Ricky Gervais has signed on to create a six-part Netflix series, and it is very much in step with his “two fingers to the world” attitude in recent years.
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The black comedy will see Gervais star as widower Tony, who, after contemplating taking his own life, decides instead to take his misery out on the rest of the world by saying and doing whatever he likes.
The comedian confirmed on Twitter that the show begins production this week. He serves as creator, director, executive producer and, of course, star. There is no word yet on whether any of his old pals from The Office / Extras / Derek will be joining him in the cast, though we’ll keep our fingers crossed for a Gervais and Karl Pilkington reunion.
I start pre production on my new Netflix show tomorrow. It's a 6 part, dark comedy, in which I play a man who, after the death of his wife, becomes suicidal but decides to live long enough to punish the world by saying and doing whatever the fuck he likes from now on. pic.twitter.com/7AwmV6rEbd
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) May 7, 2018
Gervais has entered a lucrative partnership with the streaming giants. His first standup special in years, Humanity, debuted on the service in March – and a second is on the way.