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Derek

Series Summary
A documentary-style comedy-drama follows a group of people living on the fringe of society. At the group's core is Derek Noakes, a tender, ingenuous man who works at a retirement home. His love for his job and the people he cares for is evident in everything he does. Derek is in his 40s and is vulnerable to being ridiculed and ostracized because of his childlike nature, diminished intelligence and social awkwardness. Among his co-workers at the home are Dougie, his friend and landlord, and Hannah, his best friend who is smart and hard-working but unlucky in love. Writer-director Ricky Gervais stars in the title role, which is based on a character he created for his stand-up routine.

Air Dates: 2013 - Present

Genres: Comedy drama

Network: C4

  • Season 2, Ep. 6 : Derek May 28, 2014

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    Derek goes on a date with a girl from a dating website; Derek is worried about his dad's health; Geoff nearly ruins things for Derek, but Kev stands up to him.

  • Season 2, Ep. 5 : Derek May 21, 2014

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    The Meadway animal rescue centre comes to visit, and for Derek that means playing with Ivor; Kev exercises his artistic talents, winding up Hannah in the process; Derek deals with sad news.

  • Season 2, Ep. 4 : Derek May 14, 2014

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    Derek and the Broadhill gang go on a trip to London Zoo; it's Derek's best day ever, meeting giraffes, penguins, aardvarks, and in Vicky's case, the man of her dreams.

  • Season 2, Ep. 3 : Derek May 7, 2014

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    Hannah and Tom have happy news; Derek's father goes on a date with Tom's grandmother; matters of the heart are taking a downward turn for Kev and he calls on his brotherf for help.

  • Season 2, Ep. 2 : Derek Apr 30, 2014

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    There are some job opportunities at Broadhill, so Kev decides to clean up his act; Vicky's taste in men worries Hannah; a visit from Pete stirs things up for Derek.

critic reviews ( 3 )
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  • The ever-present but unseen film crew adds a layer of patronizing self-consciousness to a series that is at its best when it relaxes into the slow rhythms of the Broad Hill nursing home, whose residents aren't nearly as hopeless and forlorn as they look. show more

  • Gervais has written, produced and directed a thoughtful and thought-provoking dramedy that celebrates everyday heroes and the power of kindness while attacking materialism and the way society often forgets people "just because they're old and poor and weak." show more

  • Gervais's efforts to adhere to a coming-of-age formula with a bit of regard for life as it's actually lived are admirable, but his vision is incomplete and often borders on smug. show more

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