It seems a bit of a bleak choice of TV to binge watch smack bang in the middle of a pandemic but, considering how much we enjoyed the first season of the show that Ricky Gervais wrote, directed and starred in, my family and I knew we had to watch After Life Season 2 and I’m glad we did.
The series picks up exactly where the previous season left off, with Tony (Gervais) trying to juggle working for the local paper, visiting his Dad (David Bradley) and processing the death of his wife Lisa (Kerry Godliman) and the grief he feels. There are a few slight changes to this series, as Tony’s brother-in-law Matt (Tom Basden) gets to grips with his shaky relationship with his wife, Tony sets two of his friends up and he and his co-workers have to deal with the threat of closure of the (not quite beloved) newspaper.
My worry when shows get renewed for another season is that they’ll lose what made them so good in the first place. Luckily, Season 2 still has the heart, humour and honesty of the first season – so much made me laugh out loud and, when I wasn’t doing that, I was sobbing my heart out.
Everyone is used to seeing Ricky Gervais as the funny man, or the man who manages to offend several celebrities and members of the public watching an award show at home, but I think – at least for me – this series shows him in a different light. I think his views on life, death and everything in between creeps in, in a way that is self aware without being pretentious.
We’ve all been affected by death in some way or another, and will be at various points in our life, and this is exactly what After Life touches on. It’s bleak, hard-hitting and brutal but it also shows how there is always someone out there to make life feel just that little bit better….which is something we definitely need right now!
If you fancy a look at my other TV show related posts, I’ve left the links below:
What have you been watching? I’d love to chat in the comments 😊