Karl Pilkington - Bill Nighy, Grayson Perry, Lorraine Kelly, Sir Michael Parkinson, Jessica Hynes and Julian Fellowes are among stars supporting Epilepsy Action's National Doodle Day on 6th February 2015. Their sketches, along with dozens more, will be part of a ten day eBay auction, with all proceeds going towards supporting the 600,000 people living with epilepsy in the UK. Fundraising Manager at Epilepsy Action, Philippa Cartwright, said 'Every year we're overwhelmed by support from celebrities and always look forward to seeing the variety and creativity of the doodles they send in'. - United Kingdom - Monday 26th January 2015
Ricky Gervais has divided critics with the second installment of 'Derek'.
Ricky Gervais reintroduced care worker Derek Noakes on Wednesday night (April 23) for a second season of his latest comedy. The show was heavily criticised during season one, with some indignation focusing on Gervais' apparent portrayal of learning difficulties. Derek is a kind man, helpful and selfless with good intentions, though some critics couldn't help but ignore the way in which Gervais played him.
It appears to be more of the same in terms of criticism for season 2, with The Guardian's Sam Wollaston writing, "That's the biggest problem with Derek. Not, as some have said, that it mocks people with learning difficulties (it's too kind for that, and tries to be sympathetic). Just that it's a very crude portrayal. Gervais's previous characters - David Brent and Andy Millman - are not, I suspect, so very different from RG himself, kind of grotesque caricatures. Here he's trying to be someone else completely, and it's awful."
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Ricky Gervais' latest project is a comedy/drama set in a nursing home in which he plays the title character, a mentally challenged helper at the care home, named Derek.
In today's Observer, the comic has spoken of his own opinions on the state of elderly care at the moment and frankly he is not happy at how old people are treated, and rightly so too. In his critical response to elderly care, Gervais has called on public figures and Hollywood stars to promote the care of the 'forgotten' old people, pondering why old age has become something of an insult even though it is an inevitability we all share.
He told the paper, “No one cares. They're forgotten, bewildered, and I don't think it's because people are cruel or don't care. It's because you don't want to think about your own mortality."
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