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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One of the best things Gervais has done
13 April 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The pilot was touching, humane, painfully sad, sometimes hilarious... make the series NOW Channel 4... Gervais proves that behind all the bluster and arrogance he is actually a rather sweet, sensitive human being... and Derek is a delight... it is not easy to blend comedy and poignancy - and even if the Einaudi piano was laid on a bit thick at the end, this was magnificent, heartfelt stuff. Great moments include Derek charging naked through the old people's home and the Karl Pilkington character saying, with spot on timing "Normal"; and Hannah's head butt in the pub was the best 'attack on plebs' scene since Richard Gere kung-fu-ed some punks in An Officer and a Gentleman. Thank God for Ricky Gervais, doing it his way. And remember, we're all getting old folks...


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