WATCH: Ricky Gervais Has a Soft Spot for ‘Derek’, Seen on ‘The Paul O’Grady Show’
The second season of Ricky Gervais’ controversial TV show Derek is set to launch in the U.S. on Netflix on May 30. Gervais swung by Channel 4’s The Paul O’Grady Show on April 30 to chat about the upcoming season.
Gervais wrote, produced and stars in the mockumentary-style TV show opposite his pal Karl Pilkington (An Idiot Abroad). He plays the title character Derek who is a care worker in a nursing home. Derek sometimes finds himself as the odd-man-out, which can happen to the best us, but Gervais argues, “He’s cleverer than Father Dougal, and not as different as Mr. Bean.”
After a bit of catching up, O’Grady gets to Derek saying, “I have to tell you, I love Derek. When I used to work in social services, when I had a proper job, I used to go around all the care homes and work in them. There was always a Derek, who was an angel.”
Gervais agrees with O’Grady, going on to explain how the show came about saying, “It’s based on my family. All the women in my family were care workers themselves. They would help at people’s homes or homes for Alzheimer’s.”
Gervais points out Derek isn’t a normal sitcom and a bit sweeter and more sincere.
If you haven’t seen the first season, here’s a look at the trailer:
And, finally, here’s the interview with Paul O’Grady we’ve been on about:
Some people appreciate the show as seen in this tweet:
— James Thornton (@jamesthornton32) May 1, 2014
And others, not so much:
You could watch Ricky Gervais’ #Derek – or you could slam your tongue in a door. Same level of pain…
— Lorna Cooper (@Coops_tv) May 1, 2014
Either way, people are talking about it:
#Derek is trending, my thumb hurts from answering all your brilliant questions, and I need a wee and another drink before the show starts
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) April 23, 2014
Did you watch the first season of Derek? Plans for the second?