Ricky Gervais turned to Netflix for After Life because ‘terrestrial TV is afraid of offending people and would tone down swearing’

RICKY Gervais turned to Netflix for After Life because ‘terrestrial TV is afraid of offending people and would tone down swearing’.

The 58-year-old comedian has created a number of shows for the BBC during his career including The Office and Extras as well as Derek for Channel 4.

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But for his latest show After Life – which drops its second season today – Ricky joined forces with Netflix.

Explaining the reasons behind the move, Ricky told Nihal Arthanayake on BBC Radio 5 Live: " It’s not that they [terrestrial networks] wouldn’t be able to deal with it.

"They have complaints (systems), so they’re afraid of offending anyone.”

He also knew from past experience that he would have to amend his scripts for terrestrial TV more than he would have liked.


He added how he would have to take out swear words and certain storylines and said: "Soon you’re left with the same as everything else.

“We second guess the public too much. We think ‘ooh, can they take it?’ Of course they can take it.

"People lap it up because they feel like they’re not being patronised.”

“Luckily, it’s the best of both worlds with Netflix – it’s huge. Usually, to be uncompromised, I had to go to smaller channels so they’d leave me alone.

"It was BBC Two not BBC One, it was Channel 4 not ITV. Now Netflix come along and go ‘we’ve got more than all of them and we don’t interfere.’”

While series two debuts today, Ricky won't be sitting down and watching it with his partner Jane Fallon.

He said: "She knows the whole process and she gives her notes as good as anyone would. But no, we don’t sit down and watch me on telly.”

After Life series two is available to stream on Netflix from today. 

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