After much hype (Much of which came from Ricky Gervais’s Twitter account) last night saw the opening episode of the full series of Channel 4’s Derek. The care home-based show, written by and starring Gervais alongside his Idiot Abroad co-star Karl Pilkington, had been largely panned by critics when reviews first emerged a couple of weeks ago, but tweeters were eager to spread their praise for the comedy drama.
McFly’s Harry Judd was quick off the mark to generate some excitement for the show amongst his followers.
And once the half-hour broadcast had concluded, Gervais must have watched his Twitter feed with glee as viewers traded their gushing commentary. Sunday Telegraph columnist Matthew d’Ancona was keen to praise the comedian’s latest project:
But despite Gervais welcoming his fair share of praise, it was his co-star Karl Pilkington whom the Twittersphere judged as the success of the show. Pilkington had previously admitted to feeling “guilty about the idea of taking the job from a proper actor” but last night he earned scores of compliments from tweeters…
Just when you think Karl Pilkington couldn’t get any funnier, he puts that wig on and does the impossible. #derek
And one glance at Gervais’s Twitter feed this morning hints at the lively debate over Derek that tweeters enjoyed last night. The comedian and actor teased his 4 million followers with a taster of what’s to come during the remainder of the six-part series…
Derek is not really a sitcom. It’s a heartwarming drama with funny bits. Also it has a series arch & ep 6 is the best thing I’ve ever done