Wednesday, 27 February 2013

It's Derek Day - Episode Five Tonight

It's Derek Day once again and the wait is almost over as Derek Episode 5 airs tonight at 10pm. This week there is an extra special treat for fans as straight after the episode, Channel 4 will be showing 'The Making of Derek' - what more could you ask for?

For tweeters, we need you to get #Derek trending tonight and keep interacting with @tadpole_hitler all through what we all know will be the best hour of the week! For our artists, get your pencils sharpened or get the design software booted as I want to see the very best episode 5 inspired artwork tomorrow.

For those who want a quick synopsis of tonight's episode, here you go:

Broadhill retirement home wants to host a cabaret show and Derek forms an entertainment committee to discuss plans for the evening.

Kev wants to produce a play of the Duran Duran film script he wrote in '98 with the staff and residents cast as the band.

A new community service worker called Deon, played by Doc Brown, joins the home. He's a keen rapper, but the elderly residents aren't exactly his usual audience.

Doc Brown stars as Deon

On show night Dougie is forced to join the other 'Duran Duran' band members on stage, while Deon makes a welcome appearance with a special heartfelt rap.

Want more? Here a couple of clips to whet your appetite:

Still want more? Well you're going to have to wait until 10pm tonight. But until then, enjoy and get ready to send your artwork to or tweet me at @tadpole_hitler!

After Episode 5 what else have we got in store for you? Well I'll be uploading all your latest artwork creations, I'll publish my episode review, share quirky stories and on Sunday we will be publishing an exclusive interview - the one you've all been waiting for - you guessed it, it's an interview with the one and only Ricky Gervais!

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

The Latest Derek Creations

We've had even more Derek creations sent to us here at and for your viewing pleasure, you can see them all below!

The first one comes from the talented Gerard Groves (@gerardgroves). I love the style of this one:

Amazing artwork by Gerard Groves

The first comes from Dominique of who has created some fantastic pixel art of the Derek cast:

The Derek stars by Dominique

The Derek stars in full by Dominique

Stephen Pike (@MrStephenPike) sent us this last night - a cartoon Dougie driving the bus:

Great picture from Stephen Pike

John Foley (@johnfoleyo) has been busy again and created the world's most famous crabs - Boll and Ocks:

BOLL-OCKS by John Foleyo

This next one is titled 'No Direction' - the new Derek boyband, created by Emma Hutchinson (@dollyemm):

No Direction are not on tour

Due to the forthcoming episode having a Duran Duran Story in it, Ross Owen (@Ross_Owen) has created this:

'The Duran Duran Story' is Derek Episode 5

Ross Owen also put these captions on our Twitter caption competition - love it:

Stop it! by Ross Owen

Stephen Pike (@MrStephenPike) has created this fantastic sketch of Kev, Dougie and Derek:

Derek characters  by Stephen Pike

UK Comedy Quotes (@UK_ComedyQuotes) sent us this fantastic piece of artwork:

'Derek' by UK Comedy Quotes

Don Luis Jimenez (@donluisjimenez) send us his amazing piece of art of Derek:

Derek art by Don Luis Jimenez

Due to Derek's obsession with cats, Ginge (@chop_stitch) send us this of Derek with his favourite animal:

I love cats by Ginge

Derek fan Kev Williams (@kev5ki) answered by challenge and showed us what Tadpole Hitler would look like when he becomes a frog:

NOOOOOO!! by Kev Williams

Will Gossage (@WillGossage), the inventor of the Tadpole Hitler logo also answered the challenge:

Adult Tadpole Hitler eating Dougie the fly - by Will Gossage

Stephen Hawker (@ste201079) portrayed Hannah and Tom in the movie Titanic:

I'm flying Tom - by Stephen Hawker

Based on the joke told by Derek in the forthcoming episode 5 that you can see on the YouTube clip, titled Cabaret, Will Gossage (@WillGossage) shows us Stephen Hawking as a Dalek:

Exterminate! by Will Gossage

Wyn Pennant (@wynpennant) pointed out Derek in the film Forrest Gump - I bet we all missed it:

Beautiful Minds by Wyn Pennant

And the talented Rich Nairn (@richnairn) updated his amazing Derek cast line-up to include Vicky and Fred the Frog:

The Derek cast by Rich Nairn

The hugely talented Omar Scofield (@HfdScofield) created this in hommage to the website:

Tadpole Hitler by Omar Scofield

Emma Hutchinson also created this - Kev with one of his autograph heroes - Uncle Ben:

Kev and Uncle Ben

Keep the artwork coming Derek fans. Email or tweet me your creations at @tadpole_hitler.

