Ricky Gervais’ brilliant six-part comedy-drama series After Life will get a second series after Netflix confirmed it would commission another set of episodes. Series two is expected to start streaming in 2020.
Ricky Gervais has got his work cut out. That is, given that After Life was arguably his finest work, series two has a lot to live up to.
Netflix confirmed it would commission a second series, presumably six episodes, after Gervais’ melancholic comedy-drama about a suicidal widower won acclaim from critics and audiences.
The Office creator and star said he had been surprised by audience reaction to the first series. “It’s been insane. And heartwarming,” he remarked, noting he now had to get his thinking cap on to make the second season even better. “I’ll probably have to work much harder than usual. Annoying really,” he quipped.
After Life, which stars an ensemble including Tom Basden, Tony Way, Diane Morgan and Mandeep Dhillon as well as Ashley Jensen, Penelope Wilton and Kerry Godliman, sees Gervais’ Tony struggling to come to terms with his wife’s death.
After contemplating suicide, he decides instead to live long enough to punish the world by saying and doing whatever he likes from now on. He thinks it’s like a Super Power — not caring about himself or anyone else — but it turns out to be tricky when everyone is trying to save the nice guy they used to know.
Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix, said the series had “moved audiences from laughter to tears around the world” and that he was delighted to be bringing After Life back for part 2.
“[Netflix is] so proud to play host to Ricky’s brilliant stand up comedy, specials, original films and series and join in the joy of the fans with his latest hit.”