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.

Sign up to Netflix UK by clicking here.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Derek Series 2 filming comes to a close

This week is the final week of filming for Derek Series 2 and with many cast members already finishing their stint, Ricky Gervais, Charlie Hanson and the production team will soon be hitting the editing suite to create another polished masterpiece.


Derek Series Two - Picture from Week 1 filming

Actors David Earl (Kev), Kerry Godliman (Hannah), Brett Goldstein (Tom), Holli Dempsey (Vicky) and Karl Pilkington (Dougie) return for series two as well as new cast member Colin Hoult.


Colin Hoult and Holli Dempsey star in Derek Series 2
Colin Hoult joins the cast, pictured here with Holli Dempsey

Colin tweeted recently: "Just wrapped 5ish amazing weeks on Derek. A truly inspirational bunch of clowns. Can't wait to see how it all comes together."

Yesterday, David Earl tweeted: "Final day on Derek 2 tomorrow. I've done some really weird things over the last month. It's been a joy / total humiliation."

This evening, Kerry Godliman, who won everyone's hearts in series one as Hannah tweeted: "Finished on Derek 2 today... time to pack away the tabard. It's been a joy."


Kev's back in Derek Series 2
Kev's back for series two

We've been teased with Derek and co's trip to the zoo...


Derek at the zoo - series 2
Derek at the zoo

...Kev's brother, Cliff (played by the talented Joe Wilkinson)...


Derek Season 2 - Kev and Cliff
Joe Wilkinson plays Kev's brother, Cliff

...and the return of Derek's favourite dog Ivor.

Derek and Ivor - season 2
Derek's pal Ivor is back

To reiterate Colin Hoult's tweet, I think I speak for everyone when I say: "Can't wait to see how it all comes together."

Monday, 11 November 2013

Derek Photo Competition

The Derek DVD and Blu Ray launched in the UK today (November 11th) and with so many pre-orders already, we thought we'd give something back to the incredible fans who are making the purchase - an easy to enter competition!


Derek DVD and Blu Ray is out now
The Derek DVD - out now!

The Derek DVD and Blu Ray is packed full of unseen outtakes, as well as the making of, the pilot and all six episodes from series one. Talking to tadpolehitler.com back in April, Ricky Gervais said:


"I am honestly overwhelmed by the reaction to Derek. It trended on twitter during and after every broadcast and the fan reviews on Amazon and iTunes look like I wrote them all myself. Enjoy owning the entire first series, the pilot, the making of and shit loads of deleted scenes, outtakes and my hideous laugh ruining other actors' hard work."

We're sure everyone will enjoy the DVD/Blu Ray and now we have a competition that everyone can enter:

Simply take a photo of yourself holding up the DVD or Blu Ray and tweet it to @DerekTVShow with the hashtag #DerekDVD. You have a month to tweet your photos as the closing date is December 11th, 2013 at 5pm. After the date, a fan will be picked at random and will win an amazing, signed Derek goody, courtesy of Ricky Gervais!

So what are you waiting for? If you have the DVD or Blu Ray - send us you snaps now!

Friday, 25 October 2013

Derek DVD competition Winners

The brand new Derek DVD and Blu Ray are out now in the UK and include the pilot episode, the making of, all 6 episodes from series one and loads of outtakes! The DVD is already out in Australia and the UK fans have been waiting patiently since March when the first series ended on our TV screens.

To commemorate the release, we worked together with @GervaisFanArt, @Gervaisaholics and Ricky Gervais to give away prizes to three lucky fans! All they had to do was design an advert for the UK Derek DVD/Blu Ray release!

The Derek DVD

Fans could enter a poster or a YouTube video and all the amazing entrants can be seen on the Gervais Fan Art website. The three chosen winners would each receive the Derek DVD and an exclusive poster, both of which were signed by the entire cast!

Derek cast on set signing DVDs and posters
The cast of Derek on set signing DVDs and posters

The advert had to encapsulate Derek and had to be creative. Ricky Gervais looked through all the entries over the weekend and these are the three he chose:

1. Mrs C L Hughes:

Derek cross stitch design
Cross stitch design was a winner

2. Rob Potter:

Amazing cartoon design by Rob Potter

3. Quentin Devine:


All three are deserved winners and each will be receiving a DVD signed by the cast and a special signed caricature by Rich Nairn:

Rich Nairn Derek caricature signed by the cast
Signed caricature, drawn by Rich Nairn

The Derek DVD and Blu-Ray are both available now in the UK. Hit these links to get yours:

Blu-Ray: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Derek-Series-Blu-ray-Ricky-Gervais/dp/B00CA59OJ6


Amazing Derek Mural Appears

Story courtesy of gervaisfanart.blogspot.com:

WOW! Check out this wonderful mural, spray painted in Norwich by Dave Nash (@GnasherMurals). Ricky Gervais himself says it's "amazing". The mural is located at the Anglia Square car park,  New Botolph street in Norwich. We'd love to see some pics of Derek fans at the mural. Tweet your pics to @GervaisFanArt or email them to GervaisFanArt@gmail.com.

Dave Nash mural of Derek
Amazing Derek Mural by Dave Nash
You can see more of Gnashers work at http://www.gnashermurals.com/ and http://www.youtube.com/BoiBasikGraff