Derek

Series 1 - Episode 3

Derek
Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

The occasional glimpses of the brilliant show Derek could have been come together tonight. It’s the funniest episode so far, mainly thanks to generous helpings of Karl Pilkington. His rants as care-home handyman Dougie are delivered with perfect weariness, and tonight’s storylines allow his exasperation to boil over nicely.

There’s more plot than usual, too: Derek rescues a baby bird and wants Hannah to call Bill Oddie. Hannah’s boyfriend Tom is frustrated because
she keeps cancelling dates. And elderly resident Marge is visited by her uncaring daughter — tonight’s straw baddie. Obviously, everything is a bit spoilt by a soppy music montage (the show’s centre is softer than blancmange), but there’s a dash of real emotion, too, and at one stage a hilarious meeting of WH Auden and Take a Break magazine.

About this programme

3/6. The retirement-home worker finds a baby bird that has fallen from a tree and, desperate to save its life, rushes inside to announce the emergency. Later, Derek and some of the residents attend a jumble sale and then it's date night for Tom and Hannah - but she's forgotten all about it. Comedy, written by and starring Ricky Gervais, with Karl Pilkington, Brett Goldstein and Kerry Godliman.

Cast and crew

Cast

Derek
Ricky Gervais
Hannah
Kerry Godliman
Dougie
Karl Pilkington
Kev
David Earl
Tom
Brett Goldstein
Shelley
Ashley McGuire
Marge
Pamela Lyne
Lizzie
Kaye Noone
Jack
Tim Barlow
Arthur
Arthur Nightingale
Sheila
Sheila Collings
Edna
Margaret Towner
Prem
Prem Modgil
Joe
Barry Martin
Precious
Blanche Williams
Annie
Ninette Finch
Ambulance man
David Hayler

Crew

Director
Ricky Gervais
Executive Producer
Ricky Gervais
Series Producer
Charlie Hanson
Writer
Ricky Gervais
Categories
Comedy
Drama

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