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In one of Ricky Gervais' podcasts he claims that Karl Pilkington is his gift to the world. And while we are more than happy to have the "little round headed buffoon" in our lives - whether he's being An Idiot Abroad, a cartoon on The Ricky Gervais Show or acting in the one-off dramedy called Derek - a little more credit than a finder's fee has to go to Gervais, especially concerning the last case. The (then) 'one-off' special was again written and directed by Gervais who also stars and decided to bring his new best friend along for another adventure. This time it was acting. And there are outtakes.
Karl is, of course, an experienced dancer (or popper and locker) but his exposure in mainstream media hasn't been in a traditional performing role, largely the Manchester-born genius (well) has just been himself. And while that was always more than enough to entertain, his role in Derek was also well received, as was the whole Channel 4 production, a project once again written, directed by and starring Ricky Gervais and it should come as no surprise that the British comedian had some exciting news to share (via twitter) for those who want more Derek.
The 'pilot' was always intended to open the door to more shows, and not only has the comedian started writing an additional 6 episodes but he also shared this great clip of Karl breaking character and I don't think Karl ever laughs. Seriously, in all the podcasts I've listened to and all the animated versions of them I've watched, I think Karl has only chuckled once. Of course, Ricky can't stop laughing at his mate with a head like a f*cking orange and you can hear his shrill cackling in the background. It and him screaming at Karl always make me laugh.
There's no word on, if or when the one-off dramedy for Channel 4 will come to North America but now that it looks like a series is in development, I'd wager Derek will come this way sooner rather than later like all those others from Gervais. It is described by Channel 4 as a dramedy about "a group of outsiders living on society's margins." Gervais plays Derek Noakes, a 49-year-old man who works in a retirement home when he's not too busy autograph hunting. Pilkington plays his best friend, landlord and owner of the home Dougie. Are you hoping that the one-off and the ensuing series make their way to American airwaves?