The pilot episode for Ricky Gervais’ new sitcom, Derek, will be screened on Channel 4 next month, it has been confirmed.
Written and directed by Gervais, Derek is a bittersweet one-off drama about a “group of outsiders living on societies margins”, according to BAFTA.
Gervais is, however, hoping that the nursing home-centred comedy will be commissioned for a full series.
A Channel 4 spokesperson said of the programme:
“Channel 4 is very excited to be working with Ricky Gervais on this new project and it’s wrong to say we have rejected a series.
“The pilot will be on TV in April and then there’ll be further discussions about the potential for a full series.”
The show will see Gervais play retirement home worker Derek Noakes, alongside Kerry Godliman, who stars as his friend, Hannah.
Karl Pilkington will also appear in the show as Dougie, Derek’s employer.
Derek will be screened by BAFTA at the Princess Anne Theatre on 27 March and on Channel 4 this April.