Ricky Gervais has finally confirmed that filming for the third series of hit Netflix show, After Life, will begin today (Monday 19th April).
The actor / comedian, creator of shows The Office and Extras, announced the dark comedy would get a third outing last year after signing an overall deal with the streaming platform.
He shared a selfie on Twitter in which he is holding up a script for the first day of filming, dated Monday April 19, and wrote on Twitter: “I’d better learn my lines.”
Series two of After Life, which stars Gervais as a widower plunged into almost unbearable grief following the death of his wife, launched in April 2020.
Gervais confirmed it would come back for a third batch of episodes a month later, when he wrote: “Because so many of you watched #AfterLife2 so quickly and made it Number 1 again, the nice people at @Netflix have suggested that I get off my fat arse and do another season. This is all your fault.”
The Hollywood Reporter first reported Gervais’s Netflix deal and said it was a “multiple-year” contract which will see him making new scripted shows as well as stand-up comedy specials.
The series is filmed at locations including Hampstead, Hemel Hempstead, Beaconsfield and Camber Sands in East Sussex.
The series, which Gervais also writes, produces and directs, follows the life of Tony Johnson – who works as a journalist at the fictional Tambury Gazette newspaper and whose life is turned upside down after his wife dies from breast cancer.
Other main characters include Tom Basden as Matt Braden, Tony’s Brother-in-law and boss of the newspaper he works at, Tony Way as Lenny the photographer at the newspaper and Mandeep Dhillon as Sandy, a newly hired journalist at the paper.
The first series, consisting of six episodes, aired in March 2019 on Netflix – with the second series, again of six episodes, being broadcast from April 2020.
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