Derek

Series 1 - Episode 4

Derek
Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

I could be wrong but I think the message Ricky Gervais wants us to take away from this episode is that selfishness is a bad thing. It’s a sentiment rammed home in every other scene and backed up with nuclear levels of Coldplay. As the old folk go for a trip to the seaside, sweet, selfless Hannah stays behind, because someone has to help a new resident settle in. Then the week’s glaring baddie hoves into view as a snooty relative (a former schoolmate of Hannah) daring to sneer at her job.

Would anyone, however self-centred, walk into a care home and sneer at the staff for being failures? Luckily, there are better helpings of comedy at the beach.

About this programme

4/6. The retirement-home worker decides to sell some of his autographs, but struggles to remember who they belong to. Meanwhile, as a few of the residents enjoy an afternoon in the sun at the beach, manager Hannah stays behind to welcome a newcomer, and ends up wondering whether her life has turned out as she imagined. Comedy drama, written by and starring Ricky Gervais.

Cast and crew

Cast

Derek
Ricky Gervais
Hannah
Kerry Godliman
Dougie
Karl Pilkington
Kev
David Earl
Rebecca
Susannah Wise
Rebecca's mum
Laura June Hudson
Vicky
Holli Dempsey
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
Autograph expert
Tom Basden

Crew

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

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