AFTER LIFE 3 Review and Open Letter to Ricky Gervais Part 21 Penny: Oh, been writing all my life, dear. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. Wrote my first published novel when I was 15 and I’ve written at least one a year ever since. Tony: Wow. Who is your publisher? Penny: Self-published, dear. It’s very professional. Not in a… Not in a money-making sense. I’ve actually lost money, but, you know, it’s a passion, isn’t it? Yep. I’ve got to leave something behind! (Looking over the legacy Ricky is creating!) RICKY GERVAIS LIKED THE TWEET ANNOUNCING THIS POST ON 2/6/22!

Dr. Barnaby Love, MD – After Life

TV Review: the final season of After Life

BY BEN MCQUAID  JANUARY 20, 2022JANUARY 23, 2022  5 MINS READ

The third and final season of Ricky Gervais’ drama-comedy series After Life has been released on Netflix.

The show follows Tony (played by Gervais), who has suffered from depression and suicidal thoughts after the death of his wife Lisa. Although Tony is no longer suicidal, and is trying to be nice to others, he still struggles to care about life in a small town in England, where he works for a local newspaper.

These themes of grief and perseverance have touched fans all over the world, which has led to Netflix renewing the show for this third season, despite some controversies in recent years about Gervais.

I have been watching After Life since it first launched in 2019 and thought season one was a masterpiece. It had a real emotional compelling arc and great comedy. Tony’s outbursts in public were hilarious, especially when he gets annoyed at mundane things like someone eating crisps too loudly in a pub. 

Whilst I enjoyed season two and it had many emotional moments, I felt it did not live up to the first series and lacked purpose – unlike the second season of Gervais’ show Extras and The Office, which I loved. 

Season three, though still not as good as one, was far better than the second and a rewarding end for the show.

The main plot about Tony struggling to move on was done really well and I appreciate that it didn’t go the easy route and have him move on happily. Most of the sub-plots were also funny and did a good job of developing the characters; my favourite was probably Kath’s (played by Diane Morgan), which had many humorous and sad scenes.

Gervais continues to give an emotional performance and has many funny moments throughout. I was worried that they were going to take his character down a predictable route, but they avoided it and his arc seems appropriate. Ashley Jensen also does a really good job as the potential love-interest for Tony, and it was nice that she got more to do in this season. Kerry Godliman played Tony’s departed wife Lisa – I think she should get more credit for because if her profound performance didn’t work I don’t think the show would’ve been as effective.

Credit: Netflix

The supporting cast also gave good and often funny performances, such as Diane Morgan, Tony Way and Penelope Wilton, who were all standouts in an overall fantastic cast of actors.

Unfortunately, not all of the cast has returned for this season, including Mandeep Dhillon (who could not make it due to scheduling conflicts) and Roisin Conaty, whose character was not included. This was disappointing as their characters added more humanity to the show and their screen time seems to have been given to some characters that were not quite as engaging.

As for complaints, not all of the comedy lands and some jokes go on for a bit longer than they should. I think a reason why no season has been as funny as the first is because Tony is trying to be nice, which makes sense for his character development, but this means less awkward public outbursts, which made the first season very entertaining. 

Thankfully, the final episode did a good job at wrapping every thread up in a satisfying way. The last scene has caused debate on Twitter, however Gervais has said that it shows simply that life goes on, which I think made for a powerful ending to the show.

Overall, I really enjoyed the final season of After Life. There are only 18 episodes of the whole show and they are fairly short, so if you’re looking for something funny, yet heartfelt, I would suggest giving this a go.

After Life TV Show on Netflix: canceled or renewed?

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After Life TV Show on Netflix: canceled or renewed?

World Exclusive: After Life Season 3: The First few Minutes

After Life | Season 3 Official Trailer | Netflix

episodes will be released on January 14th.

Just Three Things. Written for #Afterlife by Ricky Gervais and Andy Burrows

After Life TV Show on Netflix: canceled or renewed?
After Life TV Show on Netflix: canceled or renewed?
After Life TV Show on Netflix: canceled or renewed?
After Life TV Show on Netflix: canceled or renewed?

February 3, 2022

Ricky Gervais

London, W1F 0LE
UK

Dear Ricky,


Penny: I thought it would be nice to document my 50th novel. 

Tony: Fifty? Wow. How long have you been writing? 

