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Critic’s corner: What’s on TV Thursday

Derek Netflix

Ricky Gervais’s sentimental seven-episode mockumentary series, which already aired in the UK, goes up on Netflix on Thursday. So binge away. Gervais plays a kind, simple, and possibly autistic man who works in a retirement home. “They ain’t got long,” Derek says about his charges, “so every minute is important. I just want them to be happy all the time.” Karl Pilkington, the guy Gervais laughs at on his podcasts and on his HBO series, is onboard as Derek’s handyman roommate. Pictured: Pilkington (left) and Gervais.

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