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Ricky Gervais praises ‘best fans in the world’ as Netflix’s After Life breaks huge record

Guess how many people have tuned into After Life? (Picture:Netflix/ @rickygervais)

Ricky Gervais has revealed his Netflix hit After Life has broken an astonishing viewing record on the streaming service.

The 60-year-old actor writes and stars in the emotional series about a man called Tony, who is struggling with the loss of his love, Lisa (Kerry Godliman).

Falling into depression he considers taking his life, only to be saved by his four-legged friend, Brandy, and often relies on her in his time of need.

The show made its debut in March 2019, and Ricky confirmed it will be returning for a third and final season and even joked that he’ll ‘take Tambury out with a meteor’ to make sure he can’t come back.

That being said, the star recently took to Twitter and shared that the groundbreaking programme has been viewed 100million times, with a tweet that said: ‘Best fans in the world.’

This serves as a classic example of ask and you shall receive as the comedian expressed his desire for the show to reach nine figures after it landed on 85million viewers in September this year.

 

Ricky previously opened up on the ‘daunting’ task of producing another season.

Speaking to Metro.co.uk, he said: ‘You put everything into everything you do and you burn bridges and you work yourself into corners because it was right at the time, so it’s really got to be wanted.’

He also said that he wrote season two to prove that ‘no-one just snaps back from depression.’

‘My agent got 300 letters,’ he told Dermot O’Leary on Radio 2. ‘They saw something they identified with.

However, it won’t be long before we see a new chapter unfold in season 3, which is set to premiere on January 14, 2022.

The previous episodes saw the death of Tony’s father to dementia in his nursing home. The funeral didn’t take place at the end of the last season, so we could see that in the new instalments.

The supporting cast will also hopefully include the likes of Joe Wilkinson, Roisin Conaty, Mandeep Dhillon, and Penelope Wilton.

Ashley Jensen, Tom Basden, Jo Hartley and Tony Way are also expected to be back – and oh we can’t forget about Brandy too.

After Life is available on Netflix and season 3 returns on January 14 2022.

 

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