- So….Derek on chanel 4. Am I the only one that likes it?
Yep love it as wellPosted 5 years ago
Can’t stand Gervais in interviews, as himself, in stand up or generally as an actor, but as a writer of stuff like this he is superb
A friend was really slating it the other week, mainly due to having a kid with the same condition as Derek, and not finding the portrayal funny, he didn’t get it one bit, when I explained it wasn’t actually about Derek but the other issues that are in a way almost pushed into the background (as often happens in the similar real life situations) it suddenly clicked with them
It has many layers I think, and is very sensitive, mixes just about the right amount of comedy to get away with it, but I don’t view it as a comedy showfervouredimageMember
He has yet to better the office and as a writer he can’t cut it without Merchant.
Regardless I still think the office puts gervais in the genius camp but Derek just tries far too hard to tug at the heart strings. It’s too contrived and the female lead is absolutely bloody awful.Posted 5 years agomonkey_boyMember
big gervais fan here, nothing will surpass the genius that was the office.
Derek is very good though, it was still a bit ‘too office’ in parts but i guess thats what he does best.
he is very ‘marmite’ but as he says himself most of his backlash happens becuase “People confuse the subject of a joke with the target of a joke”Posted 5 years ago
Does a show like this help people understand these people more – both the elderly as well as people like Derek? I thought the last episode tried to do this particularly though was maybe a bit contrived – especially Kev’s character explaining that he’s a failure. BTW, Hannah is lovely!Posted 5 years agospacemonkeyMember
Saw a few episodes of the first series but haven’t time to watch this one. Tis clever though IMO.
I also think that regardless of whether you like RG, he knows how to write characters/stuff that unsettles people. And that takes some doing IMO. Speaking of which, have you seen his bad taste charity sketch (Comic Relief or Sport Relief or whatever it was) from about 2005? Quality.Posted 5 years ago
Yes The Office was funny but he has done nothing of note since
Have you seen the episode of Extra’s with Kate Winslett in it? Watch that and then come back and tell us he’s done nowt decent
[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41IgiLGlI0w[/video]Posted 5 years agowinston_dogMember
I will change my earlier post to “he has never done anything of note unless Stephen Merchant has been involved, who it would appear is the gifted comedy writer out of the two.”
I admit I did laugh at the Extras episode with Ross Kemp and Vinnie Jones but he is still a complete co*k.Posted 5 years agofervouredimageMember
Gervais needs Merchant and likewise Merchant needs Gervais, but merchant has a better understanding of human frailties and how they can be funny. Gervais struggles with this and Derek proves it IMO. I enjoyed Derek but it was far too manipulative, too contrived and overtly blatant with its set-ups for the quintessential tear jerk moments.
The final line in the final episode should have been “Derek took the best shortcut, the only shortcut worth taking…. Coldplays Fix You”Posted 5 years agotrevron73Member
One of my staff is the spitting image of Derek , when this boy comes to work after a night on the drugs and hes a bit fuzzy he is just like Derek , shuffles gurns the lot ,all the other staff call him Derek since i pointed it out ,its only mild bullying so i let them away with it .Posted 5 years agoHadgeMember
Loved every single episode but the last one had me in tears of laughter form the beginning with the baby monkey on the pig and Derek singing along to crying with sadness and happy sadness at the end when he runs back to his dad.Posted 5 years ago
I mean no offence to anyone but if you’ve had an experience of life, this series tugs at those strings and you can believe in the characters and the whole episodes. I wasn’t a massive fan of RG but the whole script writing in Derek is just the best thing I’ve ever watched, I believe it’s that good and cannot wait for the next series. Absolutely love it.colournoiseSubscriber
Think it’s a hugely clever and well written bit of TV. Yes, it’s clichéd in places (the weekly bit where the mockumentary format is suddenly dumped in favour of a montage) and manipulative, but my reading of it is that that’s precisely the point.
Ought to win some awards IMHO, but unlikely to.Posted 5 years ago
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