Exclusive Interview with Doc Brown - Derek's Deon

Derek Episode 5 comes to Channel 4 tomorrow night and there is a new arrival at Broadhill Retirement Home – Community Service worker, Deon. He arrives just in time for cabaret night and, without teasing you too much, he may well steal the show thanks to the multi-talented actor who plays him - Doc Brown aka Ben Bailey Smith.

Doc Brown aka Ben Bailey Smith comes to Derek Episode 5

So who is Doc Brown? If you don’t know, you certainly should that's for sure. He began his career in 2000 as a battle rapper, competing in live events and becoming a recurring battle champion on the scene. Through his hard work and dedication, battling led to some fantastic opportunities and Doc rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest names in the industry. He has worked with Mark Ronson and has also performed alongside the likes of Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen.

2007 was a turning point for the rapper as he switched his attention to comedy. In both writing and performing, he is as unique an act as he is entertaining – original British comedy at its very best. I know this first hand after watching him only recently at Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival. Doc is celebrated in comedy circles and has performed at some of the industry's biggest events including the prestigious Tartan Ribbon at the Edinburgh Festival.

Doc Brown in action

But Doc’s comedy isn't just stand up as he has graced our screens in the acclaimed BBC series ‘Rev’ and ‘Miranda,’ and you’ll no doubt remember him as the drug dealer in Channel 4’s ‘The Inbetweeners.’ Doc has also voiced characters in CBBC series ‘Big Babies’ and he co-created, co-wrote and co-starred in the BAFTA-award winning comedy-drama “The Four O’clock Club.’ Moving onto film, Doc was in Ben Miller’s ‘Huge’ and co-starred in the thriller ‘Other Side of the Game.’

So for a married man with two kids who raps, writes, acts, performs, produces and even runs his own production company (Bust-A-Gut Ltd), there is certainly never a dull moment in the life of Doc Brown. He’s worked hard to get to the position he is in and now that he is about to star in the latest installment of Derek, I couldn't wait to speak to him.

Can you introduce Deon for our audience?
Deon is a young, slightly paranoid guy who’s recently been sentenced to community service for shoplifting. He has reluctantly arrived at Broadhill as part of his penance. Underneath the hard man exterior, we sense there may be a sensitive soul lurking and Derek is determined to coax it out!

Deon makes his entrance into Broadhill Residential Home

How did you get the part in Derek?
I have a promoter friend I work with who knows Ricky and had been trying to get him to watch my stand up on YouTube. He gave Ricky my number, Ricky called my phone directly, asked if I was a “real Doctor”. Initially I thought it was some kind of prank cos he was doing voices and stuff, then he was like “no seriously, it’s Ricky Gervais.” I said to myself, okay- whatever this dude asks next, just say yes. He could've asked me to play the arse of a pantomime horse in his next movie, I would've been like, “where do I sign?” Instead he asked me point blank did I wanna go on tour with him. When he first sat in the wings at his show, watching me live, I think something just clicked in his brain and he knew he wanted to work with me on other stuff. So we were in Oslo- he told me about the TV show he was working on and thought he might've just worked out a way to crowbar me into it…

Is this the first time you've worked with Ricky? What was he like as a Director?
If you count the tour, it’s the second time I’ve worked with him. As a director the guy is like a big kid- he just wants to play and improvise as much as possible and enjoy the time on set. So he would just encourage me to make stuff up on the spot. He’d give you so much confidence that by the end, I was just trying to see if I could ruin the takes by making him laugh. If you watch the talking heads towards the end of my ep, the viewer wouldn’t know this but it’s literally Ricky sat on one side of the camera as if he’s the interviewer I’m looking at, and I’m just making the shit up on the spot. I actually had a speech prepared and totally forgot it coz I was nervous. Ricky was like “just tell me how you feel about working at Broadhill,” so I just waxed lyrical on camera until I had him snorting to mask the laughter. I think because he’s such a joyful comedian and actor himself, as a director he knows what performers need in order to deliver with confidence. With Ricky the whole vibe is like- if it’s not fun, why bother?

