Production has officially begun on Netflix’s heartfelt drama After Life, which was created by Ricky Gervais. Gervais, who stars in the show in the lead role, made the announcement on social media on Monday with a photo of himself smiling ear to ear with the caption, “Action!”
It’s also revealed in the image that Gervais himself is the director of Episode 1, while Martin Hawkins is the director of photography. Netflix UK & Ireland also reposted the image on Twitter, confirming production on Season 3 has begun. This is a big deal because no show that Gervais has created has ever run for more than two seasons.
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) April 19, 2021
About a year ago, in April 2020, Gervais said he had ideas for Season 3 but wasn’t sure if he would make it. All of Gervais’ earlier shows, including The Office and Extras, only ran for two seasons–he has never made a show that spanned three seasons, so this is a first.
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