Derek: Season 1, Episode 0

Pilot (12 Apr. 2012)

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When a documentary team visits the retirement home where he works,kindly,simple, middle-aged Derek is delighted as he loves reality TV - especially Secret Millionaire - and has 35,000 ... See full summary »

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When a documentary team visits the retirement home where he works,kindly,simple, middle-aged Derek is delighted as he loves reality TV - especially Secret Millionaire - and has 35,000 autographs. Douglas,his co-worker and landlord,is less impressed. In the course of the day Derek falls into a pond,sets up his friend Hannah with a date with a handsome visitor and takes the death of a resident to heart. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Brilliant pilot, eagerly awaiting the series.
25 June 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Being a massive fan of The Office since it came out, and also a fan of the brilliant Extras, I was quite disappointed with Life's Too Short when it came out last year. It seemed to be a bit too similar to the Office, but did what the Office, just did not as effectively Derek though, I loved. It was brilliantly dramatic, sad, funny and simply a beautiful piece of work. The subject matter is treated very respectfully, putting many initial knee-jerk criticisms made by many to bed.

No, it is not The Office, and isn't as laugh-out-loud funny, yet it made me laugh and literally cry in parts. And things rarely do that, especially comedies. This is testament to the masterful piece of television that this is.

In addition, another massive bonus of this series is the inclusion of Karl Pilkington, who is always just a joy to see on screen.

Generally a warm, uplifting, funny and very powerful piece of work. Gervais and Merchant have evolved, and the work is different, but still brilliant.

Can't wait for the series.


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