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Ricky Gervais - who created, produced, directed and starred in the programme - started to build excitement when he announced that the release date would be with us 'by the end of today' (13 February) and finally it's here:
After Life returns on 24 April. Yes, the dog will be back! @rickygervais, too. But the dog!! pic.twitter.com/75wIb96KSr
- Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) February 13, 2020
Fans can't wait for the second instalment of the show, which delves into the life of a man who realises that humanity is a 'disgusting, narcissistic plague'. We promise, it's incredible.
Referencing one of the show's most famous scenes, one red-headed enthusiast wrote: "This tubby little ginger c*** can't wait!" While another commented: "Finally, some good news today!"
A third fan summed it up perfectly, saying: "Attaboy! Looking forward to once again laughing before my tears are dry from the previous scene, you evil, evil man."
Can't wait for series 2 of After Life on the 24th of April @rickygervais #AfterLife2
- Rob Evans (@Rob_Evans10) February 13, 2020
Late last year Gervais confirmed that he had wrapped filming for After Life 2 when he posted a video of everyone involved letting out a cheer, while canine cast member Brandy the German Shepherd barked excitedly.
Gervais thanked the crew and his fellow cast - giving a special shout out to his canine co-star, who he will no doubt appreciate more than the human cast members.
The first season of After Life premiered on Netflix back in March last year, and it was an instant hit with viewers, who were soon drawn to Gervais's darkly comedic, poignant writing.
We were introduced to Tony (played by Gervais), whose life is turned upside down following the death of his wife.
As fans finished the first instalment, praise flooded in from across the board for the show's combination of Gervais' trademark edgy humour with some genuinely considered and heartfelt takes on life, death and grief. Netflix then announced it had renewed the show for a second series.
Speaking about his ideas for the second season, Gervais told reporters: "Now I've thought about it, and I really would like to do a second series because I fell in love with the characters and I've got an idea of where it can go.
"The second series is always better. Usually because you know the actors. There's a little clue at the end of series one when he says, 'I'm just going to use my superpower for good.' He can still be an a**hole, and just enjoy it more."
Bring on 24 April.
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