Derek, Channel 4

I watched the last episode of Derek on Channel 4 tonight. I’ve watched the entire series somewhat concerned at what was going to happen; for some reason, I had a bad feeling that they were going to suddenly start being mean about people with learning difficulties, or something along that line. However, after the 2nd last episode, I was fairly confident that they were not going to do that, and that they were instead going for a specific message, although I didn’t really know what that was going to end up being. Having watched the last episode, I can simply say that it’s excellent, and if you’ve not seen it, you really should – it’s fantastic, and what a great finish to the series. I was very nearly in tears at the end, similar to the last episode of Blackadder Goes Forth. Let’s not go overboard here though – Derek is not as good as Blackadder, and it’s completely different, but in terms of a blinder of a last episode, then I do have to say that it compares favourably with the boys going over the top at the end of Blackadder.

Quite how they are going to match the quality in a 2nd season, I don’t know. Indeed, I’m a little disappointed that there is going to be a second series, because I thought it was an excellent end to the story. But what do I know – if they came up with something this good, why can’t they do it again?

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