PUBLISHED: 16:15, Fri, May 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 16:53, Fri, May 1, 2020
After Life follows the life of Tony – a journalist at the local newspaper whose wife had died from cancer. Gervais' character struggles with the mourning process in what the comedian has described as his sweetest show yet despite its dark themes. Explaining the plot, the comedian said in an interview with Broadcast in March 2019: “The whole show starts with a video diary made by my wife [played by Kerry Godliman] where she says, ‘If you’re watching this, I’m not around anymore’, so straightaway you know that I’ve lost my wife.
“I tell my boss I’m going to become an a***hole like everyone else. I say, ‘There’s no advantage to being kind these days, there’s no advantage to being polite.
"Why? You get taken advantage of, so f*** it, I’m going to do what I want and then when it gets too much, I’m going to kill myself ’.”
The first two seasons have been received well by viewers, but Gervais spoke about negative feedback for the show.
He added: “I don’t care anymore. What I’m excited about is did it end up like I wanted it? You’ve got to always do what you like.
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"Sometimes it gets to the point where you don’t even want to hear good feedback because you think, ‘Oh, I should do that again’ – and that ruins you as an artist. You’ve just got to keep doing what you want.”
He echoed this sentiment in