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Ricky Gervais to star in and direct new Netflix comedy series After Life

Cemetery Junction

Story by Jack Foley

RICKY Gervais has set up a new scripted comedy called After Life at Netflix.

The prolific comedian, who created the series, will also serve as executive producer, and will direct and star in the six-episode, half-hour comedy.

The series revolves around a character named Tony (to be played by Gervais), who had a perfect life until his wife, Lisa, dies suddenly.

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.

Believing this new attitude to be the equivalent of a superpower, while not caring about himself or anyone else, Tony becomes oblivious to the efforts of everyone else who are trying to save the nice guy they used to know.

Frequent Gervais collaborator Charlie Hanson (Derek, Life’s Too Short, Extras, David Brent: Life on the Road) will also executive produce the series.

After Life marks Gervais’ return to scripted comedy following his breakout role in BBC’s The Office and its follow-up series Extras. His most recent scripted role was in British comedy-drama Derek, which he also created, wrote, directed and starred in.

Prior to that, Gervais also starred with Warwick Davis and Stephen Merchant in Life’s Too Short. He most recently set a pair of stand-up comedy specials at Netflix.

On the big screen, he most recently starred in his Office feature film spin-off, David Brent: Life on the Road.