Ricky has said, and I quote, that you’re “amazing in Episode 5” - are you proud of such compliments?
I was at the Montreal Comedy Festival writing ideas for the ep to email to Ricky, I figured maybe the producers would be like “thanks for your email” or whatever, but Ricky hollered straight back at me direct like “this stuff is incredible.” I showed the email to my brother, my best friend and my wife and I was just overawed. I felt like, this is what you do it for- for the enjoyment and the respect of your peers or in this case, heroes. I mean the dude was literally a game-changing hero of comedy to me for over a decade, now he’s complimenting me- it’s difficult to fully describe the sense of pride.

You left the world of music to concentrate on acting and comedy, can I ask why?
I hit rock bottom. When I was at my most productive in Rap- 2005ish- the scene was nowhere near as big as it is today. We have bonafied, international UK Rap superstars now. There was no proper industry back then, and quality artists suffered. I remember doing gigs in ramshackle pubs and venues with people like Estelle, Roots Manuva, Foreign Beggars… No one really believed UK Rap could ever be a “thing”. I remember performing to about 25 people in a pub in Kensal Rise with Ed Sheeran and Maverick Sabre! It just wasn't something that the wider music industry took seriously. After I got a taste of the big time as the rapper in Mark Ronson’s band, I just couldn't bring myself to go back to underground Rap so I just drifted into nothingness- the dark recesses of the soul. I didn't quit to concentrate on acting or comedy. I felt I had no future in entertainment full stop. I achieved nothing but depression for nine months. Comedy was a complete and utter accident, acting followed.

What are your goals for your future career?
I want to be involved in classic television, which is already happening to some extent. The kids show I created [4 o’clock Club] won a BAFTA, I’ve been in the Inbetweeners, Rev and Derek- only quality comedy, and Hunted [Cinemax HBO/BBC] was a proper high brow drama. Next I wanna make movies, also my company, Bust-A-Gut Productions, places music in TV and Film, as well as developing young screenwriting talent, particularly from the black community- it’s a tiny business I run with my wife so I’d love to see that grow.

What has been the highlight of your career to date?
There’s a big three I think and they’re all live related: Performing with Amy Winehouse on the Ronson tour is something I think I’ll always cherish. At her best she was the greatest talent I've ever seen, plus she was always so nice to me on a personal level- those are memories I’ll always hold dear. Performing at the Royal Albert Hall with the 90-piece BBC philharmonic Orchestra recreating one of my rap tracks at the Proms was something that made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck- I’ll never forget that feeling. Lastly, the moment I walked out on stage in front of Ricky for the first time- I had all this material prepared and there was a 20-person argument in the front row over tickets and seats. I had to scrap the material and deal with this seating issue, but there was something spontaneous and hilarious about it- I could see Ricky cracking up in the wings. I gave a big sigh, and told the audience from the heart, “This is the biggest night of my comedy life, I’m performing in front of one of my heroes, Ricky Gervais, the undisputed King of Comedy… and I’m fucking ushering.” The roof came off and the next 20 minutes were sublime.

Who is your hero in the entertainment world?
I’m honestly not saying this coz it’s a Derek-related interview but Ricky is right up there and always was, 10 years before I met him. It’s not just because of his talent, it’s because of his work ethic and the way he insists on ownership and the rights to all his work. He’s a true auteur and renaissance man which is all I ever wanted to be. Jay-Z is another I've always looked up to for a lot of the same reasons as Ricky. My sister, the novelist Zadie Smith, is probably my biggest hero in the business though. She was the first to show me that anything is possible.

What one piece of advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are now?
You need a little bit of talent and a hell of a lot of patience and hard work. When I blow up, people will be like “oh, who’s this overnight celebrity?” Nah mate, I've been working on this since the first rhymes I wrote as a 13 year old. That’s two decades man- I've put the hours in, trust me!

