Tuesday, 29 April 2014

The Derek Humanzee Competition Entries

We've been asking all week to send us your pictures of a humanzee, as described by Geoff the Knobhead in Derek Series 2, Episode 1 and today is deadline day! You have until 12noon to tweet us your pictures of a humanzee and then Colin Hoult (@ColinHoult) will decide the three lucky winners.

To make life easier for Colin, we've added all the entries here:

1. Owen Jones (@Owen_Bowie) - graphic but brilliant

Humanzee by Owen Jones

2. LitttleMonsterPicsUK (@UniArtStudent) - fantastic drawing

Entry by LittleMonsterPicsUK

A Dougiemanzee by LittleMonsterPicsUK

3. Matt Heath (@MHeath7) - four amazing works of art

Vicky as a Humanzee by Matt Heath

Geoff as a Humanzee

Dougie as a Humanzee

4. Ben Hughes (@BenHughes1981)

Dougie as a chimp

5. Crafty Monkey (@StephJS)

Getting creative with a pillow
6. LadieBirdy (@ladiebirdy77) - amazing poster

Roll up, roll up - come see the humanzee

7. Paulius (@Pabloville73)

Sporting a bow tie
8. Olly Tait (@RealOllyTait and @OllysArt) - amazing sketch

Amazing sketch of a Dougiemanzee

9. Tom (@TomHedo)

You could see him having his own cartoon

10. Lee Goatboy Hartnup (@Goatboy667)

I'm sure Derek would love a humanzee friend

11. Jake Bridges-Burns (@badboy457360)

Loving the shirt and tie on this humanzee
12. Anne-Marie Sagar (@annemariesagar)

Striking humanzee with great hair

They're the entries so far. If we've missed yours, please tweet us at @DerekTVShow or email tadpolehitler@gmail.com! We'll announce the winners later today!

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Derek Makes Huge Social Media Gains

As UK fans will know, Derek series 2, episode 1 aired on Channel 4 last night and there was an amazing buzz on social media, which ensured that Derek trended on Twitter from 9pm until way into the early hours.

It started at 9pm as Ricky Gervais begun a Twitter Q&A with the fans, where Ricky prompted fans to ask him questions about the new series with hashtag #Derek. In no time at all, #Derek was trending and it continued up until the start of the episode at 10pm.

Ricky Gervais Derek Q&A tweet
Ricky Gervais begins his Twitter Q&A at 9pm

And then things got even better.

Due to some genius, innovative scripting, Ricky incorporated the character's official twitter handle into the show @MrDerekNoakes and as Derek asked Vicky to tweet out "#dereksays Be nice to animals", the show's creator did exactly that - in real time - as the line was read out on the TV, gaining a massive 7,500 retweets and counting!

Derek Says Be Nice to Animals Mr Derek Noakes
Ricky tweeted this from @MrDerekNoakes in real time

Within seconds #DerekSays was the top UK Twitter trend, and this, supported by quote/meme-style picture tweets from @DerekTVShow, led to not one, but six Twitter trends from the show breaking into the Top 10, namely #DerekSays, #BeNiceToAnimals, Duran Duran, Special Brew, Karl Pilkington and Ricky Gervais.

Derek had 6 out of 10 trends on Twitter
6 trends out of 10 - all trending together on Twitter

By the time the show ended, all six were trending together and three of them continued to trend for another hour as the repeat show on Channel 4+1 came and went.

Derek Social Media Kev Labia Song
Derek meme tweeted out in real time during the show (via @DerekTVShow)

At 10.30pm, as the credits rolled, Ricky Gervais also released exclusive unseen footage on his Facebook page of Dougie pondering whether or not he should continue to be a 'germ in a puddle' at Broad Hill Care Home, a video which amassed a staggering 500,000 views in just 30 minutes.

This morning, the social TV analytics company, Second Sync, released their daily Twitter leaderboard and unsurprisingly, Derek was the most tweeted-about TV show on Wednesday, April 23rd - and by a huge margin.

Derek was most talked about show on social media
Social TV leaderboard (via Second Sync)

With a peak number of tweets per minute of 3,105, and a total of 31,284 tweets during the show, Derek Productions, Channel 4 and Ricky Gervais took over social media last night and we expect it to continue building momentum in the coming weeks!

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Derek Humanzee Fan Art Competition

We've all just had the pleasure of watching the first episode of the second series of Derek and what a way to kick it off! Thanks for the tweets to @DerekTVShow as well as all the retweets, and although it was Derek's bestest and worstest day, one thing is for sure - there's so much more to come in the next five episodes!

From the unbelievable reaction on Twitter, one of the funniest scenes was when Derek newcomer, Geoff, was explaining to Derek what a humanzee was:

"It's basically a cross between a human and a chimpanzee. It looks like any human baby but it's covered in hair."

With Geoff's detailed description, it's time to launch our first Derek fan art competition of the new series, and we're teaming up with Colin Hoult (who plays Geoff) to give away some fantastic prizes! Colin would like you all to draw your very own humanzee!

