Derek

Series 1 - Episode 2

Derek
Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

Channel 4 describes Ricky Gervais’s story of a London nursing home as a comedy drama and it makes a uniquely strange mush out of the two genres. One minute it feels very much a sitcom, the next it turns into a soppy parable. The plot – too strong a word, really – involves a celebrity-obsessed teen who arrives at Broad Hill to do community service and is instantly repulsed by the elderly residents. But they win her over via manicures and gloopy music sequences. The dramatic message is so pat it’s embarrassing.

About this programme

2/6. The retirement-home worker celebrates his 50th birthday with a party at Broadhill and knows exactly what he wants - JLS, Susan Boyle and Stacey Solomon for music, and vol-au-vents, sausage rolls and chicken kiev for food. The staff also welcome a new addition to their ranks - community-service worker Vicky - who is convinced she resembles a rather more famous Vicky. Comedy drama, written by and starring Ricky Gervais, with Kerry Godliman, Karl Pilkington, David Earl and Holli Dempsey.

Cast and crew

Cast

Derek
Ricky Gervais
Hannah
Kerry Godliman
Dougie
Karl Pilkington
Kev
David Earl
Vicky
Holli Dempsey
Tom
Brett Goldstein
Mary
Ruth Bratt
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

Crew

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

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