9 minutes ago 0 Shares Ricky Gervais Confirms He’s Already Planning After Life Season 2 Sun Mar 10 2019 17:05:33 GMT+0000 (GMT) Sun Mar 10 2019 17:07:47 GMT+0000 (GMT) Daisy Phillipson Daisy Phillipson in Entertainment Powered by It's only been a couple of days since season one of Ricky Gervais' new show After Life hit…
It’s only been a couple of days since season one of Ricky Gervais’ new showAfter Lifehit Netflix, and already the comedian has confirmed plans are underway for a second round.
The show itself follows Tony, played by Gervais, whose life is turned on its head after his wife Lisa (Kerry Godliman) suddenly dies and he swaps his nice-guy persona for an impulsive, devil-may-care attitude to the world.
Following its release on Friday (8 March), the six-episode comedy-drama has already received rave reviews, with many noting Gervais’ trademark dark humour and bad taste jokes alongside some genuinely heartfelt messages on life and death.
Those who are fans of the show will be delighted to know Gervais is working on the follow-up should a second season get the green light.
The comedian says he’s already planning another series. Credit: PA
He told the Metro: “I always do that just in case I die!
“Now I’ve thought about it, and I really would like to do a second series because I fell in love with the characters and I’ve got an idea of where it can go.
“The second series is always better. Usually because you know the actors.
“There’s a little clue at the end of series one when he says, ‘I’m just going to use my superpower for good’. He can still be an asshole, and just enjoy it more.”
As said, the show offers some classic Gervais gags, including his character, Tony, calling a kid ‘tubby, little ginger c**t’. A bold statement, sure, but when has the comedian ever shied away from controversy?
Mum ‘So Proud’ After Son Goes Viral For Calling Ricky Gervais A ‘Paedo’. Credit: Netflix/After Life
Plus, the mum of the child stepped forward to his defence: “This is my son. He is not offended. He knows it’s just acting and we are very proud of him. Thank you for his moment in the spotlight @rickygervais.”
Ginger jokes aside, the show touches upon some more poignant issues too, including that of disease, grief and the reality of suicidal thoughts.
In response to his wife Lisa’s death, Tony struggles with such thoughts and ends up lashing out at others.
Gervais spoke on this topic amid apprehension surrounding how the show would deal with the sensitive subject matter, stating: “I don’t think suicide is the topic. I think the topic is grief, and grief makes you think lots of things. I don’t think suicide is any more the topic than him getting drunk every night.
“I treat it respectfully. Everyone assumes comedy about something is disrespectful. So I’ve heard roundtables on radio shows discussing why Ricky Gervais shouldn’t be making jokes about this subjects, and I’m like, ‘Well you’re talking about it, I’m just doing it in a funny way.'”
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