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Review: Ricky Gervais' 'Derek' on Netflix is funny but frustrating
This show is incredibly cleverly written and beautifully acted. He says that the home is spending too much on staff and tries to justify making some staff redundant. Lizzie 8 episodes, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Derek goes on a date with a girl from a dating website. Season 2 Fear the Walking Dead:

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Derek - Series Info Ricky Gervais, creator of the original British version of "The Office," produces and stars in this heartwarming comedy-drama as Derek Noakes, a loyal English nursing home caretaker who sees only the good in everyone.

Derek's sunny outlook comes in handy with his quirky coworkers and friends as they struggle against prejudice, government bureaucracy, and constantly shrinking budgets to care for the elderly residents who depend on them. View All Videos 4.

View All Photos Derek is as irreverent as might be expected from a show starring Ricky Gervais, but this time he brings a surprising amount of depth and empathy to the title character. Ricky Gervais as Derek Noakes. But it will also make you want to tear your hair out in frustration before taking to Twitter to ask Gervais to please dear God let someone else direct next time. Set in a financially struggling old folks home, "Derek" is an ode to those whose lives are given over to others and an unapologetic treatise on the importance of being kind.

Anyone who finds such a message surprising, given its source, hasn't been following Gervais' career very closely. All comedy is rooted in pain, and Gervais' pain has always been on display. A comedian with an insistent moral code, Gervais thrives on saying outrageous things and then acting surprised when people become outraged; it's all about reaction.

Which is why he almost always swings big, and "Derek" is his biggest swing yet. Following in a theatrical tradition tracing from "Flowers for Algernon" to "Rain Man," he plays Derek, a non-specifically intellectually challenged man who loves animals, old people and Hannah Kerry Godliman , not necessarily in that order.

Hannah runs Broadhill, a small improvised retirement home that functions as family for both its residents and its staff. Likewise, Hannah is a miracle of both believability and emotional resonance. Godliman is the best thing about "Derek," which, to his credit, Gervais seems more than happy to acknowledge. The rest of the cast, well, Kev David Earl is a man only Derek could love. He's grimy and obscene and, frankly, a big drag on the narrative for the price of a few penis jokes.

Longtime Gervais colleague Karl Pilkington fares better as Dougie, the jaded loner with the heart of gold. The mockumentary format is moribund. The ethics are muddy. The tone is all over the place in everything but its consistent condescension. The special was given two stars out of five by The Telegraph. The reviewer, Ed Power, criticised the episode for the "weak performance" from Gervais and the "sub- Forrest Gump sympathy milking".

He described it as "glib" and "manipulative". A complete collection boxset was also released featuring both series and the special. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the long-running German police procedural, see Derrick TV series. Retrieved 18 January Retrieved 24 November Retrieved 6 March Retrieved 8 July Retrieved 1 April Retrieved 16 February No permanent link available. Search for relevant dates.

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Hannah is attracted to Tom. She assumes that all good men are married or gay. She wants to find out his sexual orientation without him knowing that she wants to know. She reasons that she can work out his orientation if she knows what his favourite films and television shows are.

Derek asks Tom on her behalf, but he gives away the reason that he is asking. Tom says to Hannah that he was joking and that he is single and not gay. An awkward conversation ensues between Hannah and Tom, in which she pretends that it was Derek who wanted to know his orientation. Hannah and Derek go to a pub, where three female chavs insult Derek.

Hannah headbutts one of them, before she and Derek leave. Joan, Derek's favourite resident at the home, dies. Tom takes Hannah to the pub; Derek tags along without being invited.

A visit from a council official, Roger, sees Broad Hill retirement home facing a major cut in funding or closure. Hannah, the home's manager, is determined to keep it open. He says that the home is spending too much on staff and tries to justify making some staff redundant. The staff tell Kev to leave because his presence is a liability with Roger there.

He is not satisfied with Jack of all trades Dougie being employed there because he does not do enough work to justify being employed there full-time and is not qualified.

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