The show centers around Tony (Gervais), a middle-aged journalist whose “perfect life” has been thrown into chaos after his wife dies of cancer.
After contemplating taking his own life, Tony decides instead to do whatever he likes from now on, which sees him encounter all sorts of weird folk.
We already know hat a second season is on the way, with Gervais confirming to Twitter that he’s even started writing it.
“Thanks again for all the love for After Life. I have never had a reaction like this. The reviews have been great but the response from viewers has been f*cking amazing.
“And that means so much more to me. You are the best fans in the world. Oh, and I’ve started writing series 2.
And as Variety report, season 2 – which will consist of 6 episodes – is set for a 2020 release.
Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix said:
“After Life has moved audiences from laughter to tears around the world and we are thrilled to announce that Ricky Gervais will be back with a second season on Netflix.
“We are so proud to play host to Ricky’s brilliant stand up comedy, specials, original films and series and join in the joy of the fans with his latest hit.”
And now, Gervais has revealed that everyone from the first season will be back for the follow-up – well apart from Julian, because, you know, he died.
He broke the news in a GAQ post on Facebook.
He said: “I cast the show in my head as I was writing it. Luckily, everyone said ‘yes’. And, yes, they’re all back for season 2. Except Julian, RIP.”
Julian died in the first series if you remember correctly.
Th 57-year-old also answered loads of other interesting questions about the show.
The post read: “The dog is a German Shepard called “Anti”. I called her “Brandy” in the show because I wanted a more traditional name that sounded a bit like her real one so that she would respond during filming. The dog will not die in series 2. I promise.
“The show was filmed in Old Hemel, Beaconsfield, and Hampstead to create the fictional little town of Tambury. The beach was Camber Sands. It was the best English summer of my adult life.
“I really did eat the vegetable curry from the can and the watery Weetabix. The fish fingers were vegan and I could tell that the kid didn’t like them. The joint with heroin in it was made from raspberry leaves.
“I only called the kid a tubby little ginger c*nt in my close up when he wasn’t around.
“I started writing the series in the summer of 2017 while on tour with Humanity. The seed of the idea was ‘Imagine if you lost everything and didn’t care about anything anymore. You could do what the fuck you wanted’.
“I chose all the music from my personal collection. I’ve never been able to do this before without compromise as I’ve never had such a good budget.”
I can’t wait for season 2.
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