Ricky Gervais gets a second series of Derek

Comedy set in an old people's home has been recommissioned by Channel 4

Ricky Gervais gets a second series of Derek
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Susanna Lazarus

Ricky Gervais' latest creation Derek didn't exactly have the critics raving, but his strong fan base have taken to the care home comedy - and Channel 4 has responded by giving it a second series. 

The show - which revolves around the staff and residents of Broad Hill Retirement Home - was created by Gervais, who also stars as the title character with support from Karl Pilkington, Kerry Godliman and David Earl.

Following the announcement, Gervais - who also created The Office - said: "Derek is probably my favourite thing of everything I've done, so I can't wait to start thinking up some new adventures for the gang."

Channel 4's head of comedy Phil Clarke added: "I am delighted that Derek is coming back for a second run on Channel 4. It's an original comic vision, brave, funny and touching, with a star performance at its heart. It has already garnered a loyal following."

Gervais had previously promised to self-finance a second series had C4 not wanted to air it.

Derek has enjoyed a consolidated series average of 2.1 million viewers (9.9% share) so far. The final instalment airs this Wednesday at 10pm on Channel 4. 

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