Series 1 - Episode 2



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.


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 & Crew

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