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6 Reasons You Should Be Watching Ricky Gervais' Netflix Series Derek

The world would be a better place if we were all a little more like Derek Noakes, the titular character of Netflix's British import Derek.

That may be a surprising notion, given that Derek — a simple-minded man who works in an old-age home in Britain — is the creation of Ricky Gervais, whose stand-up comedy and past work on shows like The Office and Extras can be biting, to say the least. Even Gervais admits thatDerek, which he describes plainly (and accurately) as "a show about kindness," is less a departure from his previous projects and more a complete rejection of them.

"In recent years — and I'm culpable; I may even be one of the major driving forces in it — there's been a comedy of embarrassment, of excruciating social faux pas, the minutiae of human behavior, and usually the bad side," Gervais, who plays the lead role of Derek in addition to writing and directing the series, told TVGuide.com last week. "What's slightly different about [Derek] is, all those comedies and all the characters I've created before were sort of laughing at the blind spot, laughing at the difference between how the characters see themselves and how we see them. And with this, I've closed that blind spot. People are more sincere and more honest. ... The big theme is that kindness trumps everything."

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VIDEO: Hustle: Signing Up to Wealth

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Hustle: Signing Up to Wealth
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Aired: 4/25/2007

Danny begins interviews for a new grifter, but the candidates aren't quite what the team is expecting. Meanwhile, Dickie Brennan, a ruthless porn baron, is keen to own a prize-winning horse. Of course, our con artists are willing to oblige. watch

VIDEO: The Lost Child

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Length: 01:46:00
Aired: 4/30/1995

In Series 4, the newly promoted Detective Superintendent Tennison moves among stations to head high-profile cases for the Area Major Investigation Team. A wrenching personal decision colors her search for an abducted toddler in The Lost Child. watch

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Year Title Description
2010 Leap Year Movie, Actor - Frank
1999 Titanic Town Movie, Actor - Cork Driver
1997 The Butcher Boy Movie, Actor - Bogman in Mental Hospital
1992 The Playboys Movie, Actor - Kelly
1988 High Spirits Movie, Actor - Christy

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