Ricky Gervais says whatever he feels like. Whodathunkit!?
Take a look at the trailer for After Life, an upcoming Netflix series starring, created, directed and written by Gervais. The six-episode original series finds Gervais playing Tony, a man whose perfect life takes a massive hit when his wife Lisa dies. The loss changes him, and after considering suicide, he opts to live long enough to get back at the world by saying and doing whatever he wants.
This looks wonderful. A lot of the amusing humour is, of course, firmly in the Gervais vain of comedy, but the trailer also hints at a potentially layered look at grief – both the person experiencing it and how it affects the people around them. Count us in.
After Life, also starring Kerry Godliman, Tom Basden, Tony Way, David Bradley and Ashley Jensen, among many others, will be hitting Netflix on March 8.
Netflix’s official rundown for After Life:
Tony (Ricky Gervais) had a perfect life. But after his wife Lisa 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.
Starring alongside Gervais is Kerry Godliman (Derek) as Tony’s wife Lisa, Tom Basden (Plebs, David Brent: Life On The Road) as Tony’s brother-in-law Matt, Tony Way (Edge of Tomorrow) as Tony’s best-friend Lenny, David Bradley (The Harry Potter series, Game of Thrones) as Tony’s dad, and Ashley Jensen (Extras) as a Nurse to Tony’s dad.
Also starring is Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey, Doctor Who), David Earl (Cemetery Junction, Derek), Joe Wilkinson (Him and Her), Kerry Godliman (Derek), Mandeep Dhillon, Jo Hartley, Roisin Conaty, Tim Plester and Diane Morgan (David Brent: Life On The Road).
AFTER LIFE is a Netflix original series from Derek Productions. The six-part series is created, written and directed by Ricky Gervais. Charlie Hanson is producer and Ricky Gervais and Duncan Hayes are executive producers.