Penny: Oh, been writing all my life, dear. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. Wrote my first published novel when I was 15 and I’ve written at least one a year ever since. 

Tony: Wow. Who is your publisher? 

Penny: Self-published, dear. I designed the cover and everything. It’s very professional. Not in a… Not in a money-making sense. I’ve actually lost money, but, you know, it’s a passion, isn’t it? Yep. I’ve got to leave something behind. I never married or had children or anything, so, you know… 

Tony: How do you make your money though?

Penny: I’m a medium. 

Tony: Right.

Penny: I read people’s auras or palms or crystal balls, tea leaves, anything. But this is my passion. Novels. 

Tony: And they’re all about one person, are they?

Penny: Yes. Dr. Barnaby Love, MD. I combine medical drama with erotic fiction. “Dr. Barnaby Love, MD, in Two in a Deathbed.” 

Tony: Why is it “Dr. Barnaby Love, MD, in Two in a Deathbed”? 

Penny: Well, I always hoped it’d be picked up as a long-running series, like Columbo. But sadly not. Mm, my first choice, back in the day, was Roger Moore, but nowadays it would probably be someone like George Clooney. I mean, he’s played a doctor, hasn’t he? He’d know what he was doing. Probably knows more than me. 

Tony: You haven’t had any medical training? 

Penny: No. 

Tony: How do you get the technical stuff right? 

Penny: Eh, just pick things up. Sure. Would you like me to read a bit from my latest one? 

Tony: Yeah. 

Penny: Open Wide. Not that bit. That’s filth. Let’s have a look. Here’s a good bit. So Dr. Barnaby is, um, operating on someone that all the top surgeons in the world said could not be saved. But Dr. Barnaby disagrees. Okay. “Nurse Stacey mopped his brow.” “‘Is that better, Doctor?’” “Their eyes meet over the masks you have to wear in operating theaters.” “‘Please, call me Barnaby.’” “She blushes. ‘Okay, we’re going in!’” “He injects the medicine into the patient’s main artery.” “‘That should do the trick, ‘ said Barnaby. ‘Okay, stitch him up, Nurse.’” “‘Dinner later?’ ‘Ooh, yes, please, ‘ she said. ‘See you at 8.’” There. 

Lenny: Does he live? 

Penny: Who, dear? 

Lenny: The patient. 

Penny: Oh, I didn’t say. Didn’t bother with that. 

Tony: I’m sure he’s fine if they got the medicine into the main artery. 

Penny: Exactly. 

Tony: I wonder why all the top surgeons around the world didn’t think of that. 

Penny: Eh, Dr. Barnaby’s special, isn’t he? He’s best in the world. A randy bugger, too, which never hurts. 

Tony: Good. Take a picture. Yep. Smile. Ooh. Great. 

Penny: Will this be in next week’s paper, dear? 

Tony: Yep. 

Penny: Could you mention that I’m doing a live reading and book signing at the Tambury Fair? 

Tony: Sure. 

Penny: Oh, good. And do bring your wife along. It’s mostly for women.

Tony: I, uh… I don’t have a wife. 

Penny: Oh, gay? Even better

Tony: . I’m not gay. Just… I, uh… I lost my wife. Oh, I’m sorry. 

Penny: Would you like to contact her? 

Tony: With all my heart. 

Penny: Okay. Well… 

Tony: No, I mean… I… I don’t… I don’t believe in all that. But… But thank you. 

Penny: This is for you. 
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Today I want to start off talking about your life’s work and your accomplishments. Penny wanted to leave a legacy behind and so have you Ricky!!!

You have been tremendously blessed in your talents and your life work has brought you much in financial rewards and notoriety in your field. With that in mind in today’s letter I want to compare you to King Solomon and look at what both you and Solomon have accomplished in the area of LABOR (or his life’s work).

Ricky Gervais

Comedian and Patron of Humanists UK

“You don’t need whatever religion gives you. Just be kind.”

Ricky Gervais is best known for his television comedies The Office and Extras, and for stand-up comedy, but he has also been a musician and worked in radio.

He is a philosophy graduate (London University), and after graduation worked at the University as entertainment manager for the Students Union, where he began developing the character of “Seedy Boss”, later to become David Brent in The Office.

