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Wednesday 13 November 2019

'More After Life is on the way' - Ricky

Ricky Gervais plays widower Tony Johnson in comedy. Photo: PA
Ricky Gervais plays widower Tony Johnson in comedy. Photo: PA

Ricky Gervais is writing a second series of After Life following the success of the first season.

The writer thanked fans for supporting the Netflix show, which has been praised for its comedy and handling of bereavement.

Gervais said he has been touched by the reviews and audience response to After Life, which casts the comedian as a cynical widower.

The co-creator of Extras and The Office said reaction to the new series had been unprecedented.

Love

"Thanks again for all the love for #AfterLife. I have never had a reaction like this," Gervais wrote in a post on Twitter.

"The reviews have been great but the response from viewers has been f**king amazing.

"And that means so much more to me. You are the best fans in the world.

"Oh, and I've started writing series 2."

Gervais plays depressed widower and local journalist Tony Johnson in After Life, which also stars Penelope Wilton.

The six-episode first series was praised for its handling of dark subject matter and for Gervais' performance as Tony.

Gervais said previously: "I have always dealt with taboo subjects but probably more obviously comedically, and this is the most dramatic.

"It's tragic but it's still somehow funny all the way through, but then so was my mum's funeral - we were crying and then laughing at stuff, the speeches and stuff, and that's what humour's for.

"There's no better tool to get you through bad things, there's no better way to discuss bad things than with a sense of humour - it makes you bulletproof."

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