Humanzee - a human-chimpanzee hybrid

How to enter: Follow Colin Hoult on Twitter (@wheeliemancrow), draw a humanzee (adult or baby) and tweet the picture to Colin with hashtag #Humanzee.

You have until 12noon on Tuesday, April 29th to get your entry in and Colin will be choosing three winners after the closing date. Each winner will win a pair of tickets to one of Colin's Brighton Fringe shows (from May 5th to 25th) and a picture of Derek signed by Ricky Gervais.

So what are you waiting for? Get your pictures in and good luck!

At Brighton Fringe, Colin performs all of his critically-acclaimed sell-out, weirdly wonderful comedy shows, fresh from his hit Radio 4 series - featuring bizarre, yet familiar characters, stand-up, song and sketches. To find out more about Colin Hoult's live stand-up shows at Brighton Fringe, click here.

New star of Derek, Colin Hoult
All of the entries will appear on tadpolehitler.com as he receives them so keep checking the website over the next week!

It's finally Derek Day - Series 2 starts today!

The wait is just about over and after more than a year of waiting for more Derek, it's finally on our screens tonight at 10pm on Channel 4!

So what are we to expect? Well, Derek's dad is coming to live at Broad Hill, Hannah and Tom are trying for a baby, Derek and the gang go to the zoo, we get to meet Kev's brother, Cliff, actor/comedian Colin Hoult joins the cast with his character, Geoff, oh, and there's a fucking huge spider in the gents!

As the countdown to 10pm begins, one thing is for sure - for the next 6 weeks I fucking love Wednesdays!

Derek Series 2 every Wednesday on Channel 4
Derek, every Wednesday on Channel 4

Keep checking TadpoleHitler.com throughout series 2 and follow @DerekTVShow on Twitter for running commentary through the episodes, great pictures, fan art competitions and daily Derek fun!

Friday, 4 April 2014

Derek Series 2 Starts April 23rd in the UK

All the fans have been anticipating Derek Series 2 and the news is now out - Derek is back on our screens in the UK on Channel 4 on April 23rd!

A year has gone by since we last visited Broad Hill Retirement Home and there's some new residents, additions to the staff and the welcome return of a few familiar faces.

Derek and the gang are back at Broad Hill on April 23rd
Writer, Director and star of the show, Ricky Gervais, said: "I was blown away by the affection from around the world for the first series, particularly the emotional connection it seemed to make with people. I hope they like the second offering as much."

Gervas will return to play lead character Derek Noakes, with Kerry Godliman (Hannah), Karl Pilkington (Dougie), David Earl (Kev) and Holli Dempsey (Vicky) also back. If you've not yet seen the new trailer, sit back and enjoy:

Series 2 will also see Derek's dad move into the home, as well as two new elderly tenants, not to mention new addition to the cast, Colin Hoult, who you'll all know as the psychic from Life's Too Short. And don't miss cameo appearances from the brilliant Joe Wilkinson and Tony Way. 

Phil Clarke, Head of Channel 4 Comedy added: "Derek is irreverently funny, but it's world is one of compassion, friendship, and joy in the everyday. We're so pleased to welcome it back onto Channel 4.

Derek Series 2 also comes to Netflix around the world on May 30th.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Vote for Derek in the National TV Awards

Winner of 3 Golden Globes, 2 PrimeTime Emmys and a record breaking 7 BAFTAS, Ricky Gervais could add to this impressive awards tally. It was announced today that Derek Series 1 has received a nomination for a National Television Award under the Comedy category.

Derek nominated for National TV Awards
Vote now for Derek in the National TV Awards

As all fans of the show know, Derek series 1 received worldwide critical acclaim when it aired on Channel 4 and Netflix in 2013. Created by Ricky Gervais, Derek is a bitter sweet comedy about a group of outsiders living on society's margins. Derek series 1 in currently out on DVD and a second series of Derek will air on Channel 4 and Netflix in 2014.

The awards are voted for by the public with nearly 5 million votes cast last year. Voting is now open with the winners of the 19th National Television Awards being revealed live on ITV on January 22, 2014.

Ricky Gervais said; "It's great that the award is determined by popularity. I have called all my friends so I am pretty sure I have 7 votes guaranteed." 

Please cast your vote for Derek by clicking here

Friday, 3 January 2014

Derek comes to Netflix UK and Ireland

Netflix announced today that Season 1 of “Derek,” starring, written, directed and executive-produced by BAFTA, Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Ricky Gervais will be available to members in the UK and Ireland starting on Thursday 30th January 2014.  All seven 30-minute episodes in the series will be available at launch.

Netflix UK and Ireland

“Derek” premiered on Channel 4 in the UK and recently began production of a second series. David Earl, Karl Pilkington and Kerry Godliman star in “Derek” along with Gervais.  “Derek” is produced by Derek Productions Ltd.

“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."

Derek comes to Netflix UK and Ireland
Ricky Gervais as Derek

A bittersweet comedy-drama about a group of outsiders living on society’s margins, “Derek” centers around Derek Noakes (Gervais), a tender, innocent man whose love for his job at a retirement home shines through.

The cast of Derek
Ricky Gervais, Karl Pilkington and David Earl star in Derek

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.

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