Netflix has announced that Ricky Gervais’ After Life will officially be returning with a second series in 2020.
The hit comedy-drama will be making a return with six episodes, following the life of Tony who has recently lost his wife and in grief decides to drop his filter of hiding what he really thinks of others.
Throughout the series, Tony comes to terms with his loss and finds purpose in his life again with the company of his father’s nurse (Ashley Jensen).
“I have never had a reaction like this before.” stated Gervais. “It’s been insane. And heartwarming. But now I have to make sure the second season is even better so I’ll probably have to work much harder than usual. Annoying really.”
Chief Content Officer of Netflix, Ted Sarandos developed this further, adding: “After Life has moved audiences from laughter to tears around the world and we are so thrilled to announce that Ricky Gervais will be back with a second season on Netflix.”
Gervais in an interview with Digital Spy claims that there was a hint at the ending of series one as to how its follow-up will go. This lays in Tony’s conversation in the graveyard with Ann (Penelope Wilton).
“I’m gonna carry on saying and doing what I want, and punishing the world, but I’m gonna punish people who deserve it. I’m gonna use my superpower for good.”
However, Gervais has insisted that Tony will remain an “arsehole” and that it will be just as enjoyable to watch.
Questioned as to why Gervais ended the first series, in what could be described as a neat fashion, Gervais insists: “I always do that, just in case I die!”