Ricky Gervais is known more for his acerbic humor and blunt honesty than he is for having a heart of gold, but one look at his new series, Derek, makes us think it will be a sweet but uncomfortable mixture of all of the above.
Created, written, directed, and executive produced exclusively by Gervais for Netflix, he also plays the titular character, Derek, who may appear simple-minded, but he’s also got a huge heart and an unwavering sense of loyalty and generosity. Much like the awkward style of docu-comedy he pioneered as David Brent in the original UK Office series, Derek appears to be the polar opposite of Brent (and the US version’s Michael Scott), but no less hilarious.
DEREK premieres Thursday, September 12 at 12:01 am PT only on Netflix.
From the press release:
DEREK is a bittersweet 30-minute comedy drama about a group of outsiders living on society’s margins. Derek Noakes (Gervais) is a tender, innocent man whose love for his job shines through. Working in a retirement home, Derek cares deeply for the old people, because they are kind and funny and tell him stories of what life used to be like. Alongside him works Dougie (Karl Pilkington), his landlord who is one of life’s unlucky individuals; Kev (David Earl), a loveable train wreck; and Hannah (Kerry Godliman), a care worker in the home and Derek’s best friend. She is smart, witty and hard working, but unlucky in love, and, like Derek, always puts other people first. The uncaring outside world popping in and out will boil your blood and the residents inside will break your heart.
Ricky Gervais created, wrote, directed and executive produces the series that is produced by Derek Productions Ltd. for Netflix.