Derek

Series 1 - Episode 5

Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

Lord knows Derek has its ups and downs, but however syrupy or preachy it gets, it’s worth watching just for Karl Pilkington’s turn as Dougie. The world-weary caretaker doesn’t have a lot to do tonight, but one despairing speech he has is worth the price of admission on its own. Dougie is roped in to helping with a cabaret night, the centrepiece of which will be a performance of loutish Kevin’s play about Duran Duran, apparently the only thing he cares about besides sex and Special Brew. Meanwhile, a would-be rapper is on community service at the home.

About this programme

5/6. Broadhill retirement home wants to host a cabaret show and Derek forms an entertainment committee to discuss plans for the evening. Kev is keen to produce a play of the Duran Duran film script he wrote back in 1998, while a new community service worker (Doc Brown) volunteers to demonstrate his rapping skills, even though elderly people are not exactly his usual audience. Comedy drama, written by and starring Ricky Gervais.

Cast and crew

Cast

Derek
Ricky Gervais
Hannah
Kerry Godliman
Dougie
Karl Pilkington
Kev
David Earl
Deon
Doc Brown
Vicky
Holli Dempsey
Tom
Brett Goldstein
Joe
Barry Martin
Arthur
Arthur Nightingale
Jack
Tim Barlow
Sheila
Sheila Collings
Lizzie
Kaye Noone
Salo
Salo Gardner
Edna
Margaret Towner
Prem
Prem Modgil
Precious
Blanche Williams
Annie
Ninette Finch
Mary
Ruth Bratt

Crew

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