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Ricky Gervais’ ‘Derek’: Netflix Releases Full Trailer for Latest Original Series

Netflix’s recent Emmy recognition had only just begun before the critically acclaimed ‘Orange is the New Black‘ hit the scene, so will Ricky Gervais‘ controversial new series ‘Derek‘ continue the streak? The streaming service has released a full trailer for its latest original series, though it remains to be seen if viewers will latch on Gervais’ simple ‘Derek’ as they have his past protagonists.

Having already aired as a special in the UK, September 12 will see Netflix officially unveil ‘Derek,’ which sees Gervais portraying a mentally handicapped nursing home worker as he goes about his jobs and relationships. Gervais created, wrote, directed and executive produces the series, whose official description reads:

‘Derek’ is a bittersweet 30-minute comedy drama about a group of outsiders living on society’s margins. Derek Noakes (Gervais) is a tender, innocent man whose love for his job shines through. Working in a retirement home, Derek cares deeply for the old people, because they are kind and funny and tell him stories of what life used to be like.

Alongside him works Dougie (Karl Pilkington), his landlord who is one of life’s unlucky individuals; Kev (David Earl), a loveable train wreck; and Hannah (Kerry Godliman), a care worker in the home and Derek’s best friend. She is smart, witty and hard working, but unlucky in love, and, like Derek, always puts other people first.

The uncaring outside world popping in and out will boil your blood and the residents inside will break your heart.

Gervais has defended the character on a number of occasions, particularly those claiming Derek makes light of mental handicap, but Gervais previously explained Derek to be of different intelligence, without necessarily likening the character to any one mental illness.

We’ll reserve any judgement until ‘Derek’ drops in its entirety on September 12, but check out the trailer above in the meantime, and give us your take on Ricky Gervais’ latest comedy in the comments!

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