Derek (2012–2014)
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Christmas Special 

The Broadhill residents are planning for a wedding. Derek goes on another date. Kev's behaviour provokes an extreme reaction from Hannah. Vicky prepares to take over from Hannah.

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Ricky Gervais

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Ricky Gervais
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Ricky Gervais ... Derek
Kerry Godliman ... Hannah
David Earl David Earl ... Kev
Brett Goldstein ... Tom
Holli Dempsey ... Vicky
Colin Hoult Colin Hoult ... Geoff
Joe Wilkinson ... Cliff
Vicky Hall Vicky Hall ... Tracey
Toby Foster Toby Foster ... Les
Ninette Finch ... Annie
Tim Barlow Tim Barlow ... Jack
Arthur Nightingale Arthur Nightingale ... Arthur
Margaret Towner Margaret Towner ... Edna
Sheila Collings Sheila Collings ... Sheila
Barry Martin Barry Martin ... Joe
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Pregnant again, Hannah is back with Tom, now working on the bins, and they are shortly to marry, with Derek giving the bride away. Derek himself spends the night in the home's caravan with girlfriend Tracey though it is unclear whether they did anything except sleep. Days before the wedding Hannah gets so annoyed with Kev that she throws him out and he is next discovered in hospital, suffering from alcohol poisoning. However, at Derek's request, she lets him back in on condition he gives up the drink and allows him to give her away at the wedding instead of Derek. Despite a bizarre speech from Kev the day goes well and some months later Hannah gives Derek her new-born baby to hold. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Comedy | Drama

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22 December 2014 (UK) See more »

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what does make him happy..
4 December 2018 | by merelyaninnuendoSee all my reviews

Derek

Gervais's harmony is soothing and often manipulative in this, basically a war drama. And just like it, it has to survive on the brinks of it through low humor and extra sweetening ingredient that is ought to be inspiring and hopeful, without any doubt. What's always been fascinating in Gervais's world, is how non-sitcom-y it feels like, it has the essence of your usual arts-y movie. The environment is gritty and practical that is mildly tamed by anecdotes in each twenty minutes of this journey that might and might not work. But this is where his experience comes in, he is aware of his audience and they are of him, his body language, his vocab.

The conversations are overlapped, the situations are mentioned repetitively and a room or a scene if you will, is always busy and practical as one always is; a sign of meticulous storytelling and exquisite execution. Also, he has kept the time range limited and has somehow entitled to wrap it up, to keep it short and to the point, never testing the patience of his audience. The only weakness of it is, how manipulative it grows. It is well aware of the concept it has captured and now all it does is squeeze out the emotions from it; an arguably a cheap shot.

Having said that, it doesn't suggest that the content is fixated in that loop itself, Gervais is never afraid to fly high, he twists and turns the nature of the tone every time proving and refreshing himself for a newer track. On terms of performance, this is almost staged to flaunt his skills on delivering such a majestic act, his portrayal of an immensely kind being is what the entire series thrives on, from tiny notions to the language he speaks and the way he gazes, it is a bonafide success and evolution on all levels. Derek is a heartwarming gullible room, that is impatiently bumpy but provocative for a greater good.

Christmas Special

Gervais has pushed some boundaries and went into dark territories by still justifying the behavior, nature and the circumstances through a nail biting tensed environmental that is neat and clean on terms of execution.


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