His comedy is often controversial, and he has managed to offend a wide range of people, including the disabled, religious believers, and celebrities and film stars in his hosting of the Golden Globe Awards – but he has also managed to coax self-deprecating and very funny performances from stars who can take a joke against themselves such as Kate Winslet (in Extras) and Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter (in Small People).

He told Kirsty Young that he is an atheist during his 2007 interview for BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs (you can listen to his interview here), and later said that he had lost his faith at the age of eight. He has also said that he and his long-term partner chose not to marry because “there’s no point in us having an actual ceremony before the eyes of God because there is no God”, and has defended his atheism in the Wall Street JournalInterviewed by Elizabeth Day in The Observer in February 2013, he said:

“…I don’t believe there is a God but there’s nothing wrong with spirituality if that makes you a happier, nicer person. But religion is something else, it’s a way of controlling people. It’s no coincidence that the people in charge of religion aren’t the kindest or most forgiving. My point is that… you don’t need whatever religion gives you. Just be kind.”

As  you know in these series of letters I am looking at  the 6 L words that  Solomon pursued in the Book  of Ecclesiastes and today I am looking at LABOR (Solomon’s life work). Now that we have looked at some of your accomplishments, let us take a look at SOLOMON. I consider you a very successful man in your field and in that sense you are similar to SOLOMON, and by comparing you two I am in no way trying to belittle your accomplishments. However, I do want to point out some of SOLOMON’s own words of analysis concerning his legacy from Ecclesiastes (which is Richard Dawkins favorite book in the Bible).

SOLOMON was remembered for his WISDOM and his success with the LADIES, but he was also remembered for his LABOR (his life work). For Solomon that basically came down to the labor he commissioned in his building campaigns through out his kingdom plus the effort he put forth building his own palace and the temple in Jerusalem.

Below are the comments of Francis Schaeffer on SOLOMON and the Book of Ecclesiastes:

Leonardo da Vinci and Solomon both were universal men searching for the meaning in life. Solomon was searching for a meaning in the midst of the details of life.

Francis Schaeffer noted: 

The classic work Leonardo da Vinci, published in Italy and translated in English in 1963, contained a section by Giovanni Gentile (1875-1944) on Leonardo’s thought-forms. He spells out the fact that Leonardo really grasped the problem of modern man. Leonardo anticipated where humanism would end: 

(Giovanni Gentile pictured below)

GENTILE, Giovanni

From Galileo’s day on rigorous scientific method has limited itself consciously to what are called appearances or phenomenon as they later were to be termed of nature that is to the surface but Leonardo while looking to such an ideal of scientific knowledge can not be satisfied with the surface his keen unsleeping eye penetrates deeper and on observation the experience that is so greatly praised and exalted no longer serves him he intuits or invokes the inner life the secret soul setting in motion the great machine that he has taken apart and studied piece by piece, watching, and spying and scrutinizing by means of mathematics, mechanics, anatomy and every instrument that might enable him to follow the operations of nature step by step. 

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Hence the anguish and the innermost tragedy of this universal man divided between two irreconcilable worlds, hence the desperate life long labor of this implacable self torture whose marvelous work of gleaming of art spread from full hands day by day on paper, on canvas and on storied walls and of precise concepts and inspired researches which in many fields of scientific knowledge are pretentious anticipations of the future leaves in mind an infinite longing made up as it were of regret and sadness. It is the longing for a different Leonardo from the Leonardo that he was, one that could gathered himself up at each phase and remained closed himself off either altogether in his fantasy or altogether in his intelligence in order to taste the pure joy of divine creation (that’s not God’s creation but his own). It is anguished longing such as always welled up in Leonardo’s heart each time he put down his brush, his charcoal or his rod where he had to break off setting down his secret thoughts.

(Painting of Leonardo below)



What Gentille is putting forth here is that Leonardo was not satisfied with living in two worlds at once. He was not satisfied with being the modern man who would put his aspirations and his longing for unity and meaning in one compartment to be taken out and looked at when he can’t stand the pressure of the details. And Leonardo realized that these two things based on the beginning of man from himself would absolutely lead in this direction…Leonardo was looking for a meaning amidst the details of life.


His struggle was to find the MEANING OF LIFE. Not just plans in life. Anybody can find plans in life. A child can fill up his time with plans of building tomorrow’s sand castle when today’s has been washed away. There is a difference between finding plans in life and purpose in life. Humanism since the Renaissance and onward has never found it. Modern man has not found it and it has always got worse and darker in a very real way.

