Netflix has secured the first season of Ricky Gervais’s comedy Derek. The comedy series will be available to UK and Ireland subscribers of the video streaming service starting on 30th January.
All seven 30-minute episodes in the series will be available at launch. Derek premiered on Channel 4 in the UK and recently began production of a second series.
The comedy is about a group of outsiders working at an old people’s home and centres on Derek Noakes, played by Ricky Gervais. David Earl, Karl Pilkington and Kerry Godliman also star in this series.
Derek cares deeply for the home’s residents, because they are kind and funny and tell him stories of what life used to be like. Working alongside Derek is Dougie (Pilkington), his landlord who is one of life’s unlucky individuals; Kev (Earl), a loveable train wreck; and Hannah (Godliman), a care worker in the home and Derek’s best friend. She is smart, witty and hard-working, but unlucky in love, and, like Derek, always puts other people first.
“Ricky Gervais is one of the most distinctive comedy voices of his generation,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix. “With Derek, Ricky takes on new territory and mixes comedy with drama that is sometimes touching and sometimes heartbreaking. We are proud to partner with Ricky to present this unique and wonderful series to our members.”
Ricky Gervais said “Netflix is undoubtedly the broadcaster of the year and of the future and I’m so honoured to be a part of this viewing revolution.”