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Ricky Gervais’ After Life set for Christmas special

by WENN June 2nd, 2020, 11:13 am

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Netflix bosses are reportedly in talks with Ricky Gervais to produce a special festive installment of his hit sitcom After Life.

The British funnyman has already signed a $6 million deal to write a third season of the show, in which he plays local paper reporter Tony Johnson as he tries to cope after the death of his wife, and according to Britain's The Sun newspaper the streaming giant is trying to get Ricky to create a Christmas special too.

"Ricky is a huge asset to Netflix as everything he writes essentially turns to gold," an insider said. "There is such a huge appetite for After Life and it's got a massive fan base.

"The third series won't air until 2021 so there is a meeting in the diary to see if Ricky could create the Christmas special," they added. "It would just be a stand-alone episode, p­ossibly one hour if Ricky thinks it would work."

Despite fears the Covid-19 crisis could throw plans off, due to filming restrictions, the source said, "the fact that major shows like Coronation Street and EastEnders are filming again is ­giving (producers) hope".

A third series of After Life had been earmarked to air by spring, 2021, although it remains unknown whether this has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.