After Life: filming begins on Ricky Gervais’ Netflix series

Production has begun on Ricky Gervais’ After Life, an upcoming series that the British comedy star is heading up for Netflix. Filming started this week, although it’s unclear how long the shoot will take or when the episodes will arrive online.

What we do know, thanks to the industry website The Knowledge, is that Gervais is directing all six 30-minute episodes of this comedy-drama, which he also wrote and executive produced.

Variety sums up the plot of After Life thusly:

“[The] series follows Tony (Gervais), who had a perfect life. But after his wife Lisa suddenly dies, Tony changes. After contemplating taking his own life, he decides instead to live long enough to punish the world by saying and doing whatever he likes from now on. He thinks it’s like a Super Power — not caring about himself or anyone else — but it turns out to be tricky when everyone is trying to save the nice guy they used to know.”

After Life continues Gervais’ healthy relationship with Netflix, which previously saw the streaming service distributing David Brent: Life On The Road and the stand-up special Humanity in numerous territories around the globe.

Prior to the start of production, Chortle reported that Gervais has assembled an impressive cast for the series.

Diane Morgan – who has recently been playing Philomena Cunk rather a lot, and even flagyl and alcohol ‘written’ by the character – is one of the familiar faces in the After Life cast.

Comedian and actress Kerry Godliman – who you may have seen recently in Save Me, Bliss and Rob Beckett’s Playing For Time – has also signed up for a role in After Life. Writer/actor Tom Basden (Plebs, Quacks) also has a part to play, as does comedian Sean McLoughlin.

All of these people have some previous form with Gervais:  Morgan and Basden appeared in David Brent: Life On The Road; Godliman was in Derek; and McLoughlin supported Gervais on his Humanity tour, as well as frequently appearing on his Sirius XM podcast.

Of course, we’ll bring you more news on After Life as we hear it.