Trailer airs for new Ricky Gervais series ‘Derek’

The pilot episode of the sitcom was broadcast on Channel 4 earlier this year. The sitcom follows a “group of outsiders” who work in a retirement home. The pilot pulled in an impressive 2.3 million viewers and the full series will air next year.

Gervais plays Derek Noakes, a “tender, innocent man” with a passion for YouTube and Deal Or No Deal. He stars alongside Karl Pilkington in his first acting role as Dougie.

After the pilot was broadcast, Gervais was forced to deny accusations that his character made fun of the disabled, saying: “If I say I don’t mean him to be disabled then that’s it. A fictional doctor can’t come along and prove me wrong. He’s different. But then so are a lot of people.”