‘Derek’ to end with one-off Christmas special

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Ricky Gervais has confirmed that his Channel 4 comedy-drama Derek will finish with a one-off special next month.

Gervais commented: “I did toy with a third series, particularly after the Emmy nod, but I decided to stick to my usual formula of 2 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.”

Phil Clarke, Channel 4’s Head of Comedy added: “Christmas seems a wonderfully fitting time for us to bid farewell to Derek, a show that truly celebrates generosity and goodwill.”

The official synopsis for the episode reads: “Hannah’s relationship with Tom blossoms, since he has found a new job close to home. Vicky finds her true calling in the care industry, whilst Kev realises the true meaning of family. Meanwhile Derek is still dating Tracey, all the while holding the Retirement Home together with his unique viewpoint on life.”

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Gervais was nominated for Outstanding Actor for his role as Derek at the Emmys earlier this year.

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