Ricky Gervais, one of the world’s most famous comedians, is bringing his new show, After Life, to Netflix on March 1. Gervais is the creator of iconic shows like ‘The Office‘ (2001-2013), and his ever-fresh sense of humor and the unique eye with which he looks at the world is something which makes his work always stand out. ‘After Life’ is about a middle-aged British man whose wife passes away and leaves him to face the world alone. She has made a number of videos to help him navigate through the world without her. Gervais says the show is about your worse fear coming true- which is the death of the love of your life. He has further explained that his character is a man who is angry with the world for taking away his wife, and he decides to be mean and rude to everyone around him, going about punishing the world in his own way. He treats it like a superpower, and in the trailer proudly says, “When it all gets too much, I can always kill myself”.
Gervais’ shows and movies have always been funny and dealt with important subjects in a light-hearted manner. But from the look of the trailer, ‘After Life’ seems to be something of a dark comedy. There is a constant sense of loss and loneliness embedded in the story and the way the characters present themselves. Gervais, who has himself written and directed the show, plays the leading man with his usual wry sense of humor, which he now mixes with a sense of nonchalance after his wife passes away. When Gervais announced the show on Twitter, this is how he described it- “My wife’s dead. I can’t wait to join her. My dad has dementia. His nurse hates me. I work for a local, free newspaper, and deal with morons all day. I’m going to get drunk and take out my anger on every shitty person I meet before I kill myself.”
After Life Season Cast: Who is in it?
Ricky Gervais has always worked with people he has felt comfortable with and knows they will be able to see his vision as he wants to present it to the world. Gervais’ character is called Tony, and Kerry Godliman plays his wife Lisa. Godliman is well-known from her work in Derek (2012-2014) where she worked alongside Gervais, playing the role of Hannah, the friend of Gervais’ titular character. Tom Basden plays the role of his brother-in-law in the series and he also has the experience of working with Gervais before, having been involved in the movie ‘David Brent: Life on the Road’ (2016).
David Bradley, who is famous for his roles in ‘Harry Potter‘ and ‘ A Game of Thrones‘ is playing Gervais’ father, who suffers from dementia. Even after Gervais’ wife dies, his father keeps asking him to bring Lisa along when his son visits him. This further troubles Tony as he cannot make his father understand that his wife is no more. Penelope Wilton, David Earl, Joe Wilkinson, and Ashley Jensen are other important members of the cast. Mandeep Dhillon, Jo Hartley, Roisin Conaty, Tim Plester and Diane Morgan, all of whom had worked earlier with Gervais in ”David Brent: Life on the Road’ are also members of the cast for this six-part series.
Netflix had ordered the series to be made in May 2018, and their association with Gervais has always produced some great entertainment. Gervais’ stand-up special called ‘Humanity’ is being streamed on Netflix, and so are his movies ‘Special Correspondents’ (), and ‘The Invention of Lying’ (). Netflix had also acquired the rights for his 2016 movie ‘David Brent: Life on the Road’. ‘Derek’ is also streaming on Netflix.
After Life Plot: What is it about?
After Life is about a man who is disillusioned with life. Gervais’ character, Tony’s life revolved around his wife Lisa, and it becomes extremely hard for him to imagine his life without his wife. Depressed and unable to understand how he should carry on living, Tony comes to the conclusion that suicide is the best way out. However, he changes his mind and comes up with an idea on how to take revenge on the world for taking the love of his life away from him.
Tony decides that from now on, he will be extremely rude and mean to everyone he comes across, and as mentioned earlier, he thinks of it as a superpower as he will not have to put up a pretentious nice-guy image. What then goes wrong for him is that he still has people in his life who love him and think the world of him. Tony is not a cynical and rude person, and they know it very well. They relentlessly try to revive the good-natured and caring Tony they used to know at any cost. And this is where Gervais’ genius lies. He layers the characters beautifully and does not just write flat characters who’d only make you laugh but will not leave any impression with you after you’re done with the movie/series. However, it can be said that ‘After Life’ is the most serious work Gervais has done till date. Though his writing is brimming with humor, his directing has never been that special. But in ‘After Life’ he is excellent all around.
After Life Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘After Life’ Season 1 first aired on Netflix on March 8. On April 3, 2019, Netflix confirmed that the show will come back for another season. In a statement to Variety, show’s creator Ricky Gervais said “‘I have never had a reaction like this before. It’s been insane. And heartwarming. But now I have to make sure the second season is even better so I’ll probably have to work much harder than usual. Annoying really.”
It will be interesting to see which direction the show takes in the next season. For now, we will keep an eye on its release date. Our best guess is the Season 2 might be back sometime in March, 2020.
After Life Season 1 Trailer
Here is the trailer for Ricky Gervais’ newest show ‘After Life’ on Netflix:
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