After Life (TV series)
|Created by||Ricky Gervais|
|Directed by||Ricky Gervais|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||6 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||25–31 min|
|Picture format||4K (16:9 UHDTV in high dynamic range)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||8 March 2019 –|
After Life is a British black comedy-drama web television series created, executive produced, directed by, and starring Ricky Gervais. It premiered on 8 March 2019, on Netflix and on 3 April 2019, Netflix announced a second series.
After Life follows Tony, whose life is turned upside down after his wife dies from breast cancer. He contemplates suicide, but instead decides to live long enough to punish the world for his wife's death by saying and doing whatever he wants. Although he thinks of this as his "superpower", his plan is undermined when everyone around him tries to make him a better person.
Cast and characters
- Ricky Gervais as Tony Johnson, head of feature stories at the Tambury Gazette, a local newspaper. After the death of his wife, he is depressed and suicidal.
- Tom Basden as Matt, Tony's brother-in-law and boss, head of the Tambury Gazette
- Tony Way as Lenny, photographer at the Tambury Gazette
- Diane Morgan as Kath, the newspaper's advertising employee
- Mandeep Dhillon as Sandy, a newly hired journalist
- Ashley Jensen as Emma, a nurse working at Tony's dad's nursing home
- David Bradley as Ray Johnson, Tony's dad, who has dementia and lives in a nursing home
- Kerry Godliman as Lisa Johnson, Tony's late wife
- Paul Kaye as Tony's psychiatrist
- Tim Plester as Julian Kane, a drug addict, who is hired by Matt to deliver the paper
- Joe Wilkinson as postman Pat
- Tommy Finnegan as George, Tony's nephew
- Thomas Bastable as Robbie, a classmate of George's
- Penelope Wilton as Anne, an older lady and widow, who Tony meets at the graveyard
- David Earl as Brian, a hoarder, who above all, wants to appear in the local newspaper
- Jo Hartley as June, Lenny's girlfriend
- Roisin Conaty as Daphne, aka "Roxy", a sex worker
- Anti as Brandy, Tony's and Lisa's dog, Tony's best friend and reason to keep living
|No.||Title||Directed by ||Written by ||Original air date |
|1||"Episode 1"||Ricky Gervais||Ricky Gervais||8 March 2019|
|Tony tries to adapt to life after his wife dies. Tony's workplace, Tambury Gazette, a free newspaper company, hires Sandy.|
|2||"Episode 2"||Ricky Gervais||Ricky Gervais||8 March 2019|
|Tony considers trying heroin feeling like he has nothing to lose. He babysits George & begins to somewhat get along with Sandy.|
|3||"Episode 3"||Ricky Gervais||Ricky Gervais||8 March 2019|
|Tony hires "Roxy" to complete a task. His mood worsens after visiting a stand-up gig.|
|4||"Episode 4"||Ricky Gervais||Ricky Gervais||8 March 2019|
|Tony is organised a blind date by Matt. He also makes a rare apology.|
|5||"Episode 5"||Ricky Gervais||Ricky Gervais||8 March 2019|
|Tony eventually is persuaded by Brian to do a news story at his apartment. He threatens Robbie with a hammer.|
|6||"Episode 6"||Ricky Gervais||Ricky Gervais||8 March 2019|
|Tony acknowledges those around him in an effort to not be depressed.|
On 9 May 2018, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of six episodes. The series was created and directed by Ricky Gervais, who is also set to be executive producer alongside Charlie Hanson. On 14 January 2019, it was announced that the series would premiere on 8 March 2019. It was further announced that Duncan Hayes would serve as an additional executive producer and that Hanson would actually serve as a producer. On 3 April 2019, it was announced that the series was renewed for a second series.
Alongside the series order announcement, it was confirmed that Ricky Gervais would star in the series. On 5 July 2018, it was announced that Penelope Wilton, David Bradley, Ashley Jensen, Tom Basden, Tony Way, David Earl, Joe Wilkinson, Kerry Godliman, Mandeep Dhillon, Jo Hartley, Roisin Conaty, and Diane Morgan had joined the series' cast.
Principal photography for the series had reportedly commenced by July 2018 in London.
On 22 February 2019, the official trailer for the series was released. On 8 March 2019, Netflix released all six episodes of the first series.
The first season received positive reviews upon its release. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an overall approval rating of 71% with an average score of 6.29/10 based on 41 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads, "After Life's first season teeters tonally between dark comedy and affecting drama, but Ricky Gervais' poignant performance illuminates new sides of the actor's talent". On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, the series has a score of 59 based on 15 reviews.
Merrill Barr from Forbes said of the series, "Overall, After Life is one hundred percent a series to check out. It's the Ricky Gervais project people have been begging for, for a long time." Josh Modell of AV Club states that After Life is a "dreary, sarcastic self-pity party that also manages—in a magic trick perhaps only Gervais is capable of pulling off—to constantly point out its protagonist's intellectual superiority" and that "as a meaningful meditation on grief, is dead on arrival".
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