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Ricky Gervais' Derek: has he toned it down for series two?

11 hours ago | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The controversial sitcom about a mentally disabled man in a care home is back for another series. But are there signs that the creator has taken on board the vociferous criticism?

A common problem for programmes returning for a second series is that a pre-transmission lap of honour around the chat-show sofas and arts pages can be swiftly followed by a backlash from viewers complaining the new run isn't as good as the first.

Derek, which returns tonight to Channel 4, doesn't have to worry about that. The criticism of Ricky Gervais's mock-documentary about the residents and staff of a rest home began with the pilot and continued throughout the first series. And so, rather than any media hype, the new episodes have been preceded by pundits and interviewers expressing surprise that the series has survived in the schedules.

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- Mark Lawson

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Law & Order: UK, Derek

11 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Jamaica Inn: BBC One, 9pm

As the police close in on the smuggling gang, Jem attempts to interrogate his brother to find out who is giving the orders, but to no avail.

Meanwhile, Mary frantically struggles to save her Aunt Patience. But as she flounders in her attempts, the truth she unveils makes her question who she can really trust.

Law & Order UK: ITV, 9pm

A bout of shootings claims the life of one of Ronnie and Joe's colleagues, and they must catch the killer before he or she strikes again.

With the next victim seemingly likely to be the head of Crown Prosecution Service, links between those being targeted become apparent.

As the common factor between the targets points to a man sent away to prison for killing his wife four years ago, they must race against time to find concrete evidence that links him to the shootings. »

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Ricky Gervais: I'm considering a third series of Derek

15 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Ricky Gervais has revealed that he is considering a third series of Derek.

The comic insisted that he will round off his Channel 4 comedy with either a full third run or a one-off special.

"It's the first time I've ever considered doing a third series of something," said Gervais, who wrapped both The Office and Extras after two series and a special.

"I think I certainly want to do the two series and a special for Derek and then see. I don't want to make TV for the sake of it.

"You have other ideas and also you don't want to outstay your welcome."

Gervais writes, directs and plays the title role in the series, which also stars Kerry Godliman and David Earl.

Series two of Derek begins tonight (Wednesday, April 23) on Channel 4, and will be available to Us residents via Netflix from May 30. »

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TV News Wrap Up: ’24: Live Another Day’ Videos, ‘Hemlock Grove’ S2 Premiere and More

21 April 2014 7:25 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

This Week in TV:

Fox releases three behind-the-scenes videos from 24: Live Another Day; Netflix announces a season 2 premiere date for Hemlock Grove; Ricky Gervais says the BBC and Netflix are both interested in developing a David Brent-centered spinoff of The Office; and ABC Family orders a supernatural procedural pilot titled Stitchers.

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With Fox’s premiere of 24: Live Another Day less than three weeks away, the network continued its promotional campaign for the new miniseries this week, releasing three behind-the-scenes videos and a poster. Check out the first six minute segment below:

In the past month, Fox has given us three separate glimpses at the 12-episode miniseries, all of which feature Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) doing what he does best – engaging in close-quarters hand-to-hand fights and barely escaping explosions. However, instead of a world-endangering situation staring him ...

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- Daniel Johnson

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Kerry Godliman on Derek reaction: I only got lovely feedback

21 April 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Derek star Kerry Godliman has said that she received only "lovely feedback" about the first series.

The Channel 4 comedy received mixed reviews from critics, but Godliman - who plays Hannah - insisted the public's reaction was "a blanket response of nice-ness".

"I wish I was more like Hannah," the actress said. "She's so good – she's going straight to Heaven, that woman

"She has the capacity to be very aggressive and it's probably not something she's proud of, but those scenes are very effective dramatically because you're playing with the duality of human behaviour.

"It's very easy especially with women characters to make them very broad – the mother or the bitch or the whore – so you're playing around with those archetypes.

"Hannah might mother you or she might nut you! But only if it's totally justified aggression!"

Co-star Holli Dempsey (Vicky) agreed that Derek gives the viewer "an insight into real »

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Ricky Gervais on Karl Pilkington Derek exit: He was too nervous to act

20 April 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Ricky Gervais has revealed that Karl Pilkington was too nervous to play a major role in series two of Derek.

Pilkington starred in the first series of the Channel 4 comedy as caretaker Dougie, but will play a much smaller role in the upcoming second run.

"If you saw him in the first series, [he was] sweating [with nerves]," Gervais explained. "He couldn't really act with other people, 'cos he was so nervous. I honestly didn't know whether to hug him or put him down!"

Though Pilkington only shot two days on Derek series two, Gervais argued that the character of Dougie "wasn't really integral" to the show.

"The show is so much more about Hannah (Kerry Godliman) and Derek anyway - he was just the icing on the cake," he said.

