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"Ricky Gervais hits out at treatment of pensioners... as he unveils first pictures of new series Derek"

He never stays on one project too long... so its no surprise to see Ricky Gervais has developed another new TV show.

The comedian/writer has unveiled the first photos of his new comedy Derek, starring himself as a retirement home worker.





As well as making people laugh, Gervais hopes the programme will make people think about how pensioners are treated.

Having just turned 50, Gervais says the nation focuses too much on youth and ignores the mature members of society.

He told The Sun: 'No one cares about old people in this country. There is a sort of army of youth, but getting old is the one thing that will happen to everyone.'

After playing flamboyant, over-the-top characters such as David Brent in The Office and Andy Millman in Extras, Gervais is looking forward to tackling a more down-to-earth character.

In the new show, he plays Derek Noakes, who bonds with residents at an old people's home.

He explained: 'I just want to do normal people with normal problems again. It is time to do that.

'I want to explore some themes I haven't done before.

'I do like getting close to real emotion - I have never been scared of that.'


Making his acting debut in the new series is An Idiot Abroad star Karl Pilkington, who plays balding caretaker Dougie.

Gervais enthused: 'Karl has never acted before but I wrote the role for him. I knew that if he did what I said it would be great.

'I knew he could do it. Some of the things I wrote for him to say, he could have said himself. He was a bit nervous at first but it is daunting.'

The new show starts on Channel 4 on April 12.