04/03/2013 10:54 GMT | Updated 04/03/2013 11:24 GMT

Ricky Gervais' 'Derek' Handed Second Series By Channel 4

Ricky Gervais' new TV series 'Derek' has been recommissioned for a second series, it has been confirmed.

The Channel 4 comedy-drama will return for another batch of six 30-minute episodes after the first series proved a hit, earning an average of 2.1m viewers.

Confirming the news in a statement, Gervais - who writes and directs the show, as well as playing the titular character - said: "Derek is probably my favourite thing of everything I've done, so I can't wait to start thinking up some new adventures for the gang."

Phil Clarke, Channel 4's Head of Comedy, also added: "I am delighted that Derek is coming back for a second run on Channel 4. It's an original comic vision, brave, funny and touching, with a star performance at its heart. It has already garnered a loyal following."

The show - which also stars Karl Pilkington, Kerry Godliman and David Earl - concludes it's first run on Wednesday (6 March) after originally debuting with a pilot episode last year.


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