Ricky Gervais and Karl Pilkington are seen on the set of their new comedy Derek. Gervais is not only the star of the show, playing the title character, but also the writer and director. The 50 year old comedian has come under a bit of fire for the content of the new show. -
"The pilot caused controversy even before its broadcast as some critics felt that Gervais was making fun of disabled people. Gervais responded: "I’ve never thought of him as disabled. He’s not that bright but neither are Kev or Dougie. He’s cleverer than Baldrick and Father Dougal and he certainly hasn’t got as big a problem as Mr. Bean. When portraying someone with disabilities I usually get someone with that disability to play them."
Hmm, I'm not at all a fan of making fun of people with disabilities. However I'll wait to make any judgment until after seeing the show. Derek was filmed on location in London and for our British readers will premier Thursday on Channel 4. I wonder if this series will be picked up by an American broadcast company like most of Gervais' other projects.
Hana Minett also tweeted a picture of herself on set, which you can see in the gallery.