Derek – A New Sitcom From Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant (hopefully)Posted: November 30, 2011
Gervais-related news has been pouring in over the last couple of weeks. First it was the Golden Globes announcement, then it’s the campaign to get Karl the Christmas number 1 (click the image on the right to find out more), and now the plans for his new sitcom with Stephen Merchant are starting to leak out. If you have been reading his blog you would have seen the pictures of Karl in costume, including the one above – that’s right, Karl Pilkington is actually acting properly and we assured he is very good.
The show is called Derek and is based on a mentally-handicapped character Ricky created before The Office called Derek Noakes. According to this article, which is apparently only half true, they have shot a pre-broadcast pilot with Channel 4, but they will hardly turn them away. You can see the sketch Ricky filmed of Derek below, and I don’t know about you but I’m very excited to see them working with Channel 4. Anyway, there are not many facts at the moment so watch this space and I will keep you posted, which means I will copy whatever is on Ricky’s blog and put them down here to steal some traffic. He gets like a million hits a week so I’m sure he won’t mind.