Wednesday's TV pick: Ricky Gervais in Derek

Published Wednesday, Jan 30 2013, 06:00 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Ricky Gervais's one-off comedy drama last year caused a few ripples, but it's got a complete six-part series starting tonight.

Ricky plays Derek Noakes, a simple soul whose love for his job at a retirement home shines through. He also loves animals, Britain's Got Talent and Deal Or No Deal.

Derek, Ricky Gervais, Wed 30 Jan

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Karl Pilkington also takes on his first acting role as Derek's best mate, and retirement home caretaker, Dougie.

A visit from the council sees the home facing closure, and manager Hannah sets about rallying the troops to raise funds to keep the place open.

During the crisis, a visit from the Meadway animal rescue centre and an outburst from Dougie put smiles back on everyone's faces.

If you're a fan of Ricky Gervais, you'll like this.

Derek, C4, 10pm

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