Derek (2012–2014)
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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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Potential to be epic
15 February 2013 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

This reminds me of the moment in time when Jennifer Saunders wrote Jam and Jerusalem. I'm not sure Gervais fans are ready for this. Overall, I think this show has the potential to be epic. I have a few minor criticisms (such as the maudlin music-it's just not necessary and sort of cheapens it).

I think Gervais is perfectly suited to play an adult with "'tism". And, if done right, this could really be one of those shows that makes me so excited about television right now at its best. Surprising story arcs, smart character development, honest emotional complexity and genius humor. Like someone said before "The best comedy makes you cry." And, I'll counter with, the best drama makes you laugh. I have all the faith that Gervais and Co. are capable of this. As long as it develops complexly and stays more light and smart than emotionally overwrought...I say put a stamp on it and ship it to the States. Put it on a cable network. No remakes, we'll take Gervais neat. TV execs would probably be too nervous to broadcast it here. But, I liked Gervais even more after the Globes. I don't think Americans really understand him. I think this is a vehicle he could be appreciated in, his depth, his humor etc. I've never taken him as mean spirited, which I think he has been unfairly categorized. He has a spirited humor in a world full of "Emperors" to be poked at (even when he is the biggest emperor of them all).

Right now it's an 8 of 10 based on the pilot.


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