ⓘ After Life, TV series. After Life is a British black comedy-drama web television series created, produced and directed by Ricky Gervais who is also the star. It ..

After Life (TV series)

ⓘ After Life (TV series)

After Life is a British black comedy-drama web television series created, produced and directed by Ricky Gervais who is also the star. It premiered on 8 March 2019 on Netflix.

On 3 April 2019, Netflix announced that a second series had been ordered, which is set to be released on 24 April 2020.


1. Premise

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 wifes 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.


2. Cast and characters

  • Thomas Bastable as Robbie, a classmate of Georges
  • Tim Plester as Julian Kane, a drug addict, who is hired by Matt to deliver the paper
  • Mandeep Dhillon as Sandy, a newly hired journalist
  • Ricky Gervais as Tony Johnson, head of feature stories at the local newspaper, the Tambury Gazette. Following the death of his wife, he is depressed and suicidal.
  • Jo Hartley as June, Lennys girlfriend
  • Roisin Conaty as Daphne, aka "Roxy", a sex worker
  • David Bradley as Ray Johnson, Tonys dad, who has dementia and lives in a nursing home
  • Tommy Finnegan as George, Tonys nephew
  • Ashley Jensen as Emma, a nurse working at Tonys dads nursing home
  • Kerry Godliman as Lisa Johnson, Tonys late wife
  • Paul Kaye as Tonys psychiatrist
  • Joe Wilkinson as postman Pat
  • Tony Way as Lenny, photographer at the Tambury Gazette
  • David Earl as Brian, a hoarder, who above all, wants to appear in the local newspaper
  • Diane Morgan as Kath, the newspapers advertising employee
  • Penelope Wilton as Anne, an older lady and widow, who Tony meets at the graveyard
  • Tom Basden as Matt, Tonys brother-in-law and boss of the Tambury Gazette
  • Anti as Brandy, Tonys and Lisas dog, Tonys best friend and reason to keep living

3. Production


Principal photography for the series had reportedly commenced by July 2018 in London.

The series was filmed in Hampstead, Hemel Hempstead, Beaconsfield, and Camber Sands in East Sussex.


3.1. Production Development

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 season.


3.2. Production Casting

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.


4. Reception

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 sites 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 actors 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. Its 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 protagonists intellectual superiority" and that "as a meaningful meditation on grief, is dead on arrival".

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