Ricky Gervais returns to the small screen this fall with his brand new comedy series Derek, which we reported in May will debut Thursday, September 12 at 12:01 AM on Netflix, after a successful debut in the U.K. The first trailer has been released showcasing the actor as Derek Noakes, who happily works at a retirement home alongside a group of downtrodden individuals. Take a look at the first footage and full synopsis for this seven-episode series.
Derek is a bittersweet 30-minute comedy drama about a group of outsiders living on society's margins. Derek Noakes (Gervais) is a tender, innocent man whose love for his job shines through. Working in a retirement home, Derek cares deeply for the old people, because they are kind and funny and tell him stories of what life used to be like. Alongside him works Dougie (Karl Pilkington), his landlord who is one of life's unlucky individuals; Kev (David Earl), a loveable train wreck; and Hannah (Kerry 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. The uncaring outside world popping in and out will boil your blood and the residents inside will break your heart.
Ricky Gervais created, wrote, directed and executive produces the series that is produced by Derek Productions Ltd. for Netflix.