Gervais playing a character with developmental issues, that turns out not to be the case. Gervais creates a character, not a caricature." Terry Ramsey of The Telegraph wrote that "There is Gervais’s cringe-making performance in the title role.
I’m sorry, but Derek is simply Ricky Gervais in a patterned jumper with a cricked neck. The tone is all over the place in everything but its consistent condescension." Matt D of uk agreed with the consensus claiming "The primary reasons for this are the imbalance in tone and Gervais’ central performance both of which stop Derek from being a truly enjoyable programme." Serena Davies, from the same publication, went as far as to claim that "the show seems to have been devised by someone of Derek’s limited intelligence...
Many media sources describe him as autistic, though Gervais has firmly denied this.
Kerry Godliman plays Hannah, the care home's manager and Derek's friend.
“If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.