Derek: April 12th, Channel 4

Ricky and Karl in Derek

So this is just a quick update about Ricky’s new show Derek. I’ve had quite a few views on a previous post I typed way back when he first announced the show, so here’s something newer, shorter, and informationyer. He updated his blog a bit earlier to confirm that the pilot will be going out on Channel 4, April 12th. It sounds like it’s a one-off at the moment, so I guess if the ratings/reviews are good it’ll get a full series, so make sure you tune in and support it.

Derek appears to be going in a different direction from Gervais’ previous shows, looking like a comedy drama with much more emphasis on the drama. It’s a fake documentary following the title character, played by Ricky, who lives in a care home. Could be wrong, I don’t know the specifics and I’m too lazy to look it up. I’m very busy and important these days, and Glee is waiting to be watched on Sky Go. It also apparently features Sean Connery, or at least that’s what he was saying ages ago but there’s been no mention of him recently that I’ve seen, and Karl Pilkington takes on his first dramatic role as a dim northerner. Not a massive push but still interested to see how he gets on.

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Derek – Production Photo

So Ricky posted this on Twitter yesterday, but otherwise we are being kept pretty in the dark about the new show, by his standards anyway. All we do know is it’s a comedy-drama for Channel 4 about a middle-aged bloke in a home based on a character he created over a decade ago, and Karl Pilkington has a proper acting role in it. Thoughts? Maybe we should get a massive sweepstake on the go – how many complaints will Ofcom get?

Ricky Gervais in Derek


Derek – A New Sitcom From Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant (hopefully)

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.