Courage to be able to laugh

By Michael Idato
April 22 2013 - 3:00am
Humbling: Ricky Gervais challenges assumptions in the brilliant Derek.

The very best comedies walk a fine line - they need to. And in the darkness, sometimes, come small morsels of light that flare into brilliance. Derek, a new comedy from Ricky Gervais, is a program with enormous ambition and, in an era when the media (and commentariat) rarely hold their powder in order to look for nuance, great risk.