The second series of Derek begins April 23 on Channel 4, and will be available to Us residents via Netflix from May 30. »

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Ricky Gervais: Derek is a 'superhero'

19 April 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Ricky Gervais says Derek is ''a superhero''. The comedian has explained he ''looks up to'' the titular character from his popular sitcom, insisting he doesn't listen to those who criticise him for portraying a man with learning difficulties. He told The Sun newspaper's TV Magazine: ''You can't let the criticism affect you. All my feedback comes from Twitter.I love it when my show affects someone - whether it makes them laugh or cry. ''Anyway, I've never considered Derek to have Down's syndrome or to be autistic. And even if he is, what's wrong with such a positive role model? ''I look up to Derek, »

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Q&A: Ricky Gervais

19 April 2014 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

'When did I last cry? Over a YouTube clip about animals'

Ricky Gervais, 52, was born in Reading. He worked as a radio scriptwriter with Stephen Merchant, and together they wrote the TV series The Office. It became the most successful British comedy of all time. He has since made Extras, An Idiot Abroad, Life's Too Short and Derek. In 2007, he entered the Guinness World Records for the most downloaded podcast; in 2010, Time Magazine named him one of the world's 100 most influential people. His latest film is Muppets Most Wanted, and series two of Derek starts on Channel 4 on Wednesday.

When were you happiest?

I can't remember a time when I was happier than now, to be honest though that's always been the case.

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- Rosanna Greenstreet

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'The Office' creator Greg Daniels reflects on finale: How they hid Steve Carell from NBC

18 April 2014 11:33 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

NBC’s The Office was at first viewed with so much skepticism — the Yankee version of Ricky Gervais’ beloved UK cult favorite series. Yet by the second season, the Thursday comedy found its own voice and its quirky ensemble of struggling office drones was embraced by fans and critics. Its docu-style helped launch a TV trend away from studio-based sitcoms and gave NBC a much-needed anchor on TV’s most competitive night. Last year, after nine seasons, The Office closed its doors. Below creator Greg Daniels looks back on the final episode.

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- James Hibberd

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Louis C.K. Gets Hilariously Sassed by His Doctor in New ‘Louie’ Teaser (Video)

18 April 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Louis C.K. is famous for his cheeky retorts on his award-winning FX comedy “Louie.” However, he may have met his match in his latest visit to his physician in a new teaser trailer for Season 4, premiering May 5. Also read: Ricky Gervais Saw Louis Ck Naked: ‘Horrendous,’ ‘Horrible,’ ‘Awful’ – ‘Like an Undercooked Chicken’ (Video) The hypochondriac explains he hurt his back “really bad.” His doctor, apparently nonplussed, takes another bite of his sandwich. Watch his hilarious diagnosis below: »

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Ricky Gervais's Derek: Tom Hughes stars in new trailer

18 April 2014 5:26 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Ricky Gervais has unveiled a new trailer for Derek.

Tom Hughes features as London Zoo employee in the new clip, who attracts the attention of Vicky (Holli Dempsey).

Post by Ricky Gervais.

Derek will return to Channel 4 on Wednesday April 23 and will be available to Us viewers on Netflix a month later.

Gervais plays a dedicated volunteer at a nursing home in the comedic drama.

Karl Pilkington, Kerry Godliman and David Earl return in series two, while comedian Joe Wilkinson also joins the cast. »

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Have I Got News For You tops Friday ratings for third week

18 April 2014 4:24 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Have I Got News For You topped Friday's (April 18) ratings for the third week running.

The BBC One panel show, which was hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, was Friday's highest-rated show outside of soaps, attracting 4.46 million (20.6%) viewers at 9pm.

BBC One's evening kicked off with 3.06 million (17.5%) for The One Show at 7pm, followed by 2.82 million (14.4%) for A Question of Sport at 7.30pm.

An average of 3.8 million (17%) viewers tuned in to watch Masterchef at 8.30pm, while an Outnumbered repeat was seen by 2.89 million (13.9%) at 9.30pm.

The evening ended with 2.74 million viewers (19.5%) for The Graham Norton Show at the slightly earlier time of 10.20pm. This week's guests included Ricky Gervais and Ronnie Corbett.

Drama series Lewis was the highest-rated show outside of soaps on ITV, entertaining 2.81 million (13.3%) at 9pm. Elsewhere, Weekend Escapes with Warwick Davis was seen by 2.47 million (11.8%) at 8pm.

BBC Two's highest-rated show of the evening was Mastermind with 2.23m (10.7%) at 8pm. »

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Ricky Gervais: I'm responsible for rise in cynical, ironic comedy

18 April 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Ricky Gervais has admitted that he feels responsible for a rise in 'cynical' comedy shows.

The comic explained that he has tried to leave "cynicism and irony" behind with his Channel 4 series Derek.

"I think what makes Derek a different type of sitcom - if it is even a sitcom - is the sincerity," he said.

"Certainly in the last few years - and I'm responsible for a lot of it - there's been this comedy of cynicism and irony and I've tried to leave that behind."