Can you tell us something about Doc Brown people wouldn't already know?
I wrote all the raps for the movie Attack the Block… Oh yeah- I've got an NVCQ Level 3 in Youth Management which means if this show business thing dies on it’s arse, I can legally open my own Youth Club.

With so many strings to your bow, you always seem to be busy. What do you do to relax?
I am always busy- I don’t sleep much! My downtime is spread across three things: My kids, football (playing Sunday league and watching Crystal Palace) and raving to my favourite DJs. Those three things keep me young, I swear!

And finally, after seeing the teaser for this week's Derek - Will Smith or 2Pac?
Hahaha. Pac all day yo! “Will Smith don’t gotta cuss in his raps to sell records/But I do. So fuck him and fuck you too!”

And for those that haven't seen the teaser for tomorrow's episode, here it is:

A huge thank you to Doc Brown for taking the time to talk to If you haven’t seen him live, I would personally recommend you do - visit for the latest tour dates. You can also catch him in the next series of ITV1’s Law and Order and for those who like to tweet, follow him at @docbrown88.

But obviously you can catch Doc, as Deon, tomorrow night in Derek at 10pm on Channel 4. Straight after the episode Channel 4 are showing 'The Making of Derek' so fans are in for an hour-long treat this week!

© M. A. Sibson
Twitter: @tadpole_hitler

Sunday, 24 February 2013

New Derek 10 Minute Challange

There is a new Derek 10-minute challenge! Can you sit through Kev saying "hand pump after hand pump after hand pump" for 10 minutes? 

Let me know how long you last! And be honest!

Blood Sausage for Mrs Buble

Now, I know this isn't news about Derek, well it isn't news at all, but I have something funny to share with each and every Derek fan. It needs no huge explanation - if you watched Episode 3 - you'll love it. It's childish humour, but who cares:

Mrs Buble wants blood sausage

The story broke yesterday and Ricky tweeted it to his legion of fans. So Derek fans, now you've seen it, don't forget this (and don't tell Kev):

Kev's 8oz blood sausage

See another funny Derek-related story like this? Email me at!

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Fred the Frog Challenge

Last night on Twitter I set the Derek fans a challenge to find out if Dougie was right - did the Chinese factory actually turn off the machines after making Fred the Frog?

Well, they've either turned them back on again after seeing Derek, or they never switched them off because Iain Mac (@Iain17Mac) completed the challenge last night and found the only online shop in the world that sells them. They are only on sale in Japan and they come in a pack of two - frog and baby frog.

Fred the Frog is available to buy!

The website is rather lost in translation as the description is: "As for ornament lying on one's stomach parent and child frog this, the frog is froglet" but I'm going to test the site and order me a pair - every tadpole needs a frog! It's not really right for me to put the link online just yet, as I'm not endorsing this website and as far as I know they could be trying to scam you out of £42!

Here are some more pictures:

Fred from the side - baby looks on

Fred and baby from the back

So this makes me wonder, as the original owner of Fred where the hell did you, Karl Pilkington, get his from? Karl, if you're reading this, please leave a comment in the box below!

Friday, 22 February 2013

A Masterpiece - Derek Artwork by Rich Nairn

I've been sent some truly wonderful pictures from the fans of Derek. So many of you have taken the time to be creative and you're all brilliant - I can't thank you enough! I've tried to include them all on the website, but I'm being inundated - but I'll keep uploading them so keep them coming!

But I have to do a separate piece on the artwork I received from Rich Nairn (@richnairn). I've included it in the top banner, on Facebook and also on Twitter because not only has he taken the time to create a masterpiece, including Derek, Dougie, Hannah and Kev, he has also included a little 'Tadpole Hitler' in a fish tank! He's also kindly let me use it on the site.

A Derek masterpiece by Rich Nairn
I would never take such a creative without giving credit where credit is due. Rich is the owner of and is a very talented cartoonist and caricaturist. Just look at the work on the website - truly fantastic stuff!

Thank you Rich - it is very appreciated.

Derek Episode 5 Preview

So Derek Episode 5 is now less than a week away and I'm happy to inform you that it will be Derek hour next Wednesday night - from 10pm on Channel 4!

