About the Show
A bittersweet comedy drama about a group of outsiders living on society's margins. Written, directed by and starring Ricky Gervais.
In the final episode of the series, a much-loved resident is in decline, which sets in motion a sequence of events culminating in the appearance of an unexpected visitor.
The Making of Derek
Ricky Gervais gives an exclusive behind the scenes tour and talk about the making of his Channel 4 series, Derek.
In conversation, as writer, director and the actor who plays Derek, Gervais discusses the character he plays, his thoughts on the series and describes his role as director.
Alongside cast mates Karl Pilkington, Kerry Godliman and David Earl, Ricky heads backstage during the filming on set and location with candid access to his latest television project.
Broadhill retirement home wants to host a cabaret show and Derek forms an entertainment committee to discuss plans for the evening.
Kev wants to produce a play of the Duran Duran film script he wrote in '98 with the staff and residents cast as the band.
A new community service worker called Deon, played by Doc Brown, joins the home. He's a keen rapper, but the elderly residents aren't exactly his usual audience.
On show night Dougie is forced to join the other 'Duran Duran' band members on stage, while Deon makes a welcome appearance with a special heartfelt rap.
Derek decides to sell some of his autographs in order to raise money for the retirement home. But the shop that sells autographed photos isn't overly impressed by Derek's collection - mainly because he can't actually remember who the signatures belong to.
An outing to the beach for some of the residents means a blissful afternoon in the sunshine, while Kev leaves his mark at the seaside by writing rude words on crabs with a pen.
Retirement Home manager Hannah stays behind to welcome a new resident, Mrs Shaw, played by Laura June Hudson, whose daughter Rebecca, played by Susannah Wise, recognises Hannah from school.
Rebecca's comments make Hannah wonder whether her life has really turned out as she intended.
It's a day like no other at Broadhill retirement home... Derek is watching Dougie fix a table's wobbly leg until he finds a baby bird that's fallen from a tree.
Derek, desperate to save the bird's life, rushes inside to announce the emergency and ask Hannah to call Rolf Harris or Bill Oddie.
Later, Derek and some of the residents attend a jumble sale, and then it's date night for Tom and Hannah, but she's forgotten.
It's Derek's 50th birthday; what better way to celebrate than with a party at Broadhill retirement home?
Derek knows exactly what he wants: JLS, Susan Boyle and Stacey Solomon for music, and vol-au-vents, sausage rolls and chicken Kiev for food.
And there's a new addition to the staff: community service worker Vicky (played by Holli Dempsey), who's convinced she looks like Victoria Beckham.
A visit from the council sees Broadhill retirement home facing closure. Hannah, the home's manager, rallies together her troops - best mates Derek, Dougie and Kev - and together they set to work raising their own funds for the home.
A visit from the Meadway animal rescue centre and an outburst from Dougie help to put smiles back on the residents' faces.
Derek Noakes is a tender, innocent man whose love for his job and the people he cares for shines through.
He's 49, adores animals, Rolf Harris, Jesus, Deal or No Deal, Million Pound Drop and Britain's Got Talent - but his main hobby is autograph hunting.
Derek works in a retirement home with his mate and landlord, Dougie. Derek cares deeply for old people because they're kind and funny and tell him stories about the olden days.
Hannah is a care worker at the home and is Derek's best friend. She's smart, witty and hard-working, but unlucky in love, and, like Derek, always puts other people first.
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