After Life follows misanthropic newspaper journalist Tony (Gervais), who learns to cope after the death of his wife by deciding to say and do whatever he likes, whatever the consequences. Tony becomes depressed and suicidal after his beloved Lisa (Kerry Godliman) passes away from breast cancer, and tries to embraces a rude and destructive personality, but finds himself undermined by the kindness of those around him.
Despite the subject matter is pretty heavy, the sitcom has been praised for being both poignant and funny in equal measure.
Viewers are “crying and laughing” at Ricky Gervais’ “poignant” new series After Life
WHEN IS AFTER LIFE SEASON 2 ON NETFLIX?
After Life will return for a second series on 24th April 2020.
Previously, Netflix announced the news of a second season with a Twitter post captioned with a quote from Ricky Gervais: “I have never had a reaction like this before. It’s been insane. And heartwarming. “But now I have to make sure the season 2 is even better so I’ll probably have to work much harder than usual. Annoying really.”
WHO WILL BE IN THE CAST OF SEASON TWO?
Tim Plester’s character Julian is not expected to return – unless, like Lisa, he appears in flashbacks. Gervais will definitely be back as the creator and star of the show and, although casting hasn’t been confirmed, it is expected that most of the original actors will reprise their roles in the sitcom, including…
- Kerry Godliman as Tony’s late wife
- Lisa Ashley Jensen as the nurse of Tony’s father
- Roisin Conaty as local prostitute Daphne
- Diane Morgan as Tony’s colleague
- Tony Way as Tony’s colleague and friend
- Mandeep Dhillon as a trainee journalist
- David Bradley as Tony’s father
- Tom Basden as Tony’s boss and brother-in-law Matt
- Penelope Wilton as widow Anne
- Paul Kaye as the psychiatrist
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN AFTER LIFE SEASON TWO?
Gervais previously revealed that there is “a little clue” in the final episode of the first season as to where the show could go next. During Tony’s graveside deep and meaningful with Anne, he says: “I’m going to carry on saying and doing what I want and punishing the world, but I’m going to punish people who deserve it. I’m going to use my superpower for good.”