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Everything We Know About 'After Life' Series 2

Everything We Know About 'After Life' Series 2

After Life had viewers hysterically sobbing and laughing simultaneously when it hit Netflix last year.

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And viewers are set to have their emotions messed with once more as the dark comedy's creator Ricky Gervais confirmed there would be a second series shortly after the first was released.

Netflix has confirmed the grief-themed show will be back with six new episode in April. Here's everything we know about it so far.

When is it back?

After Life is set to return on 24th April 2020, Netflix confirmed in February.

The streamer announced the news on Twitter, also sharing some first-look photos of the series.

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Way back in March 2019, just weeks after the first series was released to amazing reviews, the 58-year-old comedian announced he'd already began writing the script for series two.

In April that year, Netflix confirmed the comedy had been renewed for a second series.

First look photos from season two show Tony, played by Gervais, still struggling to put up with his insufferable colleagues (Credit: Netflix)
First look photos from season two show Tony, played by Gervais, still struggling to put up with his insufferable colleagues (Credit: Netflix)

At the time, Gervais said in a statement: "I have never had a reaction like this before. It's been insane. And heartwarming. But now I have to make sure the second season is even better so I'll probably have to work much harder than usual. Annoying really."

In August, he shared a photo from a cast read-through with filming imminent.

As for when we'll get the show, the comedian confirmed it would be "next spring".

"I'm editing now and I'll finish that after Christmas," he told Metro. "Then it takes two months to put it into, like, 120 languages. That's why it takes so long."

Ricky Gervais plays Tony, and Kerry Godliman plays his late wife Lisa (Credit: Netlfix)
Ricky Gervais plays Tony, and Kerry Godliman plays his late wife Lisa (Credit: Netlfix)

What was After Life series 1 about?

Afterlife centre around Tony (played by Ricky Gervais), who is catapulted into crushing grief when his wife Lisa (Kerry Godliman) dies of cancer.

With it, Tony changes. Once a happy-go-lucky joker, he becomes bitter and even suicidal, angry at the world.

Instead of killing himself, Tony decides to punish the world by saying and doing whatever he likes. His devil-may-care attitude is like a 'super power' to Tony, but it turns out to be tricky when everyone around him is trying to save him.

At the send of series one, Tony turns a leaf thanks to his kind friends (Credit: Netflix)
At the send of series one, Tony turns a leaf thanks to his kind friends (Credit: Netflix)

Series one ended with Tony with seemingly turning a leaf, and realising life is worth living after all. He even plucks up the courage to ask the nurse at his dad's home (Ashley Jensen) out on a date.

Speaking about the reaction to the series on The Graham Norton Show, Gervais said: "I've never had a reaction like it and with social media now, you hear about it. It has been overwhelming and it's the type of reaction as well.

"People have been coming up to me on the street and saying 'Oh, I lost my mum, or I lost my buddy'. I'm there thinking 'Oh my God, everyone is grieving'."

What will After Life series 2 be about?

There's no concrete information just yet on what series two will be about, though Gervais said there was a "little clue" at the end of series one.

"There's a little clue at the end of series one when he says, I'm just going to use my superpower for good. He can still be an asshole, and just enjoy it more," he told Metro.

After Life posted a photo from a series two read-through, with all the cast in hysterics (Credit: Netflix)
After Life posted a photo from a series two read-through, with all the cast in hysterics (Credit: Netflix)

Who will be in it?

While it hasn't been confirmed who will star in the second series, it's expected that all the original cast will return, bar drug addict Julian who died in series one.

Cast includes Ricky Gervais (Tony), Kerry Godliman (Lisa), Tom Basden (Matt), Tony Way (Lenny), David Bradley (Tony's dad), Ashley Jensen (Nurse), Penelope Wilton (Anne), David Earl, Joe Wilkinson, Mandeep Dhillon, Jo Hartley, Roisin Conaty, Tim Plester and Diane Morgan.

The show is produced by Charlie Hanson, with Ricky Gervais and Duncan Hayes acting as executive producers.

After Life is the most watched British comedy in the world this year (Credit: Netflix)
After Life is the most watched British comedy in the world this year (Credit: Netflix)
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Is there a trailer?

Not yet, but we'll keep you posted!

After Life is back on 24th April 2020.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance writer working for Tyla. After graduating with an English Lit and Media degree from the University of Sussex, Ciara held jobs at GLAMOUR and Yahoo Style before packing up for a solo travelling trip around South America.

 

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