In the episode titled 'The Duran Duran Story,' Broad Hill retirement home wants to host a cabaret show and Derek forms an entertainment committee to discuss plans for the evening. Kev wants to produce a play of the Duran Duran film script he wrote in '98 with the staff and residents cast as the band.

Kev takes to the stage

Also, we see the arrival of a new community service worker called Deon, played by the talented Doc Brown. 

Doc Brown stars as Deon next week

He's a keen rapper, but the elderly residents aren't exactly his usual audience. Vicky, meanwhile, has a crush on the new guy.

On show night Dougie is forced to join the other 'Duran Duran' band members on stage, while Deon makes a welcome appearance with a special heartfelt rap.

Here’s another clip from the show to whet your appetite:

After the episode at 10:30pm, Channel 4 will be showing a half hour special - 'The Making of Derek' - which will no doubt keep you glued to your screens.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Inundated with Derek Artwork

Derek aired last night and I think you'll all agree that it was the funniest episode to date! From the seaweed fight and Mr Sheen's autograph, to "Never seen this little activity before - using crabs as fucking post-it notes" and Hannah's final line of the show - it was a hilarious episode and the fans agreed! I have been inundated with artwork on Twitter and via email and here are a selection. If I've missed you out, please send me your creation at or @tadpole_hitler on Twitter. logo designer Will Gossage (@WillGossage) has created this - Kev getting an award for World's Worstest Penis - love it:

Worst's Worstest Penis Award Winner - Kev

Emma Hutchinson (@dollyemm) has been busy envisioning Kev's dinosaur penis:
Dinosaur penis by Emma Hutchinson

Here we have a Katie Holmes autograph scandal for UK! magazine from Ross Owen (@Ross_Owen):
Katie Holmes Autograph Scandal by Ross Owen

Kev Williams (@kev5ki) has created Kev's crab army creeping up on Dougie:
The Carpet Muncher approaches - by Kev Williams

Stephen Hawker (@ste201079) has sent us a visual from new video game 'Derek Kombat' where we have a unicorn fighting a gerbil:
Derek Kombat by Stephen Hawker

Frank Duffy (@FrankieBoySays) has created this of Derek and Dougie wrestling - great work!
I loves wrestling me - by Frank Duffy

Carl (@portless) has designed this, titled 'Ya Dick!' - Great artwork Carl:
Ya Dick!! - by @portless

Iain Mac (@Iain17mac) is following Hannah on Facebook and has shared this with us:
Hannah on Facebook by Iain Mac

Apparently, from the White House, Barack Obama enjoyed watching Kev and Dougie's seaweed fight, captured here by Ross Owen:
Barack Obama - a big Derek fan (maybe)

Ross Owen (@Ross_Owen) went out for dinner at a Broadstairs restaurant last night and was surprised by the crab he ordered:
Quim crab for dinner by Ross Owen

Ross and Iain Mac (@Iain17Mac) were inspired by Derek's wrestling:
Strong Cuddle Mania by  Iain Mac
Excuse the hand! Derek in action by Ross Owen

Pia Torres (@LUV_PIA) sent us an important message from Dougie, regarding Derek's wrestling:
Message from Uncle Dougie

Pia was also inspired by Kev's dinosaur nob:
Kevosaurus Knobby by Pia Torres

Iain Mac (@Iain17Mac) also sent us a captioned picture of Dougie and Derek on the funfair:
You fucking twat! by Iain Mac

Derek fan Emma Hutchinson (@dollyemm) has also been busy with these creations:
Crab Police by Emma Hutchinson
He's like a huggy octopus by Emma Hutchinson

The amazingly talented @lyndasockmonkeys has been busy creating a Kev Sock Monkey - amazing:
Kev as a Sock Monkey

The next is a cartoon strip inspired by Dougie's egghead and comes from @WheresOllie
Which came first? By Ollie

And the final piece of artwork is fantastic and comes from Jason Lee (@BEAUTYinLUNACY):
Derek and Dougie by Jason Lee

Thank you all for these creations. Keep them coming! Email me at or message me on Twitter at @tadpole_hitler.