Ricky Gervais confirms ‘Derek’ will end with Christmas special

Golden Globe-nominated comedy drama will bow out with a 60-minute special on December 22

Ricky Gervais has confirmed he has no plans to make more episodes of Derek despite his performance in the Channel 4 comedy-drama being nominated for a Golden Globe.

Derek, which Gervais created and stars in as a socially awkward and frequently childlike care worker at an old people’s home, will bow out with a 60-minute Christmas special airing next Monday (December 22).

“Like The Office and Extras there will only be two series and a special. For now, it’s the end. It just feels right,” Gervais explains during his appearance on The Graham Norton Show tomorrow night (December 19).

Derek began as a one-off pilot in 2012 before returning for a full series in 2013 and a second series earlier this year. Some commentators have criticised the show for appearing to poke fun at mental disability, though Gervais has insisted the character he plays is neither autistic nor intellectually challenged.

Gervais will compete for the Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy prize at next month’s Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles. He previously won the same award in 2004 for his performance in The Office.