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Week two hundred and forty-six - January 2013

So, not long now till Derek premieres on Channel 4. 

The rest of the world will have to wait a little while and watch it on Netflix. If you missed the pilot or just feel like watching it again, you can now see it on 40D. We’ve also made a documentary about the making of the series… 

The trailers have also started airing;

[Trailer 1 - YouTube]
[Trailer 2 - YouTube]
[Trailer 3 - YouTube]
[Trailer 4 - YouTube]

Hope you like it. I’m off to play with some Muppets. 

Week two hundred and forty-four - December/January 2012/13

You may have read that I have accepted the lead role in the next Muppet movie. I didn’t so much accept it as jump at the chance. I fucking love The Muppets. (I’ll probably have to tone down my language for Disney.) 

We start filming in January. I can’t wait. I’ll be hangin’ with those cuddly little critters all day. 

Talking of Muppets, my little social experiment ended this Christmas. The Idiot Abroad specials went down a storm, becoming Sky One’s biggest show of the year again.

If you haven’t got Sky the DVD is out now in the UK. [Amazon link] 

It premieres in the US on Science Channel, 19th January - then around the world in over 150 other territories. It’s been a blast. Thank you. 

Finally, I cut a little teaser trailer of Derek for the internet. 

I tried to give a feel of the mood more than anything too specific. It’s not that I didn’t want to give too much away but rather that I didn’t want to give people the wrong end of the stick so to speak. It’s quite difficult to describe. Even in broad terms, to be honest. 

Is Derek a comedy or a drama? I get asked that a lot. Even after people have seen it. 

I say, “What do you think it is?” 

They say, “Well I laughed a lot but I cried as well. I’m just not sure if it was a drama with funny bits or a comedy with sad bits.” 

I usually then say, “Derek is whatever you think real life is. Is your life a drama with funny bits or a comedy with sad bits?” 

The answer doesn’t matter really. What matters is if you enjoy it… for whatever reason. Because it made you laugh, because it made you cry, because it made you think or even because it made you angry. As long as it made you something. 

For me, personally, it’s my favourite thing I’ve ever created or worked on. I love Derek more than any other character. In fact, I wish I were more like him. I wish everyone was. 

It’s a show about kindness. It’s funny and sweet and deals with the real issues of everyday life. I don’t think I’ve seen anything quite like it. The performance that Kerry Godliman gives as Hannah may be the finest piece of character acting I’ve seen. 

And Karl Pilkington as Dougie makes me laugh every second he is on screen. Kev played by David Earl is a lovable train wreck. You won’t know whether to hug him or take him to the vet to have him put down. The uncaring outside world popping in and out will boil your blood and the residents will break your heart. Or you won’t like it. Haha. One of the two. 

Week two hundred and forty-three - December 2012

Did the latest of my Scandinavian Greatest Hits Tour gigs at this monster in Stockholm this week… 

I also honoured the people of Sweden with a commemorative bath pic…

The finale of An Idiot Abroad 3 aired this week. That’s all folks. Two series and a Christmas Special. Haha. 
If you haven’t got Sky you can buy the DVD here

We even did some promo for it. 

Anyway, so that’s the end of An Idiot Abroad and The Ricky Gervais Show. The next time you’ll get to see me and the little round headed buffoon in action is in Derek which starts in January. 

Merry Christmas. 

Week two hundred and forty-two - December 2012

I finished DEREK this week! Hooray! I should have an air date very soon. Late January is my best guess at the moment. 

An Idiot Abroad 3 goes from strength to strength. Here’s a few best bits from ep 2 and a fantastic deleted scene

Some lovely people can’t seem to get their head around the fact that scenes aren’t necessarily deleted because they’re no good. They’re usually deleted because of time restrictions. We shot about 90 hours worth. That’s a lot of great stuff that simply can’t be used. DVD extras I say. 

I was a surprise guest at The Sun Military Awards this week. I wasn’t expecting it to be so overwhelmingly moving. I think I had something in my eye. Or I’m pregnant. Anyway, it was emotional. And fun actually. That my friends is what you call a great attitude. Humbling. 

Week two hundred and forty-one - November/December 2012

Another week spent putting the final touches to Derek. 