We have here the declaration of Solomon’s universality:

1 Kings 4:30-34

English Standard Version (ESV)

30 so that Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt. 31 For he was wiser than all other men…and his fame was in all the surrounding nations. 32 He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005. 33 He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of the wall. He spoke also of beasts, and of birds, and of reptiles, and of fish. 34 And people of all nations came to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and from all the kings of the earth, who had heard of his wisdom.

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Here is the universal man and his genius. Solomon is the universal man with a empire at his disposal. Solomon had it all.

Ecclesiastes 1:3

English Standard Version (ESV)

3 What does man gain by all the toil
at which he toils under the sun?

Solomon took a look at the meaning of life on the basis of human life standing alone between birth and death “under the sun.”
After wisdom Solomon comes to the great WORKS of men. Ecclesiastes 1:14, “I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is [p]vanity and striving after wind.” Solomon is the man with an empire at this disposal that speaks. This is the man who has the copper refineries in Ezion-geber. This is the man who made the stables across his empire. This is the man who built the temple in Jerusalem. This is the man who stands on the world trade routes. He is not a provincial. He knew what was happening on the Phonetician coast and he knew what was happening in Egypt. There is no doubt he already knew something of building. This is Solomon and he pursues the greatness of his own construction and his conclusion is VANITY AND VEXATION OF SPIRIT.

Ecclesiastes 2:18-20

18 Thus I hated all the fruit of my labor for which I had labored under the sun, for I must leave it to the man who will come after me. 19 And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the fruit of my labor for which I have labored by acting wisely under the sun. This too is vanity. 20 Therefore I completely despaired of all the fruit of my labor for which I had labored under the sun.

He looked at the works of his hands, great and multiplied by his wealth and his position and he shrugged his shoulders.

Ecclesiastes 2:22-23

22 For what does a man get in all his labor and in his striving with which he labors under the sun? 23 Because all his days his task is painful and grievous; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is vanity.

Man can not rest and yet he is never done and yet the things which he builds will out live him. If one wants an ironical three phrases these are they. There is a Dutch saying, “The tailor makes many suits but one day he will make a suit that will outlast the tailor.”

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Many have tried sexual exploits just like Solomon did, and many have thrown their efforts into business too. Sadly Solomon also found the pursuit of great works in his LABOR just as empty. In Ecclesiastes 2:11 he asserted, “THEN I CONSIDERED ALL THAT MY HANDS HAD DONE AND THE TOLL I HAD EXPENDED IN DOING IT, AND BEHOLD, ALL WAS VANITY AND A STRIVING AFTER WIND, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.”

Many people through history have reminded me of Solomon because they are looking for lasting meaning in their life and they are looking in the same 6 areas that King Solomon did in what I call the 6 big L words. He looked into learning (1:16-18), laughter, ladies, luxuries, and liquor (2:1-3, 8, 10, 11), and LABOR (2:4-6, 18-20).

Then in last few words in the Book of Ecclesiastes he looks above the sun and brings God back into the picture: “The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: Fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.”

The answer to find meaning in life is found in putting your faith and trust in Jesus Christ. The Bible is true from cover to cover and can be trusted.

Thanks for your time.

Sincerely,

Everette Hatcher, everettehatcher@gmail.comhttp://www.thedailyhatch.org, cell ph 501-920-5733, 13900 Cottontail Lane, Alexander, AR 72002


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John MacArthur on fulfilled prophecy from the Bible Part 2

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John MacArthur on fulfilled prophecy from the Bible Part 1

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John MacArthur: Fulfilled prophecy in the Bible? (Ezekiel 26-28 and the story of Tyre, video clips)

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John MacArthur on the Bible and Science (Part 2)

August 1, 2013 – 12:10 am

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John MacArthur on the Bible and Science (Part 1)

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Adrian Rogers: “Why I believe the Bible is true”

July 9, 2013 – 8:38 am

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The Old Testament is Filled with Fulfilled Prophecy by Jim Wallace

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On Saturday April 18, 2020 at 6pm in London and noon in Arkansas, I had a chance to ask Ricky Gervais a question on his Twitter Live broadcast which was  “Is Tony a Nihilist?” At the 20:51 mark Ricky answers my question. Below is the video:

Ricky Gervais 25/07/2021 Facebook Live at 28:29 mark Ricky answers my question about Sam Harris

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