Ricky Gervais Says After Life Is 'Too Good' Not To Do A Third Series
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We're on countdown for the second season of Ricky Gervais' massively successful series, After Life, and he's already got us eager for a third, saying the world of the show is 'too good' not to continue. You can watch our exclusive behind-the-scenes clip here:
The show sees the 58-year-old comic playing the role of a widower called Tony - he said this is the first time he's thought about 'doing a third' series of a show he's written.
Chatting to LADbible, Gervais explained: "I've never had a reaction like this, so there is that [sense of] 'Oh, I could only ruin it', you know what I mean. So you've got to try and make it better.
"Which is good, it's a good state of mind to be in, it's a good pressure. I've got to make this better than before - that's a lovely pressure to have as a writer.
"That's not a reason not to do a second series because the first one went down so well... Most people want it the other way - they want too many series because they think it's their favourite show.
"I get that, as a viewer I get it, but as an artist you have got to get out a bit early. But as I say, this is the first one I've - I think I'm gonna do a third because the world we've created is too good and rich."
Season 2 of the critically acclaimed series will be available on Netflix from 24 April 2020 and all our favourites are back.
But one key difference to the news series is that Tony looks like he's going to take on the job of helping the people who helped him, as he tries to lift spirits and be a bit more 'zen'. Of course, he still manages to call someone a 'snot-curdling c**t'. Old habits die hard, eh?
With a new mantra of 'hope is everything', we see the return of Sandy, the new journalist at the Tambury Gazette (played by Mandeep Dhillon), along with other colleagues including brother-in-law Matt (Tom Basden) and Lenny the photographer (Tony Way).
There are also more scenes at the graveyard with adorable Anne (Penelope Wilton), Daphne the sex worker (Roisin Conaty), postman Pat (Joe Wilkinson) and, most importantly, the dog.
The new series - which consists of six episodes - will follow Tony, who is still grieving for his late wife Lisa (Kerry Godliman) while trying to form better relationships with the people close to him.
The trailer, which you can watch here, opens with the pair dancing on an old recording before cutting to a conversation between Tony and Sandy, where he says: "People think all those things I miss doing with Lisa, I could just do them anyway. They're missing the point - I miss doing nothing with Lisa."
Basically, it's still going to tug at the ol' heartstrings, it would seem. Bring it on.