Gervais compared the modern comedy landscape to "a student's bedroom" with "ironic" posters.

"Just say what you do like!" he urged. "I think people are afraid to do that."

The second series of Derek begins April 23 on Channel 4 and will be available to Us residents via Netflix from May 30. »

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Fox Moves ‘Animation Domination High-Def’ Shows to Digital From Late-Nite

17 April 2014 8:18 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Fox is canceling its 11-month Animation Domination High-Def experiment in June and moving the existing shows from the Saturday night block to digital platforms, a network rep told TheWrap. The network has also ordered two traditional half-hour shows from the Adhd studio, which will premiere in primetime in 2015. Also read: Ryan Reynolds, Ricky Gervais Lead Fox's ‘Animation Domination’ Guest List Fox's brief foray into the young male skewing 12-minute animated format that Adult Swim began in July 2013, aired at 11 p.m. on Saturday, but never quite took hold with its intended audience. A Fox spokeswoman said the Adhd block was designed to. »

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Derek series 2: Watch new clip from Ricky Gervais comedy

17 April 2014 7:44 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Digital Spy has an exclusive clip from Derek series two.

In the second run's opening scene, Derek (Ricky Gervais) encounters his nemesis - a giant spider - and calls on his pal Dougie (Karl Pilkington) for help.

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Kerry Godliman and David Earl also reprise their roles in the new series, which follows 2012's pilot and a six-part run in 2013.

Derek was recommissioned by Channel 4 back in March last year, with Channel 4's Head of Comedy Phil Clarke calling the show "brave, funny and touching".

"Derek is probably my favourite thing of everything I've done, so I can't wait to start thinking up some new adventures for the gang," Gervais added.

The second series of Derek begins April 23 on Channel 4, and will be available to Us residents via Netflix from May 30. »

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Martin Freeman: 'I'm glad we didn't ruin The Office with reunion'

17 April 2014 4:34 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Martin Freeman has revealed that he is glad The Office has not returned since it ended in 2003.

The Sherlock actor - who played Tim Canterbury in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's BBC sitcom - said that he would worry it would be "ruined" if they made a new series.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live's Richard Bacon: "I'm very proud of The Office, if it's on I still watch it and will laugh. But one of the best things Ricky and Steve did was ending it and making it finite and making it something people look back and go, 'I wish there was more of that', as opposed to doing loads and people saying, 'I wish there was less of this'."

He continued: "I'm glad not to be doing The Office any more, not for any career reason or any selfish reason, but as a punter, just as a viewer. »

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Coronation Steet's Michelle Connor and Steve McDonald to marry?

17 April 2014 2:15 AM, PDT | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Ricky Gervais says Derek is ''a superhero''. The comedian has explained he ''looks up to'' the titular character from his popular sitcom, insisting he doesn't listen to those who criticise him for portraying a man with learning difficulties. He told The Sun newspaper's TV Magazine: ''You can't let the criticism affect you. All my feedback comes from Twitter.I love it when my show affects someone - whether it makes them laugh or cry. ''Anyway, I've never considered Derek to have Down's syndrome or to be autistic. And even if he is, what's wrong with such a positive role model? ''I look up to Derek, »

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Ricky Gervais Hints At Sequel To UK’s The Office

16 April 2014 1:07 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Well, this news is both somewhat surprising and somewhat awesome. Seems Ricky Gervais has hinted that there may be talks of a sequel to UK’s The Office. Which, as many of you know, is what helped rise Ricky to fame, and helped bring The Office to our shores. Now make sure you read what I [&hellip

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Ricky Gervais will play David Brent again for a new mock-documentary project

15 April 2014 2:55 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Last year, David Brent started popping up again for the first time in a while, and there were rumors of a larger possible project happening. I am always happy to see Ricky Gervais working, and he seems very happy about the way his latest series "Derek" has been received. It would be dishonest to say that I'm anything less than thrilled to hear, though, that Gervais is making a big return to playing the part that put him on the map in the first place. This year, Gervais will be performing a number of gigs in character as David Brent, and the performances will be filmed as part of a "documentary" about Brent's pursuit of his dreams of being a pop star. "It's going to be tragic," Gervais told MTV in the UK. "It's not going to be what he thinks it is." The last decade or so, we've seen »

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Ricky Gervais: BBC, Netflix Interested in 'The Office' Spinoff

15 April 2014 3:53 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

London – Ricky Gervais said his comic creation David Brent, who bossed breakthrough BBC sitcom The Office, is the subject of interest from both the BBC and Netflix for a return to the small screen. Gervais told the U.K.'s Radio Times magazine that both the public broadcaster and the online subscription giant have expressed a desire to work out a spinoff. Photos: The Booming Business of Ricky Gervais: From 'The Office' to 'Muppets' The comedian, who co-created and co-wrote The Office with Stephen Merchant, resurrected the character 10 years after the original program went off the air

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