Ricky Gervais has a new series on the horizon. For many, this is an easy sell because Gervais has already co-created two widely respected shows: The Office and Extras. The new show, Derek, debuted in the U.K. as a special that was subsequently picked up by Channel 4 in England and Netflixin the United States. Gervais stars as the title character, who’s a slow but well-meaning worker at a nursing home along with his friend and sometimes on-screen punching bag Karl Pilkington (An Idiot Abroad). Here’s the first clip from the series which does contain some NSFW dialog:
Before the special aired, controversy arose because some assumed the series was mocking the mentally handicapped; however, Gervais told blogger Nicky Clark that isn’t the case. “Derek is a fictional character and is defined by his creator. Me,” Gervais said. “If I say I don’t mean him to be disabled then that’s it. A fictional doctor can’t come along and prove me wrong. He’s different. But then so are a lot of people. He’s not the smartest tool in the box but he’s cleverer than [Father Ted character] Father Dougal, and not as different as Mr. Bean. He’s based on those people you meet who are on the margins of society. Nerds, loners, under achievers.”
Exact air dates for the first season and when it will premiere on Netflix have yet to be revealed, but Derek is expected to debut early in 2013.