • Bugger me so it has. Thanks Derek. Not sure why it isn’t included as an ABC highlight. I don’t recall getting a preview disk -will have to check.

      Newtaste: It’s not fast-tracked, it aired in the UK earlier this year.

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