AFTER LIFE 3 Review and Open Letter to Ricky Gervais Part 43 Kath: Sort of old-fashioned and hopeful. And she’s a fortune teller too. Tony: She said she is, yeah. Kath: Why would she lie? Tony: ‘Cause it’s impossible. Kath: Nothing’s impossible. (TONY NEEDS EVIDENCE BEFORE BELIEVING)

‘After Life’: Gervais Finds Beauty In The Mundane

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Podcast Editor Matthew Seaman reviews Ricky Gervais’ “After Life”.

This winter, writer of “The Office”, “Extras” and “Derek”: Ricky Gervais, returned to our screens with the third and final season of his Netflix hit, “After Life”. The story of a widowed local journalist: Tony (Gervais), living in rural Tambury (filmed across Hemel Hempstead and Hampstead), is brought to a close in this concluding chapter. Its irreverence is somehow heartwarming, and whilst little actually happens in the plot, there is a significant arc for Tony’s character. The series begins with him hurling a potted cactus through a car window (with good reason), and ends with him reassuring a young cancer patient that he would visit him every single day until he is better. Beginning in an environment that infuriates him, Tony blossoms into a man who finds beauty in the world away from his late wife, appreciating that the time they had can live happily in the past.

Ricky Gervais – After Life

We see stand-out performances from Penelope Wilton, who plays a wise Anne, the single parental figure who remains in Tony’s life, and Kerry Godliman, who appears as his wife, Lisa, in flashback moments. Gervais’ on-screen chemistry with both Godliman and Wilton makes his pain and heartache all-the-more believable. Whilst he definitely ‘has it together’ more than he did in the previous series, and there are certainly less tears, it feels right that way. I was disappointed by the absence of Roisin Conaty’s character, Roxy, and later learned that Gervais had told Digital Spy: “We thought there wasn’t quite the story there… it’s a mutual decision, I didn’t write [her] out”. There are moments of hilarity to juxtapose the depth of the ‘bench scenes’, with the friendly feud between Tony and his boss, Matt (Tom Basden), making for some enjoyable screen-time. A must-see moment comes at the start of the fourth episode – I’ll let you see it for yourself! Basden’s role is certainly meatier this time around, and the same can be said for that of Tony Way (Lenny) and Diane Morgan (Cath), who become all-the-more likeable as the series progresses.

The music sets the show apart from others, with the likes of Todd Rundgren, Yusuf/Cat Stevens and Radiohead all featuring. As before, the series is underpinned by the ethereal and delicate sounds of ambient-rock band, Hammock, utilised in the same way as “Unloved” is in “Killing Eve”.

Once again, the star of the show is Brandy (Anti) the dog, who has been making some press appearances with Gervais in recent weeks. Tony (and subsequently Ricky)’s connection to his canine companion is palpable, and at times makes for even stronger on-screen communication than that of other characters. I would much prefer to watch a sequence of him reminiscing on his marriage, accompanied by Brandy, than see a padded-out banal moment with David Earl, whose character quite frankly depresses me (I’m sure that’s the intention).

It really is the perfect example of bitter-sweet television, embedded with sentimental truth. There are occasions where I sensed what was coming next, but predictability is okay. “After Life”, in some ways, is a ‘non-event’, but we are somehow drawn into the beauty of the everyday, mesmerised by the mundane. I won’t spoil the ending, but we hear Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now”, as the story closes in the most apt way possible.

There is no hope for a fourth season, and that’s just the way it should be, but there is certainly hope for Tony. “After Life” has been a pivotal piece of entertainment for me, since I first streamed the first season in March 2019, and I am grateful for the way that Ricky Gervais continues to disregard the system, and represents the misfits in society. After all, I think we can all tell Tony isn’t too far from himself (just maybe without the millions).

Closing Scene – After Life

After Life

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After Life TV Show on Netflix: canceled or renewed?

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After Life TV Show on Netflix: canceled or renewed?

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After Life TV Show on Netflix: canceled or renewed?

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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?


July 5, 2022

Ricky Gervais

London, W1F 0LE
UK

Dear Ricky,

Tony: No, you read it. 

Valerie: Oh God. “Nurse Cindy starts to slowly undress. She was sexy as hell, and she notices Dr. Barnaby looking at her differently than he would if he was operating on her.” ( laughs ) Valerie: “‘Do I look well, Doctor?’ ‘I’ll say,’ said Dr. Barnaby. ‘Think you’d better check my pulse, Nurse.’”

Valerie: ( laughs ) It’s sort of sweet, really. 

Kath: Sort of old-fashioned and hopeful. And she’s a fortune teller too. 

Tony: She said she is, yeah. 

Kath: Why would she lie?

Tony: ‘Cause it’s impossible.

 Kath: Nothing’s impossible. 

Tony: I’m out. 

Kath: Just ’cause you haven’t seen something doesn’t mean it isn’t real. 

Tony: What if no one’s seen it? 

Kath: Could be invisible. 

Tony: Yeah. 

Kath: Could I visit her? You know, to investigate it? 

Tony: If you want. 

Kath: I’d go in with an open mind. You know, if you go in thinking it isn’t real, then you’ll never believe. 

Lenny: Should I arrange that, then?

Tony: Yeah. Now I wish I was covering the story.

