Netflix has announced that the one-hour Derek special will be made available for streaming on Friday, April 3rd. A shorter version aired in the UK last month.
Though Netflix doesn’t mention it in the press release, this holiday special will serve as the ending of the Derek TV show. Star/creator Ricky Gervais said, “I did toy with a third series, particularly after the Emmy nod, but I decided to stick to my usual formula of two series and a special. It’s a bittersweet experience as always. I’m sorry to end it but I know that leaving something you love and starting something else is always the best thing to do creatively.”
Prior to the special airing last month, Channel 4’s Phil Clarke, said “Christmas seems a wonderfully fitting time for us to bid farewell to Derek, a show that truly celebrates generosity and goodwill.”
Here’s the press release:
Ricky Gervais’ “Derek” Returns to Netflix with One Hour Special on Friday, April 3
The award-winning Netflix Original Series Derek from Ricky Gervais will return to the service with a one hour special on Friday, April 3, 2015 exclusively for its members in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Nordics and Benelux. Seasons one and two of Derek are now streaming on Netflix .
Ricky Gervais, currently nominated for Best Actor In A Comedy Series at this Sunday’s GOLDEN GLOBE(R) awards for his performance in Derek just surprised fans on social media officially confirming the special’s upcoming premiere on Netflix : TWITTER FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM
Derek centers around Derek Noakes (Gervais), a tender, innocent man whose love for his job at a retirement home shines through. Derek cares deeply for the home’s residents, because they are kind and funny and tell him stories of what life used to be like. Among those in his life are Kev (David Earl), a lovable train wreck who lives with Derek and spends most of his time lazing around the home; and Hannah (Kerry Godliman), a care worker in the home and Derek’s best friend. She is smart, witty and hard-working, and, like Derek, always puts other people first.
In the special, Tom (Brett Goldstein) has a new job, which allows him to spend more time with Hannah. Will this allow their relationship to flourish? Derek is upset with Hannah for upsetting Kevin, who goes missing, whilst Vicky takes on more responsibilities.
Derek is produced by Derek Productions Ltd for Netflix in the US & Channel 4 in the UK.
What do you think? Do you like the Derek TV series? Do you think it’s ending at the right time?