Ricky Gervais is a comedy hero of mine, from his XFM days with Smerch and Pilkers, to his hilarious sitcoms most notably The Office right through to his stand-up but he did hit a slight bump in the road when it came to Life’s Too Short last year, it wasn’t the best or maybe more honestly, the freshest idea he’s had. It wasn’t offensive as people complain but instead didn’t really do anything apart from regurgitate lines that felt like they missed their place with David Brent. Warwick Davis seemed to play a dwarf version of Brent (which might have been funny for one of two episodes but really did run its course after the initial episodes). As a fan of Gervais this is tough to say and it was by no means a ‘bad’ show, just by his standards which are incredibly high wasn’t the best.
The same year we were introduced to something much fresher though, departing from his writing buddy Merchant presumably while the lanky Bristolian is trying to break Hollywood Derek hit our screens. before the pilot even aired the press lept upon Gervais saying it was offensive to old people and the mentally disabled and a lot of people jump on that bandwagon as he is a love him or hate him kind of guy but if you actually watch the show you will see it is a totally different side to Gervais, far more drama before comedy Derek is a caring being, he may be simple of mind but the moral I guess is really it’s not what you look like or how clever you are but how kind you are as a person that really counts.
Much more than this is the fact by the end Derek actually manages to drive you to genuine tears, in such a short time you become attached to Derek and feel for him which is amazing as even Brent takes a couple of episodes to ‘accept’ and ‘feel something for’ but it feels like Derek is taking more leaves from the book of Cemetery Junction rather than Extras which is more joke based. I like the way his writing is going and we see more drama with hints of comedy and the series that starts on 30th January is sure to please, going straight back to his mockunentary roots where his best comedy still lies.