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Old 17-03-2013, 12:33
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I think Derek and Extras are the best things RG has done to date. I dont understand the criticism really.

I wish Extras was repeated though. Its been a while since I've seen it. I cant bring myself to rewatch Office again as some of the characters/situations are so true to my own office and cringeworthy!
Extras is currently being repeated on the Dave channel.
You've missed the first couple of episodes though.
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Old 17-03-2013, 13:48
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I think it was a gentle drama with funny moments about an autistic man working as a care assistant. I thought Ricky portrayed him well, and Karl Pingklton is a natural. I was just glad he didn't go down that Charlie Chaplin, Norman Wisdom road were you have to pity the character then somehow find him funny, give me Laurel and Hardy every time over the unfunny Charlie Chaplin.
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Old 17-03-2013, 13:52
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Extras is currently being repeated on the Dave channel.
You've missed the first couple of episodes though.
The office was for me the funniest series that ever was, Extras had some genius moments in it Patrick Stewart as an old perv was hiliarious.
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Old 17-03-2013, 18:26
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I think it was a gentle drama with funny moments about an autistic man working as a care assistant. I thought Ricky portrayed him well, and Karl Pingklton is a natural. I was just glad he didn't go down that Charlie Chaplin, Norman Wisdom road were you have to pity the character then somehow find him funny, give me Laurel and Hardy every time over the unfunny Charlie Chaplin.
Not according to Gervais
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Old 17-03-2013, 19:01
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Not according to Gervais
That was just my take on it mate, seems to me it could have been open to interpretation. What did Ricky Gervais say about it
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Old 17-03-2013, 19:05
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I think a lot of people seeing the Derek character would instantly think of him being autistic or having learning difficulties of some sort.


He wrote an article about it before the series started (it's linked to in this thread I think) and also he talked about the character in the making of episode.


Gervais said he was just a simple, loveable bloke without a bad bone in his body. I thought it was quite patronising of him to tell people how to feel about Derek and his actions/relationships with others.
I thought the point of the series was for the viewers to make up their mind themselves.
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Old 17-03-2013, 19:12
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I think a lot of people seeing the Derek character would instantly think of him being autistic or having learning difficulties of some sort.


He wrote an article about it before the series started (it's linked to in this thread I think) and also he talked about the character in the making of episode.


Gervais said he was just a simple, loveable bloke without a bad bone in his body. I thought it was quite patronising of him to tell people how to feel about Derek and his actions/relationships with others.
I thought the point of the series was for the viewers to make up their mind themselves.
He's anticipated people might percieve Derek to be autistic, sounds ify. I agree with your last view about making up our own minds.
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Old 18-03-2013, 01:25
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The office was for me the funniest series that ever was, Extras had some genius moments in it Patrick Stewart as an old perv was hiliarious.
That Patrick Stewart bit is probably my favourite. "But it was too late...I'd seen it all".
I think Extras probably edges it for me. I don't know why. Possibly because it felt freer not being restrained to office type stuff.

My favourite of all of them though is The Ricky Gervais Show.
I know that there's going to be several parts of every show that I'm going to find hilarious. But do I credit Ricky Gervais for those bits, or Karl Pilkington? I just don't know.
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Old 18-03-2013, 10:46
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Just caught up with the last ep. and even though it was as subtle as a brick in the head and very emotionally manipulative, it was also very moving I thought.

I found Derek (the show) quite paradoxical. I'm a big fan of Gervais's work, but I found this his weakest, in terms of the stereotyped characters and cliched plots, but the quality of the acting from all concerned rose above that to make the characters likeable, even lovable. Also, I don't think the show 'works' as a concept; it's set in a recognisable, present day environment, but at the same time it's entirely un-realistic in showing the day-to-day running of a care home.

