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.