Ricky Gervais' latest foray into comedy is finally set to drop on Netflix.
After previously announcing the series would make its stateside debut on the streaming service in April, it was officially announced that the comedy would premiere on September 12th.
"Ricky Gervais is one of the most distinctive comedy voices of his generation," said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix. "With 'Derek', Ricky takes on new territory and mixes comedy with drama that is sometimes touching and sometimes heartbreaking. We are proud to partner with Ricky to present this unique and wonderful series to our members."
The seven episode series, first aired on Channel 4 in the UK, will be available to subscribers in the US, Canada, Ireland, Latin America, Brazil, and the Nordics. Gervais stars as the titular character, a simple minded man with a big heart who works at a retirement home. The series co-stars Kerry Godliman ("Home Time"), David Earl ("Cemetery Junction") and the "Idiot Abroad" himself Karl Pilkington.
"Netflix is the future," Gervais said of the deal. "TV habits have already changed drastically over the last 10 years and this is the next phase. People want their favourite shows on demand whether they are homegrown or not. As an artist you want the fruits of you labour to be seen by the largest number of people possible without having to compromise the product. This deal gave me the freedom and the huge potential viewers of the internet but the production values of film and TV."