As for Geravis insisting that Derek (the character) isn't mentally disabled in some way, I think that's a massive cop-out from him to allow him to play such a person without having to address the issue when asked of whether it's accurate or even exploitative (in much the same way the creators of The Big Bang Theroy insists that Sheldon doesn't have any any autistic traits, when he quite obviously does). There are ways to play a - to quote Gervais from an above comment - 'simple, loveable bloke without a bad bone in his body', without having to resort to bad hair and clothes, limited intelligence and facial tics.
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Old 21-04-2013, 18:10
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Video of the highlights of Derek Season 1 i made

Make sure to comment below the video and like it also subscribe to my channel please

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gi-xZ2yr0tc
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Old 21-04-2013, 22:56
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Video of the highlights of Derek Season 1 i made ..................
Was it much of a problem getting permission to make a copy for public broadcast?
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Old 24-05-2013, 14:55
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Derek is being repeated on More4 starting this Sunday night (26th May) at 23:05

Worth watching if you missed it first time. Karl Pilkington is great as Dougie.
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Old 27-03-2014, 15:41
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Info and Trailer for Series 2, which starts on 23rd April:-

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2014-...rek-series-two
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Old 27-03-2014, 15:43
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Info and Trailer for Series 2, which starts on 23rd April:-

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2014-...rek-series-two
Yayyy, can't wait
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Old 27-03-2014, 17:21
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That Patrick Stewart bit is probably my favourite. "But it was too late...I'd seen it all".
I think Extras probably edges it for me. I don't know why. Possibly because it felt freer not being restrained to office type stuff.

My favourite of all of them though is The Ricky Gervais Show.
I know that there's going to be several parts of every show that I'm going to find hilarious. But do I credit Ricky Gervais for those bits, or Karl Pilkington? I just don't know.
Let's not forget how brilliantly funny Gervaise has been over the years at awards events and his contributions to Comic Relief.

I'm not impressed by people being awarded the funniest person in Britain who can't raise a titter when they accept it.
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Old 27-03-2014, 18:27
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Loved the first series, proper bit of feel good TV. Looking forward to all of the twonks piling on this thread with their tiresome Gervais hatred.
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Old 27-03-2014, 18:46
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Yay! Cant wait!
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Old 27-03-2014, 19:43
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Wooo Woooo can't wait. Love this show. Karl Pilkington is so funny.
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Old 19-04-2014, 12:36
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Wooo Woooo can't wait. Love this show. Karl Pilkington is so funny.
I'm afraid you're in for a bit of a disappointment then.....

Spoiler
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Old 19-04-2014, 20:38
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Another one who cannot wait for this. Was not sure to begin with but love it now.
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Old 20-04-2014, 00:58
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I think if I were rating Gervais's TV stuff I would go:

Office Series 1 - 9
Office Series 2 - 8
Office Specials Pt 1 - 7
Pt 2 - 8.5
Extras Series 1 - 7.5
Series 2 - 7
Christmas Special - 7.5
Rickey Gervais Show Series 1 - 7.5
Series 2 - 7.5
Series 3 - 7
Life's Too Short - 6
Derek - 6.5
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Old 20-04-2014, 07:23
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I think if I were rating Gervais's TV stuff I would go:

Office Series 1 - 9
Office Series 2 - 8
Office Specials Pt 1 - 7
Pt 2 - 8.5
Extras Series 1 - 7.5
Series 2 - 7
Christmas Special - 7.5
Rickey Gervais Show Series 1 - 7.5
Series 2 - 7.5
Series 3 - 7
Life's Too Short - 6
Derek - 6.5
You're wrong of course
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Old 20-04-2014, 08:31
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I'm sort of looking forward to this. The first series had a lot of good elements, but also many that I found fault with.

I think this has been the weakest series that Ricky Gervais has done - he seems to have lost the subtle touch he brilliantly displayed in both The Office and Extras. Derek, in comparison, was about as unsubtle as comedy/pathos could get.

I'll give the first episode a go to see whether it's improved or not.
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Old 20-04-2014, 09:28
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You're wrong of course
No they're not, because they're rating them according to their own subjective opinion, which they obviously know.
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Old 20-04-2014, 17:53
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No they're not, because they're rating them according to their own subjective opinion, which they obviously know.
Sorry but they are completely wrong. And so are you.
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