Am I a cynic, or did Gervais write this show especially to fend off the criticism he received for pulling 'mong' faces on Twitter?
This guy has always had a creepy and ambivalent fixation with disability throughout his career.
I always get the impression that himself and Merchant see themselves as some kind of Nietzschean supermen.
Two classic cases of reading too many philosophy books, and believing everything therein.
'Derek' was just Gervais pulling his mong face ('cos he ain't no Daniel Day Lewis) with Karl Pilkington stealing the show from under his pretentious arse.
And rightly so. Go Karl!
I enjoyed it, I am a fan of Gervais, Merchant and above all Pilkington though...
It was a window into the highs and lows of the under appreciated people in society! It showed how tender and decent people can be. It also showed how cruel life can be to innocent people. "chavs down the pub"
It's not a comedy really but Karl in his first acting role stole the show...
I enjoyed it too.
I thought Karl was playing the exact same character he plays in An Innocent Abroad. Different name and with a hair piece of course.
You're a cynic. He was filming the show already when that happened or was filming a week or two after. I remember him posting pictures from the set on Twitter soon after he joined.
I don't follow him any more on Twitter, he became insufferable when Life's Too Short was airing, and I wasn't a fan of that show, but in fairness Derek was very good. When he wants to he can create fairly effective little dramatic moments, that seem pretty heartfelt. You just have to look at the Office to see that, especially the Christmas special. I think Derek was him exploring that side again. Don't think it was a cynical ploy, or at least not for the reasons you think.
Hamster on a piano, hamster on a piano.. HE CATCHES HIM!
Really wasnt expecting much with this thinking it was another out and out comedy but it was absolutely brilliant.
The character of Derek has been around much longer than that..
.. he made a short movie revolving around Derek in 2001. It was on YouTube up until recently too, but can't find it now.
He's really, really onto something here. I think this could be his 'Forrest Gump', and when he proves he's not just a one-trick pony in terms of characters he plays. And given how much time he's taken to flesh this out, it shows how careful he's being with it to get it right. I'm looking forward to more.
I get the feeling this might go over peoples heads with a lot of people left wondering why the "retard" wasnt funnier after seeing it.
He might not be a one trick pony with the characters he plays but he's getting that way with the format of his shows. Mockumentary again!
Watched this on 4od, how did they fit so much into 24 mins, hope to see more of this, didn't really laugh but didn't see it as a comedy really.
2 things i think that could make the show better -
1. Not to have Gervais
2. Not to have Karl
Karl is just distracting and being himself and the same for Gervais.
The woman, Kerry Godliman, stole the show i thought.
I thought this was good, if a little rushed. I couldn't really buy Gervais or Pilkington's characters but I enjoyed the concept. Would like to see more.
Daily Mail has the knives sharpened...surprise, surprise.