Ricky Gervais’ new show After Life has proven to be a massive hit, so it is no wonder he is already looking to work on series two.
The 57-year-old actor and comedian confirmed the news on Twitter yesterday (March 20), also thanking fans for showing their support.
Gervais received universal praise for the show, which follows his character Tony as he struggles to cope with the death of his wife.
You can watch the trailer for it here:
Mentioning this in his tweet, Gervais wrote:
Once again, I have to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your amazing tweets about After Life. I’ve never had a reaction like it. I have a spring in my step as I skip towards writing series two.
Although Gervais didn’t reveal when he will start writing the next series, the news has delighted fans who are already eager for more.
At time of writing (March 21), the tweet has received over 48,300 likes, with fans applauding the Brit in the comments.
Once again, I have to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your amazing tweets about #AfterLife. I've never had a reaction like it. I have a spring in my step as I skip towards writing series 2. pic.twitter.com/AUxYoZSMWm
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) March 20, 2019
While the show is a comedy, it is also deeply moving, often offering an honest yet brutal look at grief.
Many widowers have congratulated Gervais on this, with WAY Widowed and Young’s Chief Executive Rebecca Cooper telling UNILAD the show is painfully accurate.
Last weekend, I was inundated with messages from members of our charity telling me that I must watch After Life on Netflix. I binge watched it all in one go. It was brutally honest, heartbreaking and hilarious – all at the same time.
Many of our charity’s members have said that the script is a searingly accurate reflection of what it’s like to be widowed at a young age.
It’s not an easy watch but we hope it will help people to understand the challenges facing people who’ve been widowed young.
Member Nathen Amin agrees with Cooper, adding ‘it’s astonishing how well [Gervais has] captured this life’, allowing him to connect with the character of Tony on an emotional level.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) March 13, 2019
The way After Life opens up an honest conversation about grief is only one of the reasons it is successful, with Gervais’ performance, the humour and storyline also receiving praise.
Hopefully he can deliver the same again with the second series.
The first series of After Life is available to stream on Netflix now.
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.