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You want some evidence that indicates that the Bible is true? Here is a good place to start and that is taking a closer look at the archaeology of the Old Testament times. Is the Bible historically accurate? Here are some of the posts I have done in the past on the subject: 1. The Babylonian Chronicleof Nebuchadnezzars Siege of Jerusalem, 2. Hezekiah’s Siloam Tunnel Inscription. 3. Taylor Prism (Sennacherib Hexagonal Prism), 4. Biblical Cities Attested Archaeologically. 5. The Discovery of the Hittites, 6.Shishak Smiting His Captives, 7. Moabite Stone, 8. Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III9A Verification of places in Gospel of John and Book of Acts., 9B Discovery of Ebla Tablets10. Cyrus Cylinder11. Puru “The lot of Yahali” 9th Century B.C.E.12. The Uzziah Tablet Inscription13. The Pilate Inscription14. Caiaphas Ossuary14 B Pontius Pilate Part 214c. Three greatest American Archaeologists moved to accept Bible’s accuracy through archaeology.

The Bible and Archaeology – Is the Bible from God? (Kyle Butt)

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


Taking on Ark Times Bloggers on various issues Part I “Old Testament Bible Prophecy” includes the film TRUTH AND HISTORY and article ” Jane Roe became pro-life”

April 12, 2013 – 5:45 am

I have gone back and forth and back and forth with many liberals on the Arkansas Times Blog on many issues such as abortion, human rights, welfare, poverty, gun control  and issues dealing with popular culture. Here is another exchange I had with them a while back. My username at the Ark Times Blog is Saline […]By Everette Hatcher III | Posted in Biblical ArchaeologyFrancis SchaefferProlife | Edit|Comments (0)

John MacArthur on fulfilled prophecy from the Bible Part 2

August 8, 2013 – 1:28 am

I have posted many of the sermons by John MacArthur. He is a great bible teacher and this sermon below is another great message. His series on the Book of Proverbs was outstanding too.  I also have posted several of the visits MacArthur made to Larry King’s Show. One of two most popular posts I […]By Everette Hatcher III | Posted in Adrian RogersCurrent Events | Edit|Comments (0)

John MacArthur on fulfilled prophecy from the Bible Part 1

August 6, 2013 – 1:24 am

I have posted many of the sermons by John MacArthur. He is a great bible teacher and this sermon below is another great message. His series on the Book of Proverbs was outstanding too.  I also have posted several of the visits MacArthur made to Larry King’s Show. One of two most popular posts I […]By Everette Hatcher III | Posted in Adrian RogersCurrent Events |Tagged Bible Prophecyjohn macarthur | Edit|Comments (0)

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

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Prophecy–The Biblical Prophesy About Tyre.mp4 Uploaded by TruthIsLife7 on Dec 5, 2010 A short summary of the prophecy about Tyre and it’s precise fulfillment. Go to this link and watch the whole series for the amazing fulfillment from secular sources. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvt4mDZUefo________________ John MacArthur on the amazing fulfilled prophecy on Tyre and how it was fulfilled […]By Everette Hatcher III | Posted in Biblical Archaeology | Edit|Comments (1)

John MacArthur on the Bible and Science (Part 2)

August 1, 2013 – 12:10 am

John MacArthur on the Bible and Science (Part 2) I have posted many of the sermons by John MacArthur. He is a great bible teacher and this sermon below is another great message. His series on the Book of Proverbs was outstanding too.  I also have posted several of the visits MacArthur made to Larry […]By Everette Hatcher III | Posted in Current Events | Edit|Comments (0)

John MacArthur on the Bible and Science (Part 1)

July 30, 2013 – 1:32 am

John MacArthur on the Bible and Science (Part 1) I have posted many of the sermons by John MacArthur. He is a great bible teacher and this sermon below is another great message. His series on the Book of Proverbs was outstanding too.  I also have posted several of the visits MacArthur made to Larry […]By Everette Hatcher III | Posted in Current Events | Edit|Comments (0)

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

July 9, 2013 – 8:38 am

Adrian Rogers – How you can be certain the Bible is the word of God Great article by Adrian Rogers. What evidence is there that the Bible is in fact God’s Word? I want to give you five reasons to affirm the Bible is the Word of God. First, I believe the Bible is the […]By Everette Hatcher III | Posted in Adrian RogersBiblical Archaeology | Edit|Comments (0)

The Old Testament is Filled with Fulfilled Prophecy by Jim Wallace

June 24, 2013 – 9:47 am

Is there any evidence the Bible is true? Articles By PleaseConvinceMe Apologetics Radio The Old Testament is Filled with Fulfilled Prophecy Jim Wallace A Simple Litmus Test There are many ways to verify the reliability of scripture from both internal evidences of transmission and agreement, to external confirmation through archeology and science. But perhaps the […]By Everette Hatcher III | Posted in Biblical ArchaeologyCurrent Events | Edit|Comments (0)

Taking on Ark Times Bloggers on various issues Part M “Old Testament prophecy fulfilled?”Part 3(includes film DEATH BY SOMEONE’S CHOICE)

April 19, 2013 – 1:52 am

  I have gone back and forth and back and forth with many liberals on the Arkansas Times Blog on many issues such as abortion, human rights, welfare, poverty, gun control  and issues dealing with popular culture. Here is another exchange I had with them a while back. My username at the Ark Times Blog is […]By Everette Hatcher III | Posted in Francis SchaefferProlife | Edit|Comments (0)

Evidence for the Bible

March 27, 2013 – 9:43 pm

Here is some very convincing evidence that points to the view that the Bible is historically accurate. Archaeological and External Evidence for the Bible Archeology consistently confirms the Bible! Archaeology and the Old Testament Ebla tablets—discovered in 1970s in Northern Syria. Documents written on clay tablets from around 2300 B.C. demonstrate that personal and place […]By Everette Hatcher III | Posted in Biblical Archaeology | E

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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