Ricky Gervais creating Derek series

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 10 May 2012
Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais

Channel 4 has commissioned a full series of Ricky Gervais' comedy 'Derek', which will air next year

Ricky Gervais' 'Derek' has been commissioned for a full series.

Channel 4 has confirmed the comedy - about a man named Derek who works in a retirement home - will air next year, with Gervais writing, directing and starring.

The initial pilot episode in April drew in 3.2 million viewers, the highest ratings for a scripted comedy on the channel for two years.

Karl Pilkington and Kerry Godliman will also be returning to the show as best friend Dougie and co-worker Hannah.

Channel 4's Head of Comedy Shane Allen said: "The pilot triggered an amazing response and Derek's story had only just begun so it's brilliant that we can explore this world and its beautifully drawn characters across a series."

Ricky previously hit out at claims by some 'Derek' would end his career because of the sensitive nature of the character.

He said: "Every single week has been the end of my career if you believe six or seven journalists.

"It makes no difference to me or my work. I don't care if people like it or not. I'm happy with it, I get the final edit.

"These people have got to write a blog or an article every day, they have to write about something and now and again when I do something that gives them something to write about. It's just noise. It's just graffiti. Most people make their own minds up, which is good."

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