After Life (2019– )
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Episode #1.6 

Making an earnest attempt to be happy - or at least not miserable - Tony gives some long overdue recognition to those who have stood by him.


Ricky Gervais


Ricky Gervais


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ricky Gervais ... Tony
Tom Basden ... Matt
Tony Way ... Lenny
Diane Morgan ... Kath
Mandeep Dhillon ... Sandy
David Bradley ... Tony's Dad
Ashley Jensen ... Nurse
Penelope Wilton ... Anne
Kerry Godliman ... Lisa
Paul Kaye ... Psychiatrist
Roisin Conaty ... Roxy
Joe Wilkinson ... Postman
Jo Hartley ... June
David Earl David Earl ... Brian
Michelle Greenidge ... Receptionist


Making an earnest attempt to be happy - or at least not miserable - Tony gives some long overdue recognition to those who have stood by him.

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

8 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Oundle, Peterborough, UK

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Did You Know?


Tony: I love you dad.
Tony's dad: Gay.
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References Ride Along 2 (2016) See more »


Among The Living
Performed by The Thorns
Played at the end of the cemetery scene and Toni goes out walking with Anti while giving a present to Pat, the Postman
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pretending to be nice..
9 March 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

After Life

Gervais is on it, again. This time he is angry or you'd think before beaming onto his world. Once again, a concept so vivid and illuminating that it not only shines as a thought provoking drama but also a whole new dimension on Ricky Gervais- the actor. First of all, one may need to get things straight, straight ahead, this is not a comedy, it is a gritty dark drama that breathes- or exhales- as much mourning sensations in your head as the character Tony played by Gervais himself does. Gervais has always had his selective audience but this might even narrow down that crowd. It is not people pleasing or has some make-believe attitude to any context here, Gervais speaks honestly, nay, blatantly to a degree that you will leave the room with utmost respect for him as he pulls out this unanticipated avant-garde cat out of the bag.

What works primarily is how much aware Gervais is, of how his product comes off. If you think you have caught him making a mistake, look again, and he will fool you. And as the series explores this pathos world of Tony, Gervais is smartly criticizing and questioning his own premise, a brilliant move. The negative points are not to be lopped off, this is where the series loses the unfiltered touch. As much as innovative the writing is, the writing itself aggravates the content. Since, the series explores the lifestyle of Tony, the narration has to have multiple elements to jump on, now this is where the series feels short handed as the conversations at times grow chalky and cheesy.

Another major itching crisis is how loud the series grows, since Gervais has mostly written with a mockumentary format, he can always express the thoughts verbally, but now, it is a single camera drama series, and he feels obliged or necessary to speak out that current moment verbally in order to be expressive. Also, at times the vision grows into more of a "preaching" that can undermine the quality easily. As a performer, Gervais is still not a match, primarily because this time he is playing not-so-likable guy. His body language is all lazy and his posture oozing depression around him, from his exhales to constant winging, he somehow gets into your head and melts you down within a snap. There is no unnecessary big emotional drama weaved out to manipulate the viewers (something that at times, Derek leaned towards), it keeps it short with light humor- or so to speak- and more importantly pragmatic. The other supporting cast too has done a good work, where Ashley Jensen as the nurse in her overprotective cloak and Tony Way as Lenny supporting Tony (Gervais) unbiasedly and innocently swallowing all the mockery, stands out easily.

Season 01

Initiating from a higher point, almost fictional are these characters and real they come alive as the season ages on screen, Gervais wittily counter argues to all your accusations and you are left with a bit disappointed on the toppings and amazed with the trajectory he has chosen. The elements are not big enough to rely upon as antics of the episode, yet with a scuffed up attitude Gervais convinces you to get on the boat.

Episode #1.6

This sort-of-anecdote to the entire season is supposed to be the remedy of all the wounds but what's fascinating is that it does more than that, somehow in its entirety this feels like an adequate full stop to the chaos ensued by Tony. It is exactly like an apology letter, a bit sweet and a bit cheesy, but soothing in the end, Gervais leaves us wiser before he bids us well.

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