It’s turned out very well indeed. You’ll be the judge of that. I guess what I mean is, it turned out how I meant it to. That’s all I can ask for. I can’t really influence the vote any more than that. I can try to get as many people to see it as possible, but that’s all. I would like to say that it’s my personal favourite thing I’ve ever done. I can’t explain why. It just is. Hope you like it. 


Karl came into the edit to watch a bit and stayed and watched all six. I was so glad he loved it. He’s great in it. Everyone is, but I’m very proud of his performance. I created the character of Dougie by imagining what Karl’s life would be like if he hadn’t got into media, came to London, and met me. Haha. Showing him it, I felt like the Ghost of Xmas ‘Alternative Present.’ 

A lot of buzz about An Idiot Abroad 3 this week too. 


It’s slightly different from previous series in a few ways. Obviously Karl has got a little mate this time. It’s a 3 part special. And it’s one long journey: literally and emotionally. It also really ramps up from week to week. Ep 1 is quite gentle comparatively. They’re sort of getting to know each other. It kicks off a bit in ep 2. And ep 3 is fucking mental. Best episode of every series I’d say. And quite sweet even. Anyway I hope you enjoy that too. 

Right, I’m off to Scandinavia… 


Week two hundred and forty - November 2012

Work really kicked in this last week. 


I was in the edit trying to finish Derek, doing press for An Idiot Abroad 3, getting together the set for my little Scandanavian arena tour, starting a new movie script, and annoying fundamentalists on Twitter. The last one is more of a hobby, but very time consuming. Haha. 

It’s also shopping time. Jane’s birthday in December starts the ball rolling then Christmas takes over. To make it easier, last year we initiated “the list”. We have to do a long list of things we want and the other person buys some of them so you’re still not sure what you’re getting. It really helps. This was the list I made of presents I wanted… 


Jane looked at it, laughed, and said, “Now do a proper one.” Maybe she was just trying to throw me off the scent. 
I pretended to fall for it. I am going to call my monkey butler Ernest by the way, and I will train it to carry stuff for me. 



Week two hundred and thirty-nine - November 2012

I had a few days off from editing Derek to go and be one of the headline acts at The New York Comedy Festival. 

I kicked off the festival with an Audience Q and A and a live interview with John Hodgman at The Town Hall. I enjoyed it so much that I’m thinking of doing a string of similar events across the country. 

It was the armchairs that clinched the deal. “Stand Up” is fun but “Sit down” is more comfortable. 

The following night I performed at the Stand Up For Heroes Benefit. 

It’s always an amazing night of music and comedy, and a truly humbling experience.

Springsteen played as usual and auctioned his guitar. He did an acoustic version of “Tougher than the rest” that sent a chill down the spine. 

I was also in town plugging my new app JustSayin’ and letting Americans know that ‘Derek’ is coming exclusively to Netflix next year. 

The reason I went with Netflix is because I believe it’s the future of TV. Viewing habits are changing and people are insisting on everything On Demand. Also, as an artist you want the maximum number of viewers with the minimum amount of interference from a broadcaster. The Netflix figures are really impressive and I have absolute artistic freedom. And finally, they made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. I can’t tell you the deal, but I worked it out at 28 times what I made from the first series of The Office. Ker-ching. I mean… art… Ker-Chart. 

I did my 23rd Letterman appearance, (which was probably my favourite one so far), and The View. I told Barbara Walters to shut up. She took it well. They even invited me back to co-host. I said yes. I also promised the SNL lot that I’d host next year. I’ve been invited to do it so many times but I was never available, but I’m going to do it next year whether it coincides with me plugging something or not. It might even be better if I don’t have to restrict it to jokes about the movie or TV show I’m flogging. Pure fun. You’ll be the judge of that. 


COMEDIAN Ricky Gervais says he will never censor what he wants to say and insists that not even the threat of arrest will stop him.

“I’m going to say what I think,” Ricky, 51, told us at the launch of his new show An Idiot Abroad 3, which begins on November 30 on Sky1 HD.

“Offence is relative. It’s not about right and wrong – it’s about feelings, so it’s hard to say someone is objectively wrong,” said Ricky, whose last big spat came last year when he used the term “mong” for those with Down’s syndrome.

“[Someone] can still be an idiot and say something horrendous but if they haven’t broken the law it’s a little bit weird. I don’t think being an idiot is against the law.

“Some people believe in ghosts and God and I think that’s very strange.”