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Derek (2012–2014)

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Derek is a loyal nursing home care assistant who sees only the good in his quirky co-workers as they struggle against prejudice and shrinking budgets to care for their elderly residents.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »



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Series cast summary:
 Derek / ... (14 episodes, 2012-2014)
Kerry Godliman ...
 Hannah (14 episodes, 2012-2014)
David Earl ...
 Kev (14 episodes, 2012-2014)
Tim Barlow ...
 Jack (14 episodes, 2012-2014)
Arthur Nightingale ...
 Arthur (14 episodes, 2012-2014)
Margaret Towner ...
 Edna (13 episodes, 2013-2014)
Ninette Finch ...
 Annie (13 episodes, 2013-2014)
Sheila Collings ...
 Sheila (13 episodes, 2013-2014)
Barry Martin ...
 Joe (13 episodes, 2013-2014)
Prem Modgil ...
 Prem (13 episodes, 2013-2014)
Blanche Williams ...
 Precious (13 episodes, 2013-2014)
 Tom (11 episodes, 2012-2014)
 Vicky (10 episodes, 2013-2014)
 Dougie (8 episodes, 2012-2014)
Kay Noone ...
 Lizzie (8 episodes, 2012-2014)
Laura June Hudson ...
 Jill / ... (8 episodes, 2013-2014)
 Anthony (7 episodes, 2013-2014)
Colin Hoult ...
 Geoff (6 episodes, 2014)


With Derek, Ricky Gervais forays back into comedy with a sensitive format that sheds awareness along its humorous path. Styled in mockumentary fashion, Derek (Ricky Gervais) is the story of a man who works in a British nursing home, helping to care for its residents. While Derek could be said to suffer somewhat, lacking in some mental faculty, this remains debatable throughout. The story takes place primarily within the nursing home, yet does venture beyond those walls into the world of the norm. The character subjects vary from typically aged to otherwise different-from-norm. Derek's primary colleague is Hannah (Kerry Godliman), who has apparently worked in the home for some time and exhibits great care toward her subjects. Written by Angela T.

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Ricky Gervais has said that with Derek, it was the first time on his career that he thought about doing a third season of a show, instead of his usual two seasons and a special. He finally decided not to jinx it and follow his tradition. See more »

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Staggeringly Good
29 March 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Firstly, I'm well aware that Ricky Gervais's humour is not at all for everyone, but please, if anyone let's this jewel of a program slip them by because of that reason it's a very great shame! Personally I was always a big fan of Ricky Gervais. I remember when The Office first came out and was thoroughly impressed by, not just the wit and humour, but the direction and three dimensionality of the characters. Extras continued to show just how brilliant he could be as creator of top notch comedy, but with Derek he's pushed the envelope several degrees further and in a strikingly different direction.

It's billed as a comedy but is a difficult program to classify. Some have called it a comedy drama but I'd have to say it's in a genre all of it's own, with more moments that force the viewer into deep reflection than any kind of laughter and few moments that I can honestly call "drama". Though certain films are able to pull at my heart strings enough to leave me with a runny nose and a very sore face under the eyes, this program is one of very few I've seen that's able to do so during most episodes. Perhaps "bitter-sweet comedy" is a better description.

What continuously strikes me most about it is how it draws attention, so vividly and on a weekly basis, to the terrible way we in the western world treat our aged. All of the acting is of an extremely high standard, particularly Gervais' Derek and the superb Kerry Godliman as manager Hannah, with Gervais' particular style of hands off direction (which worked so well in The Office) his actors play their roles in a sublimely naturalistic way. The tenderness with which each of the residents stories is handled is truly breath-taking, with small (what in other shows might be out of place) montages depicting to the audience memories of past youthful days, scattered throughout the series. The music used in the series is also worth a mention adding poignancy to many of the scenes.

I saw an interview with Ricky and Stephen Merchant and he was describing how, in contrast to the Office consisting of in a large part, deception, Derek consists of sincerity. I can't ever remember seeing a more sincere television program, and have seen few films with a similar level of sincerity. If this program doesn't win numerous accolades then there's something very wrong in the world!

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