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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. 

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